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Old 03-26-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Top Issues with 2012 Camaros? Curious...

I purchased a new 2012 Camaro vs a 2013 because of lower cost and rebates...

Question is - are there still issues with the tops with the Camaros????
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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Your car may have the redesigned roof if it was built after 4/1/2012. Do you know the build date of your car?
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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I took this from another thread. If you pop the hood there is a sticker on the passenger side of the cross member close to the computer and fuse box. There is another one right by your rear differential.



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Old 03-26-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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What are the stickers for? (forgive my ignorance)
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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I am getting INCREDIBLY nervous - as some have directed me to some Facebook groups, other posts and etc.

I live at an apartment and have no garage... and I don't want to go through the nightmares that people are going through.

I have already put down part of my down payment and signed paperwork...

I intend on keeping this car for quite a while.... and the way people are sounding off - makes me feel VERY uncomfortable...
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:12 PM   #6
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I am getting INCREDIBLY nervous - as some have directed me to some Facebook groups, other posts and etc.

I live at an apartment and have no garage... and I don't want to go through the nightmares that people are going through.

I have already put down part of my down payment and signed paperwork...

I intend on keeping this car for quite a while.... and the way people are sounding off - makes me feel VERY uncomfortable...
I have a 2012 built 8/11 and I have not had any problems with mine. We have over 10,000 miles on it and love it. Some have had problems but most have not. Enjoy your car and don't worry about it, when I read these post they had me scared to.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:13 PM   #7
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What are the stickers for? (forgive my ignorance)
The stickers will give you an approximate build date for your car within a few days.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:17 PM   #8
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I have a 2012 built 8/11 and I have not had any problems with mine. We have over 10,000 miles on it and love it. Some have had problems but most have not. Enjoy your car and don't worry about it, when I read these post they had me scared to.
Is your Camaro garaged?

I owned a 2010 Synergy Green Camaro... and I regret every moment that I sold it.

What is the general lifespan of the tops that these Camaro's have and potential cost to replace?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:19 PM   #9
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I have a 2012 built 8/11 and I have not had any problems with mine. We have over 10,000 miles on it and love it. Some have had problems but most have not. Enjoy your car and don't worry about it, when I read these post they had me scared to.
Mine was built about the same time yours was and I also have close to 10,000 miles and several hundred top cycles and no problems.

OP if you start worrying about problems others have had and you haven't you won't be able to enjoy the car. My suggestion is to enjoy your car and worry about problems as they happen. My daddy always said don't worry about things you can't control, it only keeps you from enjoying the things you can control.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:19 PM   #10
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Also,

"Another problem with verts are they are weaker becuase they don't have the structor of a metal roof. They put extra braces under the car to try make up but what happens is after several miles the car will loosen up and you will have tons of squeaks."

How true is this?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:20 PM   #11
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Is your Camaro garaged?

I owned a 2010 Synergy Green Camaro... and I regret every moment that I sold it.

What is the general lifespan of the tops that these Camaro's have and potential cost to replace?
Yes, I keep it garaged and stored in the winter. Got it out for the first time yesterday, forgot how much fun it is.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #12
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Mine was built about the same time yours was and I also have close to 10,000 miles and several hundred top cycles and no problems.

OP if you start worrying about problems others have had and you haven't you won't be able to enjoy the car. My suggestion is to enjoy your car and worry about problems as they happen. My daddy always said don't worry about things you can't control, it only keeps you from enjoying the things you can control.
Couldn't have said it better, to many trolls on here???
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:24 PM   #13
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I also have a '12 that was built on 8/11 and have no holes or other issues other than the 'v' marks over the doors. I have just under 17k miles on it.

Can't answer your question about general lifespan, but it would cost mucho dinaro to pay to have it replaced. I hope that you got a decent warranty with yours.

My Camaro is not garaged and it's my everyday driver. I had water on the Passenger side of the floor, but it was from the door seal, dealer replaced that and no other issues.

There was a TSB in March or April of '12 for the dealers to cut a piece of a bracket and put some 3M tape on to help with the wear marks, you should go to a decent dealer and have them run your numbers to see if this was done.

Look at the sticker inside the driver's door jamb, this has the month/year that your Camaro was built.....or look at the stickers as shown above.

Good luck with it, I love bangin' the gears on mine!!
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #14
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Couldn't have said it better, to many trolls on here???
I wouldn't call them trolls, just bitter and disgruntled. I can understand because many feel like they were used as beta testers for the convertibles and had a hard time getting satisfaction when they had problems.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:26 PM   #15
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I'm not trying to be overly paranoid - but, I had no initial idea that the Camaro utilized a "water bag" instead of having the water roll off the top naturally.

