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Old 03-27-2015, 06:25 PM   #1
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My First Camaro is a ZL1

So, basically I'd like to introduce myself to this automotive community. My name is Justin and I just recently purchased my first Camaro ZL1 this past Sunday. I was super excited to get into such an historic community as an enthusiast.

A little history about me: I've been building cars my whole life. However, I was operating in the Japanese market. Naturally, as a kid, I was influenced by the whole Fast n Furious crowd. As I got older and more mature/experienced, I developed a passion for the 3rd generation RX-7. I was a rotary enthusiast for a long time, approximately 10 years. The rotary engine still fascinates me and I do enjoy working on RX-7s, since I now know every damn bolt in that car.

Fast forward to now, having been recently divorced with no kids, I've gotten out of the rotary scene and jumped into the Camaro world. I've always been a fan of the late 60's style Camaros. However, everything in between those until the latest 5th generation I haven't been a particular fan of. I will eventually pick up a late 60's Camaro to match my current one.

So, I decided to go big and get a ZL1. I'm used to forums having worked on the RX-7s, since they are a pain to work on if you have no clue what you're doing. The twin turbo system on those cars is extremely complicated. So, I have a bunch of confidence that I can competently take care of and work on my ZL1 without issues.

The details about the car are as follows:

I picked it up with 9200 miles on it. It has approximately 9700 on it now and closing to the 10k mark. The car was a previous repossession and we all know how that goes. I have no history on the car so I basically want to make sure that everything that should be done is performed and the car is in tip top shape.

I have been reading a bit on these forums before this post but I need to read more.

Right now the car needs: An alignment, tires, I want to replace the brakes just because, and probably just some general maintenance.

So, my real question is does anyone have any advice as to what services should be performed? Should I just take it to the dealer to see if all the recalls have been performed and just have them generally take a look at the car to make sure it's performing as it should?

Also, I'm trying to see if I can get ahold of the original window sticker (or a reprint if it comes to that) but since the car was a repo, I have no way of getting ahold of the previous owner, information privacy issues. Plus, I doubt that he kept it anyways.

Thanks guys!
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:27 PM   #2
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oh, the car is also a 2013 model. I'll post pictures when I can.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to the club. Ask and you shall receive advice--and plenty of it here! The best place on the web for all things Camaro.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:51 PM   #4
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Welcome to the world of domestic performance and the ZL1. What an introduction!
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:03 PM   #5
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My First Camaro is a ZL1

Welcome man. Great intro! I also came from import world. Had a couple Evos prior to this. I do miss the sound of a turbo spool but hearings mycam'd V8 makes up for it!

Ex had a 2004 RX8. Had a love/hate relationship with it. Fun the drive but bastard always flooded and as you know starting a flooded rotary is a PITA!
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:53 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your purchase bud. I hear New Bern is a nice town. My brother was stationed in Camp Lejeune. I believe that is not to far from there. I like the username!
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:35 PM   #7
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Congrats, it's a great car and lends its self to a pretty good do it all car. Great stock power and easily upgradable, great suspension, great brakes, great styling, and a great community of enthusiasts.
Imports are great but there is def something about an American V8. Just regular maintenance and you should be good. Heck, you are probably only a couple oil changes away from new so I wouldn't worry about checking too much. Just drive and enjoy as it is a very tough car.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:03 PM   #8
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welcome, your going to love that car. be careful at the dealer, they will change out your switch blade key fob with one that dangles, without your permission.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:14 PM   #9
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:18 PM   #10
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:00 PM   #11
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If you send me the VIN I can run it through the GM warranty system and let you know of any warranty items that have been serviced at any GM facility.
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:03 PM   #12
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Yeah what he said, we posted at the same time.

Welcome and enjoy the ride. Your brakes should be good unless the car was tracked. I would have them or you if you choose to swap out all fluids if you don't have the full history on the car. I would just assume it had been tracked and change all fluids. I would just take a look a the brakes, they have been lasting a long time for most members except again if it was tracked. You could also look at the tires and see how they are worn. A lot more tread on the fronts than the rear and either they did a lot of burn outs or possibly drag raced it. Honestly, the car is almost bombproof, treat it right with regular fluid changes and it will perform. Did you get the warranty? You might want to have the dealer check the ECM to see if it has been tuned.
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:11 PM   #13
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Nice car, I am sorry you have no kids.
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:27 PM   #14
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Congrats on the Z! You will really like it the more you drive it. Unless you think the car has been driven hard you should be ok right now. I do not know how to do it but I am sure you can get a window sticker for your car from GM. Seems like I have read somewhere on this forum that you can do that. Google your vin number and see what comes up.That is what I would do first. You might get all of the info you need there.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:11 AM   #15
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Welcome and nice choice in car!

I'd look at a diff service (fluid change) and oil and filter. Check to see if a blower replacement has been done. (Older versions had a spring isolator instead of a solid that could make noise)

I assume the car is stock with no mods?

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Old 03-28-2015, 06:52 AM   #16
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Wow, what an intro guys!

This is quite a different experience than I have received in the RX7 community.

What wonderful support! Thanks for making me feel welcome.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:07 AM   #17
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Welcome to the nut house and congrats on your new purchase! Lots of knowledge on this board, fire away with any questions or concerns. Also check the http://www.***********.com to see if the PO registered it but this thread is useless without pictures!!!
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:28 AM   #18
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Nice car, I am sorry you have no kids.

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Old 03-28-2015, 08:45 AM   #19
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lol. wtf
Thought the same thing. They are like a life sentence without the possibility of parole!!
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:12 AM   #20
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Congrats and welcome to the club! I came from the Japanese tuner scene as well before I got my first Camaro.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:24 AM   #21
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Welcome to the ZL1 club!

nokids=ZL1....meet KaBoom1701 (4 kids + ZL1) lol

Funny....my Marine nephew was just asking me for help to buy a RX7 the other day. I may hit you up if we need some info.

Post some pics of your new ride of this welcome post isn't official!
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:59 AM   #22
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Welcome to the club. One hell of way to start off with a first camaro and a great choice I must say. Get a good mechanic to go over the car and preferably one who knows and loves camaros and let him do the 100% whats overs on it. If you still have the original rubber on it with that many miles on it I would consider this a good sign.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:07 AM   #23
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Welcome Justin. The ZL1 is a very solid car and can handle a lot of abuse. You are doing the right thing so take your time, make sure everything is up to snuff, get some new tires, etc, and you will be amazed at what this car can do.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:27 PM   #24
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Wow, what an intro guys!

This is quite a different experience than I have received in the RX7 community.

What wonderful support! Thanks for making me feel welcome.

It only gets better Justin.
No matter what question you'll ever have, there will be a member, most often many, who will offer very sound and helpful suggestions, all in the interest of helping yourself and all of us. There is such a depth of knowledge and practical experience here.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:37 PM   #25
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with the question of maintenance there isn't a whole lot to worry about except oil changes and possibly making sure the rear end fluid has been changed as well. Getting warranty records may be important as well as one of the other members responded. Also, you can check the Carfax to see if the car has never been in an accident.
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