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Old 07-19-2009, 07:12 PM   #1
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Low end Vette vs. SS/RS Camaro

Every time I see a Vette, I think I need one. But,the only one I can afford is a basic 1lt. How is the performance of the 1lt relative to the SS Camaro?
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:22 PM   #2
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If I were you, I'd go for the fully-loaded Camaro. IMO it has even more prestige than the Corvette. It is the same engine... so pretty much the question comes down to "which dress do you like better?" LOL
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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I have an 08 base C6 Vette with the Z51 package. Never driven a new Camaro but the Vette has outstanding performance. I'd say the deciding factor for me would be if I needed the rear seats or not.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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just seen a 04 zo6 with 9k stickered for 32 at my dealer...was really tempting...it would be a drive for you but maybe worth it for you
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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Shifted to Vette after renting Camaro

I rented a Camaro for 2 days. IMHO, the rear seats in the Camaro are next to no seats which is what got me looking at Vettes. My wife is fairly tall and when we got out of the Camaro and went shopping, it was difficulet to even get bags in the rear seat area with where she had put the seat. I'm really struggling as I have always wanted a Vette and can kind of afford one now though I have to stay with the 1lt Z51.
I did, however, love the Camaro. This is not a bad mouthing for the C5 but simply thinking about going with a real 2 seat sports car vs. a "4" seat coupe.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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1LT's have NO side air bags.

2010 Corvette's are being built. The 2009's are leftovers now.

They're desperate to sell them.

Pretend you have a Corvette to sell, and watch them run away, or low-ball you like never before.

Check Corvette Forum.com for deals on new 2LT's.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:59 PM   #7
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All you vette owners don't flame me now. A friend of mine actually let me have his vette for a Saturday so I could test drive that baby for a comparison. IMO it drove a little "heavy" to me. I actually prefer the way the camaro handles and feels compared to the vette. Don't get me wrong, the vette was awesome and a serious head turner but I like the way the camaro feels.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:05 PM   #8
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I rented a Camaro for 2 days. IMHO, the rear seats in the Camaro are next to no seats which is what got me looking at Vettes. My wife is fairly tall and when we got out of the Camaro and went shopping, it was difficulet to even get bags in the rear seat area with where she had put the seat. I'm really struggling as I have always wanted a Vette and can kind of afford one now though I have to stay with the 1lt Z51.
I did, however, love the Camaro. This is not a bad mouthing for the C5 but simply thinking about going with a real 2 seat sports car vs. a "4" seat coupe.
You talking C5 or C6, big difference.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:13 PM   #9
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in canada, a loaded 2ss auto w roof and gfx is over 50k plus tax. msrp.
a base vette is 69k ish
a loaded Z06 is over 100k.
a zr1 is 145k.
a buddy just paid 90k for a loaded base vette. he had to have an automatic..period.
he could afford the zr-1, and would bought it if it had A6.
his son just bought a 2009 porsche turbo cabriolet. (awd).
i challenged them to a duel at the 1/4 mile track when my car gets in. i think i can beat the vette, and the 996 will eat me alive.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:32 PM   #10
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I personally could not stand driving a really base car, but that isn't too bad in a vette, so it's really a draw there... Performance would probably be pretty similar, but are you taking it to the track or anything?

The back seat might be the way to decide. Good luck. Congrats on keeping it American, that makes me like you more than a lot of people out there.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:50 PM   #11
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I own an 08 LS3 C6 Z51 NPP exhaust 1lt Corvette and its far from a basic car.

Does everything I need and its fast as hell. Huge discounts on them too..

The camaro SS is an awesome car as well so just decide...

Do you want a two seat sports car where the roof comes off or do you want a 2 plus 2 coupe ..

You can't go wrong with either ....

I want one of each.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:00 AM   #12
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I got so pissed off by gouging, lying dealerships who expected me to put up with them asking for a ten-grand handout just to order a 2SS that I came to my senses and realized that as spiffy as the Camaro might be, for less money I can pick up a C6 coupe with low miles and possibly warranty left that'll blow the Camaro's doors off without breaking a sweat and for which all manner of aftermarket parts are already made. I can put a proper sound system and navigation into a superior car for less money, the only thing missing being the warranty which I'd have voided within the first week of ownership anyway getting rid of that damned torque management.

I'm still interested in what a Camaro might do for me; I still love the car and would be thrilled to own one, but I will never be thrilled enough with any car to put up with treatment like that from a dealership in this economy. I will not have terms dictated to me in a transaction where I'm the only solvent party!

Hell, the Vette probably still gets better mileage on top of everything else!
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:06 AM   #13
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you all already know what I am going to say...lol
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:39 AM   #14
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I'm always surprised at the perception of overlap between the Corvette and Camaro. They share an engine, and both have 4 wheels, two doors, and come from a Chevrolet dealership, but really, don't the similarities end there? The 'Vette is a sports car, plain and simple, and the Camaro is a GT. To me, it seems you buy them for two different purposes and they drive differently. When I sat in the Camaro, I never got the feeling i was sitting in a Corvette competitor, other than a little bit of similarity in the width perception and view over the hood.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:53 AM   #15
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I'm always surprised at the perception of overlap between the Corvette and Camaro. They share an engine, and both have 4 wheels, two doors, and come from a Chevrolet dealership, but really, don't the similarities end there? The 'Vette is a sports car, plain and simple, and the Camaro is a GT. To me, it seems you buy them for two different purposes and they drive differently. When I sat in the Camaro, I never got the feeling i was sitting in a Corvette competitor, other than a little bit of similarity in the width perception and view over the hood.

there is one more overlap. and thats the main one...the potential buys...
chevy loyalists looking for a performance car
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:59 AM   #16
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Well, if you could buy a C5 Z06 Vette for under $30K, and it happened to have at least 400+ to the rear wheels, and less than 40K miles, it would be a tough decision.

