2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7 LS1 from North America
Get in, shut up, hold on!
Front markers fill up with water and crack bulbs (drilling tiny holes to let water out works, but still happens occasionally).
Park brake switch needs to be cleaned to turn warning light in dash on.
Left power window motor failed (at a car wash of course).
Rear defroster has never worked.
VATS system (security pellet in key) intermittently malfunctioned, causing a no-start (bypassed vats with a resistor).
Replaced leaking differential input seal.
Oil in coolant (had a short block before I bought it so head gasket likely).
Occasionally the airbag light stays on till you restart it.
Fuel gauge sending unit has not worked for six months.
Front rotors warp very easily (three brake jobs in a year, but I drive hard).
Despite the above problems, I love this car. Best bang for buck hands down.
I am not a street racer, but the Hondas with fart pipes don't even try! The only cars who try to race me spent 4X as much money, which makes me laugh!
If I wasn't a mechanic, I don't think I could afford to have someone else maintain it though. It is definitely high maintenance, but turning heads and getting put back in the seat are worth it.
Despite the fact that it has granny rear end gears, it still pulls like crazy! I have seen the traction control light blip on numerous times when it shifts into 2nd at wot. I'll keep the granny gears though, as I recently got stupidly good mileage on a leg of a 800 mile road trip (30.95 mpg us) at 70 MPH! I even got 25ish in heavy traffic doing 30-80mph!
I have a Dynomax cat back (bullet race system) that has a little glasspack for a muffler, run synthetic oil, and inflated tires to 38 psi, so this might be why I smoked the US EPA estimate of 25mpg. Maybe my car is a freak or something, I honestly calculated it three times because I didn't believe it. My trip meter was identical to my trip meter on my GPS too. Only down side is premium fuel, but I knew that when I bought it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2009
3rd Feb 2012, 01:00
Well I traded the Camaro a month and a half ago with 230,000 km on it for a 96 Dodge 2500 diesel. So far I think I have made a big (8800lb GVWR big) mistake. I have spent more in the last month fixing the Dodge than I think I ever spent on the Camaro. I traded a beautiful machine for a steaming pile of Dukie. At least it will hold its value so I can trade it for another Chevy or a Ford. Yeah, I'm not brand loyal, but this will be my last Chrysler. It sounds good and can blow black smoke, but it ain't a Camaro.