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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: 9,000-Mile Service Interval

July 28, 2010

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Our long term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS has this nifty little service minder light that, unlike some from German companies with TLAs I can think of, doesn't shut off until you cycle through it with the menu button. I like that. Even if you get in and set up your iPod, find your phone, get the seat belt on, do whatever, you won't miss the "YOU NEED SERVICE" light.

In related news to the functionality of the light, our Camaro needed service.

At 10,224 miles we had the oil changed and a number of TSBs performed. Mike Schmidt said, "we're back on the road. Here's hoping the Camaro remains bulletproof from this point forward." It cost $37.61.

And today, at 19,312 miles we had our second oil change. An oil change cost $36.09 this time at Chevy of Santa Monica.

9,088 miles between oil changes is pretty darned good if you ask me, but then again, all of these new cars with oil-life minders seem to be going about that far.

As for Schmidt's hope that it would remain bullet-proof, it has, except for one little transmission issue.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 19,312

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Our Favorite Caption

June 11, 2010

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Thanks to thegraduate for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that had us in stitches:

Mr Goodwrench my XXX (e90_m3)
The Wrench Connection (ergsum)
Ripping through the gears. (ergsum)
Thinking outside the gearbox. (ergsum)
They may be cheap, but Ikea transmissions are a pain. (ergsum)
Some assembly required. (ergsum)
RTFM. (rick8365)
It will be ok, the government is here to help. (fordracefan)
Hey Bubba, get Ed Whitacre on the phone- he'll know what to do! (roadburner)
Corporate is on the phone; they they say this trasmission is designed for a Chevy, and what we need is a tranny that fits a Chevrolet." (roadburner)
We secretly replaced the transmission with Folgers Crystals. Shhh...let's see if they notice. (tnooch1)
You don't think Inside Line will put this on their blog, do you? (rayray633)
Lucy... you have some esplainin' to do! (anonimo)
If he calls, tell him we needed to order a part. (actualsize)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: You Write the Caption

June 11, 2010

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This unfortunate mess is our Chevy Camaro's transmission. It's back together now but it was out of service for three weeks. It brings to mind this scene:

Lando: Having trouble with your droid?
Han Solo: No, no problem. Why?

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Feels Back to Normal

May 19, 2010

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After our big tranny service, I was a little concerned that the shifter would never feel right again. It's not the most complicated repair in the world, but once you pull something apart like that it's not always easy to get it all lined up perfectly again.

No problem though, it's fine. Goes through the gears as quick as ever. In fact, it reminded me just how different the shifter in the Camaro is compared to the Challenger. The Chevy has short throws with a notchy engagement while the Challenger's linkage feels much longer between gears and goes in with a softer transition. Which one is better? Not sure, I'll have to rip a few more gears before making a final decision.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 16,812 miles

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: It's baaAAAck

May 10, 2010

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See all of those bits? Well, after 22 days, they're back together--- along with a new second gear and second gear synchro-- and back in our 2010 Chevy Camaro SS.

The primary delay here was waiting on parts availability. Once they arrived, the process of putting it back together was, we hope, simple. Our advisor at Santa Monica Chevrolet Buick was very good. He called with frequent-enough updates and was quick to offer a rental as soon as he saw that parts would not be quick.

Total cost: $0.00

Days out of service: 22

And while we can't be thrilled we lost our car for three weeks, the process was as un-infuriating as is really possible. But it begs the question: if your car was out of service for three weeks, what would you do?

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 15,819 miles

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2010 Camaro SS: More pics from surgery

April 28, 2010

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We still don't have our 2010 Chevy Camaro SS back from its transmission repair, but we're hoping for an update today. They were waiting on parts from corporate. So for now, two new pictures.

That's our exhaust, but not our transmission. I assume it was just a spare one that didn't need to be put back. Check those mufflers, no wonder this thing sounds like a vacuum. We should change that ASAP. Scott, listening? Cat-back! Do it!

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: The best laid plans...

