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#1 of 16 2011 Chevy Camaro
Aug 11, 2010 (5:47 pm)
Just took delivery on a 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS with automatic. Drove the new Mustang 5.0 but just liked the overall styling, bold and retro look of the Camaro. The Camaro has great build quality and really performs when you punch it. Purchased it for $1100 over cost and feel like I got a pretty good deal since there is not much margin on this car. In addition, received a $3000 rebate from my GM Mastercard earnings credits. You must drive this auto and I think you will be real happy with it like I am.
#2 of 16 2011 Camaro 2SS
Jan 13, 2011 (4:50 am)
Purchased mine at Brady Stannard in Brewster,NY, small friendly dealership with great service, great price. Believe me, I compared prices at about a dozen dealerships in the tri-state area up to Ma. Minor problems with car as delivered stripes although ordered did not come with the car & it took three sets from GM until they got a set that wasn't damaged. Paint damaged was addressed by dealer, first by "dentless repair" which made it worse, then finally GM step up to the plate and had it repainted. I never owned a muscle car & haven't had an American built car in years. I like the looks of the Camaro, goes like stink and although it was built to a price point overall the build quality is good & materials are typical of cars in this price range. Love the looks of the convertible, but not really practical in the Northeast.
#3 of 16 Active Fuel Management
Jan 24, 2011 (12:13 pm)
Do you know if the SS models with automatic transmission MUST be ordered with the N/C active fuel management option? If this option is not selected, will the engine stay in 8 cyl operation like the Corvette does? I am thinking about ordering a 2011 2SSRS w/auto, but I had a 2010 GMC 5.3L V8 pickup and hated the AFM feature when it would change in and out of 4 cyl operation when the highway grade changed more than about 5%. No doubt being able to cruise in 4 cyl mode improved the highway mileage but the GMC's version was not transparent to me.
#4 of 16 Re: Active Fuel Management [rsmith8]
Jan 25, 2011 (7:06 am)
No you cannot get an automatic without AFM, however, I do not notice the change from 4 to 8 cylinders and vice versa, very seamless. I really perfer the 6 speed manual, however, the wife won on the automatic. The manual tranny has a feature that at low speeds it forces you to shift from 1st gear to 4th gear in order to save fuel. However, you can order a skip shift device that plugs in the side of the transmission outer case that will defeat this feature, which I would do. Do not want anyone telling me which gear to be in. Whichever one you choose you can't go wrong as I sure like mine.
#5 of 16 Thinking to buy SS
Mar 11, 2011 (10:39 pm)
For years I couldn't figure out what car to buy, kept plodding along in my 1993 Toyota pickup with 300k miles. Well tonight I found out that Chevy is making the Camaro convertible again - and with an SS model to boot! You mean I can actually buy one of these? Holy moly! Thinking of all the times I envied others who had one, and missing my long-since-departed '71 Chevelle 307 vert, the 2SS/RS is perfect!
One problem - what exterior color do you think goes best with the orange inferno interior? Would an orange exterior & interior be too much?
p.s. Will keep the truck as my daily driver.
#6 of 16 Re: Thinking to buy SS [paul_p]
Mar 12, 2011 (3:24 pm)
Paul, in my opinion the orange inferno interior goes best with the orange inferno exterior. No it is not too much. I looked at the orange inferno exterior but soon as I saw the victory red with black interior I was sold on the red. It is just hard to go wrong with a red sports car. Take care a enjoy your new car if that is what you decide on.
#7 of 16 Re: Thinking to buy SS
Mar 12, 2011 (8:09 pm)
Thanks, Gary. Actually went to the dealership today, salesman was very up front and let me drive a 6-speed 2SS black hardtop - solid performance with decent fit & finish. Saw the orange on a Corvette, it turns gold in the sun. Next step is to bring my wife and see if she fits - then decide if it's time to part with +/- $41k USD.
Jun 30, 2011 (12:34 pm)
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#10 of 16 Broken tie rod
Jul 06, 2011 (6:28 am)
I sustained a broken tie rod on a 2011 Camaro SS. I am unsure whether this critical part is covered under warranty. Are there any conditions which shift the burden of proof to the driver that the car was subjected to driving conditions which would obviate the basic warranty? From prior experience with many vehicles, a broken tie rod is a potetially lethal event which all manufacturers should not only cover under a warranty, but be aghast to learn of. I find it unconscionable that an authorized dealer is taking the position that "he" can determine that the break in the rod was due to "road hazard" and that I am at fault. The repair cost is around $ 1,000 and my insurance has a high deductible, so I have no present choice but to repair first, ask questions later. Whom shall I contact other than the dealer or the regional customer servive rep for relief?