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Old 01-16-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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i keep hearing bad things....

hey everyone i'm new here and I really want myself the new camaro.. best looking car..ever.. but I keep hearing bad things about it!

Parts breaking down

Can't turn at high speeds due to weight distribution or.. something else like that..

Recalls..

theres tons more but you guys already know it.

this isnt going to stop me from buying a camaro but I would desperately like to know if this is true about the recalls/parts breaking easy and the cant turn at high speeds without slipping out and losing control

Thanks everyone

Andrew

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Old 01-16-2010, 12:44 AM   #2
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:58 AM   #3
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hey everyone i'm new here and I really want myself the new camaro.. best looking car..ever.. but I keep hearing bad things about it!

Parts breaking down

Can't turn at high speeds due to weight distribution or.. something else like that..

Recalls..

theres tons more but you guys already know it.

this isnt going to stop me from buying a camaro but I would desperately like to know if this is true about the recalls/parts breaking easy and the cant turn at high speeds without slipping out and losing control

Thanks everyone

Andrew

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I want to buy the 2SS or the Z28 when it comes out


No re-calls I think. A few minor quirks that were worked out in early production.

As far as turning goes, any rear-wheel car is tougher to take turns with than a front wheel. My buddies supercharged Cobalt can fly around turns compared to my Camaro. That's physics though, not the car.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:12 AM   #4
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I don't know what kind of cars you have been driving, but for 99% of the people out there, this car will turn better than any car they have ever driven before. Most people will never push this car hard enough to ever have trouble turning it.

The only recall I know of has been the battery cable reroute for those cars made before May '09. There have been a few TSB's but nothing serious. I've got 20,400 miles on mine and no problems other than some of the early ones since my car was made in mid April.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:28 AM   #5
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Your concerns are so vague that you might as well be worrying about the boogeyman coming. The Camaro isn't perfect but if you are going to worry about something make sure it's something specific and real or at least potentially real problem. Having said that I'll take a go at your worries.

High speed turns - If you are used to fwd or awd it drive's different but the Camaro can take a corner far better than most regardless of the speed.

Parts breaking and recalls - Every mass produced car has these issues but I've seen no indications that the Camaro is particularly troubled.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:31 AM   #6
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Hi -

There were some very minor issues with the early cars. The battery cable was placed a little too close to the engine which caused some a cable-melt in a few cars but this was fixed.

I drove my car all last summer about 5000 kilometers on it without even a rattle. It's very fast, and handles like a mo-fo. This is my 10th car and my most favorite car. Trust me, you'll love it when you get it. If you have a few extra bucks in your wallet, go for the SS with all the bells and whistles. The technology package with the better stereo, ambient lighting etc, are all nice touches and well worth the money.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but don't RWD cars turn better than FWD? I always understood that RWD were predisposed to oversteer and FWD were more apt to under steer. Also FWD has to deal with torque steer. Since RWD cars usually have a more balanced weight distribution it tends to do better in the handling department. I can tell you I have driven many cars and my last car was a CTS that I thought handled excellently. The Camaro blows it's doors off and turns on a dime. I can't believe how tight this car feels. From the feed back in the wheel to the tight shifter and the phenomenal brakes this car is excellent. You need not worry at all.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:00 AM   #9
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Correct me if I'm wrong but don't RWD cars turn better than FWD? . . . .
for true high speed (like race course) handling yes -- but for around town fun FWD can "feel" better since it pulls you around corners and most people never push it to the point where the RWD is actually better

the motor-sports press has made a somewhat big deal about the not-so-good handling of the camaro, compared to the mustang and others . . . they say the camaro "pushes" aka under-steers . . . . but that apparently is exagerated, since the camaro actually beat the mustang and many other competitors in Car and Driver's recent "lightning lap" test

(there are threads on this with all the details)

so, maybe compared to a high-end BMW or Ferrari the Camaro doesn't handle as well . . . but compared to any normal car it handles great . . . coming from my Camry, the Camaro V6 I test drove felt like a real race car, like it's "on rails"

PS -- to the OP -- I'm guessing you've been talking with Mustang and/or ricer fans

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hey everyone i'm new here and I really want myself the new camaro.. best looking car..ever.. but I keep hearing bad things about it!

Parts breaking down

Can't turn at high speeds due to weight distribution or.. something else like that..

