Chevrolet Camaro Review from United Arab Emirates

1996 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe 3.8L

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Good value-for-money sports car

Faults:

@50,000 kms:

Check engine light came up, and car started mis-firing at speeds above 80 km/hr. The problem was traced to the spark plug cables, which got short-circuited, and was then replaced.

@60,000 kms:

Car started heating up more than usual. I ignored, and the problem got worse. I finally had to change the water-pump.

From last 20,000 kms:

Vibrations felt above 100 km/hr. My mechanic suggested change in tyres, as they are more than 60K kms old. I have yet to do that, to confirm if it solves the problem.

Apart from the above, it has been only wear & tear parts viz. battery, brake pads etc.

General Comments:

Pros:

Very good performance. crisp acceleration & can easily beat Mustangs

Excellent handling

Head turning looks

Very rugged and tough.

I suffered 2 accidents with virtually no damage to my car

Low maintenance costs. Just fuel up and change oil/filter every 5K kms.

Decent fuel economy (about 9.5 kms/ litre)

Excellent sound system (factory-fitted Delco Bose)

Cons:

High road noise.. maybe due to low profile of the car. Wind-noise also high beyond 120 km/hr

Some rattling sounds from the dashboard console

Vibrations above 120 km/hr (maybe due to tyres)

High insurance premiums (even for 3rd party insurance)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2005

3rd Jan 2006, 04:29

I absolutely agree that my Camaro V6 is good enough to beat only V6 Mustangs. But then there are always V8 Camaros to beat the Mustang GTs :)

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review