The C5 is proven. The SS has not been.

But for that price point, I'd rather buy a Garage Queen C6Z06 STOCK for around $42K and take my chances with the "roof fly" and the rocker arm destruction, and the "marbles in a can" rear end issues, and the low oil pressure mystery condition due to the dry-sump, and the loose bolts on the wheels and suspension, and the "Active Service Handling" issue, and the fumes from the glue that hold the rear trunk to the frame, and the window indexing issues, and the clutch stuck to the floor issues.....well. never mind.

Otherwise, If we are talking "Want" Vs. "Not," I "Want" an IBM SS with white stripes and ~some~ mods to boot.

(first thing will be alternator cable and half-shafts mods, from the factory)

Second thing will be ...WAIT!! Let me first, and I will get back to you.

GET A CAMARO!!
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:04 AM   #17
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Well, if you could buy a C5 Z06 Vette for under $30K, and it happened to have at least 400+ to the rear wheels, and less than 40K miles, it would be a tough decision.

The C5 is proven. The SS has not been.

But for that price point, I'd rather buy a Garage Queen C6Z06 STOCK for around $42K and take my chances with the "roof fly" and the rocker arm destruction, and the low oil pressure mystery condition due to the dry-sump, and the loose bolts on the wheels and suspension, and the "Active Service Handling" issue, and the fumes from the glue thathold the rear trunk to the frame, and the window indexing issues, and the .....well. never mind.

Otherwise, If we are talking "Want" Vs. "Not," I "Want" an IBM SS with white stripes and ~some~ mods to boot.

(first thing will be alternator cable and half-shafts mods, from the factory)

Second thing will be ...WAIT!! Let me first, and I will get back to you.

GET A CAMARO!!
Roof Fly is only on some 06 z06 models and it's a free fix if it has not already been done(go to dealer and check to see if it has been corrected and if not they will fix it for free)..and there is alot of other misinformation in your post
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Roof Fly is only on some 06 z06 models and it's a free fix if it has not already been done(go to dealer and check to see if it has been corrected and if not they will fix it for free)..and there is alot of other misinformation in your post
I know. I'm just tryin to be funny. ALL cars have their issues, right?

I wants Me a Camaro!!!

Cheers, man. And you are correct. I was over-exagerating.
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I know. I'm just tryin to be funny. ALL cars have their issues, right?

I wants Me a Camaro!!!

Cheers, man. And you are correct. I was over-exagerating.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:43 AM   #20
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Meh, vettes have never been my style. Far to refined. I'd get the camaro many times before a vet. I don't really like their body stylings either, never have.

I like seat of my pants all over the place action. Guess I need to get a trophy truck and race the baja.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:45 AM   #21
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Would love a vette, but can't bring myself to pay $70k CAD for a bare bones base model. I'd rather have a shelby or a cayman -- more practical cars, and arguable better $/performance for their respective strengths.

That said, if you negotiate wisely, as per the previous commenters, you could get yourself a really sweet 2009 corvette deal... let them sweat a bit.

Sadly i don't think we'll see surplus camaros until spring 2010 given the low production output + demand + q/c issues. You're probably better off stalling your purchase 6-12 months if you can be patient.
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The 1lt vette has the same, if not better, features that you will actually use than a Camaro 2SS and is a far superior performer.

Spend a little extra and get the Corvette.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:18 AM   #23
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I just sold my 2007 1LT black C6 M6 coupe for the Camaro. I have not driven a SS yet but so what. I drove a 1LT Camaro and i know i love how it drives and feels. I sat in several 2SS/2LT cars so I know the seats are far superior to the base seats in the base Corvette but... don't kid yourself:

#1 a "base" Camaro and a "base" Corvette are not the same. Most desired options are in the 1LT Corvette. The rest is BS. I didn;t even have the Z51 pkg but you know what, you don;t need it. 99.9% of drives won't/couldn't drive even a base corvette to its limit in stock form. I know I coldn't.

#2 a Camaro is a muscle/pony car. A Corvette is a SPORTS car. It will out run, out corner, out stop, out perform in all ways a Camaro.

#3 With the Corvette comes some bad stereotypes... daddys car, penis envy, cocky ass...etc. I am only 32 and somethimes hated driving the corvette b/c of this. just be prepared if you get a corvette...

I tapped out of Corvette ownership after having a 67 coupe, a 92 coupe, a 95 coupe, a 2000 coupe and a 2007 coupe for the camaro for several reason...

-I have 2 other Camaros and want all 5.
-The new Camaro is totally bad ass looking and so comfortable.
-The Corvette many be faster but seriously do I need 192 mph at my disposal? I think 155 is pleanty.
-The non-sport seats in the C6 SUCK!
-I was sick of black
-and on and on

This question has no answer. They are differnt. Utopia would be both but I can't afford that. In the end, you can't go wrong with eitehr on.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:21 AM   #24
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Camaro definitely steals the show this year and maybe next. With that said the Vette will be faster and handle better, due to its weight and suspension. But If you ask me, not being biased the camaro looks better hands down.
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Camaro definitely steals the show this year and maybe next. With that said the Vette will be faster and handle better, due to its weight and suspension. But If you ask me, not being biased the camaro looks better hands down.
but...

That may wear off. Corvettes are timeless. When the Camaro is mainstream, the Corvette may steal the show back but for now...



PS... after 1 week without the C6 and no Camaro yet, I do not miss the corvette at all! Just patiently waiting for the Camaro. The week of 8/3 may pan out to be very good. The IROC is going in to get the tranny fixed on the 4th so she should be back on the road. Tranny acted up on Power Tour 2009 and has been laid up since June.
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