Letter from a disgruntled Camaro owner

Chevrolet Communications receives quite a few letters from customers over here at Chevrolet. Some are good, and some offer “constructive criticism.” Normally they don’t publish them, but they really felt a need to share this letter. The author, Roger B., gave them permission to share portions of the letter about his 2010 Camaro.


I just have way too many problems with this car. Let's start with the exterior:

1. The styling is too aggressive.

I'm a pretty passive person by nature and I don't want the personality of this car to project onto me. The front looks like a snarling animal ready to pounce. Scary.

2. The paint is too shiny.

I spent last Saturday applying ZAINO to the car and I must have done it wrong because I can't even tell what color it is anymore (Victory Red, BTW). All I can see is shine and reflection.

3. It's too sexy.

What with the curves and hips that the body features I'm starting to have feelings about this car that no Christian man should have. I haven't looked it up but I'm pretty sure it's a sin.

Now about the interior:

1. The seat fits too well.

I think Oshawans must have busted into my house while I was sleeping and measured my butt because the driver's seat feels like it was made for my body. Creepy.

2. The audio system is too loud.

I can't even have a decent conversation with my wife because the audio system is always blaring Classic Rock and we're singing at the top of our lungs. That can't be good for marital relations.

On to performance problems:

1. They gave me the wrong motor.

When I ordered the 1LT several "friends" intimated that I was a wuss for not getting the V8. The V6 is a "woman's car". (I'm sure they meant no offense...) I think the Oshawans seriously screwed up and gave me the V8 because this thing is way too fast for a V6. It practically LEAPS when I step on the gas.

2. There's no indication of excessive speed.

I'm used to a car shaking like a gypsy wagon (pots and pans clanging, dead chickens swinging) when I approach 70 mph but this thing is way too smooth. I'm just casually driving, happen to look down and, to my understandable HORROR, I'm doing 85! Smooth as air hockey. That CAN'T be good.

Finally - general overall problems:

1. The odometer must be WAY off.

There's no way I've put that many miles on it already. Just because I drive 45 miles round trip over twisty-turny country roads to get a hamburger, it shouldn't add up THAT fast. 110 miles round trip for a Chipotle burrito shouldn't be excessive. And don't even get me going about a T-Bone steak!

2. I'm unable to keep up with my TV watching.

I don't know what I'm going to do when 24 starts up again.

3. I hate letting it out of my sight.

I find myself parking 6 miles away from store entrances (after letting the wife out at the door - I'm not a caveman...) because I'm deathly afraid some crazy, loony, Charlie Manson looking nut-job will give me a door ding. I'm seriously angry if a butterfly farts on my car. I don't think my heart can take the stress.

4. People keep LOOKING at me.

I feel like I'm in a July 4th parade! I really can't stand all the attention. My smile muscles hurt and my right thumb is going to be in a cast at this rate. Who needs that?

So, as you can see, I have no choice but to return the Camaro since I can't imagine any of these problems ever being resolved.

Oh wait - CRAP! I just remembered... I sold my 60 day return policy back to the dealer for $500. Well, I guess I'll just have to live with it. Maybe it will grow on me.

Signed - Roger B.

NEOCC charity auctions on ebay!

The fine Camaro enthusiasts from NEOCC (NorthEast Ohio Camaro Club) are holding CHARITY ebay auctions for some 'upgrades' for the 2010 Camaro.

Looking to upgrade your wheels and tires on your 2010 Camaro?

Want a little more rumble than the stock exhaust provides?

Well here’s your chance to accomplish these things while helping others!

The NorthEastern Ohio Camaro Club (NEOCC), with the help of our friends at Baker Performance Parts, is holding an ebay auction for:

1) A set of 21” GMPP black faced wheels with mounted Pirelli tires (includes center caps, lug nuts, and pressure sensors). Listing #190344676445. Click HERE for the ebay listing

2) A GMPP axle back Track Pack exhaust upgrade. Listing #190344679038. Click HERE for the ebay listing

These are brand new GM parts and were on display at the NEOCC Camaro Fall Classic and F-Body Summit ’09 held at Summit Racing Equipment last month.

100% of the proceeds from these auctions will go to Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC) at Akron Children's Hospital. The NEOCC has been involved with ACBC for nine (9) years and is proud to be affiliated with this wonderful program which raises money to help burn victims with medical needs, as well as camps and other activities to help children and their families deal with their, sometimes, life altering injuries. Again, 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will be benefiting ACBC and is considered a donation purchase. A tax form stating the donation will be sent to the winner.

So please, if you or your friends are in the market for either of these upgrades for your 2010 Camaro, take a look at our auctions and help fellow Camaro enthusiasts help others.

Good luck and enjoy not only your new toys, but the wonderful feeling of helping those who really need it.

Thank you!!

Chris Slocum - NEOCC President

Project Z2010 on PlanetLSX

Introducing Planet LSX Project "Z2010". So named for its throwback to the original 1969 Z10 pace car coupe, this Summit White 2010 Camaro RS/SS was treated to custom painted Hugger Orange stripes by Custom Werx of Spring, Texas when it was only 6 days old. Since then, it has been seriously put through the paces.

