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Pros: The speed and power of the V-8
Cons: 2002 Z28 Power window motor on drivers side is famous for breaking. Less then 3000 miles on car and it died. 1996 Camaro (I bought used) had the motor die after I owned it one year at 60,000 miles.
Advice: Buy a good radar detector. You can't resist the urge to speed with the V-8The prices are going up! It is a collectors item now. Try to get a used Z28 or SS model in show room condition. Don't bother with the other models. They are a dime a dozen.
Pros: Eye turning quoitent , acceleration and sleek appearance.
Cons: Annoying skip shift feature
Advice: It's too late, try and find one if you can.Left the dealers and found I was doing 95 in third gear and I still was on the entrance ramp to the highway! A huge grin and sense of exhilaration expanded my soul. Six speeds, LS1 engine and the top down. It doesn't get any better. People gave me thumbs up as I tooled by, definitely an attention getter, especially in 'arrest me' red. Plenty of power, good road feel, some problems with finding gears due to the darn 'skip shift' indicator and lack of visual gear reference. I was sold, I had to have it. I test drove a Cobra but never got the same sense of excitement from it. Every kid in town knows my car and wants to race this 53 year old grandmother who is content to rest in the knowledge that I could blow their socks off if I wanted to but I won't, since I value my investment and the car is irreplacable.
Pros: The LS1 engine and all the looks the aggressive styling gets
Cons: They should have put a little more money in the interior (less plastic)
Advice: Get one now while the gettins' goodI just brought home my new bright rally red SS. It's been a long time since I had the feeling of the rear wheel drive V-8. I think I'm gonna become quite attached to this baby. The only thing I regret is not shopping for one sooner. I had to settle for an automatic when I would have loved the stick. It seems every SS in my part of the country was red w/auto. That's O.K. it's still a blast to drive. As a matter of fact, the salesman said it was just as well I didn't get the shifter because it would save me on tires. I owned a Bandit Trans-Am back in the eighties and I was all set to buy a pewter WS6 when I popped into my local chevy dealer to test the camaro first. They had a beautiful Z28 convertible (red, of course) but I wouldn't settle for less than an SS. Like I said, should have shopped sooner and got that 35th anniversary hurst shift package. Tires shmires......
Pros: The 5.7 Liter Engine
Cons: No Lower back Support in seats
Advice: Drive one!!!!This is one of the last rear wheel drive performance cars!! It has incredible power with the 5.7 Liter LS1 Corvette Engine. I love the design and the handling and the T-Tops make for a nice cruise day or night. I test drove and compared this to the Mustang GT and the Camaro Z-28 beats it hands down with more leg and head room and overpowers the Mustang ( 310hp Z-28 ) ( 260hp GT ) Sorry!!! The Mustang GT does not compare
Pros: 5.7 Liter V8 engine (RWD)
Advice: This car is a great value for the money & probably the best car made for under 25KThe ride is VERY smooth. This version of the Camaro is more like a family sedan then a true sports car, EXCEPT for the powerful V8 engine of course (and RWD)! The cockpit is roomier and you sit up higher and the car is heavier, bulkier & not as nimble as earlier Camaro's. This is a great car but its not much at all like earlier Camaro's.
Pros: The power!
Cons: Seat comfort
Advice: Buy on while you still can.After 3000 miles, my 2002 SS Camaro is flawless, and great fun. It has excellent power and handling, combined with the T-tops to give me some California sun and wind. It will hold an amazing amount of stuff, but the back seats are only for short trips or to hold a briefcase. I bought it for its power, handling and looks. So far my only dislike is that the front seat is not real comfortable. At this price and performance, I can replace the seats if I find they are not adequate. A great car!
Pros: Looks nice
Cons: T-tops, transmission, lack of durability
Advice: make sure you are willing to put a lot of $$ into it when it has problems.I'm a huge Camaro fan, always wanted one, so I bought one off of the showroom floor. It was an awesome car for the first month. Then, the rear defroster blew out and I had to have it replaced. After owning it for a few months, I felt the transmission slip a couple of times when I was only going about 30mph. The mechanic said that my transmission was going to have problems. After about 6 months, the T-tops started to leak, and the car would shake at about 65mph. I took the car in to the shop when I couldn't figure out what the squeeking noise was coming from under the hood. When they couldn't figure it out either, I decided to make the trade for a Mustang. They barely paid the car off, even though I had put $7,500 down on it 9 months prior. I owned my dream car, but it turns out it was a piece of junk.