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Old 05-05-2013, 04:30 PM   #101
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You are considering buying your son a non 2SS Camaro at 16?? Clearly you are not in the 1%...Do you want him to be made fun of at all the banquets? How will his classmates treat him when they see his meager V6 engine...not even pushing 400 tq...how silly...

But in all seriousness...buy him a old beater to practice on...I don't see the lesson he is going to learn from getting a brand new car at such a young age...unless you are teaching ego inflation then by all means why not a ZL1? An older car will teach him appreciation for what he has and lower the chances of him ending up on a telephone pole quite drastically...
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call me old fashion, but a 16 year old should buy his own car, with his own money.


wait, maybe im just jealous
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Ah yes...that post was pointless because we all know that anyone under 21 wouldn't dream of drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a car...especially the OP's son who is very responsible.
You're so full of it. You know damn well that can happen at any age. And legally, the guys in that horrible crash were considered adults. Stupidity know no age.
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also, I dont know a single person that was a better driver at 16, than say, 21

not saying they cant be safe at that age, just saying they will most likely be better and safer drivers with a few years real world driving experience. I'm a driving instructor, i know this shit.

either way, its your kid, do what you want.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #105
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You're so full of it. You know damn well that can happen at any age. And legally, the guys in that horrible crash were considered adults. Stupidity know no age.
Yes it CAN happen at any age...so what's your point? I didn't post the video...and if the OP's son decides to drink and drive it won't likely matter what kind of car he owns.
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Hey all that advice about a young kid with a Camaro is true I'm 18 I bought my car by my self with a lil help of dad (he knew the owner of the dealership I got a discount )..anyways my buddy has a 2011 2SS his 17 and a pretty chill person but when his friends tell hem to show off he goes crazy he almost crash for spending then he almost ran over a student on a parking lot showing off. I drive a 2010 RS so I'm not really crazy for power or showing off but the msg here is you can't trust a young person with a fast car.
From the horse's mouth. Good (honest) post.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:56 PM   #107
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why would you even put that.. not even something to joke about.
I'm pretty sure "heRS" was not joking. This, my young friend, is serious shit and happens all too often.
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Oh, well, shit... just get him a ZL1 then and be done with it.

I hope you don' expect us to buy this BS you're feeding us.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:02 PM   #110
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I think our OP has had his share of fun with this....
I am willing to bet that the OP is a 16 year old who is hoping to get a new Camaro for his birthday
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You guys are finally catching on.. LOL
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Lets look at this in real world terms.

First, you love your son? of course you do.
You want your son to have nice things? sure you do.
You want your son to be looked up to, to be "the man"? yup.
And of course you want your son to pull in the best hotties.

An SS will do those things for him, his friends will be in awe,the hotties will be begging to ride with your son and your son will be bragging about how awesome his dad is.

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Skip the camaro and just give him a loaded gun!
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:42 AM   #114
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Man, no way in hell I'd get a 16 year old kid a freakin' ZL1 or even an SS. LS or LT all the way. Let him earn his way to the bigger cars. He'll never learn to respect those kinds of cars at his age. At least I know that I wouldn't have...
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I have a friend who I grew up with and when he hit 16 his dad bought him a buick grand national and 3 or 4 months later he tried to beat a train and it cost the lives of 3 kids. He was an all A student and played Hockey in the compuware league and had bright future ahead of him until that moment
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Man, no way in hell I'd get a 16 year old kid a freakin' ZL1 or even an SS. LS or LT all the way. Let him earn his way to the bigger cars. He'll never learn to respect those kinds of cars at his age. At least I know that I wouldn't have...
Not sure the 'go with the LS or LT because they have less power' argument is valid. 323 HP is no slouch either. I had an LT before my SS and I could pretty much break the tires loose anytime I wanted to. And it's still a Camaro and the peers will still want to see what it will do. I'm thinking a nice Honda Civic would be a better (wiser) choice for a 16 year old kid.
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You guys are finally catching on.. LOL
There is probably a similar thread on the Mustang and Challenger forums.

Still an interesting discussion though.
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i have made my kids buy their own cars, that is what I had to do. most kids have an accident in the first year or 2 of driving. i drove a pos mustang i bought for 300, when i graduated college, civil engineer, i bought a 77 transam, got 3 tickets in 2 months, good thing i did not have it in highschool, my pos mustang had a sixer

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Not sure the 'go with the LS or LT because they have less power' argument is valid. 323 HP is no slouch either. I had an LT before my SS and I could pretty much break the tires loose anytime I wanted to. And it's still a Camaro and the peers will still want to see what it will do. I'm thinking a nice Honda Civic would be a better (wiser) choice for a 16 year old kid.
Exactly. People on this site act like the v6 has the power of a 94 civic or something. The car still has 320+ HP for christ sakes.
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Buy him a higher mileage LS1 hard top Camaro.

- LS1 can easily become an LS3
- 15+ years of development backing on the platform
- Bought outright meaning more money for mods
- Hard top because if he wrecks it, it just might be savable. I know this from personal experience.

Trust me, he'll have way more fun in that thing. I wanted a 5th gen since 2006 when I was 19 and broke ass poor in college. Found my bird and like everyone here we all have our days with our cars but in the end a 3800lb soaking wet car with minimal bolt ons and no tunes cracking 400 crank/343 rear wheel is an awesome feeling.
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Not sure the 'go with the LS or LT because they have less power' argument is valid. 323 HP is no slouch either. I had an LT before my SS and I could pretty much break the tires loose anytime I wanted to. And it's still a Camaro and the peers will still want to see what it will do. I'm thinking a nice Honda Civic would be a better (wiser) choice for a 16 year old kid.
You're right... My first car was a 1980 Pontiac station wagon. I think it had about 12HP. I would have gotten myself killed in a Camaro at that age. Every kid is different, and some are definitely mature enough to handle a powerful sports car [V6 or V8], but a sedan would definitely be the best choice for most kids at that age...
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Exactly. People on this site act like the v6 has the power of a 94 civic or something. The car still has 320+ HP for christ sakes.
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That last post was a joke so dont break out the flamethrowers just yet,lol
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There is probably a similar thread on the Mustang and Challenger forums.

Still an interesting discussion though.
Yup and not the 1st time for here... as long as it doesn't get into the normal bash fest it can still be fun.
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