With only 850 miles on the odometer, we made the trip to Hennessey Motorsports’ first annual Camaro Nationals invitational event, where it saw its first dyno pull. A few minutes after laying down an impressive 369 hp and 368 ft-lbs of torque, we made our way to the 1/4 mile track where, in the blistering Texas heat, we laid down a base time of 13.42 at 108.4 mph. With a density altitude of over 2000 ft, we knew she had more in her.

See the details and pictures here: http://www.planetlsx.com

HURST 2010 Camaro on ebay for charity

The Hurst Camaro that will be displayed at the SEMA Show is expected to be the first of the modified Camaros to be offered, but for now there is only one Hurst Camaro and last Friday, that One-of-a-kind muscle car went up for auction on eBay.com. The proceeds of the auction will go to support SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, and along with owning a unique piece of automotive history, the winner of the 2010 Hurst Camaro will also win a lavish vacation package to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas!

The bidding opened on Friday, with an amazingly low starting price of just $10,000, and while it took a while for the bidding to start, the price rocketed up quickly. We are past the halfway point in the bidding, which is set to run from the 16th to the 23rd, and with 19 bids (as of 5:30 pm est) the leading bid stands at $42,600. I expect the price of the 2010 Hurst Camaro to continue to rise as the current bidding price is only a few thousand dollars more than a “normal” 2010 Camaro 2SS-RS, and with the long list of modifications inside and outside this instant collectible is likely to draw big money for the charity.

Click here to see the auction on ebay

Return of the Yenko name?

Yenko is one name in muscle car history that resonates with all Chevy fans. Jeff Leonard, owner of California-based General Marketing Capital, is looking to resurrect the famous name as Yenko’s 45th anniversary approaches.

The famous Yenko Chevrolets all originated from Don Yenko, owner of a Chevrolet dealership in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Yenko, along with several other dealers across the U.S., gained fame by using General Motors’ special order program to create powerful muscle cars that normally wouldn’t be offered from the factory. Yenko’s first custom Chevy was the 1965 Stinger, a Corvair designed to dominate SCCA events, but cars like the SYC Camaro and the Super Nova truly made the Yenko name legend.

With the 45th anniversary of Yenko approaching, Leonard says he is going to create an “online home for the brand” and possibly launch some new products under the moniker. General Marketing Capital is currently consulting with specialty firms about building such products. With the introduction of the 2010 Camaro, we have to say this sounds like the perfect time to resurrect the famous Super Camaro…

Source: Inside Line

Camaro factory on TV tonight!

Can a "muscle car" from GM's mid-20th Century heyday help bolster the car giant's sales and reputation? "Ultimate Factories: Camaro" (Thursday, October 15, 2009 8 p.m. EST, National Geographic Channel) looks at the introduction of the 2010 Camaro SS and efforts to redefine a popular legend using 21st-century technology.

Click here for more details

Cole Hamels' MVP World Series Camaro SS

John Goral of Bensalem, Pennsylvania has a very special 2010 Camaro SS. His car was received by Cole Hamel of the Philadelphia Phillies for being the MVP in the 2008 World Series!

When John saw the Camaro at the local dealership, he asked them to remove the 'corny Phillies World Series badges' off of the fenders. After the salesman told them the story behind them, he rethought his request.

Click HERE to read the article in the Philly Daily News

Make a Wish raffles a 2010 Camaro SS

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan is making a dream come true for one lucky Camaro enthusiast and it could be YOU! Thanks to the generosity of long-time supporters Don and Lee Hamilton of Hamilton Chevrolet, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan is raffling off a 2010 Camaro SS valued at $32,855!

Purchase a raffle ticket today for only $25 and make a difference in a child's life. All of the proceeds from this raffle will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Camaro "On Tour" in September

Come and check out the Camaro on Friday, September 19 at Macy's Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi (Macy's main entracnce). The Camaro will be on display during the WNIC Making Wishes Come True Radiothon .

Location Address:
Macy's, Twelve Oaks Mall
27550 Novi Rd.
Novi, MI 48377
Click Here for Directions

The Camaro will also be on display at Cold Stone Creamery in Sterling Heights during the World's Largest Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 24 from 3pm-8pm.

Location Address:
Cold Stone Creamery
35732 Van Dyke Avenue
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Click Here for Directions

Tickets Only $25 Each.* Get Yours Today!

1) Call the Foundation directly at 800.622.9474 or visit one of our three conveniently located offices .

2) We will contact you. Interested in purchasing a ticket or getting more information? Simply email us at wish@wishmich.org , provide us with your full name and phone number and we will contact you to process your credit card order and answer your questions. (Due to federal regulations, raffle tickets can not be sold online).

3) Visit or call Hamilton Chevrolet at 586.264.1400, located at 5800 Fourteen Mile Road and Mound in Warren, Michigan 48092 Get Directions.

* Winner is responsible for tax, title and transfer fees. Winner is also responsible for pickup and transportation of vehicle upon receiving notification of winning. Raffle open only to adults age 18 and older.

Drawing Details

Date: October 8, 2009
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Hamilton Chevrolet located at 5800 Fourteen Mile @ Mound Road in Warren, Michigan 48092. Get Directions.

Vehicle Specifications:

* 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2 door Coupe
* Color is Red Jewel Tint coat exterior with Beige Sport Cloth seat trim


* 6 speed automatic transmission
* 6 liter 400 HP V-8 engine
* AM-FM Stereo radio with CD Rom & MP3 playback
* power windows and door locks
* cruise control
* A/C, rear defogger and much more!