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Unread 10-17-2009, 12:29 AM   #1
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So I've been looking for Camaros since, well, I knew what a car was and I finally took the time and effort to drive north on the 5(you Cali guys will know what I mean ) during rush hour and check out this little gem I found. An 02 Z28 with a 6 speed.

I have never driven a manual before and the salesman was actually cool enough to get to an area where there was barely any traffic and let me try my hand at it as well as obviously test drive it. First was horrible, but oddly enough after first I had no problem shifting what so ever. Also would have helped if I hadn't worn sandals(I'm a tard...) but my god. I am in love with that car. The sound of an engine way too big and powerful for such a car is amazing and it shifts so smooth(well, at least past first ) and it's extremely clean. The engine compartment is also very tidy and clean, which I don't see much.

The hitch? I don't have enough credit(didn't have any credit pre-March of this year) to put down the down payment I wanted to and I'm not able to get it without a larger down payment or a co-signer. Hopefully if all is well, I have an aunt out here who should be able to help me. If not, I'll start tearing apart this car but man... I was about to ask if I could take it out for another drive before I left... I. Want. That. Car.

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Unread 10-17-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
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where did you look? I know m'lady on 14 said no to my credit, buss ford said yes.. (No wonder their out of business!!!)
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Hah, you know where M'lady is? Snap, small world son. My parent's house is like 15 minutes from there.

As for where? In Cali, dude. I wish I could have gotten a Camaro when i was looking for cars before I got this Grand Prix. I've been kicking myself ever since.
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First is only bad because it was your first time. Bet the car shook up in first, and at some gears.
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Hah, the sales guy was getting pissed or scared... I couldn't tell. Hell, I got the engine to drop to about 150 RPM a few times and I still somehow managed to push it up through the gear. He was actually surprised that I got 2nd, 3rd, and 4th so well. I was surprised myself. But that damn first gear... When I finally buy you car, you're not sleeping till I perfect you...
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Why would you EVER leave a camaro behind? I would drive it to my neighbor when I need some butter.
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You'll learn to shift smoothly over time.


May I suggest that you get on real good terms with a shop, tho? 02 Camaros are a royal -beep--beeeeeeep- of a -beeeeeeeeeeeep-ing -beeep- to work on, and you can almost guarantee the first stickshift car you drive for a while, the one you learn on, will need a clutch sooner or later. I burned my first one up in about 35,000 miles or so, the second one I got was already on it's last legs before I ever got to it and I got 60K out of that thing. It takes practice, once you've burned one up you'll pick it up pretty quick and the new one will last a lot longer.


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I do say you get it, tho, especially if the clutch is good and you can land a cosigner. And do be careful, V8 + slick road = donut.
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My advie on a new Stick-Driver, Just use the extra gas for awhile. We are talking about losing ~ 5-10MPG depending on the car. Play it safe until you are comportable. Extra gas usage will save your clutch, and you money. (maybe spend an extra $200 in gas one year of driving that camaro, compared to a prefect driver.)
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Why would you EVER leave a camaro behind? I would drive it to my neighbor when I need some butter.
I know man... I really was gunna try to get it tonight but the whole being denied for credit and it being 7 by the time I got there(they close at 830) really killed it... I honestly hope my aunt helps me out. She doesn't need to pay for anything, just cosign and I pay for everything.

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May I suggest that you get on real good terms with a shop, tho? 02 Camaros are a royal -beep--beeeeeeep- of a -beeeeeeeeeeeep-ing -beeep- to work on, and you can almost guarantee the first stickshift car you drive for a while, the one you learn on, will need a clutch sooner or later. I burned my first one up in about 35,000 miles or so, the second one I got was already on it's last legs before I ever got to it and I got 60K out of that thing. It takes practice, once you've burned one up you'll pick it up pretty quick and the new one will last a lot longer.


And remember: We're always here if you need tips. We'll do the best we can to halp.


I do say you get it, tho, especially if the clutch is good and you can land a cosigner. And do be careful, V8 + slick road = donut.
Hah thanks bro. I'm sure I won't really need to take it to a shop but I hear ya. Yeah, my buddy had a 93 Mustang and after about 7k miles of owning it he needed a new clutch(he drove it HARD... I probably will too, hahah). As for a slick road, it rarely rains here in this damned state... And the politicians wonder why there's all the smog everywhere in California. Not because of vehicles or emissions, but because it NEVER RAINS!
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When I was a wee lad, it rained the whole 2 weeks I was down there. (freaking showerhead, on-off-on-off. Like the brady bunch took turnes taking a shower in downtown LA)
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