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Old 03-25-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Oh woe is me!! Will I be happy with the SS?

If GM releases the Z/28 in late 2011, I think I won't buy it. That means I won't buy it until 2012 because I won't drive it in the 2011 winter. That means I will "settle" for the SS because I can't wait 2 friggin years! (from today)

Assuming I won't drive on the track, will I be happy with the SS in the long-term? People keep saying that once you get used to the HP, you want more. I wanted to jump straight to the Z/28 because I want to avoid wasting money switching down the road (especially if I'm going to sink money into the car). I anticipate based on my past behaviour that I will want more.

The Z/28 is the package, out of the box it looks different from run-of-the-mill Camaros that by the end of 2011 will have swamped the roads, and out of the box it has track handling and power. I don't have to buy an SS, eventually see the Z/28 on the road, and then experience envy and regret.

On the other hand, the SS might ALWAYS make me happy. I don't know since I've never been in this situation.

So to answer this question, I think the best way would be look at your own past behaviour. Have you purchased a performance car in the past, only to have better performing cars released a few years later, and still you stuck with your performance car because it was *enough*?

I suspect that few people can actually answer this question, since the fact you bought a 2010 Camaro says that whatever you had before was clearly *not* enough. But who knows, some of you may *still* have your previous car or have the experience of a performance car you bought decades ago.

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Old 03-25-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:40 PM   #3
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As they say a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.......
so you dont get the SS and wait for the venerable Z/28. Then the amazing super dupery Z/OMG gets released will you be happy with the Z/28? Or what about the amazing Stingray Corvette concept?

I type this as I am about to go enjoy the SS I have NOW......just sayin.

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Old 03-25-2010, 05:41 PM   #4
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Be different if only for the moment, buy the 2011 Z28, it might not be available from Obama Motors in 2012 with the supercharged V8.

$7500 supercharger added to the SS will give you the same HP. Not sure about the brake, suspension, & badging upgrade cost. Oh yeah....the HOOD! No mail slot....
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:42 PM   #5
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Many here have made this exact decision already. Including me. Of course it wasn't quite as tough since it was more than two years to wait. At the time, it could have been two years but simantics.

I decided to just buy the SS and mod later. A stock Z-28, whatever it may have, can be caught with mods. Right down to the suspension. May cost more in the end, but not too much more imo considering.

The Exterior can be moded to even exeed the Z-28 if needs be. This is what I may do. Trading in mine at that point would be even more costly so my mods have already begun. I'm cool with it. Totaly.
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it was murder for me to wait a year on this car. i couldn't imagine another 2 years yet. Just get a ss now.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #7
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I've established that my tolerance level for wait is about 6 months. I've waited about 5 months now, and I'm going a little nuts. If I hear later on down the road that it will be a late 2011 Z/28, I'm going to cry.



In the end, I am likely going to go the safe financial route and wait for the Z/28, but I'm trying to reason with myself to settle for an SS just in case. I want a plan B. What makes the wait a lot worse, is not having a plan B.

I WISH that the Shelby were up to the task of being a plan B, but the log rear axle and ugly sticking out block-of-wood bum takes it out of the equation.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:51 PM   #8
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:57 PM   #9
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The problem with waiting is there will always be something exciting coming down the pike maybe worth waiting for. All I know is that I am thrilled with my decision to get this car. I am having more fun than I have in a long time driving. I tend to over hype things but this car is better than i imagined it would be. It delivered big time. My advice, get the SS now and start having some fun. Life is too short to wait.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:58 PM   #10
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Be different if only for the moment, buy the 2011 Z28, it might not be available from Obama Motors in 2012 with the supercharged V8.

$7500 supercharger added to the SS will give you the same HP. Not sure about the brake, suspension, & badging upgrade cost. Oh yeah....the HOOD! No mail slot....
I am really glad the American Government helped out General Motors, if they did not there would be no LS, LT, SS or Z-28. What would all of us on Camaro5 do? Would we buy stangs.NOT
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:59 PM   #11
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There will always be something faster...buy and enjoy now!

I agree, enjoy and buy what you can afford now.
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I think the z will be marked up big time (+tax) so consider what is realistic financially.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:09 PM   #13
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Thanks for the answers so far.

I can pose the question another way: As a purely street driver who finds 0-60mph in 5.9s boring and severely lacking, would the acceleration punch in the SS be enough to keep me excited? I don't drive recklessly, and the main times I would accelerate would be at around the 60-68mph (100-110km/h) mark overtaking someone, and from stop.

