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Old 05-09-2007, 02:18 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if I'll buy a 5th Gen. Camaro

I'm not sure I'll buy a 5th Gen. Camaro, if in order to do so, I have to sell my SS. :o

Let me preface this by saying I don't like to "brag" about my Camaro. There are many more Camaro's out there that put mine to shame. But to me, my SS is special.

I thought more about this dilemma, (selling the SS in order to get a new Camaro), after taking the SS for a ride yesterday. While sitting at a red light, with the windows down and the t-tops off, I overheard some guys sitting in the panel truck alongside me commenting on the car. At the next light, they pulled alongside and we exchanged some comments about my SS. I pulled away feeling extremely proud to be driving a Camaro.

It also made me think of all the times I see someone enjoying their 1st or 2nd Gen. Camaro, and how I think how lucky they are to own such a cool Camaro. "They don't make them like that anymore". It made me wonder if there are people out there making similar comments about the 4th Gen.?

All I know is, I drove home feeling lucky to own my SS and I enjoyed every minute of the ride. Once I got home, I treated the SS to a nice bath and some Zaino.

The 5th Gen. Camaro is going to be awesome for sure. Just don't forget to enjoy the Camaro you already own. Regardless of age, or condition, all Camaro's are special. And I'm afraid to say, mine is too special to me to sell for any reason.
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moose my 67 camaro is in the shop every day they call me to sell it i just cant sell it there throwing crazy money at me but like u said my camaro is special to me very special i went broke buying parts for it but it makes me happy that one day i will drive it went its done so if i hade to pick the new 5th gen or my first gen i will pick my first gen
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I understand and agree with what you said Moose....but, for those of us who've had to get rid of their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th gens for one reason or another....the 5th gen is what gets the blood boilin' again....

I hope you (and everyone like you) can afford to keep your current iteration of a real American muscle car while adding the newest interation to the stable. If not, it doesn't matter what generation you're driving, you're still driving a Camaro and in my book, that puts you in some very good company.
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Old 05-09-2007, 04:12 PM   #4
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it doesn't matter what generation you're driving, you're still driving a Camaro and in my book, that puts you in some very good company.
Well said Silverado. I couldn't agree with you more.

Between now and when the 5th Gen. reaches production, I'll be looking at different options which will allow me to keep my SS AND buy a new Camaro.

I may have to make some sacrifices, but it will be well worth it.
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Old 05-09-2007, 04:26 PM   #5
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I don't think I could ever get rid of my Z-28. It's a 94, slight mods, nothing major, and it sure isn't the baddest car on the road. But this is my first Camaro, the one that made me fall in love with this kind of car. Plus, selling my car would barely get me a down payment on a new one
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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I will keep my 1985 Z28 until my son turns 16 then i will be passing my camaro down to him.(prays he wont wreck it.) Even though my wife calls it a redneck rustbucket i love it. It will be hard to let go but at least i know I will be passing something special on to the next generation.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:37 PM   #7
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The 79 listed under my avatar is/was actually my dad's...It's not officially mine, but i care for it just as much. IF IT WAS MINE, I would probably never sell it for a newer version - I know he wouldn't - he's had it for 28 years +/- when he was 18 he bought it - too many memories to sell it.

I, on the other hand, have never owned a Camaro, and was going to save up for a Vette or a 1st/4th Gen (never made up my mind) when I saw the 5th gen was going into production. That's about the same time I joined this site.

The reality is, to men at least, Cars hold a very special place in our hearts - memories, event, joyrides...Camaro's are the best representation of this! If the Camaro you own was used, or you've only had it for a few years, I would not hesitate in the least to sell it for the 5th...

If you own a Muststank...hands down buy a Camaro!
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:44 PM   #8
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I know how you feel, Ed. I felt the same way about my Z28. It was special ordered EXACTLY how I wanted it. It was very special to me. Heck, even my wife said I loved my car more than her (which, of course, isn't true). But I spent a lot of time in the Z. I put a lot of miles on it and got compliments everywhere I went. The stares are just too cool. I can never get enough of that.

So, when it comes to getting the 5th Gen, I don't have the same "bond" w/ the SS as I did the Z28. I SERIOUSLY don't want to see it go. My wife already said we are going to try to work it out so we can keep it. But, I know it's going.....just no way to afford it. Right now, she's in perfect shape. If they mess w/ the 5th Gen too much, or they don't offer the right options for me, I'm going to hold off. I'm VERY happy where I'm at right now. So, I know exactly how you feel, Ed. She's part of the family.
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:04 AM   #9
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By the time the new Camaro comes out I will have already modded mine to where I'm really happy with it. I could toss the extra money aside but I doubt it. My Z needs a little more TLC to be running in tip top shape. But after that I've been seriously thinking about a small nitrous kit to give me that extra bit I need. The fact that there is a speed shop less than a 1/4 mile down the street from doesn't help. I've been in and out of there so much over the last six months, waiting for better weather to come around.

