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Old 12-19-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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Camaro, the wedge in my marriage.

Back in 2013 my wife and I decided we wanted a weekend car, something we can jump in and take a road trip for the weekend. A car we would we own forever and pass to our children, So we purchased our 2013 2SS/RS, which I keep in the garage and it is always emasculate. All was good in the beginning, then she decided she wanted to start driving it to work on Fridays, (100 Miles RT) that went on for about two months then one Friday it was raining and I told her she could not drive it in the rain. Of course she didn't agree, but drove her VW instead. Then not long after I mentioned that we purchased this car for pleasure, not a commuter. She stopped driving it to work, but always makes jabs about it. Today (Saturday before Christmas) she wants to drive it to the mall, I told her I was not comfortable with that, as today is the busiest shopping day of the year ad I am in far of door dings, There will be zero empty spaces. (Normally we park in the back 40). So of course that did not set well, and she said "let's just sell it". So here I am, my 2013 has 8000 miles on it and in pristine condition. Any advise?
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:13 PM   #2
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It's a Camaro, not a Ferrari. Let her drive it as she please. Family comes first.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:24 PM   #3
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Turn that one into her DD and if funds permit buy a zl1 to have as a garage queen........
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:24 PM   #4
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Seriously man. I agree with superfly. It's a car meant to enjoy. I don't think I'd ever be able to just let my camaro sit and not be driven. I even hand my wife the keys to pick up my son from daycare. She does come back saying that that was enough camaro for her for a while lol.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:25 PM   #5
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Drive the crap out of it then get something new in a few years
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:31 PM   #6
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My wife and I love our Camaro and while I try to keep it as perfect as possible, at the end of the day it is just a car. She should probably think a little more about today being what it is, but you can still have a great looking car with miles on it. Mine has 42,000 miles on it and still looks great. If this car is causing this much animosity take a step back and think about what is most important to you.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:33 PM   #7
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It is a mass produced car. These cars are meant to be driven, and driven hard. I DD my SS, 43k miles since March 2014 and love every second of it. I have 1 ding on the car that will cost 50 dollars to remove.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:35 PM   #8
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Drive it, enjoy it... These things are loosing value everyday especially with the 2016's on the street... It is not like the '13 will be a collectors edition. There are a ton of them on the road being enjoyed everyday.

My wife Daily drives hers, She also spends a ton of time keeping it clean. Because she drives it everyday, she has no problem taking the 210k mile Altima to Wal-Mart, or in bad weather.

Are you going to keep it forever? Or trade in a 12k mile car in a couple of years, so that some other guy gets a pristine Gen5 at a great price?

I personally think of it like sex... I enjoy it every chance I get.... Not sure what good it would do to save it for the next guy after I die!
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:36 PM   #9
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Let her drive it, but if she gets a door ding, or scrapes the wheels against a curb, or messes it up, just let it go. But the repair costs will have to come out of something she wants to do (don't tell her that, just get it fixed and when there's no money for something she wants you can say "...Gee, I'm sorry. If only we didn't have those extra car repairs...".

Don't lord it over her, after all it's just a car, and it's not worth causing conflict in your marriage. Believe me, I know how hard that can be, as I've caused tensions in my marriage when I blew a gasket about her putting a dent in my driver side door with her Jeep's door. It's easier to fix a dent than a wife.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:37 PM   #10
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This thread is right up my alley. Long story but mine is similar. We bought a '12 45Th LT RS. (if that's the right damn letters) Ok, we originally went for the 'entry level' manual. She couldn't drive it. Ended up with the bigger prize. She works at the hospital. People with real ailments park in the lot and need wide open doors to get out. God bless em. I will be one too, soon. It got whacked. Took a big chip out of the door, very little dent. I wigged. She stopped driving it to the horse pistol. It became a garage queen.

I traded it and bought a '15 2SS RS. She calls it much more my car than hers. Perfect! She really did come around to having a 'showroom' car to enjoy on occasion, not making it a DD. I guess a sort-of compromise was reached. I drive the hell out of it, but I don't care if I have to walk a quarter mile. She does. I win.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:37 PM   #11
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This is why I bought the Manual lol.

But really, its just a car.... I just don't understand why its a 2013 with only 8k on the clock.

I would be driving the hell out of it.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:38 PM   #12
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Dude really, if you don't let her drive it when she wants she'll find someone that will ... It's just a car, man up.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:41 PM   #13
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You guys it's not about that he doesn't drive it,or let his wife drive it. The story was to "increase sale value" it doesn't have much since the 16 is out. Private sale would be your best bet. I'd rather just keep it...unless a Z06 C6 was offered....
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:42 PM   #14
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It's a Camaro, not a Ferrari. Let her drive it as she please. Family comes first.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:47 PM   #15
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I have a friend who bought his and hers Camaros. I just can't do that. If you can, man up! Otherwise, I wear the pants and it sits on rainy days.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:52 PM   #16
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She obviously likes the car if she wants to drive it..so that's good. It becomes a problem when she thinks it is more important to you than her. I say let her drive it whenever she wants. If anything happens to it you can't freak out, just reinforce that she is more important than the car.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:53 PM   #17
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Let me tell you one thing , for those who know , and or remember me , early on on my ownership of a 2010 SS that I placed the order for it , my kid came to me and she wanted me to let her then boyfriend to take the car to the prom .
Off course that didn't happen ,,,,,,,,fastfoward a few years , and here I am at home with my wife reading this to her , and she says , those days where a little while back , but things have changed a lot
They got married , took my SS for a long drive , and know they came to visit us and he took the Z for the day
I too wanted to keep the SS for ever and pass it on !
Things are like a moving target , one day one will look back at this and say , sure I had my reasons and wouldn't change a thing today from what I did then , but at some point one says , let's enjoy it , then pass it on
I know , I would appreciate a car even more so , than my parents have enjoyed , than a like new one , I think !

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