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Old 06-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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What's The Best & Worst Year For Camaro?

Let us know! give description and post pictures if you like. And what year model would you like to restore back to original?
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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So far for me the fifth gen. is the best but i still love my 94 Z28 and what i did to it to set it out from the rest and no i dont have pics. If i save up enough money i would love to buy one with somewhat low miles and do it again. That was my first car back in 98, and had it for seven years till i finally let it go :(
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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Worst year is definitely 2003.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #4
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since I have only owned a 5th gen I can only say the current modal but have always been partial to the 1969 and my first real love of cars was a mid 80's Iroc-Z, at least they looked cool back in the day :o)
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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ZL1 or 1969 for best, somewhere in the late 70s to early 80s has to be the worst. I'm just not sure exactly which one.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #6
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Since I owned a 67 camaro RS/SS and a 68 Firebird, gen 1 is up there with my Gen 5. In all honesty, I haven't liked anything in between. Gen 3 and 4 were terrible in my opinion.
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75 would be the worst year for all American cars as that was the year that all models had to meet certain pollution (but not mileage) standards. The big three just tuned the cars down and bolted on alot of pollution controls. For example, a 75 Vette (I had one) was rated at 195 horse power. I currently own a 75 Cutlass Salon, which is a beautiful car but very weak with the original 350. The good news is these cars were and still are very drivable with power discs and steering, sturdier sway bars etc etc. So once you dump a built 455 into 'em you've got insta muscle car! It's cool how we've learned to integrate the pollution controls into the package and make gross amounts of horse power with safety and OK mileage.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
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1984 with base 4 banger engine.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:04 PM   #9
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It's a toss up between the year it came with the "iron duke" and 2002 when it was game over. Clearly 2009 was the best as we saw it live again.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:05 PM   #10
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Never seen a Berlinetta not looking crusher worthy.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:08 PM   #11
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1969 was the last good year, until 2010. If i could have the size and body style of a 67 with today modernizations, it would be incredible.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:08 PM   #12
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5th generation is top.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:14 PM   #13
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For me 1st 3rd and 5th are the best 2nd and 4th looked crappy from 98-02 the camaros had a European look if I were to get anything from 98-02 it would have to be a ws6 those were bada$$ looking
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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1984 with base 4 banger engine.



I would love to rebuild a 1st generation when i am older but only if i could keep my current 5th gen. I also wouldn't mind taking a 10 SS in like 20 years and rebuilding it to my likes
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Best year: 2010, because i finally have a chance to wn a camaro
Worst year: 2010, because its taking all my money anybody know a cure for mod fever?
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69 and 02 = best

98 and anything turd gen = worst
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:45 PM   #17
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69 and 02 = best

98 and anything turd gen = worst
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:01 PM   #18
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I agree 2003 was the worst year (end of the line). Any year without a camaro production line is a very bad year. From curb appeal, 2001 & 2002 are worst years with the bug headlights. Best year is any 5th gen year.
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Worst years, 3rd gens with 4 cylinders were an all time low.
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Best- 5th gen, Worst would be 3rd gens w/ 305's. Performance car with a dog engine, when 350's were plenty available. Enough said.
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I would love to rebuild a 1st generation when i am older but only if i could keep my current 5th gen. I also wouldn't mind taking a 10 SS in like 20 years and rebuilding it to my likes
Definately would be a great project to take on down the road. It's easier said then done usually people's intentions are good and then they find out how much money and time it takes to complete the ride and end up leaving it unfinished and usually end up selling as is.
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So far for me the fifth gen. is the best but i still love my 94 Z28 and what i did to it to set it out from the rest and no i dont have pics. If i save up enough money i would love to buy one with somewhat low miles and do it again. That was my first car back in 98, and had it for seven years till i finally let it go :(
It can be very hard letting go your first car so many memories and good times you've had. Some people are lucky enough to still own their first ride and had the priviledge to restore it.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:27 AM   #25
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I think 1982 is the worst Camaro year. A 4-cylinder engine was available and the Z28 had the 305 with the optional Crossfire intake (garbage). It only had 165 hp. Transmissions were either a 4-speed manual or a 3-speed auto (TH350).
1975 and 1976 were pretty bad too because of the new federal emission standards, safety regs, and the lack of any perfomance model (no Z28 equivalent). Many people say these were the ugliest Camaros due to the big steel bumpers.

My favorite years in order are:
- 1970-1973
- 1967-1969
- 2010+
- 1998-2002 Z28/SS
- 1996-1997 SS
- 1978-1981 Z28
- 350 TPI powered 3rd gen (late IROC and Z28)
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