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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: 5,000 Mile Update

February 27, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Since we took delivery of our hot rod 2014 SLP Panther Camaro at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas back in November, we've driven this supercharged beast over 5,000 miles.

In that time we've all fallen for the black Chevy with the gold trim. It's a fun drive. Despite some track testing and daily exploitation of its 600-hp V8 the SLP Panther had yet to need any mechanical repairs. Until this happened. Also, its four very large Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires are starting to show some serious wear.

And if there was any doubt that we've been driving this car with heavy hands (and feet) our average fuel mileage of 13.7 mpg confirms it. As does the cars request for an oil change, which seems a little early for an engine that uses synthetic oil. But as the saying goes, "you wanta play you gotta pay." We'll get the oil changed this week.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 5,054 miles

Comments

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    No mechanical problems? What about the loose pulley and flying belt?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    The questionable post-holding system strikes again.

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    Once again, the reader serves as the editor. Please, guys, QA should not be an afterthought.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "The questionable post-holding system strikes again." I dunno - it threw the belt 800 miles ago and he's got a pic of the odometer in the post, so I don't think he wrote the post before it threw the belt...I just think that for some unfathomable reason he wasn't aware that it had happened. Still pretty bad that he could commit that oversight.

  • 5000 miles, trim pieces falling off and a break down. Awesome. Now tell me again why one would buy this tuner car when Chevy offers the properly built and engineered Camaro ZL1?

  • adamb1 adamb1 Posts:

    It would be interesting to take it by CarMax at the end of the loan and see what they would give for it just for grins.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @fordson1: You're right, there's no way this was written first.

  • I'm a little surprised the author didn't put 2 and 2 together when talking about the oil life monitor calling for an oil change at this time. The car was just overheated when it through the belt off in the last update. That will decrease the oil life significantly and trip the change oil reminder much sooner.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Hmmm...I think you might have something there. Good catch.

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