2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Hand Wash Only

March 24, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Our long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro is not car-wash friendly. As some clothing is labeled "dry clean only" this 600-hp muscle car should be labeled "hand wash only".

As we've learned over the last few months, the Camaro's huge rear tires are just too wide for the track that pulls the car through the automated wash cycle and its aggressive front air dam is too low for the same mechanisms. So potential owners of special Camaros, SLP Panthers or otherwise, should enter that ownership anticipating the additional time and cost of hand washes, which can be significant.

In Los Angeles, many of the automated car washes, which use the track to pull the car through, are actually hand washes. Inside the building are very wet men with power hoses and soapy mitts. No spinning paint killers and oscillating mirror removers.

Such is the case with our local car wash in Venice, CA, where a "basic car wash" costs $10.99. At the same location a static hand wash performed off to the side on our big-tire Camaro costs $25.00. And it adds about 15 minutes to the process.

Of course, all of this is avoided by a good old fashioned DIY job.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 6,254 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in VA is:

$179 per month*
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