Recalls..

theres tons more but you guys already know it.

this isnt going to stop me from buying a camaro but I would desperately like to know if this is true about the recalls/parts breaking easy and the cant turn at high speeds without slipping out and losing control

Thanks everyone

Andrew

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I want to buy the 2SS or the Z28 when it comes out

14K miles and no problems
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:09 AM   #11
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Folks, sounds like he's just a Newb to the Camaro world and just been fed some bad info. Trying to feel out the Camaro5(most informative group) before he buys. No problems with mine either but there is always some @$$ wipes out there talking stuff about our rides.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:15 AM   #13
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There is a list around here with some common issues, I believe there was a problem with snapping output shafts using launch control, and some trannies getting messed up. look around the forum (warranty section). everyone here will just post how they don't have issues. every new car has issues it's good to know them ahead of time.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:17 AM   #14
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The only issue I have is filling the tank. It gets better milage than my truck but since I look for any excuse to drive it for absolutely no reason I have to fill it up a lot more often than I ever did my truck
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:35 AM   #15
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Don't worry about what other people say just enjoy your Camaro I know I do. Even if it breaks it means nothing. Nobody never promise to build the perfect car. If it was then this will be the last Camaro.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:36 AM   #16
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I agree with all the comments above. I have NEVER had a problem with mine and absolutely LOVE IT! I have owned several cars, including 3 other older model Camaros, and this one is by far the best ever. It is a joy to drive and I, too, look for reasons to go out, just to drive it. You won't be disappointed with your purchase.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:51 AM   #18
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To the OP>>>

Where did you get your info??? A honda forum? A mustang forum?

only 1 minor recall that I know of (only applied to a SMALL #'s of early SS's)...a few of TSB's...but EVERY car has TSB's. Car handles fine...no problems...what are you waiting for...GO BUY ONE!
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:24 AM   #19
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Someone has been feeding you bunk.


My SS is as flawless as as it gets and I have never had so much fun in a car.


If you want one, get one, you will not be disappointed.




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hey everyone i'm new here and I really want myself the new camaro.. best looking car..ever.. but I keep hearing bad things about it!

Parts breaking down

Can't turn at high speeds due to weight distribution or.. something else like that..

Recalls..

theres tons more but you guys already know it.

this isnt going to stop me from buying a camaro but I would desperately like to know if this is true about the recalls/parts breaking easy and the cant turn at high speeds without slipping out and losing control

Thanks everyone

Andrew

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I want to buy the 2SS or the Z28 when it comes out
Whoever your source is, they are misinformed.

There was 1 recall for the battery cable at the very begining of the launch. I'm not aware of another one.

The car rides and handles like a dream. Some of the magazines are saying the turn in on a Mustang for example is better, but that in no way makes the Camraro bad.

The quality of the car is quite good. There are many more posts of people that have had no problems than there are of those that have. And those that have had problems have had them quickly resolved.

Do your own research, the car has been evaluated by all the major magazines against the major competitors and Consumer Reports has even reviewed the Camaro. You will find it shines in all of those reviews and wins in all but a couple where the Mustangs smaller size and lighter weight seems to be a plus. Not for me by the way.

AND you are in one of the best spots to ask questions about this great car. There will be no shortage of quick and honest feedback if you find you have specific questions.
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Buy one - you'll love it. I'm very picky about buying new stuff and avoiding problematic things with teething problems. So I waited half a year or so to see how things shook out.

Everyone was loving them so much and pretty minimal issues going on so I jumped on one that was built in the last week of Nov '09. It's perfect, awesome Inferno Orange paint - probably the best painted GM car Ive ever bought. Powertrain is awesome, LS3 is flat out an incredible engine... Couldn't be happier with buying mine.

Get a 6 speed manual SS in your favorite color, add a great sounding exhaust... and you won't be able to stop driving it or get the smile off your face.

On the handling topic, sure - on a track, pushed to it's limits something like a Corvette will carve the corners better. Because the vette is a lightweight sports car. The Camaro is a Pony/Muscle car. Track cornering isn't number 1 priority. But on the street, canyon running, bombing around the mountains and country curvy roads, the Camaro is plenty fun to drive and handles real good. You just don't want to push it 10/10th on the street.

Take a test drive in a Challenger and then a Camaro. You'll appreciate how well the Camaro handles.
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Gotta say working for a Chevy service department I never see Camaro's roll in for issues Mine has never had a issue. I say get one and enjoy it. Pretty solid car.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:22 PM   #24
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I am going to buy a 2SS RS 6-Manual soon. And from what I've read and heard and seen.
The Camaro has way below average 1:st year problems, compared to many other cars. Specially in the performance segment.. So the minor things that have been seen, and most of them are corrected into new prod vehicles.. Are not worth worring about in my opinion.. And yes. My 2007 Roush 427 R has been sold a while ago. Now I am just saving, and waiting for good timing for order. To have delivery Spring/Summer .. Good luck there..
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I test drove a Mustag GT Premium and a Camaro 2SS the same week when I was shopping. I agree with you, the Camaro is the best looking car EVER and I wanted a Camaro, but I thought I should drive a Mustang too to make sure I wasn't doing something dumb by buying the Camaro. I thought the Camaro cornered MUCH better than the Mustang. It just felt like a better car all around.

You only read about problems because that's what people tend to report. If you read these forums you will find that most people love their Camaros.
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