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Old 12-27-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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mifbody's 2012 Camaro 1LS LFX - "Clifford"

A little background history on myself - I've been a Camaro fan since 2002 when I got my first car and it was a '94 Camaro. I've been hooked since. In 2005, I'll never forget being at Camaro Superfest talking to a GM engineer and he said "Make sure you check out the GM section at NAIAS 2006 in January..." A few weeks later, the clay model pictures leaked. Since I couldn't go in person, I sneaked online and watched the unveiling of the Camaro live at the Detroit auto show. I was at the GM Tech Center when they announced the Camaro had been approved to move to production, my '94 Camaro even squeezed into a photo that made it into the newspaper announcing the green light. In 2007, Scott and the Camaro team was generous enough to swing through my humble little car show and bring the silver Camaro concept and the Camaro convertible concept. Every year since then, Scott, Al, John, and Cheryl have been kind enough to stop at my show and give us a little teaser - either a pre-production 2010, convertible, or most recently a pre-production ZL1. I've been cheering for the 5th gen since 2006, but I never had the chance to own one.

Over the last couple of weeks in November, I was talking to my wife about wanting to buy a different car. She's a receptionist at a local Chevy dealership. She priced a Cruze out for me and it was about $15 more than I was currently paying on my 2008 Trailblazer. She was saying that was the best priced car she could get me right now. I told her if I'm going to pay more for a car, I wanted to at least price out a 2012 Camaro. Surprisingly, the 1LS only raised my payment by about $25. I had always thought the Camaro was unattainable and would cost way too much and to find out it was only $25 a month more... I pulled the trigger without even thinking about it.

I turned in my 2008 Trailblazer and immediately fell in love with my new car, a 2012 Camaro 1LS. I've never owned a manual trans car before so the first challenge has been getting used to driving a stick on a daily basis. I already knew how to drive a manual but I'm still trying to get used to when to shift instead of staying in the lower gears too long. What amazed me today was when I was going through McDonalds and I pulled up to the second window. A little boy was walking towards the building with his dad when he pointed at my car and went "WHOA LOOK AT THAT!" The car has been out for 3 years now and to still be getting that reaction... that was cool.

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The first modification was to cover up those ugly gold bowties. I've gotten the reputation on the forum I run, MiFbody, that I'm kinda carbon fiber crazy. So of course, when I saw the CF vinyl bowties, I had to get them.
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And yesterday, after getting the stripe kit for Christmas, I had to immediately install them in the garage while it was still warm. Glad I did it when I did - it was 50 degrees yesterday and tonight it's dropping to the 20's.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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A little background history on myself - I've been a Camaro fan since 2002 when I got my first car and it was a '94 Camaro. I've been hooked since. In 2005, I'll never forget being at Camaro Superfest talking to a GM engineer and he said "Make sure you check out the GM section at NAIAS 2006 in January..." A few weeks later, the clay model pictures leaked. Since I couldn't go in person, I sneaked online and watched the unveiling of the Camaro live at the Detroit auto show. I was at the GM Tech Center when they announced the Camaro had been approved to move to production, my '94 Camaro even squeezed into a photo that made it into the newspaper announcing the green light. In 2007, Scott and the Camaro team was generous enough to swing through my humble little car show and bring the silver Camaro concept and the Camaro convertible concept. Every year since then, Scott, Al, John, and Cheryl have been kind enough to stop at my show and give us a little teaser - either a pre-production 2010, convertible, or most recently a pre-production ZL1. I've been cheering for the 5th gen since 2006, but I never had the chance to own one.

Over the last couple of weeks in November, I was talking to my wife about wanting to buy a different car. She's a receptionist at a local Chevy dealership. She priced a Cruze out for me and it was about $15 more than I was currently paying on my 2008 Trailblazer. She was saying that was the best priced car she could get me right now. I told her if I'm going to pay more for a car, I wanted to at least price out a 2012 Camaro. Surprisingly, the 1LS only raised my payment by about $25. I had always thought the Camaro was unattainable and would cost way too much and to find out it was only $25 a month more... I pulled the trigger without even thinking about it.

I turned in my 2008 Trailblazer and immediately fell in love with my new car, a 2012 Camaro 1LS. I've never owned a manual trans car before so the first challenge has been getting used to driving a stick on a daily basis. I already knew how to drive a manual but I'm still trying to get used to when to shift instead of staying in the lower gears too long. What amazed me today was when I was going through McDonalds and I pulled up to the second window. A little boy was walking towards the building with his dad when he pointed at my car and went "WHOA LOOK AT THAT!" The car has been out for 3 years now and to still be getting that reaction... that was cool.

Here's a picture of my car at the dealership before I took her home:
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The first modification was to cover up those ugly gold bowties. I've gotten the reputation on the forum I run, MiFbody, that I'm kinda carbon fiber crazy. So of course, when I saw the CF vinyl bowties, I had to get them.
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Next was to get some gills:
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And yesterday, after getting the stripe kit for Christmas, I had to immediately install them in the garage while it was still warm. Glad I did it when I did - it was 50 degrees yesterday and tonight it's dropping to the 20's.
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Mifbody, What a nice start for you. I like the striping installed. What a start to make this your own...Congrats....looking good...keep things coming....
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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Completed another mod today - changed the LEDs in my gauge cluster to red and white instead of the teal color.

DIY thread here:
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #5
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very nice light change... whats up with the CEL already?
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:47 PM   #6
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The key was only in the "on" position, I hadn't started it yet.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #7
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Nice car, I have almost the same story. It was either a Ford Focus or a Chevy Camaro. I purchased the Camaro looking back the smartest thing I have ever done. Sure Gas milage and sync arent there but the Camaro looks and drives alot better.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #8
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Took a couple pictures today:







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Old 01-18-2012, 10:08 AM   #9
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That is one SWEET looking ride! I would have considered red, but was trading in a red '02 Suburban.. didn't want the same color twice... the other color (which would have been my first choice had I known) wopuld have been Synergy Green. But I love my black just the same!
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:23 AM   #10
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it will look good with some hood spears.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:03 PM   #11
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A couple of mods today. Since my car is a year round daily driver, I added WeatherTech molded floor mats to protect from snow, mud, etc.

I also went and had the car tinted today. 20% on the "rear 3 windows" (includes the B pillar triangle windows) and then 35% on the driver and passenger door windows.

After I got home, I installed my RX Catch Can.

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Old 01-21-2012, 07:24 PM   #12
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:45 PM   #13
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Thanks Creight! How ya been, bud?
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Thanks Creight! How ya been, bud?
Doing good. Staying busy and I cant wait till spring so that I can get mine back out.
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