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Old 07-08-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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To get an honest opinion

My wife and I are going to order her a new '13 vert, and I/we wanna know what the one biggest complaint is against them. I've checked this thread several times and most say about the wear factor being excessively quick, is that still the case? And how about the actual durability of the vert mechanisms? She had an vert beetle and we had to replace the straps and motor within 50k, and we use opened her up maybe 3 times a year. Just trying to see what we are in for sober can make good decision.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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I have had my 2013 for a while . I traded in a 2010 Coupe. I have to say I absolutely love the Convertible. I have had no problems at all. I live in Fla. so I have the top down a lot. The car is awesome.
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I dont believe you can still order a 2013.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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well I was real happy with my vert until yesterday. I am in Maine and my fifth bow on my top just went out. I am about 2000 miles from WI where I live. I can still get the top up and down but there is a big gap along the back with the top closed.
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My wife and I are going to order her a new '13 vert, and I/we wanna know what the one biggest complaint is against them. I've checked this thread several times and most say about the wear factor being excessively quick, is that still the case? And how about the actual durability of the vert mechanisms? She had an vert beetle and we had to replace the straps and motor within 50k, and we use opened her up maybe 3 times a year. Just trying to see what we are in for sober can make good decision.
***and if its broke, how good is chevy at "fixing" issues?****
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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If you want a lot of sleepless nights and no help from GM to relieve the stress then go ahead and get u one, been there and done that as they say
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:51 PM   #7
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I received my '13 2LT with the RS package last October, drove it through the winter here in northern Virginia (not much snow here this year) and certainly have been taking advantage of every nice day I've had the car to put the top down. I've had one minor issue with a top strut popping off the linkage and that's it. I was able to re-attach the strut and had the dealer check everything out the next day. Other than that, no issues and a permanent grin. I love this car. I recently drove out to Austin, TX and back to DC in 5 days.....did I already say I love this car?

Perhaps my only complaint (if I have to have one) is that you'll be challenged to get a set of golf clubs in the trunk with the top up and it just won't happen with the top down. Your wife will absolutely love this car.

She will want to be careful to keep a decent space between the car and curbs at the front (front clearance is low) and on the sides with the low profile tires (rim rash is easy to come by).
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:58 PM   #8
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I dont believe you can still order a 2013.


according to my guy i can, but who the hell knows, it changes daily. If not it may be for the better with the 14 previewing around the corner.

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well I was real happy with my vert until yesterday. I am in Maine and my fifth bow on my top just went out. I am about 2000 miles from WI where I live. I can still get the top up and down but there is a big gap along the back with the top closed.


have you tried to get a hold of a dealer or chevy to see what the down time is expected to be? and how willing they(dealer/chevy) was to fix the problem or put a bandaid on it?

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If you want a lot of sleepless nights and no help from GM to relieve the stress then go ahead and get u one, been there and done that as they say


how long round about before you started having problems? we've considered the coupe just because i started reading this thread on the forum, that's why i'm trying to get first hand knowledge.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #9
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I will be home on thur. I will see what my dealer says.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:23 PM   #10
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Traded my 2010 SS COUPE for a ZL1 Vert and I must say I work about 60hrs a week and barely get to drive it but once or twice a week for a short time. I love this car. But I only have 300 miles on it and have had it for two and half months now. But if I had a problem I know GM AND MY DEALER WOULD NOT HESITATE TO FIX IT... Any problems I've ever had they always took care of them and quickly. Just my opinion..
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Traded my 2010 SS COUPE for a ZL1 Vert and I must say I work about 60hrs a week and barely get to drive it but once or twice a week for a short time. I love this car. But I only have 300 miles on it and have had it for two and half months now. But if I had a problem I know GM AND MY DEALER WOULD NOT HESITATE TO FIX IT... Any problems I've ever had they always took care of them and quickly. Just my opinion..
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:18 PM   #12
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If you want a lot of sleepless nights and no help from GM to relieve the stress then go ahead and get u one, been there and done that as they say
Had mine for over a year and over 13,000 miles with hundreds of top cycles and no sleepless nights.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:20 PM   #13
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I dont believe you can still order a 2013.
Correct 13's cannot be ordered, in fact I think they are in model changeover right now for the 14's
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:25 PM   #14
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Thanks William love all three of my GM vehicles....
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:16 PM   #15
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I have a '12 2LT and other than the wear marks I have had no other issues with the top. I did have some water leakage that turned out to be a bad door seal, but the top has been great. Love the V-6, plenty of git up and go, plus I averaged 26 mpg on a trip down South to Hilton Head. Plenty of top up/down cycles with no issues.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:36 PM   #16
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My daily driver '12 2LT developed a frayed area due to rubbing against the back frame. The replacement top is the '13 variety with the cords keeping the top tight to the mechanism (not the frame). I have had no problems since. My car turned out to already have the newer water bag, so no issues there either.

I cycle the top several times a day. I suggest you do the same. If it fails you want it to fail under warranty.

If you buy a late '12 (after April), '13 or '14 you'll already have the updated top and water bag. So you should be good to go.