I guess it all depends what Chevy offers for the price.
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:13 PM   #10
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I'm up in the air myself. I bought my -01 TA in Oct 2005 with 32K miles on it. I love it, and they aren't making a new one. I really want to keep it. But whatever next-gen musclecar (Camaro, Challenger, CTS-V, Vette, Charger SRT-8, GTO) I would get would be my first new car. It would be like raising a puppy. I would be it's only owner and driver for it's entire life. I could swing it finantially if I wanted to keep my TA, but I am in the army and don't have the space for three musclecars, a bike, and a daily driver for the wife. It will be a tough decision, but I'm sure I'll be happy with the decision I make.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:48 PM   #11
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You have a great point. don't give up something you love in hopes of finding something else... god forbid a lemon. or just not what you wanted. I hope we can all find ways to afford our dream 5th gen and still keep what we have. I am in love with the 98-02 trans am.. i may have a 5th gen. and drive it every day. but i still will find and find a way to afford my trans am when the time is right.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:31 PM   #12
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You guys sound so centimental. I want that same type of feeling about my car as well. So, for me, to get my hands on the 5th gen. Camaro would initiate me into that realm of muscle car owners. It would be my first brand new car and that of a car that I have admired for a while. I want to have it to go for my weekend toy, to show off around my neighborhood, to share mod tips with other bow-tie guys, all of those things. But, I want to have everything in place when that happens. So, here's to good times ahead.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:14 PM   #13
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You guys sound so centimental. I want that same type of feeling about my car as well. So, for me, to get my hands on the 5th gen. Camaro would initiate me into that realm of muscle car owners. It would be my first brand new car and that of a car that I have admired for a while. I want to have it to go for my weekend toy, to show off around my neighborhood, to share mod tips with other bow-tie guys, all of those things. But, I want to have everything in place when that happens. So, here's to good times ahead.
Taking receipt of your first musclecar is a moment you won't ever forget...for me at least. I still remember pulling up to the dealer after they called saying another salesman was trying to sell my Z28 and I better hurry up and get there to pick it up. I was like . Who the hell does that salesman think he is??? I put down $100 to hold it for when it came in.

I got to the dealer and it was in the back lot having just come off the semi trailer with a bunch of other cars. It still had all the plastic on the doors, on the seats, etc. The factory forgot to put on the rear Z28 emblem. I signed the paperwork and they told me to come back in a few hours after it had gone through the make ready process. I came back later that day and it was next to the showroom floor in the new vehicle delivery area. Ah man, it was beautiful. I drove it off the lot trying to be as careful as possible. It was so tough not to step on it. You can guess what happened.

Since then, it's been nothing but new friendships created, car shows, SLP racedays, Super Chevy shows, pulling up the lawn chairs in the parking lots of hotels in other cities and drinking beers w/ fbody enthusiasts. It's a great group of people w/ a wonderful passion. I love it that much.
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Taking receipt of your first musclecar is a moment you won't ever forget...for me at least. I still remember pulling up to the dealer after they called saying another salesman was trying to sell my Z28 and I better hurry up and get there to pick it up. I was like . Who the hell does that salesman think he is??? I put down $100 to hold it for when it came in.

I got to the dealer and it was in the back lot having just come off the semi trailer with a bunch of other cars. It still had all the plastic on the doors, on the seats, etc. The factory forgot to put on the rear Z28 emblem. I signed the paperwork and they told me to come back in a few hours after it had gone through the make ready process. I came back later that day and it was next to the showroom floor in the new vehicle delivery area. Ah man, it was beautiful. I drove it off the lot trying to be as careful as possible. It was so tough not to step on it. You can guess what happened.

Since then, it's been nothing but new friendships created, car shows, SLP racedays, Super Chevy shows, pulling up the lawn chairs in the parking lots of hotels in other cities and drinking beers w/ fbody enthusiasts. It's a great group of people w/ a wonderful passion. I love it that much.

That's what Im talking about. Last year was my time going to the Dreamcruise in Detroit(who I just watched my Bulls beat)and my breath was taken away. Seeing all of these REAL MUSCLE cars rolling, styling, and just being admired. I said to my buddy, that this will be us with our models someday. I look so forward to doing that .
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:43 PM   #15
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If I had the money, I would buy one. For sure, no questions asked.

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Old 11-29-2007, 11:24 PM   #16
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Wow, necro-post from the spudhead (sorry, had to do it when I saw you were an Islander :p).

