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Old 09-29-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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Just completed 3450 mile road trip!

Today brings an end my journey of buying a 2013 ZL1 a long ways away from my home in Arizona.

I chose Michigan as a place to look for a car for 2 reasons. One, I have family and friends there I wanted to visit, and 2, If I bought a car from a local Arizona dealer, I would have driven it home 20 miles and parked it in its air conditioned garage and rarely taken it out, afraid to put miles on it!

I found the car I was looking for at a dealer in Muskegon Michigan. My wife and I flew into Milwaukee Sunday night, took the 6 am ferry into Muskegon Monday, arriving at 9:30 where the dealer picked us up to see the car which had just arrived there the previous Friday. It was waiting in the showroom, pdi'd and ready.

It is #1489, Black with Black wheels, 6 spd Auto, stripe, sunroof, cupholders that light up like a Jacuzzi, which I didn't want!

The first few days were spent cruising Woodward, meeting friends at the old hangouts in the Royal Oak area where I grew up. Friday we headed up north to the Traverse City area to meet up with a coupe that I purchased a Detomaso Pantera from last year, who became good friends. Sunday we drove to the Upper Peninsula going around Lake michigan to the Green Bay area for the night.

The next 6 days were spent driving to the Badlands and Sturgis S.D. Mt. Rushmore, down to Denver to visit friends for a few days, then home to Arizona. In total, 3,450 miles!

A few notes. When I arrived at my first hotel in Michigan. I installed a temporary clear bra on the front to protect from stone chips. It is made by TracWrap and works great. No stone chips up there. One place I should also have done is the 1/4 panels directly behind the doors where the "gills" are located. I have a fair amount of small chips there from the front tires throwing rocks down the side of the car.

My biggest worry was getting door dings while parked at the hotels every night, Thank God that never happened!.

The drive was VERY comfortable, it was an easy way to brake in the car per the manual, even though its tough to behave for the first 1500 miles. The car averaged 18.8 MPG for the entire trip which impressed me. I drove the car easy for the first 1500 miles, then "spirited" thru the twisty bits!

Its really the most impressive car I have owned in a long time. Not one problem on the whole trip.
Congratulations to the people responsible at Chevrolet. Well done!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Congrats, that's AWESOME! Looks like you'll need fold in mirrors, though. LoL
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #3
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Really cool, I live in Green Bay and have a 2012 CRT 6M BW, #1236. Love the trip you took, planning a western trip next year. Just hit 2700 miles this past week. Did you try the PTM yet, and have you pulled the 5-20 fuses to reset the ECM? Continue to use the vehicle, they love to be driven!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Nice adventure you had there.
If you have more pics post em !
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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Congrats, that looks like a tight fit.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:40 PM   #6
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Very cool. More pics please.....
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:50 PM   #7
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Awesome, great trip please more pictures : )
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:55 PM   #8
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More pics per requests. I plan on keeping the car bone stock, see no need to improve what GM has come up with!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:56 PM   #9
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #10
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Thanks for the pics, that car looks amazing.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:59 PM   #11
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More photos from past the Badlands and Sturgis
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:01 PM   #12
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Congrats!!! Nice car bro.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:01 PM   #13
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Needles Highway and Mt. Rushmore
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:03 PM   #14
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one of the frequent quarter car washes along the way, this one in Littleton CO. and a photo of snow near Ouray CO.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #15
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close up of dead bugs on the TracWrap temporary clear bra and of home in the driveway!
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:03 AM   #16
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:17 AM   #17
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Nice car and the right time of the year to make such a trip , congrats
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:00 AM   #18
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Your pics look great! Looks like you had a great time on your road trip. Thanks for posting!

Someone mentioned folding the mirrors in. I haven't seen my ZL1 yet, so please don't blast me for asking... Do the mirrors fold in?
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:54 AM   #19
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Your pics look great! Looks like you had a great time on your road trip. Thanks for posting!

Someone mentioned folding the mirrors in. I haven't seen my ZL1 yet, so please don't blast me for asking... Do the mirrors fold in?

ONLY WHEN A TRUCK HITS THEM!
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:09 AM   #20
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how long was your trip? Would be a great journey for me if I was to do that. However, it would have to end up going into a container at Oakland, for the trip to Hawaii. But would love the cross country drive.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:31 AM   #21
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AWESOME TRIP!!!

I just got my car on Wednesday..... and can't stop driving it. It truly blows my 2010 SS away. It is hard for me to believe how much better this car is.

That looks like too much fun. Can imagine letting this car sit in a garage. Glad to see a great car going on a great adventure. Looks totally fun.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #22
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Great looking car. Congrats!

Azfast1,
Very cool story, great pics! Congratulations on your new ZL1

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:22 AM   #23
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WOW! Coolest thread I've seen in a long time and awesome scenery. Congrats on the new ride! Thought of this song while looking at the pics
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:43 PM   #24
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Wow! Nice ride and beautiful country side pics.
Thanks for sharing.
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Today brings an end my journey of buying a 2013 ZL1 a long ways away from my home in Arizona.

I chose Michigan as a place to look for a car for 2 reasons. One, I have family and friends there I wanted to visit, and 2, If I bought a car from a local Arizona dealer, I would have driven it home 20 miles and parked it in its air conditioned garage and rarely taken it out, afraid to put miles on it!

I found the car I was looking for at a dealer in Muskegon Michigan. My wife and I flew into Milwaukee Sunday night, took the 6 am ferry into Muskegon Monday, arriving at 9:30 where the dealer picked us up to see the car which had just arrived there the previous Friday. It was waiting in the showroom, pdi'd and ready.

It is #1489, Black with Black wheels, 6 spd Auto, stripe, sunroof, cupholders that light up like a Jacuzzi, which I didn't want!

The first few days were spent cruising Woodward, meeting friends at the old hangouts in the Royal Oak area where I grew up. Friday we headed up north to the Traverse City area to meet up with a coupe that I purchased a Detomaso Pantera from last year, who became good friends. Sunday we drove to the Upper Peninsula going around Lake michigan to the Green Bay area for the night.

The next 6 days were spent driving to the Badlands and Sturgis S.D. Mt. Rushmore, down to Denver to visit friends for a few days, then home to Arizona. In total, 3,450 miles!

A few notes. When I arrived at my first hotel in Michigan. I installed a temporary clear bra on the front to protect from stone chips. It is made by TracWrap and works great. No stone chips up there. One place I should also have done is the 1/4 panels directly behind the doors where the "gills" are located. I have a fair amount of small chips there from the front tires throwing rocks down the side of the car.

My biggest worry was getting door dings while parked at the hotels every night, Thank God that never happened!.

The drive was VERY comfortable, it was an easy way to brake in the car per the manual, even though its tough to behave for the first 1500 miles. The car averaged 18.8 MPG for the entire trip which impressed me. I drove the car easy for the first 1500 miles, then "spirited" thru the twisty bits!

Its really the most impressive car I have owned in a long time. Not one problem on the whole trip.
Congratulations to the people responsible at Chevrolet. Well done!
Thank you very much for the feedback! We are ecstatic that you absolutely love your new Camaro. What is your favorite feature so far?

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