I really enjoy my car. I hope you enjoy yours.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:51 PM   #17
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I have an 11 Vert. 28,000 miles. The mechanism works flawlessly, always has. Driving it is a pleasure. Life changing even, haha!

But if you're super OCD, yeah there are some rub marks where the top comes down and touches above the windshield. They're minor and I wouldn't have known about their existence without people pointing them out on this forum, haha. You're also going to get rib marks on the top itself. I could care less. And honestly, I expect to replace a convertible top, so I don't care if it look less than perfect. I'm not going to replace it any time soon, but yeah in 10 years sure.

PS my mustang top leaked. This one never has. Another thing that will blow you away is how quiet this thing is for a convertible.

Personally, I wouldn't considering the hardtop. I'd still be driving mustangs if Chevy hadn't released a vert

Edit - this was my only car and a daily driver for the first year I owned it! Best year of my life, ha!
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:45 AM   #18
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Kind of late to order a 2013 model.

2011 SS/RS vert - three summers, almost 6k miles and no major issues. Couple of rub marks I wouldn't have even noticed if people here had not pointed theirs out. Had the top adjusted this spring and now is super quiet. This is a good one and I'm happy, well worth the $300+ per month (as with many) depreciation plus care & feeding. An awesome car on its own merit, even though engineering tolerances are not as tight as some imports. If I had to do it again, I'd buy another Camaro vert.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:07 AM   #19
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when the top is down, make sure it sits BELOW the back frame of the storage well. Many people have had rub marks appear when the material flaps in the wind & rubs against the frame of the storage well. I finally had a top shop that knew how to properly install a new top & now it sits lower in the storage well when fully opened. Now, since it sits BELOW the rear frame, it can't flap against the frame & make rub marks.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:39 AM   #20
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I've had mine for a year now and 25,000 miles later, I am still happy with the car. I would do it all over again if I had to.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:52 AM   #21
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Kind of late to order a 2013 model.

2011 SS/RS vert - three summers, almost 6k miles and no major issues. Couple of rub marks I wouldn't have even noticed if people here had not pointed theirs out. Had the top adjusted this spring and now is super quiet. This is a good one and I'm happy, well worth the $300+ per month (as with many) depreciation plus care & feeding. An awesome car on its own merit, even though engineering tolerances are not as tight as some imports. If I had to do it again, I'd buy another Camaro vert.
Was doing a custom build off GM website, that's why I say 2013. Technicalities lol

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Old 07-09-2013, 07:25 AM   #22
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I have a 2011...I have had all the issues....The key to repairing these is to have the repairs/replacement done by an experienced dealership and/or trim shop...
My dealer has 60 years convertible experience and the trim shop that mine was subbed out to has 40 years of convertible and custom work experience.
I have had the following done 5th bow repaired, water bag replaced ,now have a 2014 top...It was tricky for the techs to install the new top they spent something like 36 hours on it.They kept changing links out and added parts to bring it up to a 2014 top and get it to where the tech was happy with the look and functionality of the top.I had the top replaced in April 2013 and have cycled it numerous times..it seems to be okay and fingers are crossed.
When the top is functioning the camaro verts are an absolute blast.

Like I said the real key is to have experienced people working on them..if not, plenty of horror stories.

also really push for a coverage letter from gm to extend the warranty on the top itself and any water penetration including the water bags just to be safe.

Gm Canada refused to issue such for me, but plenty of owners have received extended top warranties in the USA.
Good Luck with your decision.

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:07 AM   #24
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I received my '13 2LT with the RS package last October, drove it through the winter here in northern Virginia (not much snow here this year) and certainly have been taking advantage of every nice day I've had the car to put the top down. I've had one minor issue with a top strut popping off the linkage and that's it. I was able to re-attach the strut and had the dealer check everything out the next day. Other than that, no issues and a permanent grin. I love this car. I recently drove out to Austin, TX and back to DC in 5 days.....did I already say I love this car?

Perhaps my only complaint (if I have to have one) is that you'll be challenged to get a set of golf clubs in the trunk with the top up and it just won't happen with the top down. Your wife will absolutely love this car.

She will want to be careful to keep a decent space between the car and curbs at the front (front clearance is low) and on the sides with the low profile tires (rim rash is easy to come by).
Same thing happene to mine. But no problems since.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:37 AM   #25
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Don't let the horror stories scare you off, get the convertible. I have had two separate leaks with mine and I'm still glad I bought it (at least opposed to the coupe ) Both of my issues were fixed relatively quickly and I was able to get my carpet replaced. I haven't had any issues with rubbing or the top mechanism itself yet, and I have used the top quite a bit. The top insulates very well against sound and cold, and it fits great. There is surprisingly little wind and wind noise with the top down too. On the down side the tonneau it a PITA to install and remove, and I wouldn't drive without it above city speeds because the top flaps around way too much at higher speeds. At least the tonneau fits nicely and is stable up to triple digit speeds when installed. As many have said the key is finding a good dealership, which is not an easy thing to do. I have found a couple that are very willing to help, but most of their technicians that actually do the work are clueless. Good luck!
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