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Old 07-28-2010, 11:42 PM   #1
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Summer Tires

Forgive me for bringing up a topic that has been discussed here before, but I'm just so disappointed to finally realize that the RS package only comes with "summer" tires.

For the past three months, I've had my heart set on a 2012 Camarol 2LT when it comes out with the newly designed interior.

Yes, I know it's a sports car, and some of you are blessed to be able to park it in your garage for six months a year, or to live in California or Florida, but it blows my mind that I'm expected to spend $31,000 on a car, then have to shell out lots more money and inconvenience to change the tires every six months!

I contacted Chevy and a local dealer about this, and sure enough, they say that's the way it is on the RS package. It seems to be that you should at least have the "option" of getting it with all season tires. Chevy said they would pass this idea along for the 2012, but I don't expect that to do any good.

Do you think a dealer would help me out by getting me the tires I need? Could I make that part of the negotiations when deciding where to buy?

I really love the Camaro more than the Mustang, but this is enough to make me take a look at the Mustang! I think they let you drive that in Indiana all year long. Besides, it would get me away from Obama Motors.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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2012? Nobody knows what is gonna be available yet for 2012, so chevy or your dealer has no information on that model year.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:19 AM   #3
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I had the same issue, but I found someone on this forum selling their stock 18 inch all-season tires/rims for a really low price -- so I bought those. True it does take up some storage in the garage. I have 3 there and 1 in my car for a spare tire, since I didn't get a spare with the car. I plan on switching my tires back and forth. Finding all-season or winter tires for the 20 inch rims will be difficult and expensive. I'd rather just switch, plus this way I can get winter tires for the 18 inch rims when the stock all-season tires get old.

There are many people selling their stock tires/rims as they are upgrading. I'm sure if you bought them, and you didn't want to switch tires back and forth you could sell the summer tires/rims on this forum or elsewhere. Also I have seen people just sell their summer tires without the 20 inch rims. You could do that and buy a set of all-season tires for your 20 inch RS rims.

Just some options that are currently out there for the 2010 and 2011 models.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:44 AM   #4
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When the summer tires get used up ill just get All Seasons's. It isnt the best option but its our only option right now.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:21 AM   #5
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When the summer tires get used up ill just get All Seasons's. It isnt the best option but its our only option right now.
That's what I'm doing. Had the car 13 months and almost 15k miles.....I have alot of miles left on the OEM tires. People say they don't wear well, but I bet I'll get over 30k with them. All season radials will go on after they need replacing.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:00 AM   #6
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:04 AM   #7
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I see now why Canada has a law that states you have to have winter tires on your vehicle from December 15th, to March 15th. *NOT ALL SEASONS*

My Camaro with real winter tires performed better than my 2000 Camry in the snow with them.

Having the winter set of wheels is also good. You have a set of 4 spares in the garage should you need them.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:10 AM   #8
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You could sell the summer tires brand new and then buy all seasons. Problem solved.

And changing your tires isn't that big of a deal.

Plus swapping out summer for winters will prolong the life of the tires. It's the same thing as using one set til they wear out and buying a new set. Instead, you're going back and worth between two sets while maximizing performance. When you do the math, it's acutally a no-lose situation.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:25 AM   #9
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I have 12,654 miles on my tires now and the tread is half gone I guess just basic driving and the heat here really tear them up. Yes I agree as well its not cheap but its the way it is. I to will be looking for new tires in the next few months then next year some killer rims to go with them.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:33 AM   #10
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sell your Summer to someone who only uses their Camaro in the summer.......There are Plenty of us around
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:38 AM   #11
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I got a spare wheel/tire set so I can put some all-seasons on them. I still have the original 'new' Pzero's but I may just keep em till my current set wears out.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:43 AM   #12
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Some of the newer Mustangs have the same Summer only tires installed on them now,
Go to a tire dealer and have all season or winter tires installed and swap them in the spring>>>
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:53 AM   #13
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THIS IS ALSO MY BIGGEST GRIP ABOUT THIS CAMARO. I've waited 30 years to order a Camaro. I will not spend the extra money on the RS because of what you are saying. They should offer the RS package with all season tires and but with the same rims sizes from front to back. As it is, you can not rotate these tires.

I've also seen treads were Camaro owners are getting less than 10,000 miles out of these tires. In all honesty, what percentage of Camaro owners are going to need summer tires to keep their car from slidding off the road. The summer tires and different 20" rim sizes should have been a seperate option.

The RS should have been an appearance package only and then a seperate beefed up performance package that included the summer tires and 20" rims. I do believe the Mustangs are packaged that way.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:15 AM   #14
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I got a spare wheel/tire set so I can put some all-seasons on them. I still have the original 'new' Pzero's but I may just keep em till my current set wears out.
I also kept my polished wheels for a set of winter tires. I got a quote for Continental "extreme contact DWS" @ $1305.00 installed. This was last March so the price may have come up/down. I'm told these are the best for the SS.
I don't care what anyone here says, below 35 degrees these p/zero's are plain scarry in the cold weather even when the roads are dry.
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