And Moose, in case you haven't decided, I suggest that you don't sell it your SS. If you have that much love for your old Camaro then keep it, eventually it will become a 'really cool old car', the new camaro will too in a few decades but thats not the point of this is it? You've treated it well and it has returned the favour. Perhaps at some point you can have both a new Camaro and your other one.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:21 AM   #17
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I agree. I'm kinda in the same boat with my Cutlass. I have it up for sale now, and hopefully I can sell it for enough to make a nice down payment. But if I can't sell it for a good price, I may not be able to buy my Camaro. However, I have fun thinking of all the good things I can do to the Cutlass instead, and people compliment it whenever I take it out, so I think either way I'll be happy.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:22 AM   #18
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I was like that with my first Camaro. It was a 77 and I bought it for $495. It had a 400sbc. The test drive was insane. The burn outs it did. I had been promising my neighbor that I would buy his 68 camaro that needed an engine and trans and dif. But after driving the 77 for a month i loved that car. He did talk me into still buying the 68 for $500. It took all of 1 minute to realize I made the right choice. Just moved the drive train to the 68. And the weight difference made it soo much faster. Really cant wait for this 5th gen. I wont let this one go.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:12 AM   #19
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I see where all of you guys are coming from I had to get rid of my camaro's that i owned my last one was a 92 RS red with black stripes but my favorite one was my 85 convertible z/28 some mods not a lot but i loved that car, Do any of you guys remember the 85 two seat-er z/28, my was black and silver. There were other 80 models that had the same thing done to them but I don't see them anymore. So when the new camaro comes out I will buy one but I will wait to get the second year so i can save more money because I want to pay cash for mine.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:55 PM   #20
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Well seeing as I don't have a Camaro and won't afford a car for a few years to come the choice is easy for me. I'm buying a 5th gen.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:59 PM   #21
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Unfortunately I don't have this problem. A long time ago my wife convinced me to get rid of my '85 Z28. I miss it a lot and would love to own one EXACTLY like it again...but I'll be getting a 5th gen first.
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I'm not sure I'll buy a 5th Gen. Camaro, if in order to do so, I have to sell my SS. :o

Let me preface this by saying I don't like to "brag" about my Camaro. There are many more Camaro's out there that put mine to shame. But to me, my SS is special.

I thought more about this dilemma, (selling the SS in order to get a new Camaro), after taking the SS for a ride yesterday. While sitting at a red light, with the windows down and the t-tops off, I overheard some guys sitting in the panel truck alongside me commenting on the car. At the next light, they pulled alongside and we exchanged some comments about my SS. I pulled away feeling extremely proud to be driving a Camaro.

It also made me think of all the times I see someone enjoying their 1st or 2nd Gen. Camaro, and how I think how lucky they are to own such a cool Camaro. "They don't make them like that anymore". It made me wonder if there are people out there making similar comments about the 4th Gen.?

All I know is, I drove home feeling lucky to own my SS and I enjoyed every minute of the ride. Once I got home, I treated the SS to a nice bath and some Zaino.

The 5th Gen. Camaro is going to be awesome for sure. Just don't forget to enjoy the Camaro you already own. Regardless of age, or condition, all Camaro's are special. And I'm afraid to say, mine is too special to me to sell for any reason.
i had the same feeling about not wanting to get id of my TA. but in the end i wanted something new. i wanted a clean slate. and this camaro will be it for me. i got my ta used and it wasnt in 100% best shape so i want to have a perfect car,at least for a little bit.i havent had a new car since my camaro in 99.
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^Yeah that's another thing. Got into my dads new car yesterday and that new car smell is special. ust a thing like new, tight seatbelts is such a great thing I need that with a car of my own.
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oh yeah the new car smell is amazing. my mom just got a 07 yukon new, and the leather smells so nice.
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....seein as i'm a young member here and i have only about 7 years driving out there really makes me think about my very first car (i've gone through 4) the first was a pontac sunfire,i was young and wreckless,and sum guy hit me on the way to work,kinda good exept for all the bruises because that car wasnt to my favor,next came (sorry to bash this car if you own one) a chrystler Concorde...needless to say i will never buy chrystler even new...left me stranded..next came..haha another chrystle this however worked fine,it was a new yorker a 92 to be exact she was nice,but the concorde left me with a bad conception about crystler,which brings me to my current car,my impala,drives great,hands down the best car i've owned,which finally brings me to my point,the camaro will be my first ever NEW car,i'm in hopes of keeping it until either I or the Car dies, i hate to be "negative" but if i pass it down to my children it will suffer a bad fate,i say this because i never took care of my first car,i didnt give it proper maintaining,i just put gas in it,then again my father was never one to TELL me theese things,but I as the driver should have known better, but within the next three years i must sell alot of booze so that i can get my camaro when i'm 25...and from then..let the good times roll . may GM thrive once again among the automakers with this great vehicle.
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