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Jalopnik: New Camaro Owners Create Depressingly Long Pre-Delivery Inspection Checklist [Chevy Camaro]

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504x_Camaro_Crash.jpgSome owners at fan-boy forum Camaro5 have created a depressingly long list of possible defects to look for at the dealer before taking delivery of their Chevy Camaro. 68 things to look for? Huh? Seriously? Wow. Full list below.

***IMPORTANT NOTE*** The following list is compiled from various individuals who are mostly experiencing isolated incidents. These are not issues every individual is having with their Camaro. Again, these are ISOLATED incidents that have mostly occurred to single individuals. By the accounts of owners on this site, most Camaros that have been delivered have been without problems. Please keep in mind that every first year production vehicle has more issues than later production years. This list is meant to serve as a comprehensive (perhaps overly) checklist of things to check for upon delivery, and should not be interpreted as widespread quality-control issues with the 2010 Camaro.

Also note: This list is mainly a checklist for things wrong that a dealer can immediately fix. A broken transmission or bad drive-shaft from dropping the hammer on this beast is something that they won't know until it actually happens. Thank you for submitting all your issues.

001. Loose Bolts that hold fluid back causing leaks (ex: on oil pan, tranny fluid)

002. Trunk Locking mechanism (issues with opening w/o adding down pressure to top of trunk first and/or emergency release appears to be loose keeping the trunk from locking properly)

003. Loose plastic paneling around the 4-gauges cluster, launch control, cigarette power plug as well as Left and Right A-Pillars Trim Loose, sill trim loose, and dash pannel where doors and dash meet popping open.

004. Loose Spoiler/installed correctly (Re-torque Spoiler bolts)

005. Wiper transmission cable overheating from engine causing a short circuit.

006. Matching Headlight Halos strength. (one defective being dimmer then the other).

007. Mismatched paint on parts of the vehicle (including gas door). As well as paint runs or clear coat runs. Paint Chips.

008. Loose Rocker Panel "Chevrolet" causing it to peel off.

009. Minor Problem With Window Indexing.

010. Ambient Lighting on doors defective.

011. Bad radiator (leaks).

012. Hood release/latch issues (won't unhook to open the hood).

013. Gap at base of ONStar Antenna.

014. Battery cable routing near the starter has been done.

015. Digital Speedometer is off. Also keeps going on and off.

016. Bottom pulley shakes and needs replacement per dealer.

017. Broken tranny.

018. Ignition Mechanism Issue with key getting stuck in car.

019. Non RS taillights installed on RS equipped cars (all 4 of them).

020. Rocker Panel aligned with body and clipped in correctly.

021. Bumper rubs with body

022. Trunk opens with switch and remote

023. Correct speedo/tach gauge ring color

023. Ambient lighting on drivers door as bright as passenger door

024. Doors gaps /alignment

025. Dirt/bubbles in rally stripes

026. Door panel not scratched from seat belt.

027. Shift knobs wearing out extremely fast could be faulty material

028. AC system stops blowing cold air in random durations, most likely blockage in AC drainage and/or AC draining into the car instead of beneath it

029. Clunking noise in changing gears

030. Trunk opens with remote and laser cut key

031. USB drive and aux port works

032. Squeaky Breaks

033. GFX installed correctly

034. Rims and tires in good condition (coming off carrier in bad condition/damaged)

035. Check for damage in the interior, basic procedure

036. Check the locking mechanism of both doors

037. Scraping sound for a second when backing up

038. SS emblem on trunk is loose

039. Loose interior windshield trim loose

040. The front GFX lip is not coming loose at the double sided tape

041. The front passenger brake rotors are not wearing with a dark colored groove

042. Hood latch handle on inside of cab doesn't retract properly (just hangs)

043. Scratches in seats

044. Oil cooler leaking

045. Once in every 10-15 times I unlock the car, the drivers side door is still locked, while

the locking knob on the door is in the "up" position

046. Faulty as gauge (improper readings)

047. Missing paint around the headlights

048. Bleed screw on clutch slave cylinder loose

049. Stickers on rockers peeling

050. Scratches on window pillars

051. Misaligned body & door panels as well as hood not centered properly (more to one side then the other)

052. Alignment of doors to dash interior the door interior seems to sag below the dash interior

053. Drivers side roof light( the one with the toggle switch) only works when its toggled over to the passenger side

054. Door sill decals peeling up

055. Paint swirls in driver/passenger door

056. Drive-shaft connection to the differential cracking when dropping the clutch

057. Tach Needle Sticking

058. Wiper motor wiring comes through bottom of the cowling-well in front of the driver. (The fix (decided upon between the dealer and myself) was to re-insulate the wires, cover the harness with a hard, slick plastic covering, drill a small hole in the bottom of the cowling-well (fill the hole with silicone) and use a cable tie down like the rest of the wiper harness uses to secure the harness to the floor of the cowling (the grommet will collapse downward with little force), far away from harm from the wiper arms.)

