Debut in 1967, the famous Chevrolet The Camaro was an instant hit for car enthusiasts looking for raw American V8 power. The Camaro was discontinued in 2008, but was revived with a complete redesign and a new platform eight years later.
According to Consumer reports website, the excellent reliability of the fifth-generation Chevy Camaro makes it one of the best sports cars under $25,000 for buyers on the used market. Nonetheless, widespread problems make some model years less reliable than others. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro’s worst years, its longevity, and everything else you need to know before buying a used one.
2010, 2013, and 2014 were one of the Camaro’s worst model years
Due to the costly problem at low mileage, Car Complaint the website rated 2010 as the worst year for the Chevy Camaro. The most frequently reported problem is with the timing belt wearing out prematurely. The timing belt itself won’t cost much, but a damaged one can cause permanent damage to the powertrain. Many owners have no choice but to replace the entire engine. On average, problems occur after 81,000 miles and cost the owner nearly $2,000.
Another widespread problem with the 2010 model relates to the passenger airbag sensor. According to reports, the passenger airbag warning light flashes intermittently, indicating the unit is inactive. The problem has occurred after an average of 64,000 miles, and the owner has spent about $500 to replace the sensor.
Some 2013 Camaro owners have complained about the brakes making a squealing sound. While it doesn’t affect performance directly, the sound can be very distracting to the driver. Reports indicate that GM is aware of this problem and has no solution for it. Upon inspection, the dealer informed the owner that this is how the brakes work, and that they could do nothing to eliminate the noise.
Many reports mention several electrical problems, including the radio screen turning black. “Radio screens often go black. Sometimes it appears and dies. This problem also affects the air conditioner and heater. It flashes on and off all the time. Replaced module, still does it,” the owner of the 2013 model wrote in Car Complaints.
On several occasions, 2014 Camaro owners have reported that the key is stuck in the ignition switch. On average, the problem occurred after just 28,850 miles of use. The owner had to replace the shifter for about $350 to eliminate this problem.
Last but not least, owner complaints suggest the 2014 Camaro has the same electrical problems as the 2013 model. Owners commenting on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website have mentioned the radio, air conditioner, and heater independently turn on and off without warning. On top of that, the owner had mentioned that the outside light had stopped working, although the bulb and fuse were fine.
Good Care Records Can Extend Camaro Life by Up to 200,000 Miles
Many reputable sources indicate that the Chevy Camaro can offer 150,000 to 200,000 miles of reliable service with regular maintenance, which is impressive for a sports car. However, if you are the third or fourth owner of a Chevy Camaro, you should expect engine and transmission problems to show up around the 100,000 mile mark.
Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule is essential if you want to get 10 to 20 years out of your Chevy Camaro. Some of the important services for the fifth generation Camaro include:
- At 7,500 miles: spinning tires and changing engine oil and filters.
- At 45,000 miles: replace the passenger compartment air filter, change the transmission oil (automatic and manual), and change the brake fluid.
- At 97,500 miles: replace spark plugs and check the wires.
- At 150,000 miles: drain and refill the engine cooling system, check the engine drive belt for excessive cracking or serious damage.
According to the RepairPal website, the cost of ownership for the Chevy Camaro sits at $585 annually, which is about $150 less than its rival, the Ford Mustang.
If you want a headache-free sports car, steer clear of the problem-year-old Camaro model when buying used
The wild nature of the Chevy Camaro makes it an adventure to drive every time you jump behind the wheel. However, the popular American muscle has some worrisome issues regarding the 2010, 2013, and 2014 models.
If you’re buying a sports car on the used market, it would be a safer bet to avoid the Camaro’s troubled year due to its widespread problems with low mileage. Also, check the engine and transmission with a trusted mechanic to make sure you’re not spending money on lemons.