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The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro revitalized the storied nameplate after a near-decade of dormancy. Better yet, the 2010 Camaro SS proved that the V8-touting Bow Tie brawler was back with more power than the Mustang GT. Still, over 13 years later, is the used V8 Chevy powerhouse a muscle car bargain? 

How much is a 2010 Chevy Camaro SS?

A silver 2010 Chevy Camaro SS shows off its rear-end styling.
2010 Chevy Camaro | General Motors

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS has a fair value of around $14,591 with average mileage. As a result, the 2010 model is comparably priced to its closest segment mates, the 2010 Ford Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger R/T. 

Make and modelAverage used price
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS$14,591
2010 Ford Mustang GT$14,157
2010 Dodge Challenger R/T $13,667

Of course, potential owners who want a fifth-generation drop-top from the timeframe will have to spend a bit more. That said, with a thunderous 6.2L V8, optional six-speed manual transmission, and independent rear suspension, the Camaro is an eager alternative to the Blue Oval’s post-facelift S197 Mustang GT

Is the 2010 Chevy Camaro a good muscle car?

A red fifth-generation Camaro parks in a harbor.
2010 Chevy Camaro | General Motors

The 2010 Chevy Camaro SS has all of the proper credentials for a genuinely timeless muscle car. For instance, the Camaro’s 426-horsepower 6.2L V8 and available six-speed manual transmission will turn tires into smoke and sound with the best of them. 

Furthermore, Car and Driver says the 2010 automatic-equipped model will hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Moreover, while the manual iteration requires closer to 4.8 seconds to hit 60, it makes for a much more engaging drive. Better yet, those sub-five-second sprints to 60 mph are much quicker than the 4.6L 2010 Mustang GT’s five-second times.  

Is the 2010 Camaro reliable?

As with many first model years in a new vehicle generation, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has its issues. Three of the most common owner reports of reliability issues could be a bothersome business. 

ProblemAverage mileageAverage repair cost
Premature timing chain wear81,000 miles$1,980
Engine stalling while driving90,350 milesNo data available
Faulty airbag sensor66,500 miles$500

The most significant average complaint from 2010 Chevrolet Camaro owners is premature timing chain wear, per Car Complaints. Unfortunately, timing chain replacement is expensive, with labor often pushing total repair costs to around $2,000. 

However, it should be noted that most owner complaints pertain to the 3.6L V6 LS and LT trims rather than the 6.2L SS. 

What are the cons of a Camaro SS?

While the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS is fast and fun, it has its drawbacks. Most notably, the early fifth-generation Camaro has visibility issues. The model’s tall dash line, chunky pillars, and cramped rear sightline make peering out of the Chevy muscle car a chore. 

However, should you, dear reader, be able to live with its visibility issues, the fifth-gen Camaro model could be your ticket to a fun, affordable muscle car.


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