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Old 08-12-2012, 03:07 AM   #1
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day in and day out i dread to see the odometer go up and up and up how long will these cars last???
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:11 AM   #2
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As long as you have money to keep it running?
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:14 AM   #3
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day in and day out i dread to see the odometer go up and up and up how long will these cars last???
Haha, I know that feel man, I know that feel all too well. Mine is pushing 50 000kms and I worry about it running out of life too! As the guy above me said, as long as you have money to fix it up it will be golden!
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:32 AM   #4
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The LLT engine used on the 2010 and 2011 Camaros is very similar to the engine used in the 2008+ Cadillac CTS. There are reports of this engine going strong after 150,000 km.

The LFX engine used in the 2012+ Camaro has not been around long enough for a definitive answer.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:40 AM   #5
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I think it's all in how you treat it, with proper maintenance, engines nowdays should last 200k or more.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:09 AM   #6
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I am pushing 54,000 miles on my SS and no sign of weakness. Still feels like new. Only thing mechanically is I had to replace the drive line at 36K miles. Most cars are going to have a bad part here and there. Even with a cam and other bolt on performance parts it still doesn't use any oil. This is an awesome built car.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:12 AM   #7
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The LLT engine used on the 2010 and 2011 Camaros is very similar to the engine used in the 2008+ Cadillac CTS. There are reports of this engine going strong after 150,000 km.

The LFX engine used in the 2012+ Camaro has not been around long enough for a definitive answer.
Well the LFX is pretty much the same engine, so I wouldn't think it would change by that much, but I guess we'll see
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:49 AM   #8
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My SS just past 60k miles, zero mechanical issues.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:56 AM   #9
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day in and day out i dread to see the odometer go up and up and up how long will these cars last???

I don't understand why people get so worked up about the distance a car has traveled. I never have.

While it is an indicator of use, that is just a raw data point. One data point is not the whole story.

I can ruin a car within 10 km. But the odometer will read only 10 km, and it will be a very low odometer reading vehicle, correct? But it will be in poor condition

In the 21st century, materials are chosen with greater care. Techniques are much better, quality overall is high compared to cars from even a decade or two ago.

For example, primers on metals are now 'weld-through' primers. Tolerances are more tightly controlled overall. Rev limiters are commonplace now. ECUs can prevent engine damage. Relax and enjoy your car

Shocks, struts, brake pads, these things are consumable items anyway. Your car will last a long time.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:59 AM   #10
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Only thing mechanically is I had to replace the drive line at 36K miles.
Do you mean "drive shaft"? I'm not ignorant of automotive terms; it's just that if you ask ten people from various areas to describe their "drive line", you'll get ten different answers
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:27 AM   #11
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Ive had my SS for almost three years with zero problems. Then again, the car only has 18K miles.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:32 AM   #12
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Same here almost 3 years now 17K miles (500 from Camaro5 Fest III but well worth it) and no issues.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:41 AM   #13
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What could realistically be expected from a Camaro:
Body... unlimited for most since they are typically garaged in winter
Engine...Before major engine work, 150K miles on V-8's or 120K on V-6's DEPENDING on proper maintenance.
Transmission...150K on auto, Stick 1k-200k on clutch(very driver dependant) unlimited on trans.

Wheel bearings, rear ends, suspension all come in about 100k

Biggest repair expenses for most under 100k will be for A/C
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:44 AM   #14
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I think it's all in how you treat it, with proper maintenance, engines nowdays should last 200k or more.

what exactly is proper maintenance. i get different answers all the time
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:47 AM   #15
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what exactly is proper maintenance. i get different answers all the time
using the factory recommended schedule as a guide to minimum requirements is proper maintenance.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:35 AM   #16
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day in and day out i dread to see the odometer go up and up and up how long will these cars last???

They will last right up until the fiery crash consumes them....
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:54 AM   #17
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I don't understand why people get so worked up about the distance a car has traveled. I never have.

While it is an indicator of use, that is just a raw data point. One data point is not the whole story.

I can ruin a car within 10 km. But the odometer will read only 10 km, and it will be a very low odometer reading vehicle, correct? But it will be in poor condition

In the 21st century, materials are chosen with greater care. Techniques are much better, quality overall is high compared to cars from even a decade or two ago.

For example, primers on metals are now 'weld-through' primers. Tolerances are more tightly controlled overall. Rev limiters are commonplace now. ECUs can prevent engine damage. Relax and enjoy your car

Shocks, struts, brake pads, these things are consumable items anyway. Your car will last a long time.
GM warranties our engine and tranny for 100,000 miles, because it's a very safe bet that those components will be fine. This does not mean that they will fail shortly after that, by any means. But technology and materials are far superior now to what we had just a few short years ago.

It's not uncommon to 300,000 miles on the odometers of GM products... and still running great. It depends on how you drive it, how you maintain it, and... luck of the draw.

Yeah, seeing the number on the odometer get higher IS a bummer, but, the only way to not do that is to not drive the car... not an option! Drive, it love it, don't stress it, and if/ when something breaks, just fix it, and keep on drivin'!
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:02 AM   #18
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I'm not sure if the vortech engines are similar in durability to the LS engines but my 08 chevy work van has 193k on it now with no major repairs. Just oil changes and belts and fluid change service on the trans and rear diff.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:02 AM   #19
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:40 PM   #20
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We tear down motors broken in properly and full syn run the life and see them w/150-200-250k miles still looking like new inside so the skys the limit if cared for properly. We rarely sell a car until after 200k miles on it, and our first C5 drag car we started racing at 20k miles and when we sold it with over 200k on it it was still going strong......same motor, and this car was many times driven 1000 plus miles following the team race rig, raced, won more often than not, and driven back.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #21
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It depends on if you take care of the car.
I had a co-worker once that had over 400K miles on his chevy and was still driving it an hour each way to work. I also have a friend that can seemingly break any car within a week lol. (he use to do brake jobs every 3 months becuase of his driving >.< )
Take care of the car and it will last a long time. We have over 130K miles on our 2002 Trans Am and the engine still runs just as strong as it did the day we bought it.
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