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There’s no doubt about it, the new Camaro is a great looking car that is in high demand around the country.

Luckily for muscle car buyers, there are plenty of the 5th generation models coming to the used market as the rental cars hit the books and people trade in their cars for a variety of reasons.

Being such a new car, there aren’t too many things you’ll need to watch out for, but every make and model has quirks you should be aware of if the new Camaro is on your wish list. Here are three issues to keep in mind when buying your 5th generation Camaro.

Front Suspension Thump, the “Loose Lumber” Noise

One of the biggest issues reported by owners of new Chevy Camaros is a “knocking” noise when going at slow speeds over bumps or divots. The noise originates in the front suspension. The problem is summed up with details on how to “fix” this issue in a GM bulletin released to their technicians:

“When a customer brings in a vehicle with front suspension noise, upon confirmation of the sound via a test drive, a brief inspection of the front suspension should be conducted (fastener torques, bushing/ball joint health). If no issues are found, the technician should confirm that the sound is/is not typical for the Camaro. (If needed, drive another Camaro and note the sound quality over small impacts.) If the sound is common in character with that of other Camaros, the customer should be informed that the vehicle is operating as intended and that the "loose lumber" sound is a normal suspension sound.”

Basically, this is saying that there is no foreseen problem and if the noise doesn’t go away with routine maintenance then it is “normal.” Listen for this sound in any test drive of the new Camaro. If it occurs, and you find it bother you, know that you may be stuck with the noise unless you get a suspension upgrade which has been known to resolve the problem.

Camaro Convertible Issues

Who hasn’t dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a Camaro convertible? If you’re thinking of purchasing the new Camaro convertible from a dealer or previous owner, here is something else to watch out for.

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The 2011-2012 models are reported to have an issue with the convertible top, specifically a condition where the headliner corner support bracket is making contact with the convertible top while it is in the down position. This caused many of these tops to become worn or to even tear.

Also, these models have been known to produce wind noise from both the front and rear quarter glass. These issues have been so widespread it caused GM to implement a program where owners of convertible Chevy Camaros can bring them into their local dealership and have the problems rectified for free. So, if you are considering buying one of these models it may be a good idea to see if that particular car still qualifies for this offer.

Paint Issues

Another problem for the new Camaro buyer to watch out for deals with damage to the paint near and around the factory rear spoiler.

This particular problem has been reported in 2010-2011 Chevy Camaro models. Owners of these models reported chipping and other damage to the car’s paint on the trunk of around the spoiler. This problem is due to improper installation of these rear spoilers. Many of the spoilers were installed too tightly which causes them to make contact with the trunk leading to cracks and chips in the car’s paint job.

Other Tips

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when shopping for a used 5th generation Camaro.

  • Some Camaros have minor electrical issues reported, such as the window motor malfunctioning resulting in the window continuously rolling itself down. Issues with the chime of the seat belt alert have also been reported.
  • Owners have also voiced complaints regarding the exhaust system. The vibration of the exhaust can cause parts inside the car to rattle producing an annoying noise in the cabin.

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In the few years since the new Camaro came to market, there have been relatively few underlying problems to surface. Most likely, you’ll be able to find one still under warranty and if one of these issues arises you can hopefully get the problem fixed for free. Since many of the reported issues have been acknowledged by GM, it’s possible that cool Camaro convertible you are looking at has already had the issue resolved.

Simply being aware of these issues mentioned above will go a long way in helping you decide if one of these wonderful Camaros is right for you.

The page was written by guest author, Vince Evans. We hope this information is helpful in your search for the new Camaro.

Vince Evans is a self-medicated car freak who gets his fix by going to every auto auction within driving distance. If he can’t be there, he writes about New Jersey used car dealers.
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