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Old 07-08-2009, 04:32 PM   #1
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Thinking about getting the V6

But am worried 305 HP will not be enough for such a heavy car. Does the car push you back in your seat when you are ready for some spirited driving? I read some reviews where they actually liked the handling and smoothness of the V6 compared to the V8 can anyone verify this that has drove both models?
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The general consensus from people who have driven both seems to be that the V6 is strong, but obviously not as strong as the V8.

Honestly, it all comes down to what you want. The V6 picks up horsepower very quickly with just a few basic mods, so you can always get a bit more if its not quite enough for you.
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Would you say that either is more reliable then the other? As far as clutch maintenance etc.....
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But am worried 305 HP will not be enough for such a heavy car. Does the car push you back in your seat when you are ready for some spirited driving? I read some reviews where they actually liked the handling and smoothness of the V6 compared to the V8 can anyone verify this that has drove both models?
Definitely. And while I have driven the SS as well, I didn't get to push her (darn traffic!) so I can't comment on handling and such. Remember, 0-60 mph time is still right at or just under 6 seconds for the V6, so its definitely no slouch! And yeah, from all the reviews I've read the V6 has a better weight distribution and therefore better handling than the SS. Plus there is the added benefit of better gas mileage and cheaper insurance (cheaper gas too!)
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Would you say that either is more reliable then the other? As far as clutch maintenance etc.....
too early to tell right now.
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Would you say that either is more reliable then the other? As far as clutch maintenance etc.....
Hmm... thats a toughy. The LLT hasn't been in use very long, so its hard to say. I would guess they're about the same in that regard though.

But like BA said, the V6 will be cheaper on both gas and insurance.
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Definitely. And while I have driven the SS as well, I didn't get to push her (darn traffic!) so I can't comment on handling and such. Remember, 0-60 mph time is still right at or just under 6 seconds for the V6, so its definitely no slouch! And yeah, from all the reviews I've read the V6 has a better weight distribution and therefore better handling than the SS. Plus there is the added benefit of better gas mileage and cheaper insurance (cheaper gas too!)
I like the idea of cheaper insurance and cheaper gas the car is probably a blast to drive regardless of which one you get.
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Do you guys think the resale value of the V6 will be significantly less then the V8 models?
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In straight numbers, obviously. Percentage of MSRP - probably not too much worse if any at all.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:14 PM   #10
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I love my v6, but was surprised when AAA quoted me the price difference between the v6 and v8. It was only $60 a year more for the SS! By adding the 2LT RS to my insurance it added about $100 a month to my policy.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:29 PM   #11
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I love my v6, plenty of power right now and it should be (as stated before) fairly easy to get an additional 20-30 hp with an intake/exhaust. Definitely liking the fact that I can now use 87 octane instead of premium fuel. My insurance actually went down $7/month from my Cayenne (traded in). full coverage through state farm @ 56/month. very pleased.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:48 PM   #12
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Would you say that either is more reliable then the other? As far as clutch maintenance etc.....
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=70


Take a look at who's having driveline problems right now... it sure ain't us lowly V6'ers


But in all seriousness, there isn't enough metrics to make that kind of call yet. The 3.6 on paper is pretty much bullet proof, and the 6LXX series of transmissions has had a pretty good run thus far in both the GM and BMW lines.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:58 PM   #13
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you know there were 4 cylinder camaros with like 90hp...
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:09 PM   #14
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I would say that if you are going to race it get a V8, if you just want to drive it and have fun, get a V6. You can get in trouble with either one so that is a draw there.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:08 AM   #15
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I have another car, a Caddy STS with the same engine as my Camaro. Both are 3.6 Direct Injected. And even in my Caddy its got enough power, its a lot heavier. I LOVE the power in my Camaro, especially since in the long haul it will pass the gas station with more gas still in it, and I will have more cash in my pocket after going by the insurance office too.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:37 AM   #16
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This answered a lot of questions for me. Check it out....




As far as comparing them, that is tough as they are so different. I have driven both and will have both. I like both equally as they have their places. I think the technology is great in the the V6 and gotta think car companies are heading this way......power with fuel efficiency. Bet of both worlds in the V6. I knew after getting the V6 and then my wife trying to figure out who is going to drive ours everyday that I had to order another and I ordered the V8, I am not going to drive the V8 daily. So you have a tough choice to make. Check out the youtube above, it should help ya. I think the V6 has plenty of power, especially after the break in period. I know mine will go!
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:57 AM   #17
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V6 does it for me.
A little light on the torque, you'll notice it downshifting (auto) going up hill. But all things considered, I am very pleased with my choice.

I've got to believe there should be little if any difference in the resale value in the short term, especially if the price of gas goes up. Maybe in 30 years the 8 will command a higher price at Barrett Jackson
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:47 AM   #18
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SS will definitely hold a place in 'vintage car value' vs. V6 in years to come. Too many cars getting squeezed out with V6 and 4 cylinders to compete with a V8 in production now, especially one that gets the mpg the Camaro V8 does. I had a Dodge Magnum with the Hemi V8 and although the power was fun, the mileage was less than the Camaro and the gas prices were VERY annoying - used 93 octane just like the SS. People, including me, love the SS and the return of this vintage car with true muscle. The V8 rumble cannot be achieved by the V6.

