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I've mentioned before my mother recently has gotten a "thing" for new Camaro's, calling me about ones she sees, pointing them out when out, asking me questions about them, etc.

Yesterday I was actually home for once and while she was cooking dinner, 5pm rolled around and I clicked on Motorweek in the kitchen. This week's first test, the Camaro SS. Typically I'd be the only one interested in this show at all, but from the second "Camaro" was uttered a certain someone ordered "quiet!", turned up the volume, and intently stopped what she was doing to watch every second of the review. "Oooh, look at that" when they were doing the acceleration, and then more importantly to her, the braking tests and commenting about the rock solid pedal & Brembos. Then came the interior, to which she didn't seem hot on but a lot of that was the black with red accents (not a fan of either shade), the gas mileage ratings & observed (when they said they averaged over 20 in testing with the SS...yeah...), and the final pricing.

The finale afterwards then was "they're just so sharp, especially that front end, I have to have one." By this point my father & brother were lingering and had started to watch, but didn't say a word. So, having been responsible for every one of her cars to this point, I knew I had to start pecking with "no red or yellow, and you're good...the interior comes in gray and tan, too, and they look better than the black...the V6 alone has twice the power of your Malibu and is rated at 29mpg on the highway..."

She responded with "but I like the SS..."...okay then... :blink: ...but to be real I had to respond that a V6 RS looks identical except for the front scoop and the V6, again, had more than enough balls as it is. That went over well, and again, she just "wants one". Then started a discussion of "aren't they big?...I mean, bigger than my car? Does it have a lot of room? What about the trunk?" I reminded it's a coupe but a large one, and the back seat & trunk aren't big, but are useful enough for a 1-2 people...1 90% of the time. And drives like a quiet, smooth Zeta dream.

Today there was more. I said something about Camaro, in some form, which elicited the following:

-"I saw a silver one today...it looked SO sharp. Silver on a Camaro is just really sharp."

-...the best..."I'd get license plates that say "Eat This""...and she made a vroom noise, motioning as if holding a steering wheel & shifter, and laughing.

She wants to drive one and I offered my G8 GT up for the first time "it's based off the same thing, so very similar in ways" but warned her she might be scared of her car after driving something with, uh, power. Lest I forget "I've driven powerful cars before...you know..."

The Malibu won't be going anywhere, anytime soon, but the way she talked about it, I just continue to be shocked every time I hear it...and PROUD. I keep thinking her next something would be something like an Equinox, the next Malibu, or something of the sort...but if she can keep this in her head for a couple more years, heh :camarosmile:

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She's one baaaad mother- *SHUT YO MOUTH!* :)

Ha, my mom's eyes sort of glazed over too, when she saw one at the dealer. A sure way to pick up a cougar, if one is so inclined!:lol:

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There is nothing not to be loved about this car when it comes to looks, presence and aura department. CC - push your mom to get one.

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My mother still talks about the GM cars her dad owned (57 Olds ragtop, 59 Buick Hardtop, Couple of buick 225 Ragtops).

My younger teenaged daughter loves Corvettes.

Older teenaged daughter wants a Colorado or a Canyon.

NICE to see GM appealing to the fair sex...esp. when they live in my household and are of car buying/driving age.

Chris

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There is nothing not to be loved about this car when it comes to looks, presence and aura department. CC - push your mom to get one.

Not just yes but hell yes.

I get so frustrated when people complain about this car. It isn't perfect...but it is amazing.

Chris

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She's ALWAYS first taken by the looks, and then if and when I can ever get her to drive anything, she either really likes it or gives it a big X after. This is also a person who loves to drive and loves getting a new car, but would actually rather not have to shop or even test drive...really.

The '08 Malibu is still her "child" so to speak, and though at almost 2 years and now 21k miles it could use a detailing--I'm just not around enough or too busy to help much--and she talks about how nice it is and how she "has no problems" whenever possible. But there's also for a long time been a lot of "why did you make me get the 4-cyl?" Or she sees a new Chevy commercial talking about fuel mileage and remarks that hers "never gets 30 anytime"...oh well.

