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AutoBlog: BREAKING: Early Camaro SS manual transmission failures reported, factory hold issued

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Filed under: Maintenance, Coupes, Recalls/TSBs, Safety, Chevrolet

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Sporadic reports have begun popping up in the Camaro5 forums about issues with V8-powered SS models equipped with the manual transmission. It seems that doing a hard launch or using the launch control system occasionally results in a broken output shaft, a serious failure that will most likely leave the car immobile and in need of repair. We spoke with General Motors spokesman Adam Dennison about the problem and, as this is being written, a factory hold has been put on deliveries of manual transmission V8 Camaros while Chevrolet engineering teams investigate the problem.

Based on the reports, the transmission issues may not be related to the launch control system as the failures seem to happen whether or not launch control is engaged. The Camaro SS uses the Tremec 6060 six-speed gearbox - the same transmission fitted to the Dodge Viper, Mustang GT500, Corvette Z06 and other performance cars - so this is likely a manufacturing issue with a batch of gearboxes.

Dennison told Autoblog that an engineering meeting is being held this evening to identify the cause and establish a timing for the fix - and a recall seems likely. In the meantime, if you have a manual model Camaro SS, you might want to go easy on the launches for now - and if you have one ordered, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Thanks to Bailey and Derrick for the tips!



[source: Camaro5.com]
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BREAKING: Early Camaro SS manual transmission failures reported, factory hold issued originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 13 Jul 2009 19:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wow, how many hard launches, over and over all weekend, happened in the Ride & Drive cars at Carlisle?
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There is also a interior lighting problem this team is looking into that results in shorting and dead batteries. GM may have rushed this a little to much.. all these problems are coming from parts of the car that were outsourced and not done by GM.

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There is also a interior lighting problem this team is looking into that results in shorting and dead batteries. GM may have rushed this a little to much.. all these problems are coming from parts of the car that were outsourced and not done by GM.

I just wish GM could get something right when it comes to their cars. The trucks seem to always be done well, but the cars always have problems.

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Not a big deal, I just hope they get the problem solved and quick. It is a first year new model car with all the same issues like any other vehicle.

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Just drop the manual.

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Count on SoCal to come into a thread and offer the most ridiculous suggestions known to man.
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Count on SoCal to come into a thread and offer the most ridiculous suggestions known to man.
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Count on SoCal to come into a thread and offer the most ridiculous suggestions known to man.

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How does an automaker with the resources of General Motors continually let down their customers, then act like its everyone else's fault that they are in trouble. How many Mustangs and Challengers are having similar issues even though they all offered similar models?

Just so I have this right, the Camaro has already had issues with battery cables, transmissions, and interior lighting....after 2 months on the market. The Challenge and Mustang has still had 0 wide spread issues?

Someone at GM needs to get fired.

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How does an automaker with the resources of General Motors continually let down their customers, then act like its everyone else's fault that they are in trouble. How many Mustangs and Challengers are having similar issues even though they all offered similar models?

Just so I have this right, the Camaro has already had issues with battery cables, transmissions, and interior lighting....after 2 months on the market. The Challenge and Mustang has still had 0 wide spread issues?

Someone at GM needs to get fired.

None of these are "widespread".

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None of these are "widespread".

It was enough to put a hold on production. The issues listed here are just the once we know about on this board, how many owners out there with similar issues are also dealing with GM quality issues? We may never know how many cars were built defective because GM is repairing each issue very quickly and not making a lot of noise about it. Judging by these first 2 months, I dont see any JD Power awards for Camaro's quality in the near future.

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And there is your mistake.

This car is under a microscope like no other, GM is being extremely proactive in monitoring quality. That is why there is a factory hold rather than some noise about owner abuse.

Each of these issues involves a handful of cars, stems from various suppliers, occurred during the ramp-up of production, and was dealt with quickly.

The result, of course, is higher quality moving forward immediately rather than a large problem later.

GM is being very proactive here.

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I'd like to know how the Camaro is having transmission issues when the Corvette, Viper, and Challenger all use the same unit, yet none of them have an issue.

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It's probably the casing that's specific to the tunnel in the Camaro. The rest of the internals should be the same.

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Bad batch of output shafts, they were not hardened properly by Tremec at their plant.

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And there is your mistake.

This car is under a microscope like no other, GM is being extremely proactive in monitoring quality. That is why there is a factory hold rather than some noise about owner abuse.

Each of these issues involves a handful of cars, stems from various suppliers, occurred during the ramp-up of production, and was dealt with quickly.

The result, of course, is higher quality moving forward immediately rather than a large problem later.

GM is being very proactive here.

If this same thing were happening to Toyota's new Camry we would all be here commenting how Toyota quality is on the rocks. It doesn't matter if this car is under a microscope, the launch as been hurt by several quality issues that will most likely linger and follow the car all the way to the used car lot.

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