2002 Chevrolet Camaro Reviews - Page 5 of 5

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 5.7 liter LS1 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.7 liter LS1 V8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired315 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corvette

Summary:

A small price to pay for a super-car

Faults:

The Camaro had a bad driver side speaker when I drove it home from the dealer. The dealer fixed it under warranty.

General Comments:

The LS1 V8 is a very powerful engine.

The 6 speed allows one to spend more time in the engines power band.

The Camaro does not handle as well as my corvette, but it handles better than any mortal driver can appreciate.

This car responds very well to modification. Little things like air filters can make a noticeable difference.

If things like cup holders and heated, million-way adjustable seats matter to you, this is not the car for you.

If things like big V-8's, tire smoke and intimidating, function ram air hoods matter to you, then consider this car. If you can find one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 5.7 Litre 350 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.7 Litre 350 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4400 miles
Most recent distance4700 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

A high performance bargain that hauls

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

This car is great. My 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS with a 6-speed manual transmission has got to be the best value around. The car comes stock with 325 hp and 350 ft-lbs of torque. What more could I ask. It is a great sports car and it is the poor mans Corvette because my dad has owned a 1978 L-82, a 1999 Coupe, a 1991 ZR-1, and a 2001 coupe. All have had manual transmissions and the Camaro almost runs with all of them, but the ZR-1 just because that WAS the quickest Corvette ever until the 2002 ZO6 came out. But really 22,000.00 for my 2002 Camaro and over 35,000.00 for all of my dad's cars and with the money I saved I could make my meaner looking SS waste his smooth silky Corvette. And I will not even mention Mustangs cause once you hop in a Camaro after a Mustang you will laugh cause there isn't much to say.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2002

2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 5.7L LS1 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.7L LS1 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance1200 miles
Previous carFord Cobra/LX

Summary:

Best $22,000 I have ever spent

Faults:

As the car is brand new I have not experienced any problems as yet.

General Comments:

This car has blistering acceleration to the tune of 12.96@106.9 miles per hour. That is bone stock with nothing but Nitto drag radials. The Borg and Warner T-56 six-speed transmission is perfectly geared for road racing especially with the 3.42:1 rear gear. However for street drag racing namely rolling starts it can be hard to find the power band. The shifter can also be rather vague, making it difficult to catch third and sixth. Traction on the street is a major problem with stock tires. The car also has very predictable handling. When overdriven it throws its back-end out in a way guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. The interior is much improved over the 1993 to 1996 models, but still suffers from a cheap plasticy look. The seats and general ergonomics are rather good however and definitely hold you in place during aggressive driving. The T-tops are also a must for these cars. They open them up and provide very nice air flow on those warm summer nights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2002

4th Oct 2002, 11:37

Yes I have heard that the LS1 is capable of 12's with proper traction. I would say you have a remarkable car.

24th Mar 2005, 22:02

What in the world do you base that notion about the "T-tops" and "real performance cars" not having them on? I have to admit, I am at a total loss with that one. Perhaps you could enlighten us with your deep automotive insite, keeping in mind we are talking about street cars here.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 17 reviews