No doubt, Chevrolet The Camaro needs no introduction. Debuting in 1967, this two-door muscle car quickly became an American icon, rivaling the big dogs around the block, like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
The first generation Camaro was based on the Chevy Nova and was originally called the ‘Chevrolet Panther.’ But later, General Motors abandoned the name, claiming it was too aggressive.
Now, after six generations, the Camaro stands out as one of the best American sports cars on the market. While the latest 2022 models come with great quality, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 powertrain on the SS 1LE trim, many may prefer to sacrifice the latest features for a better price tag by buying a used Camaro.
While the Camaro is generally more reliable than other well-known American sports cars, not all model years are worth buying on the used market. Like any other vehicle, the Camaro has had its fair share of problems over the years. However, the 2010 model stands out as the least reliable Chevy Camaro due to a worrying issue.
2010 Chevy Camaro Has Over 280 NHTSA Registered Owner Complaints
2010 Camaro owners have filed more than 280 complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Additionally, with over 100 reports, the Car Complaints website has dubbed the 2010 model year the Chevy Camaro’s most problematic edition.
The most frequently reported problems relate to the vehicle’s powertrain. The owner complains about the timing chain that wears out prematurely. Owners who notice it early will have to replace the timing chain at their own expense. However, some owners mentioned not seeing it until it was too late, and it damaged the engine permanently. On average, people have spent about $2,000 on time chain problems. This problem occurs well below the 100,000 mile mark.
Apart from that, there have been several other powertrain-related reports of drivers experiencing headaches such as engine stalling, rough starting, and excessive oil consumption.
Another problematic area for the 2010 Camaro is the airbag department. According to the owner’s report, the airbag light continued to flash randomly and deactivated the passenger airbag. “The Airbag light kept going off and on. After I took it to the dealer, they said that the airbag sensor needs to be replaced. It costs $1500. I have a full extended warranty through Allstate, which does not cover any safety repairs per service advisor,” one owner quotes on the Car Complaints website.
Some owners have experienced problems with the 2010 Camaro transmission system, both manual and automatic. Owners have complained about different issues, including rough shifting, grinding noises when shifting gears, and skidding gears. This problem generally appears after 60,000 to 100,000 miles of use.
Last but not least, there have been several reports of the power steering assist turning off intermittently while the vehicle is in motion, requiring excessive force to move the car. One owner commenting on NHTSA said, “I just bought a 2010 Chevy Camaro on December 30th from a certified used car dealer, and within a month, the power-steering pump failed, and I had no power steering.”
General Motors Summons 2010 Camaro Three Times
Due to a manufacturing defect, General Motors had to recall the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro three times.
In 2009, about 1,250 units equipped with V8 engines were recalled due to problems with the positive battery cable routing. Open wires can result in a short circuit, causing the engine to stop without restarting or the engine compartment to catch fire. To work around this, dealers are instructed to reroute the positive battery cable on older models to ensure adequate clearance.
General Motors recalled more than 464,000 2010-2014 Camaros due to a design flaw related to the ignition switch in 2014. The manufacturer admits that on these vehicles, drivers may accidentally press the ignition with their knees, causing the key to exit the running position. If so, the airbags become inactive, and the engine, power steering, and brakes may lose power. Then, in 2019, GM recalled 10,740 more 2010-2015 Camaros for the same issue.
Skip the Unreliable 2010 Camaro To Avoid Falling Down A Bottomless Pit
Due to various expensive issues at low mileage, we highly recommend avoiding the 2010 Camaro on the used market. While they may be more affordable to buy than newer models, they are generally more expensive to maintain. On the other hand, the 2011 model has significantly fewer registered owner complaints and has a better reliability rating.
In the end, when it comes to sports or performance cars, driving habits and maintenance are far more important factors than factory defects. Regardless of the model year you choose, it’s a good idea to consult a trusted mechanic to make sure the engine and transmission have not been abused by the previous owner too much.