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Purchasing a Camaro 2016 Coupe as a main car

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Purchasing a Camaro 2016 Coupe as a main car

Hey All,

Wanted your opinions before making a purchase.

Was thinking about getting the Camaro 2LT as a main car shared by myself and my wife. Currently driving a 2004 Camry. I would probably lease for 2 years, or get financing if deciding to purchase.

What are your thoughts? I'm not very in the know about cars, but I've always wanted the Camaro for the performance and the looks. I think its the best bang for the buck, but I'm worried about things like maintenance cost, feasibility, comfort, and winter driving. Am I making a huge mistake?

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Only you can judge the comfort level, a good test drive particularly over rougher roads particularly those you will encounter, which will give you some insight as to whether its tolerable or awful. If the dealer allows it, duration matters too, some car seats are fine for like 20 minutes and become unbearable after an hour or more. The V6 engine is the same 3.6L V6 you find in pretty much every GM these days. The Camaro features a lot of parts bin engineering so it shouldn't be that bad to run the thing, basically it should be like running any bigger GM which should make it average for the most part. However, I suspect the tire costs will be high due to how large its wheels are, IIRC its a 20 inch tire. Fuel economy is going to be like pretty much any V6, not great in the city but perfectly acceptable on highway. Feasibility...is another thing only you can really determine like in your seating position can anybody sit behind you? Is the trunk even an acceptable size? Is the opening after the rear seats have been folded large enough? Again, only you can determine that. Winter driving though, so long as you got good snow tires it shouldn't be that bad so long as you can control your power.

In the end though sports cars really aren't at all about sensibility. They're all about how they make you feel. Test drive it, and test drive some others before deciding. If the sports car did its job, you'll start to want to avoid driving that Camry.
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Go for it,

v6 for attention ,

camaro v8 for performance

Wont be fuel efficient and not reliable like Toyota's but life is not always all about how much money you can save at pump.

I recommend if you can afford camaro v8 you would love it, v6 only looks nice but not really worth it, still looks better than camry, ugly g35 and tons of other German cars, man people buy ugly unreliable vw golf gti so there is nothing wrong getting a car that looks attractive
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24 months lease on a Camaro would be nuts! Residual would be something like 55%! That means you would pay a whopping 45% of the value of the car over 2 years as "lease"! On top of that lease rates on Camaro suck right now, about 2.5% which is very high for GM.

This kind of car would be much better financed, specially with year end rates.
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Can you live with no cargo space and inability to drive on unplowed roads? I could've gotten something similar, but couldn't live with those constraints, so I ended up with a Subaru.
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I purchased a 2014 Chevy Camaro and it's gas consumption is much less than my 2011 Chevy Malibu... Not sure if they've fixed the visibility issue with the newer Camaros' but it's pretty bad and you must always be attentive when driving.
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TorontoTacos wrote: I purchased a 2014 Chevy Camaro and it's gas consumption is much less than my 2011 Chevy Malibu... Not sure if they've fixed the visibility issue with the newer Camaros' but it's pretty bad and you must always be attentive when driving.
No, the visibility is still terrible for anyone 6 feet or taller. People who are 5' 5" can shoulder check just fine.
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Go for it! But make sure you know the difference between the 2016 models and the last generation when people ask you.
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Only you can accurately say yes. Test and drive it and other similar cars.
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ALL comments below based upon your camry experience

complete disaster in snow/ice conditions...winter tires will help a bit
terrible gas mileage..I mean...really terrible
NO visibility...as in...not safe
poor deals right now...brand new model...a year from now you will save thousands more..
no trunk space...less than a Yaris, let alone a camry..I am serious

Having said all that...an ATS 2.0 AWD is my main vehicle...built on the same platform as new camaro...I have been drooling over the C7 vette but would only buy a used from USA if the dollar gets close to par.....by next yr...I could potentially buy my ATS with the C7 vette engine and tranny for 35-37 k (AKA Camaro SS) as a second car and forget the vette...
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Do you live in area where you get a lot of snow in the winter time? I really like the new camaro's and mustangs and was looking at a mustang myself but I think I would need a winter car because I live near Toronto and we get quite a bit of snow in the winter and would it would be difficult getting around in a rear wheel drive vehicle here.
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If you stay on plowed roads in the city it's fine. My last vehicle is a RWD SUV without winter tires and I managed for 10 years.
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Haz wrote:
TorontoTacos wrote: I purchased a 2014 Chevy Camaro and it's gas consumption is much less than my 2011 Chevy Malibu... Not sure if they've fixed the visibility issue with the newer Camaros' but it's pretty bad and you must always be attentive when driving.
No, the visibility is still terrible for anyone 6 feet or taller. People who are 5' 5" can shoulder check just fine.
Is it really that bad? I'm 6'0 and drive a CLA and find that to be OK, I was actually planning on a SS as my next lease.
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I've been driving my V8 RWD for couple years now, with a good set of winters I've had no issues during snowstorms here in Toronto.
flying triangle wrote: Do you live in area where you get a lot of snow in the winter time? I really like the new camaro's and mustangs and was looking at a mustang myself but I think I would need a winter car because I live near Toronto and we get quite a bit of snow in the winter and would it would be difficult getting around in a rear wheel drive vehicle here.

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You either get the V8 or not at all.
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Here's some practical advise.

Get the version of the Camaro you want as it's a nice bit of kit. Keep Camry which is fully depreciated as a winter beater and run about in bad weather. I would not advise having the Camaro as the sole year round car simply from a winter view. This way you keep the Camaro in better shape anyways.
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Buy a beater!

RWD 8 cylinder car in the winter won't be fun
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Cheapo-Findo wrote: I've been driving my V8 RWD for couple years now, with a good set of winters I've had no issues during snowstorms here in Toronto.
flying triangle wrote: Do you live in area where you get a lot of snow in the winter time? I really like the new camaro's and mustangs and was looking at a mustang myself but I think I would need a winter car because I live near Toronto and we get quite a bit of snow in the winter and would it would be difficult getting around in a rear wheel drive vehicle here.
It's definitely doable but you may have a few whiteknuckle moments here and there.
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Nope not worth it as main car. Because :

*Too expensive on gas (gas guzzler)
*Not enough room for passengers
*Lack of trunk space
*Its RWD, and not that great in winter
*Reliabilty isnt that great

Its a car only to buy, if you have other cars, or if you know that you wont really be having any passengers or carrying any things in the trunk.

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