I'm thinking that there is a point in sensible street conditions, where one cannot experience greater thrills due to the limits UNLESS one brings the car to the track to exceed those limits. The question is, will I reach that street limit in the SS? I'm hoping that I can NEVER reach that street limit in the SS because the SS has more performance than I could experience on the street.

What's your opinion? Would I reach that street limit in the SS?
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:13 PM   #14
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Get the SS and put $10k into a Super Charger and some handling mods and you will have your Z without having to wait.
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Thanks for the answers so far.

I can pose the question another way: As a purely street driver who finds 0-60mph in 5.9s boring and severely lacking, would the acceleration punch in the SS be enough to keep me excited? I don't drive recklessly, and the main times I would accelerate would be at around the 60-68mph (100-110km/h) mark overtaking someone, and from stop.

I'm thinking that there is a point in sensible street conditions, where one cannot experience greater thrills due to the limits UNLESS one brings the car to the track to exceed those limits. The question is, will I reach that street limit in the SS? I'm hoping that I can NEVER reach that street limit in the SS because the SS has more performance than I could experience on the street.

What's your opinion? Would I reach that street limit in the SS?
Yes. You would.

Wait......... if you're asking if the SS would top out before you reach the limits you described then no.

Hang on.............

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Yes. You would.
So what you're saying is that it is possible to drive harder on the streets than the SS is capable of?

Hmmm...
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So what you're saying is that it is possible to drive harder on the streets than the SS is capable of?

Hmmm...
No. Re-read my post, I edited.
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Thanks for the answers so far.

I can pose the question another way: As a purely street driver who finds 0-60mph in 5.9s boring and severely lacking, would the acceleration punch in the SS be enough to keep me excited? I don't drive recklessly, and the main times I would accelerate would be at around the 60-68mph (100-110km/h) mark overtaking someone, and from stop.

I'm thinking that there is a point in sensible street conditions, where one cannot experience greater thrills due to the limits UNLESS one brings the car to the track to exceed those limits. The question is, will I reach that street limit in the SS? I'm hoping that I can NEVER reach that street limit in the SS because the SS has more performance than I could experience on the street.

What's your opinion? Would I reach that street limit in the SS?

Is there a budget here?
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Thanks for the answers so far.

I can pose the question another way: As a purely street driver who finds 0-60mph in 5.9s boring and severely lacking, would the acceleration punch in the SS be enough to keep me excited? I don't drive recklessly, and the main times I would accelerate would be at around the 60-68mph (100-110km/h) mark overtaking someone, and from stop.

I'm thinking that there is a point in sensible street conditions, where one cannot experience greater thrills due to the limits UNLESS one brings the car to the track to exceed those limits. The question is, will I reach that street limit in the SS? I'm hoping that I can NEVER reach that street limit in the SS because the SS has more performance than I could experience on the street.

What's your opinion? Would I reach that street limit in the SS?
Let me start over. Under the conditions you describe, the SS can easily go beyond safe (streetable, legal) limits.
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my thoughts are, a car that you can drive now always wins over a mythical car that you cannot drive now....lol. tbh, will the Z28 ever be built? no one knows at this point and until they reach production, they don't exist. and by the time they do reach production, there is the aftermarket, you could conceivably already have a Z28 in your hands minus the badging and minor cosmetic upgrades.
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Yes, but by Spring 2011 when I am ready to purchase, I assume we will know whether the Z/28 is a go or not. Obviously if no-go, then I won't regret something that doesn't exist. However if it is a go but for later in 2011, then would I buy the SS in Spring 2011, or wait for the Z/28?
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Yes, but by Spring 2011 when I am ready to purchase, I assume we will know whether the Z/28 is a go or not. Obviously if no-go, then I won't regret something that doesn't exist. However if it is a go but for later in 2011, then would I buy the SS in Spring 2011, or wait for the Z/28?
There is probably going to be 10k difference between the 2. get the 2011 and s/c it. you get to drive it all year in 11 that way. if you buy the z in late 11, you wont get to drive it until spring of 12.
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Yes, but by Spring 2011 when I am ready to purchase, I assume we will know whether the Z/28 is a go or not. Obviously if no-go, then I won't regret something that doesn't exist. However if it is a go but for later in 2011, then would I buy the SS in Spring 2011, or wait for the Z/28?
At that point, you may be chasing your tail. What if you wait and then it's still 'rumored' a year away?
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like dave said, life is to short get it now and enjoy it.
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You can always build your SS into a better car than the Z/28 will be like some of have done... and enjoy it now!
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