Also, it seemed many are having "rubbing" issues as well as gaps after periods of time. Paying the amount we do for these cars - one would hope that issues wouldn't occur. I understand that there are always "problems" that can arise from anything - but, the amount of groups, posts and etc. dedicated just to the convertible tops is alarming.

I am a medically retired USAF individual here and time and money is very important to me. I just want to know that the car I am buying and intend on having for a long time - is a good investment...

I do appreciate the feedback from you all - again I am just starting to get scared when my new 2012 is delivered to the dealership from another dealership this Friday.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:30 PM   #16
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Knowledge of these issues is your best ammunition. I would definitely ask them to run the VIN and see if that TSB was performed on it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #17
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I'm not trying to be overly paranoid - but, I had no initial idea that the Camaro utilized a "water bag" instead of having the water roll off the top naturally.

Also, it seemed many are having "rubbing" issues as well as gaps after periods of time. Paying the amount we do for these cars - one would hope that issues wouldn't occur. I understand that there are always "problems" that can arise from anything - but, the amount of groups, posts and etc. dedicated just to the convertible tops is alarming.

I am a medically retired USAF individual here and time and money is very important to me. I just want to know that the car I am buying and intend on having for a long time - is a good investment...

I do appreciate the feedback from you all - again I am just starting to get scared when my new 2012 is delivered to the dealership from another dealership this Friday.
Well usually it's many of the same people popping up in different places and that makes the problem seem a lot worse than it actually is. And of course those that have few or no issues are less likely to post page after page of complaints. Since yours is a leftover 12 it may be a late build 12. Ask for a build sheet for your car. I got one on mine and it shows the dates when the major components were assembled and when it was completed.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:34 PM   #18
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I'm not trying to be overly paranoid - but, I had no initial idea that the Camaro utilized a "water bag" instead of having the water roll off the top naturally.

Also, it seemed many are having "rubbing" issues as well as gaps after periods of time. Paying the amount we do for these cars - one would hope that issues wouldn't occur. I understand that there are always "problems" that can arise from anything - but, the amount of groups, posts and etc. dedicated just to the convertible tops is alarming.

I am a medically retired USAF individual here and time and money is very important to me. I just want to know that the car I am buying and intend on having for a long time - is a good investment...

I do appreciate the feedback from you all - again I am just starting to get scared when my new 2012 is delivered to the dealership from another dealership this Friday.
My 2011 has no top issues except some road noise. Don't know how many have issues but some like mine don't have any. Only thing so far is a grind into 2nd gear when the manual trans is stone cold. Need to get that looked at.
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There was a TSB in March or April of '12 for the dealers to cut a piece of a bracket and put some 3M tape on to help with the wear marks, you should go to a decent dealer and have them run your numbers to see if this was done.
What kind of repair solution is that?? Sounds more like a band-aid solution... With weather and etc.... that 3M tape will come off and cause more issues?
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What kind of repair solution is that?? Sounds more like a band-aid solution... With weather and etc.... that 3M tape will come off and cause more issues?
LOL, I know, you're right.....but that was their way of dealing with the 'V' marks over the doors.....helped a little bit, but not much. I'm just living with them for now, I don't want them messing with a waterproof top because lots of people have had worse issues resulting from dumbass technicians that don't know what they are doing at the dealerships.

Now, if I start getting holes, or water on the floors from the waterbag, then I will have to take a chance.....hopefully not, I can enjoy my Silver Streak for a while yet.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:13 AM   #21
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I know that some Camaro's don't come with the Tonneau covers... Does this mean mine does?

Also, my build date is 9/12/2011

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For 2012 model year, 1LT and 1SS did not come with a tonneau cover. 2LT and 2SS did. I have a 1LT and had to pay for mine.
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For 2012 model year, 1LT and 1SS did not come with a tonneau cover. 2LT and 2SS did. I have a 1LT and had to pay for mine.
On my paperwork it has it listed... ??
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On my paperwork it has it listed... ??
If the car was ordered from the factory with one it will be on the build sheet. It was optional on models where it wasn't standard equipment.

I just notice that paper has folding rear seat with trunk passthrough listed, the convertible does not have it.
Just what is that paper?
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:02 AM   #25
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If the car was ordered from the factory with one it will be on the build sheet. It was optional on models where it wasn't standard equipment.

I just notice that paper has folding rear seat with trunk passthrough listed, the convertible does not have it.
Just what is that paper?
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