Time for some fun, ey? Like I said, there's a reason why I've never let her drive my G8, well, several.

Now that she's firmly planted the seed herself...clock ticking? I was amazed when my father, also for the first time with such a "I want one" has never said a word. By the end of the Motorweek episode yesterday he told me "I'd get the stick..."...straight face... :huh:

This car does things to people...if I could work out bringing her one to test drive, she'd either hate it or tell me to go trade her Malibu in, right away. I think visibility out or just practicality would be too much for her DD...maybe. Somehow, perhaps, I see maybe 2012. Avalanche (the truck she cried over, trading in...) was 2.5 years, the Suburban 3.5 years, the Malibu is now at 1.5. Or not.

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A Cyber Gray 2LT RS is now the background image on her phone (okay, I sent it to her today)...need I say more :AH-HA_wink:

I really need to find her one to test drive somewhere, to get rid of the idea or make it stick. I still can't fathom this being a DD for her, but you never know.

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Getting closer...sorta...

I've been hearing nothing but "I want one...I want to drive one...ooh, I just saw one..." still to this day. The local dealer has had (2) LT models listed as incoming for a little while now and I finally got in touch with our favorite sales lady to see, and then went down for a visit today. Black/gray 1LT with auto and a white/orange leather 2LT with RS package and auto should be in very, very soon and neither are spoken for. Of course, neither is an ideal combo for momma zuma and she's only touched one at this point, but we'll see.

Funny, our sales lady/friend was "huh?" when I brought up her interest in a Camaro and the first things she said focused on is she sure, it's not really, well, easy for a daily "I have trouble getting in or out or seeing...you know..." and then immediately said what about something like the Lacrosse, Equinox, etc. There's a lot of things that would work and be a nice step from the Malibu but she still wants a Camaro, so I'm just waiting for a call now that one is in, not sold, and can be driven...the white/orange one comes first.

Another classic. Texts from my mother while I was there?

1) "I want to drive the Camaro I don't care about the Lacrosse!"

2) "I have a need for speed! Haha!"

3) "They don't look any lower than my Malibu. I looked at a customer of mines last night."

The need for speed one was great...about that time I was chatting with sales about how a new '10 Malibu could be possible because of the current 0% for 60 months just put on them, but in maybe an LTZ that she's always wanted and...then she said..."and, for speed, an LTZ with the V6 could work..."

Around the world we go in GM vehicles, where we stop, nobody knows :AH-HA_wink: I've finally offered to let her drive my G8 too...

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Great story, its funny my Mom's first car was a brand new Metallic Orange 1968 Camaro....hmm I wonder if I start showing her the new one if I can get her out of her minivan finally :scratchchin:

Keep us posted this is a fun story.

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Now you have me wondering how this will turn out.

Given that I just spent a couple of hours claying, polishing, and waxing her prized Malibu as a favor today...no telling, whatsoever.

She's still absolutely gangbusters about "JUST driving one" and when it comes to new car time, I can usually read it well, but it's odd this go round. Doesn't seem like she really wants something new, but then proceeds to ask me..."just out of curiosity, what price range are these in...cloth or leather...what colors...what options..." That means I can do a lot to push one way or the other, a big way being getting her the/some cars to drive and bringing them right to her.

In every way except practicality, I think she'd love a V6 Camaro and get better mileage than the Malibu at times, doing so. Otherwise, something like a new Equinox or Terrain, just knowing her, would be ideal for everything but the "want" factor. Unrealistic or realistic, just don't know.

P.S., Did I forget to mention, again, I promised to take her out for a race in the G8? I thought she forgot yesterday and then today was accosted. "You said I could drive your car, what happened?!" Mama wants to race, that damn need for speed, and is intrigued to find out what I mean by "it chirps into 2nd and 3rd...". I can't wait to take a picture or video of this... :AH-HA_wink:

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I've had inklings, or a fear, that this story was going to end quietly in a...nah, wasn't serious...kind of way.