059. engine makes continuous clicking noise, starting roughly 5 seconds after engine starts

060. Door Sill plates wrinkled on outside edges (both sides)

061. Trunk gasket at bottom of rear window coming off

062. Uneven Dash (driver's side dash is lower then passenger's side)

063. Passenger/Driver's side Fender alignment off. (wheel cover well had to come off, then loosen fender bolt, and it pops right in place)

064. Key won't stay in folded position

065. Faulty Tail lights.

066. Weather stripping at back of rear windows loose (I can literally grab and peel it back).

067. Missing or peeling paint between trunk lid and spoiler (right rear section)—could possibly spread over time down the trunk lid.

068. Driver's seat makes clicking noises when set all the way back.

We know it's a new car that was rushed to market, but holy mackerel. Perhaps the most depressing part is the numbering convention, three digits, implying a possibility of triple digit defects. Yikes. [Camaro5]


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By the accounts of owners on this site, most Camaros that have been delivered have been without problems.

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From Camaro5.com...

Regarding Claims of 2010 Camaro Quality-Control Issues

Edmunds Inside Line and other blogs and forums recently reported about the Camaro SS’ manual transmission car hold, as well as our Delivery Inspection Checklist.

Although some found humor in the delivery checklist, the list is intended to be a comprehensive (perhaps overly so) list to help owners discover any potential issues with their Camaro prior to delivery, in order to avoid having to deal with it at a later time… something that would not be humorous. At no point has it been stated that the vast majority of items on the checklist are anything but single isolated issues. In fact, most of the issues on the list have indeed been but a single isolated reported occurrence. In our view, having mostly single isolated incidents being reported for a first year production car of which 24,000+ have already been produced, is hardly evidence of widespread quality control issues on the Camaro line. All cars, especially a first year production car like the Camaro, will have random one-off problems and issues. These have merely been highlighted (and perhaps exaggerated) on our forums by the compilation of the checklist and subsequent coverage by various blogs and websites. However, we felt that the benefits of such a list to our members outweigh its potentially negative perception by others in the online automotive community.

Again, our list is intentionally over-comprehensive and should not be interpreted as evidence of widespread quality control issues with the 2010 Camaro. To the contrary, by the accounts of Camaro owners on our site, most 2010 Camaros that have been delivered have been without issues.

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Some of the items appear twice in the checklist.

That said, after reading it over, GM really needs to get with the times--and by "times" I mean 1980s--and start using TQM like Toyota. No excuses at this point. So many of those things, like peeling paint and non-functioning ___, should be taken care of BEFORE THE CUSTOMER EVEN SEES IT!

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Meh...compared to other "new cars" GM is doing fine with the Camaro.

I'm sure GM will make these issues right with these owners.


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Bull$h! on the "door sill plates peeling" or "wrinkling". The cars are delivered from the factory with a clear protective film on the metallic portion of the plates. Sometimes it is not removed by the dealership during PDI like it should be, leading the customer to believe there is a defect when the film starts to peel. Just pull it off, people! "Camaro5.com" does not serve its readers or the public at large by posting this list. It is unnecessarily inflammatory and misleading.

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I would agree, 'blue. With the Crossovers, The CTS, the Bu, The Camaro, the Corvette, the trucks...GM pretty much just gets it right.

And the Camaro is very, very right in every sense of the word.

Just want that same GM majic to go down to the small cars.

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i think these people should be greatful they get a new camaro, some of us are SOL in that category. and besides that, its a first year model run... i have a first year model colorado with its quirks that drive me up the wall (power steering pump that squeals only when i make left turns started at 3500 miles, dealer "cant" fix it, 77K miles later squealin away) so cry me a river pansies. :lol:

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i would tend to think lots of camaro buyers have saved their proverbial wad for years and are treating this car purchase like some treat an only daughter and her virginity.

they are making far too big a deal about it, and aside from themselves, no one else is probably getting as wound up about baby's little flower as they are.

lets let history determine if these occurences rival the toyota turd, for example.

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This is why you don't buy the first model year come on people!!! lol :AH-HA_wink:

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