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Old 05-22-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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To owners...how bad are the blind spots while driving?

I sat in one, didn't get to drive it, but it seemed like switching lanes could be extremely difficult with the blind spot. So how bad is it really, while driving?
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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there is a very big blind stop but if you use your side mirrors it makes it a little better. but the over the shoulder looking wont work very well.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:18 AM   #3
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Yeah, it seems like looking over your shoulder won't help very much, so I'm a bit worried lol.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:21 AM   #4
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and the window opening is very small, big change from a charger to a camaro.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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I was worried about it to, but I finally got to test drive on yesterday and it wasn't too bad. The mirrors helped a lot, but I also wasn't on the busiest highway..

It's certainly different that driving a Camry lol
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:24 AM   #6
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just have to get use to it. The charger has horrible blind spots also, so it doesnt bother me as much. what is seriously going to suck is cleaning the damn back and front window. the area is so small you cant get your hand back there.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:48 AM   #7
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Yeah the visability is my biggest concern. I drive a 2004 buick regal as my every day and it has practically no blind spots, it's very open. I know I will WORSHIP my camaro I just know it will be a change. I'm a little anxious about it but if others have adjusted I'm sure I will too.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:31 PM   #8
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My Challenger has similar blind spots. At first it concerned me as well but you quickly get used to them. I'm sure it'll be the same for you guys with Camaros.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:49 PM   #9
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I've heard the blind spots are pretty bad but what do you want.... it's not a sedan. Also, it looks so mean... people are bound to get out of your way.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:05 PM   #10
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I drive in Chicago, so the blind spots are big and they are a pain. But, you do get use to them and I am learning howto change lanes slower and less often. Seeing I came from driving a Avalanche, this is a HUGE change for me. But well worth it !! The car is SMOKIN HOT !!
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:07 PM   #11
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just have to get use to it. The charger has horrible blind spots also, so it doesnt bother me as much. what is seriously going to suck is cleaning the damn back and front window. the area is so small you cant get your hand back there.

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Old 05-22-2009, 01:11 PM   #12
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This was my biggest concern too, but I can tell you after putting about 500 miles on her already in mostly rush hour traffic, the blind spots are not that big of a deal. You have to trust your mirrors because it doesn’t do much good to turn around. If your mirrors are adjusted right (there is a post around here somewhere on how to do that), you can easily see a car in your rear view mirror, side windows, or side mirrors. It’s going to show up in one of the three. It just takes a little getting used to. GM thought this through and put very wide mirrors on the Camaro.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:20 PM   #13
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I plan on putting on Convex Mini Mirrors, Like these to help out. The last thing you want in this car is a sideswipe. Those rear Quarters are part of the chasis....BONDO CENTRAL if they get hit!

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Old 05-22-2009, 01:38 PM   #14
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Took about 20 miles in traffic....

but you'll get used to it. You HAVE to use your mirrors, especially the right side one. Get it adjusted just right and you're good to go.
I've always installed one of those mini convex mirrors that are about an inch long and a half in tall and stuck it on the corner of the drivers side mirror. See attachment.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:44 PM   #15
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but you'll get used to it. You HAVE to use your mirrors, especially the right side one. Get it adjusted just right and you're good to go.
I've always installed one of those mini convex mirrors that are about an inch long and a half in tall and stuck it on the corner of the drivers side mirror. See attachment.
yes, those mirrors should be standard equipment on all vehicles
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:05 PM   #16
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but you'll get used to it. You HAVE to use your mirrors, especially the right side one. Get it adjusted just right and you're good to go.
I've always installed one of those mini convex mirrors that are about an inch long and a half in tall and stuck it on the corner of the drivers side mirror. See attachment.
wont that mess with the heated mirrors?
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:09 PM   #17
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You will get used to driving this car very quickly. Blind spots are NO problem. You just
have to use your mirrors correctly and all is well.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:35 PM   #18
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Big blind spots over the shoulders. NO BIG DEAL. As mentioned before, Use your mirrors. There was a thread about adjusting side mirrors a few months ago. I had never done it that way before. I do now. It works!!!

I did have an issue come up today though. I took it out on a twisty road this morning to open it up some and feel how it really handles. **NOTE** I keep my seat adjusted slightly higher than most. When going thru a right hand bendie, the rearview mirror was a view obstruction. Hope this helps someone.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:38 PM   #19
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What about this?

Hey, I have no experince with it. Perhaps others have an opinion.

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Old 05-22-2009, 04:40 PM   #20
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You aren't supposed to look over your shoulder anyways. Your mirrors are there for a reason.... use them!!! It's much quicker to turn your eyes to your mirror than it is turn your whole head and look over your shoulder. While you're doing that, you aren't looking at what's going on ahead of you which is dangerous.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:47 PM   #21
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This was (and still is) one of my biggest problems with my Camaro. The left side especially, as the headrest of the seat blocks the rear window. Definitely something to get used to for me, converting from a Hyundai Santa Fe. Going in reverse is the other thing that I have trouble with, as I also feel like I have so little visual guidance.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:07 PM   #22
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Mirrors work well I thought. Your not goign to be parking so close to another rig you need them for that, and in traffic not bad. A little fish eye and you have no worries
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:29 PM   #23
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FJ Cruiser isn't any better. You just have to use the mirrors properly and you will be fine.
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:22 PM   #24
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My WRX does not have any blind spots. When test-driving the new Camaro, I realized that the chunky B-pillars are the problem rather than the large A-pillars and C-pillars. The bulky B-pillars effectively block the outward view of the rear passenger windows.

There was a link here a couple months ago to a good tutorial on how to adjust exterior mirrors so you can make lane changes without having to turn your head around while driving. This is a must with the new Camaro.

One situation while test-driving the new Camaro that I felt uncomfortable: I was approaching a Y-intersection where my lane and another lane were merging at a 30 degree angle. As I approached this intersection, I turned my head to see if any cars were coming. All I could see was a fat B-pillar and large C-pillar. Fortunately the salesman was in the passenger seat. He craned his neck around to check for me.

If GM went with a B-pillarless design as used on the 2006 Camaro concept, visibility would be fine. GM went with a large B-pillar design for rigidity concerns, but the convertible will do without it. Perhaps framed windows would be enough?
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:29 PM   #25
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Seriously, if you like the car enough the blind spots are not a problem. I drive a semi every now and then, I will gladly trade you blind spots.
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