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The new Camaro will do just fine.

Posted 09-16-2008 at 06:38 PM by guionM
I just took a look at a thread that the author wanted you to forget what was done right with the Camaro. Thanfully, that thread was shut down because it was the same old tired, and utterly useless thread about finding and talking negative about a vehicle that's already done but not even on the streets yet. No doubt, some might look at this as censorship. However, I strongly disagree.

We all wanted a V8 powered car with a drivetrain and chassis that could handle it. We demanded IRS. We demanded world class braking and refinements. We got that car. It makes no sense in saying it's too this or too that because to get the "no compromise" car we wanted, we also got the drawbacks as well. There's no free ride, you can't belittle others to give you what can't be given. 99% of everyone understands that. There's always going to be that 1% who doesn't and won't.

There is so many things that GM got right on this car, and so many things that have gone beyond even my own expectations. To tell the truth, I've held off buying a nice used Mustang Cobra as well as a Mach 1 just to wait and see how this new Camaro really is.

The V6 package is simply awesome. To me it's nearly a perfect package. 300 horsepower V6, 6 speed manual, 6 seconds to 60. In case no one noticed, those are stock Mustang 5.0 times, and no one called those cars a slouch. Plus, this version gets up to 26 mpg. This is under the new EPA rating system. Based on the old one (in place when the 4th gen was still around) it would probably be about 29 or 30. Amazing.

What's also amazing is the lack of negative feedback from those who have actually driven or ridden in the car. From people here on this site to critical automotive magazines that normally look for something bad in anything that doesn't wear a BMW, Toyota, or Nissan badge.

If there was a single negitive thing I could say at this point (that actually could be changed, versus something that can't) it would be that the RS isn't it's own model, positioned between the base and the SS models. I would have liked the RS to be a sort of V6 version of the SS without a speed governer. I feel the trick headlights should be standard on the SS and a stand alone option on the others.

I initially didn't like the interior, and especially didn't like the console guages, but the production interior looks alot better... and I'll wait till I'm inside the production version before I render final judgement on the guages.

Now I'm going to say something that will probally be controversal.... I think the timing for the Camaro is Dead ON! Why?

Consider that GM hasn't really had a spec of good news for some time. Money has been bleeding out like ther's no tomorrow. They've been killing off or shelving programs right and left. The Malibu is the only car that's caused a ripple this year to the people outside the enthusiast community. Practical people stopped buying new vehicles unless they really need a one. Ford, of all people, is actually holding their own in car sales, while GM's is eroding quicker than sand on a river shore.

Camaro comes along, and it's a car that not only gets attention from the general public, it's almost anti-GM. It doesn't look boring, it's made as well or better than anything from Toyota, it gets better fuel economy than a Toyota V6, and then when they get into a base model, it moves like crazy, feels solid as a bank valt, handles extrely well, and offers all this and a long line of features at a good price.

In a recession or any economic downturn, it's the "fun" cars that do well. Conservative people stop buying, but single people and those who need a 2nd car don't.

Camaro sales actually went up in 1974!

Pontiac Trans Am started doubling it's sales each year starting in 1974!

Both years were right in the middle of a fuel crisis.

1979 was in the midst of a recession, double digit inflation, and double digit unemployment.

It was also the year the most Camaros were ever sold in history... before or since!

In the midst of an automotive meltdown last year, Corvette and Viper sales rose. In Viper's case, dramatically!

We have $4 per gallon gas? We have an economic meltdown in effect? We're skirting on the edge of high inflation? Buy a fun car!! Just don't forget to get that emplyment insurence that keeps paying on the car if you lose your job.

The new Camaro will do just fine.
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Yes, it will be just fine. Not to mention, it won't be long until more and more voices of approval from people who have actually driven the car will drown out the same old negativity from the 3 or 4 who haven't.
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Posted 09-17-2008 at 09:53 AM by JasonD JasonD is offline
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I can say without a doubt that the new camaro will do just fine. We have 8 pre-sold orders right now with more coming each day. All are SS models so far with the RS appearance package. Thank you to camaroz28 for posting the pricing (we hope this stays true as GM has still not given the dealer this information) and all the packaging information. Keep an eye out for Transformers 2 by the way!
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Posted 10-21-2008 at 11:15 AM by Mike_sells_cars Mike_sells_cars is offline
 
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