April 26, 2010

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Remember a few days ago when they told us that we'd get a new transmission as opposed to ripping ours open and fixing it?

Well, looks like plans changed.

That thing all wrapped up by the coffee cup? That's half of the new 2nd gear synchro.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ *the same mileage it was last blog*

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Tranny Pushing Daisies

April 22, 2010

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Earlier this week we reported there was something wrong with the transmission in our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. We drove it to Santa Monica Chevrolet immediately.

"I don't care how hard you drive, this tranny should be able to take it. That's what this car is made for. This should not happen," proclaimed our service advisor when we left the Camaro with him. Not 30 minutes passed before he called with an update, "GM doesn't want us touching your tranny. They're sending out a replacement under warranty. I will call you in a few days when parts arrive."

So now we sit and wait. As we know more, you'll know more.

(And a special thanks to Kurt Niebuhr for his photoshop brilliance)

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 15,819 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Something is Wrong

April 20, 2010

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I drove our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro home last night. The last time I'd driven the Chevy was with a chili cheese dog in one hand and a photographer over my right shoulder. Back then the Camaro wasn't even broken in. But now, I'm afraid it may just be broken.

With the radio up, it's possible I wouldn't have heard the T-ball levels of chatter coming from the driveline. Or the characteristic racket of an aged throw-out bearing. But even with the speakers at full capacity I couldn't miss the massive clunk into 2nd gear. No matter how slow or deliberate the shift. CLUNK. Something is wrong.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 15,819 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Checking the Oil Level

February 22, 2010

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While our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has an oil-life indicator (it's showing 75 percent of life left, if you're interested), you still have to check the oil level the old-fashioned way via a dipstick. Not that I really mind. I actually feel more comfortable with an eyeball look than a in-car digital readout that just says "Oil Level OK."

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Dealer Service and TSBs

January 12, 2010

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We stopped by Santa Monica Chevrolet for a laundry list of items on our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. On the agenda:

- oil and filter change
- intermittent airbag warning
- center instrument cluster inop
- loose rear spoiler (TSB)
- reprogram HVAC system to prevent evaporator from freezing (TSB)
- inspect engine harness position (TSB)

Oil and filter were changed per the maintenance schedule. Nothing of note here. The airbag warning light was not illuminated at the time of our visit, nor was there a stored error code of the incident. We'll consider it fixed for now. Removal of the instrument cluster revealed a wiring issue (open circuit 2840 red/white wire) as the cause of the problem. Gauges now operate properly. All TSB items, including our loose spoiler, were also addressed.

So now we're back on the road. Here's hoping the Camaro remains bulletproof from this point forward.

Total Cost: $37.61

Days out of Service: None

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 10,224 miles

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Rear Spoiler Is Unbolting Itself

November 19, 2009

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Yesterday I was driving our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS and noticed a minor rattle coming from the rear of the car.

Turns out the Gamad's rear spoiler has unbolted half itself from the vehicle, which you can see in the photo of the Wolfman yanking on it. And the rattle? That's the two errant nuts rolling around inside the structure of the Camaro's decklid. It's a fairly easy fix. We'll let you know how it goes after we get around to it.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 7,400 miles

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Adding Oil

September 30, 2009

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After several minutes spent wrestling with our Camaro's 22 ft. long and oddly twisted dipstick, I determined that the car's LS3 V8 was in need of additional oil. Therefore, I just poured half a quart of Mobil 1 5W-30 into the engine. Total cost? About $4.50.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 4,888 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Service Bulletin Issued

September 29, 2009

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General Motors has issued a service bulletin for multiple fixes on 2010 Chevrolet Camaros. What could happen if your Camaro doesn't make it to the dealer soon?

The quick answers: Its rear spoiler could come loose. The HVAC system evaporator could freeze solid. And the engine harness could be rubbing against heater hose clamps.

The detailed answers: Here.

These aren't recalls yet. But still worth a look next time you're at the dealer. We will have these looked over when we take ours in to address an intermittent airbag service light.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager

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