|06-06-2009, 03:35 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2008
My review of the SS (vs Vette, Challenger, Mustang)
I recently rented a SS at Budget Beverly Hills. I have a SS on order and wanted to make sure it was worth keeping my order.
Let me say this first my daily driver is a new ZR1 so keep this in mind what m used to:
The car looks great as we all know. It attracted attention wherever I went from young to old - everyone loves the look of this car. In the land of Bentleys, Astons and Maseratis - this car attracts more attention than any of those combined in LA - this is saying a lot about its design
Overall I liked the car a lot and am looking foreword to mine (Black SS with Cyber stripes) coming in a week or two. While I list a few dislikes its all nit picky but seems to be consensus for most reviews and forum members so why does GM not get these things right in development?
Looks - Budget also had orange which was far cooler in person than any pics. Very retro. Any color looks great in this car really
Wheels - big and thick - great looking
Drive- the car is very smooth and a great daily driver for anyone. much more planted than the Dodge Challenger I also recently rented.
Steering Wheel - nice size and thick (could be even thicker)
Back Seats - plenty of room for my kids and their booster seats - dont underestimate the importance of this for anyone with kids
Controls- everything is easy to use and intuitive
Express up AND down windows for both windows - HUGE in my book
Dislikes: No major overall - I would classify these as things that could be improved:
Interior Door handle - is not deep enough - should be able to wrap you hand around a handle top open close it
Door opener/closer - located too far down for such a big door.
Not offering Nav is just odd and unacceptable in 2010 (Very GM). I read this is coming soon
I read heads up is coming later in model year and this will be great
Seats - I recently read a review that said they thought the seats were intended for the over 200 pound wide crowd. I agree 100%. They are just not supportive enough (lower back) and too wide. I am not a fan of these kind of seats where the front and back of seat operate independently - hard to explain but just not very flexible in getting the "right" position.
Also, not having a button to press that puts seat foreword all the way to access rear makes getting in the rear a pain in the XXX - Even a manual would be nice. This is big oversight and im not the only one to mention it
Rear view mirror - I have seen this addressed also on this forum - its too tall (on star button part) and blocks the little visibility. Took a few days to get used to it which I did.
Atomatic shifter -(weakest part of the design) looks like it was taken from the parts bin from a Hummer - just does not go with rest of car and the cheap plastic surround could be much nicer. Im hoping for an aftermarket kit which im sure there will be. A chrome option for the interior would be great and cool. im sure its coming at some point
Nice. smooth as can be - Sure I would like it if it handled better but its very good.
Would also be nice for a louder engine or exhaust similar to vette that opens up as you go faster - the SS is just dying for this and im sure it will come later. its just too quiet for 400HP+ engine.
Fine - what you expect in a camaro
anyone that owned a camaro (like me) or wants one for the first time wont be disappointed it looks great, drives great and is fun. You feel young and remember the good ol days when driving this car.
I recently rented a Challenger RT - cant beat the looks but the interior is just crap and the car floats like a 1970s car.
Recently test drove 2010 Mustang GT. I like this car - I like the looks and the interior is better than the Camaro - more upscale and no comparison with features.Nav/etc. But the Camaro is fresh and meaner looking. Both great cars.
I have owned many Vettes, Z51, convertibles and now ZR1. You cant compare a Camaro SS to a Vette. The vette is a vette. handles better, drives better, sportier, faster, better sounding exhaust, you name it and the vette is better. but you get what you pay for and at the price of the SS its a bargain. (as is the vette at its price)
|06-06-2009, 03:48 AM||#2|
Drives: 97 c1500/92 olds
Join Date: Oct 2008
nice write up
i'm sure you will have your dislikes taken care of very shortly the aftermarket is jumping all over this car
|06-06-2009, 04:13 AM||#3|
Drives: Camaro SS...........what else?
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: OOOOOOOklahoma where the wind comes sweepin' down the plains.
very nice...thanks for the review.
|06-06-2009, 12:29 PM||#6|
Drives: IOM 2010 Camaro 2SS
Join Date: Oct 2008
Glad to hear it. If you say it handles good but could be better (coming from a ZR1), I'm sure I'll be blown away (coming from a truck).
About the rear view mirror... there's a thread on here where someone thought the same thing but was able to flip it upside down to gain a good bit of visibility.
|06-06-2009, 01:29 PM||#9|
Drives: TB SS and temporarily 2LTRS VR
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Buffalo, NY
Nice review, pretty much reflects my thoughts, except for the mustsang part. I think the look and the interior of the camaro are better. There aren't as many options, yet, but it still looks more original and better, I think.
|06-06-2009, 02:42 PM||#12|
Drives: '07 SRT8 SuperBee, '09 GT500
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Austin, Tx
Good review. Too bad you did not get to drive a SRT8 Challenger. The R/T is really tuned for tooling around town... high 70's on the skidpad is minivan territory. The SRT8 is a different animal.
|06-06-2009, 02:53 PM||#14|
Drives: vrooooom vrooooom
Join Date: Dec 2008
Dodge made a big DOH! when they lined the R/T up against the SS.
R/T is a big fun car, but its not in the SRT's league, which in turn is just barely in the SS's.
I REALLY want someone to do a Challenger SRT vs. SS comparison
"With a light touch on the brakes, run the revs up a bit. Slip off the brake and bury the throttle. There's a light chirp as tires scratch for bite. Then comes a sub-5.0-second sled ride to 60 mph. A tick over 13.0 sec. and you're through the quarter-mile. It's a rush, of course, but not overly dramatic. Try the same thing with this pair's predecessors of 1970 or so and you'll find yourself in a bit of a wrestling match. Ain't progress wonderful? Maybe yes, and maybe sometimes it's fun to wrestle."
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