Not so. Hah. In the least. The white & orange Camaro 2LT arrived at the dealer last week, I got the call for mom to come see it on Saturday but I was in Jersey with Roger and other errands, and she was in a bad mood. Move to today. I tried to call our salesperson today but she was busy and then midway through the afternoon got a text from my mother saying "I need a pick me up...wanna go for a spin?" I knew what that meant. Called, said we'd be there at 5 and was told great, but another guy is also coming at 5 to see the same car.

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Pulled up, mom was already there strolling the lot and I saw the white Camaro roll past me and up to her as I parked. Never went in, just walked around the car, waited for the dealer tag to get hung on and, right away, even being white and with orange stripes and an orange interior (would otherwise be 3 strikes, for her), "why do you do this...I already want it...", as if it were my fault. This, while also seeing & knowing the other guy who came to drive/buy it from Maryland was sitting there staring but she was first. I expected complaints of it not being comfortable, of "I can't see", of "these seats hurt my back". Nada. Nothing. It was sitting there idling already and from the time she closed the door, "I love it. I want it. I'm going to buy it. How much is it again?" Hah. Put it in gear and just moving off the brake..."whoa! oops..." she's been driving a sloshy 2.4L/4-spd for too long and it showed. Smiles followed. Pulled onto the highway, loved it more, especially when she heard it rev and just move. Drove for about 3 miles in a loop on the highway and she was all but sold, wanting this exact car as is. "What about trips...can I fit in the back?" She tried the back seat, made it work, and still said great. Loved that our sales lady had a jacket on with "Camaro by Chevrolet" on the back, thanks to her boyfriend with a '67.

Got back, the other guy & his salesperson...awkward...they had the next desk over. Funnier because the sales AND finance managers were there to help but really, more so, watch 2 buyers duke it out over a car. "We never see this...hah!" No words exchanged, lots of evil looks, me just laughing at it all, and staff working feverishly to figure out numbers, trade price a Malibu and the like. I knew it was doable but not overly realistic without having, uh, looked at numbers much before, and she was just going on the "show me what ya got" way of things. Yeah, but she didn't like what they were showing. Selling the Camaro's at MSRP but for her & credit union worthy, did credit union supplier pricing, the $500 return rebate and then the Malibu, all factored with "approximate" and high % rates. I knew where it was going, but she didn't want to give up or admit defeat. Kept him-hawing, hmm, hmm, "what about...", and in the end the Malibu was lowballed excessively and not how they'd normally do things, some of the numbers in a rush started getting funny, and it just would have been more than she'd pay, even loving it. All just way too rushed, the pressure of someone else I think with cash there to buy regardless, and that's how it goes.

I thought that might be the tragic end, but on the way home I got a text saying "I need to figure out what options to get to lower the price, or something" and knew what that meant! She'd actually take the white/orange car as is, again much to my dismay, and if it were still available, I'd try and find a way because it is hot. But, still, if given the chance, at least she's now driven one, there are colors and such she'd like even more, and a little more time to $$ figure is never a bad thing.

I was around for dinner later and it entailed Chevrolet.com and "what's a hockey stripe? No, I want the ones on top..." Never in my life would I expect the day I'd be helping my mother not only shop for a Camaro but WHAT COLOR OF STRIPES SHE WANTS on one, but today just swung that way. Hah. Now, as to keeping the momentum up and the car reality, colors & options...hmm...oh jeez, the last distraction I need right now! But at least a fun one... :camarosmile:

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Awesome, just awesome!

Yeah, but now...can it really work...she seems to want to pay to play, but just not as much as in this case.

The only picture I got during the drive, she was moving too quick otherwise:

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There's still quite a bit of "huh?" when it comes to how much she'd be spending to do so, but I can honestly say it's the first time I've ever seen her discount features (flipped down a visor and "Why doesn't it have lights? Oh well."), just because of the car. Come to think of it, even I wasn't that comfortable, more taken by the experience and interested to feel how much firmer/tighter my G8 GT with GXP suspension bits felt after. The Camaro rode better but just not as tied down or smooth taking some moves, yet still very Zeta.

