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Old 09-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #1
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RS package

I notice that just about everyone orders their Camaro with the RS package. Can someone explain why it is worth it? It seems like an awful lot of money for some modified lights, body ditch molding, the tires they offer and the spoiler. I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing as to why everyone orders this package.

Also, does anyone know if a dealer is able to get just the spoiler and install that only?

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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I think it gives the car an even more aggressive look with the halo lights.

I don't know about the spoiler..but I believe it can be done.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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I believe someone asked this in an earlier thread but I can't remember where it is....I think it is more worth it the more basic of a model you have. As the models go up in $, more and more parts of the original RS package are added (like the spoiler and 20" rims on the 2SS I think), but you are still charged quite a bit for the remaining parts of the package (lights and painted molding). I read in that thread that the dealers cannot install the spoiler on the car. If you want to save the money I guess you could install the halo headlights later on (for a few hundred probably). However, if you break down the package, I think it's worth it for those lights, upgrade in rims, painted molding, spoiler, and darker tail lights. Some people pay over a grand just for their rims! This is just my .02. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:49 PM   #4
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i got it for a) bigger wheels and nice Pirelli Tires b) the halos, IMO, are freaking awesome at night and stand out a LOT more than normal headlights c) spoiler is def. worth having, makes the back end stick out a little better and adds some elements of speed when looking at the car d) the reverse mohawk is a cool thing to have (the roof molding) e) i believe (dont quote me on this) that my RS package included the Convenience package, which came with bluetooth, leather wrapped steering wheel, wheel mounted controls, and some other things.

Overall, I think its worth getting the RS...unless u plan on gettin a custom spoiler and custom wheels, I think its a good buy...but this is all just my opinion
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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I don't believe the RS comes with the convenience package. You pay extra for that except for certain models (SS?), where it is 'included' for a hefty increase in price on those models.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:22 PM   #6
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RS Package is separate from convenience package (I got both)

Also, halos HID are 1200$ just the headlight part, cars are not wired the same way so you cannot cheaply retrofit the real RS headlight.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:31 PM   #7
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The HIDs are the main cost of the RS kit. REAL HIDs are not cheap, the ones you see on civics that blind you on the road are just brighter bulbs that are marketed as HIDs.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:20 PM   #8
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There is NO comparison between the stock headlights and the HIDs. NONE. Go take one of each for a test drive some evening and check out the road lighting difference. The Halos are just a real cool extra bonus. JMO.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:33 PM   #9
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for my LT it was worth it just for the halos and upgrade to 20" Rims and tires. The darker taillights, body coloured roof ditching, spoiler and RS badging were all pluses
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:31 AM   #10
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My opinion, RS package is a must on a LT. On a SS, its a different story. SS, you already get the spoiler & the wheels. Its worth it and its a must on a LT.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:35 AM   #11
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the RS package includes:

HID Hi/Lo lights.
Halo rings
body-color roof ditch moulding
specific badging
lip spoiler (on LT models)
Midnight Silver 20" rims + tires
and smoked taillights.

Exterior changes ONLY, no interior mods.

It costs $1750, $1450, and $1200 for the 1LT, 2LT, and SSs respectively.

IMO, this package is worth well over what they're charging for it. The headlights alone will run you approx $500-600 a piece. They provide an absolutely heavenly cast of light...VERY top-of-the-line stuff...Number 3 (GM employee and valued Camaro5 member) remarked that they were absolutely the best headlights he's ever experienced and he test drives a LOT of cars for the company.

The Halo rings are downright sinister. I wish they were bright enough to use as Daytime Running lights from the factory, but as it is...they are badass in every sense of the term. (they make BMW angel eyes look old and boring, imo)

The roof-ditch moldings make the roof of the car a little cleaner, and and little more upscale...I only wish this included a body-color shark fin.

The rims are fantastic...if you haven't seen midnight silver in person, check it out. They don't look dirty so much as have an "inner shadow", if that makes sense. Very neat.

And the same goes for the smoked taillights. Just a better look, imo.


For LT models, it gives the car a more SS-like appearance (spoiler, rims), and adds 'RS' badging. It becomes and even greater value (as some have said) for LT models because the rims are probably worth well over $1000/4 if they were sold by themselves as an option.

However, if you don't like the Halo rings, for instance...or maybe for some reason you prefer the warm light of the standard halogens...then the package isn't worth it and you shouldn't feel pressured into buying it.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:37 AM   #12
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The RS package completes the car. I saw one without it and it looked, well just wrong. The car needs the spoiler and all the other items in the package.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:44 AM   #13
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It just makes the car look cool.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:15 AM   #14
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I drove a non-RS V6 and bought an RS V8. The HIDs alone are worth the money. Not only do they look awesome on the car they are way brighter than the standard lights. The other items are just nice kickers in the deal.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:25 AM   #15
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I have a non-RS 2LT and live in a part of the country that is very dark. I've had HID lighting on my previous 3 vehicles and they were needed. On my Camaro, the stock headlights are plenty bright enough and provide excellent coverage - just the color is more yellow than the HID.

