Cheap touring car
Ignition wires - the bane of my existence.
Power steering pump.
Anti-lock brakes and traction control.
Three sets of tires.
Three sets of brakes.
Cracked plastic all over the place.
Loose side windows.
Loose deck lid.
All the bushings in the rear end are gone.
Heater core weeps.
Stereo buttons fell off.
Stereo won't play stereo cassettes properly, occasionally playing them backwards.
Shifting console replaced twice.
Paint flaking off.
Great car for the young and dumb because it gets reasonable fuel mileage and it is easy to work on for the most part. Get used to working on it, though.
The 3800 v6 averages around 29MPG highway, which is surprising, but down around 17 in town if driven the way people who own Camaros drive them.
Cruises down the highway like a missile. Doesn't corner so well. This is due to a weight imbalance combined with cheap tires. Put expensive tires on it and buy the v8 if you want it to corner.
Stock tires slip in spit. On cold mornings they slip on dry pavement. I put on some sport/touring radials and got a good mix of wet/dry handling.
The ignition system on this engine is horrid. GM knows this and will fix it under warranty, but after warranty, get used to replacing the #6 plug wire, which GM routed through the exhaust on the right bank. I'm going to try high-temp plug wires next.
Most of the other problems are just older car stuff, happening after 70,000 miles, and have been very cheap to fix due to the nice collection of wrecked v6 Camaros around.
By the way, these retain their value well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2004