I'm still coming to grips with the fact she, a person who just had her spine fused in April and couldn't work for 2-3 months after, now wants to drive a Camaro everyday and said the backseat even was "just fine". Oh boy.

I wanted to see what she built online and at last check it was a silver metallic 2LT with the black stripes, polished wheels, and a black or black & titanium interior...I wish she'd spike up the color a bit, to more like the white/orange one, but who knows how this will go. Gotta pay to play, so we'll see. I brought up again the idea of a G8--"same guts, little better handling, huge interior & trunk and 0%"--and we both brought up new V6 Malibu's, etc. but "no, have one now, it's fine as is...". She just wants POWER and an unmistakable look. Add in the 29mpg highway factor and it's cake.

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This sounds like my mom and her Cube/Soul affair (sigh, if only my mom was a Camaro hound like cc's). It was so intense for about a month, then it died down, and now it is a dry husk. She also made it sound as though I was leading her, but I was just supplying information to respond to her questions. When it came down to a test drive... she put ME in the driver's seat in both boxcars.

I'd love to see caddycruiser's mother get herself a Camaro. Judicious handling of the options list can yield an awesome, yet relatively affordable example.

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OCN...yes. Simply put, yes. The only difference, sorta, being she absolutely wanted to and wants to drive and given the expression, I was waiting for a more "spirited" romp onto the highway. Hey, I think we've talked about things like this before :AH-HA:

This is what happens when someone must have a certain something but also must have, uh, options all over it. We'll see. More so, I started to have panes of how the heck...road trips...3 dogs...western PA...are you serious? Then again, I said the same thing with Suburban->Malibu and now look where it's at.

In Downingtown?

Oxford...not too far, though.

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Even I like watching this...ups, downs, stops, go's, and then more. Perfect distraction for my life lately (well, and Roger's Fleetwood as of late, too).

Not a good day today, starting with a return request "I need new wipers for my Malibu, can you get them?" which I had gotten on the weekend too, but brushed off this time. Ahem, someone is trying to distract themselves. This is exactly what happened with the Enclave saga 2 years ago, too, until someone kept seeing them on the road, another customer bought one, yada, and the "did you find me one?" emails continued. Cars are something my mother and I share, whether it be the 2 or 3 year plan, and it's fun. In the midst of sleeping last night, I played with the GM sites, located some light option silver and gray 2LT RS (and 1 or 2 non RS, cheaper 2LT's) and submitted quote requests--my favorite way to shop--on different cars in PA, MD, and DE. Got some good emails back today. The Malibu $$ remains the issue, but when is that not, with a trade. I'm trying...we'll see.

So, it continues. On hiatus today, but who knows. I had to stop in at the dealer today--okay, didn't have to, but that's another story--to order tires for the G8...cough...and saw the white/orange tasty sitting off to the side, which usually means the process has started on papers.

Funniest point of today's episode: a local Honda dealer commercial came on, talking about "they've always been fuel efficient" and mommy dearest talked back, going "f@#k off. Ride a F'ing bike. That's fuel efficient too..." I knew exactly what that was in relation to, and part of it is a 2.4L nearby :rolleyes:

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My mom likes to use the @ and the # between the f and the k, too, brother.

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My mom likes to use the @ and the # between the f and the k, too, brother.

Fo sho. I learned from the best in that regard.

Though, as heard yesterday, I've never said "wheel & deal..." ever. She did, 3x. For a Camaro. Seriously. Oy.

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And all as for WHY...a late night text...

"I've wanted one since I was a teenager...now or sometime eventually, I can finally get one."

Ah, so that's it :AH-HA: All after also saying my brother had told her the other local dealer had some in stock, but "V8's...let's drive one of those!" I had to break the news that they were sticks, but again, she could drive the ole G8, eventually...maybe...

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