To me the RS package was not worth the extra money because you get stuck with the crappy, short life, summer tires on the 20 inch wheels. I drive over 25k miles a year and will drive my car all year. Those summer tires were the deal killer for me.

I'd like to have had the Halo HD lights, but not for $1450.00 plus a new set of tires in 4 months.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:10 AM   #16
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i did it mostly for the rims and spoiler... halos were a nice touch...
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:43 AM   #17
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I don't believe the RS comes with the convenience package. You pay extra for that except for certain models (SS?), where it is 'included' for a hefty increase in price on those models.

I believe the convenience package is standard on the 2LT & 2SS, and optional for the 1LT & 1SS.

As far as the RS package, I originally ordered my 2LT without it because I thought I wanted to get custom wheels/rims & the optional high wing spoiler (which you cannot get with the RS). I thought I would just add the HID/halos later. After much going back & forth, I finally decided to add the RS package. My motivating factors were as follows: Price on HID/halos were going to cost $1200 for the pair (per the GM Parts Direct site) --- and that is before labor. I also was getting concerned that the high-wing spoiler showed "no estimate" on the availability date--which I believe is still the case today. I knew I wanted SOME kind of spoiler, so I decided I'd rather have the one that comes with the RS vs. taking a chance on NEVER getting the high wing. Finally, I knew I wanted to get 20" wheels/rims and it seemed silly (when combined with my previous two points), to go to the extra expense/hassle of gettingmy own20" wheels/rims when the ones that come with the RS are very nice as-is. Add it all up, and I think the RS package is a GREAT deal. I'm happy I changed my mind. Ultimately, you have to decide if the extras that come with the RS package are worth the price to you. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:15 AM   #18
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I went with the RS package on my 2LT because I wanted the HIDs/Halos and the spoiler. I really DON'T want the 20" wheels and tires becasue of the short-life summer tires. However, in the end I decided to get the RS and look to trade the 20s for standard 2LT 19s right away.

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Old 09-10-2009, 11:49 AM   #19
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i didn't get the rs. i live in a bright city so no need to light it up any further. i will still be able to see. i plan on getting custom wheels so i was going to remove the stock ones anyway. my car is gray and i plan on doing the blackout thing so the black roof ditch molding should fit in (and i don't see it setting off the color even if i didn't). i don't care either way about a spoiler. so yeah, i'll save my little $2k.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:02 PM   #20
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Take a look at the LS. ENOUGH SAID. Conv. package is and interior upgrade.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:22 PM   #21
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Very good point -- I forgot about the summer tire issue. How long can I expect them to last me? How much are replacement tires?
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I ordered the RS pacakage just based on seeing the non-RS package in person side by side with the RS--Huge diff...besides you get it now and not piece meal aftermarket and the parts are all covered under factory warranty--1 less thing to worry about..IMHO.
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Very good point -- I forgot about the summer tire issue. How long can I expect them to last me? How much are replacement tires?
Depends fully on how aggressive you drive the car. My grandmother could probably push 30k out of them; I'd be happy with 20k but banking on 15k. New set of rears is roughly $750-$800.
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I believe someone asked this in an earlier thread but I can't remember where it is....I think it is more worth it the more basic of a model you have. As the models go up in $, more and more parts of the original RS package are added (like the spoiler and 20" rims on the 2SS I think), but you are still charged quite a bit for the remaining parts of the package (lights and painted molding). I read in that thread that the dealers cannot install the spoiler on the car. If you want to save the money I guess you could install the halo headlights later on (for a few hundred probably). However, if you break down the package, I think it's worth it for those lights, upgrade in rims, painted molding, spoiler, and darker tail lights. Some people pay over a grand just for their rims! This is just my .02. Good luck with your decision.
try more like a few thousand. get the rs package now if your looking to do it eventually..paying retail from gm for the headlights, spoiler, wheels and new tires will easily run you 7-8 thousand. they are giving one hell of a bargain with it...which is why i got it.
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Depends fully on how aggressive you drive the car. My grandmother could probably push 30k out of them; I'd be happy with 20k but banking on 15k. New set of rears is roughly $750-$800.
hhmm...that was like with my cobalt...people were burning those tires out in 20k miles...with burnouts and what not on my tires, i made it to 40k before i needed new ones. its pretty much all in the way you drive, and the stock pirellis are about 400 a piece
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