Stop Doing That! - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Stop Doing That!

January 25, 2010

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Our Chevy Camaro has that same feature as our Dodge Challenger. You know the one that keeps trying to put you in 4th gear. It drives me crazy. I didn't notice this the first few times I drove it. I must have been in an aggressive mood.

But this weekend, I guess I was feeling mellow. I was listening to music from the 1970s which put me back into Bobby's basement with the black light and the glowing posters. So, I guess I was just kind moseying along to the tunes and the Camaro thought I was in a fuel-saving mood.

The problem is, this skip-shift function is not as smooth as it is in the Challenger. In the Challenger you just sort of end up in 4th. Oops, the Challenger put me in 4th again. But with the Camaro, it's more like you wrestle with the shifter because it feels like it is sticking. And it does it at inappropriate times, like when I'm slowly spiraling the floors in our parking garage. You can bypass this function by driving harder or just hanging onto 1st longer. But why can't it just leave me alone?

Once I learned to drive around its little sidestep, I enjoyed the car. It feels good, has a nice rumble, and you should have seen how many men tried to tackle it at the car wash today.

By the way, the photo above is my favorite angle on the Camaro, low and Corvette-esque.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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