1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible LS1 from North America
So it's fast - but that's all
Front rotors warped at 33,000.
Window motors went at 41,000.
Starter went bad at 49,000.
Convertible began leaking bad at 45,000.
Hard to catch 3rd and 6th gear when revving it to the red line and shifting fast.
Well, I have a lot of complaints about this car. First of all, I owned a 80's Camaro and it was a decent car at best. The 98 Z28 Convertibles are OK brand new, but the age very quickly.
Undeniable, the car is fast in stock form, but it only has straight-line acceleration. Only cars that are much more expensive can beat this car. Mustang GT's are an even match, though it seems.
Unfortunately, the car handles like garbage. If you give it any throttle at all around a corner the tail-end slides around and whips back VERY jerky if you let off of the throttle. Giving it more throttle simple makes you loose control. It's a big, sluggish car and is definitely NOT BUILT TO TAKE CORNERS.
I also feel very mundane at stoplights, seeing as how you see Camaros EVERYWHERE. Though a large portion of them are the V6 models, you don't feel too much different in an V8 droptop.
It's also a very big car and feels a bit unnatural with power steering. You feel almost disconnected from the car.
The low-down? The car is fast, but not very sport. It's extremely unstable at high-speeds and fails to draw attention. As well, though I take very good care of my cars, this one seems to give me the most problems and its one of the newest.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2003
8th Aug 2004, 12:35
I disagree with your review. Well, the Mustang GT is almost as fast as the Z-28, so close that it does mainly depend on the driver, and the Camaro does have good handling. Especially the Z-28 since it has the sportier suspension. And about the rear-end sliding out with you take turns and give it a little gas, either you're punching it, you're on a slippery surface, or you've worn down your rear tires so much that they don't grip any more. The tires that you use on the Camaros, even the stock ones, are quite sticky and will hug the road quite well.
14th Jun 2007, 10:19
Ford's modular 4.6L in no way stacks up to the LS1 in any way. It takes a fairly modified Mustang GT to get near a stock LS1 Camaro on the drag strip.