The Chevrolet Camaro has been on the road since 1966. This fun sports car is both reliable and fun to drive. Owners claim it handles well, offering a comfortable ride. Like most older model vehicles, the Camaro tends to have some problems, but luckily most of them aren’t too serious. Here are a few of the most common complaints you should know about.
Car won’t start
The car not starting is the most common complaint that owners of the Chevrolet Camaro have. But it has nothing to do with the starter, battery, or alternator. The raised-chip key sometimes gets its signals crossed with the anti-theft system.
It appears the ignition lock cylinder is the known culprit. There are several wires in the steering column that are prone to fraying, disabling the ability to start the vehicle. The only known correction for this problem is to replace both the ignition lock cylinder and the keys.
Power window fail
Another commonly reported problem with the Chevrolet Camaro is that the power window tends to stop midway or moves very slowly. It’s a simple fix, costing about $250. The power window motor needs to be replaced, and the problem will be solved.
Leaking water pump
Replacing a water pump can cost a little more. When the coolant begins to leak, the engine can overheat. This will cause severe damage if not replaced. Most drivers of the Chevrolet Camaro started to experience this problem around 80,000 miles.
Hood and rear hatch supports
A replacement of the supports is recommended when owners experience problems with the front hood or trunk hatch. There have been many complaints about failing supports when someone tries to prop open either the hood or hatch. Early model vehicles, ranging from 1990-2002, seem to be the most susceptible to this issue.
T-tops are one of the coolest features of the Chevrolet Camaro. Unfortunately, over time they start to develop rooftop leaks from deteriorating weatherstrip seals.
The best fix for this common issue is to replace all of the weather stripping to create a tighter seal. Owners of later model vehicles claim they have tried replacing the weather strips but are still experiencing puddles of water on the floorboards. Some owners contend that T-tops were probably a bad idea, which is why they no longer make them, but they sure do look good.
Gas cap issue
Another common problem experienced around 70,000 miles is a check engine warning light coming on. The gas cap is known to wear out on these vehicles and triggers the light to come on.
It will cost less than $100 to replace the cap, but it is definitely frustrating for owners before the problem is diagnosed, and they think they have a more serious problem on their hands. Luckily it’s a quick fix to get back on the road.
Intake manifold gaskets
No one wants to see the engine overheat warning light come on. Unfortunately, this tends to be a common occurrence around 120,000 miles on the Chevrolet Camaro.
Owners report seeing a brown sludge-like consistency leaking from their vehicle. This occurs when the engine oil mixes with coolant resulting in possible damage to the engine. The intake manifold gasket must be replaced to prevent serious future problems.
Important information for potential Chevrolet Camaro buyers
More than 5 million Chevrolet Camaro vehicles have hit the road from 1966 to the present. In 2002, Chevrolet stopped production of the Camaro product line.
Eight years later, a complete remodel occurred and the fifth-generation model was introduced. The 2010 Camaro won the World Car Design of the Year Award. In 2016, Chevrolet released a sixth-generation model to celebrate the Camaro’s 50th anniversary.
Rumors have been swirling that 2023 will be the final year for the Camaro due to a decrease in sales. According to GM Authority, the seventh-generation is merely delayed. Only time will tell if this is the end for the Chevrolet Camaro.