BUT ......

In case you've not reseaerched, look up the Camaro Z28 and others of years gone by - ALL YEARS GONE BY - there were SEVERAL models, including Z28, that had less HP than this V6 does. The 60's model 327 was comparable and that was the beast everyone loves. That car might have weighed a bit less, but still this combo is NO SLOUCH.

The 70's and 80's gas crunch - performance cars - had less HP than this one and could not get the mileage this one does. I put a crate 350 V8 with dyno'd 330HP in my restored '77 Camaro. That car weighed in at 3700 lbs. (about 100 lbs. less than this car) and it was a blast. 304 HP should not be underestimated, especially when combined properly like this car, with rear gear ratio, injection (my 350 did not have that and EFI response is far superior to carb induction system).

A stock '76 through '80's Camaro squeezed out less than 200 HP, I believe some as low as 160.

For the money - roughly $10K less than a SS - the LT's are a steal. Getting in on this car now at teh MSRP's and problems GM is working, is a deal. I truly believe all these cars will increase in value over the next few years. There's is too much hype over the resurrected Camaro for these prices to remain.

For power, add nitrous later for 50 - 100 HP more. CAI and Exhaust now for 40 HP more. Then you're up to nearly 350 HP. That's just 75 less than a SS for, after mod expenses, roughly $8000 less ?...

There are mods in work now, for headers, catback exhaust etc. These will all keep adding up HP to eventually get a stock V6 up over 400 HP. Again, this V6 is no slouch, even if they seem to feel that way over at the V8 forum.

I love the SS, but the LT will be a beast too by the time I'm done.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:06 AM   #19
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304HP

V6 all the way in my book. Took the demo out and had a blast.
Still can't believe how loaded up the LS I ordered is.
I agree these prices won't last long with all they hype going on with the camaro.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:01 AM   #20
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I have a VR LS with tap shift, or rather Stainless Works has it for the next three weeks using it as a template for the headers and exhaust.
Also think that the LS is loaded,for a base or not, and it's $1700 under the 1LT price allows for mods. However, the wheels should have had a stainless beauty ring and center cap Will have to wait for the aftermarket to make it I hope. Would be less expensive than buying new wheels and I think it would give it a custom look.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:25 PM   #21
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I have the V6, and it has plenty of power to get you into trouble. If you're not racing the car, why waste the money on a V8...? So you can merge onto the highway faster? So you can whip around that minivan and be a bad a$$? Lets be serious.

I've been trying to take it easy, but have opened her up on a few long stretches of highway and have hit almost 130mph- smooth as butter with the engine still pulling like a champ.

As far as reliability goes, no doubt the drivetrain will last longer. Far lesser stress on everything from the clutch to spindles (which seem to be breaking on the V8's). Less power with the same setup = longevity. No way around it. Tires will be cheaper too- since you're not peeling them off every time you get a green light.

If your biggest concern is that you'll be ridiculed for driving a V6, get over it. You're still driving a camaro... not a camry, accord, caravan, or a riced out civic... all of which make me want to vomit.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:43 PM   #22
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If your biggest concern is that you'll be ridiculed for driving a V6, get over it. You're still driving a camaro... not a camry, accord, caravan, or a riced out civic... all of which make me want to vomit.
I can agree with that. A co-worker of mine was picking on me for getting the v6 instead of the v8. I asked him what he drove and he said,
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Once I stopped laughing, I told him I was sorry and I'd rather have my v6 Camaro than be caught driving a Taurus X. He told me that he guessed he had better quit picking on my v6 Camaro...


Honestly, after 300 miles with my v6, I can say it works extremely well for an every day driver. I have yet to run into a situation that I felt it lacked enough power to do what I wanted it to do. Sure, I'd love to have the torque and sound from a big old V8 but I sure as heck don't want the fuel/tire/insurance bills that come with it. I'm still trying to get through the break-in period without beating it up but I can tell from the few times I've got on it that this engine really opens up from about 3500rpms on up. Going to be fun once I cross the 1500 mile barrier.
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Its not a matter of power its if u can handle the sound of it. If your old school its going to be hard to get used to it. If u love the rumble of a V8 move along nothing to see hear. Its an amazing piece of machine in V6 form but its still no V8.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:30 PM   #24
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I love my v6, but was surprised when AAA quoted me the price difference between the v6 and v8. It was only $60 a year more for the SS! By adding the 2LT RS to my insurance it added about $100 a month to my policy.
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This thread makes me wanna go outside and scream "V-6 POWAAAAA!!!!!!". Having to deal with the "no... its not the SS" thing gets old for sure. Little brother is no slouch!
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