I like my Camaro. At first, I loved it, but now I just like it. There are a few major qualms to deal with.
The interior is shoddy, the plastic is terrible (What's with the fake leather look?). Everything is made of cheap material, and it doesn't give off that sleek look of newer cars and gets dirty fast with the many crevaces. My 1993 Bonneville had better interior, and was released 3 years earlier..
Not good for carrying four people. You will get crunched by having to give your rear passenger more space.
Definitely get Metallic paint. My paint looks like crap with swirl marks all over.
The windshield is at the most rediculous angle I have ever seen in a car, making it extremely difficult to get used to, and causing a certain amount of claustropobia. I feel MUCH SAFER DRIVING in other cars. The T-bars are also at a bad angle, restricting peripheral and side vision. I even have to lower my head to peek up at a light to watch it.
Stereo system is terrible.. but that's to be expected on a stock system.
Cupholder is completely useless. Worst cupholder in car history. I have spilled countless drinks in this car, whoever designed this should be shot.
Handling in rain is very difficult..you're going to have to drive slower than Honda Civics. You will spin out a lot. This car should have been built to perform better in the rain, almost any misjudgement can cause your tires to burn-out and your car to start fishtailing. I don't feel safe in the rain with this car.
Handling in snow is an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE. DO NOT DRIVE THIS CAR IN SNOW. NOTHING YOU CAN DO WILL MAKE IT BETTER. I got stuck in half an inch of packed snow on my own road, the car unable to deal with me even driving 5mph on it. I've ocassionally left my car in parking lots overnight because of this.
I've heard people talking of 31mpg gas mileage.. I seriously doubt this. I'd say it's more within the area of 15-25.
T-tops can be a pain with the very shoddy handle they built for them, they take a bit of prying sometimes, almost to the point where I feel I'm going to break the crappy plastic handle.
Get power seats.. you will want to be a bit taller in this car.
Headlights are the worst in the history of mankind. Why? Just why? Lowbeams are so weak, I can't even see. The brights are about as bright as other cars lowbeams.
Good luck changing your spark plugs. The engine is so far back that its almost impossible to do at home.
Maybe it has something to do with my car alarm, but my windshield wiper blades STAY ON after the CAR IS OFF. Even at the lowest setting, if I accidentally leave them on and exit the car, they will go on forever until the car battery dies. Just stupid design here.
Aluminum wheels for this model year are terrible - Why do companies make car wheels with very difficult crevaces, making it a job and a half to clean? This is a big annoyance.
As for the pros..
Car handles like an angel on dry pavement. Better than any car I've been in besides the Acura RSX. Precise movements can be completed easily, and I'm sure there can be a time when this might come in handy in a near-disaster.
Acceleration is awesome.. as fast as you really need to go in normal life unless you're a dangerous speed freak. I can outrun and overpass almost any car in my way.
The body of the car is just beautiful.. very unique, very attractive. The car gets looks from everyone.
If you don't have the Bose system, that useless hole in the rear left of the trunk can be fit with a custom subwoofer.. very awesome and I love it.
The car is generally very dependable. My bonneville had something breaking every 3 months even though my grandfather (an airplane mechanic) took immaculate care of it before giving me it. I've had to replace brakes and tires at the usual frequency, so no complaints there. I've not had any serious problem going on besides my Alternator going. However, I do worry how long my tranny will last, having my tranny go at 98k on a flawless Bonneville was aggravating. There is something that does tell me that I do not completely trust GM's workmanship, however. I am anticipating a wave of problems within the 110k-120k mileage range.
Great car for a younger kid. However, my next car will definitely be a japanese car. I just do not have the time to deal with the breakdown of American cars (One part after the other breaking over and over and over)
Better for good weather areas. Not very useful in an area that gets a lot of snow. You will be disabled, period!
I would only recommend this for a younger person, as it is worth what you will pay for it. I payed $5,000 and I think I got what I payed for. But if you're older.. go with something better. There are plenty of performance cars that have much better quality put into them, as well as better all-weather performance.