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Lucky Kid Gets Camaro SS For 16th Birthday

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Lucky Kid Gets Camaro SS For 16th Birthday

Doting parents decided to surprise their son Shane with a yellow and black Camaro SS for his 16th birthday. The dad says he wants to teach Shane to drive properly rather than just assume he won't hoon a slow car.

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I got books for my 16th birthday. :[

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I didn't get my Mustang GT until my 17th birthday. :( And only 225hp.

Many kids in my high school got new cars for their 16th or 17th birthdays--IIRC, 3 Camaro IROCZs, a couple Trans AM GTAs, a Buick Grand National, a couple Monte Carlo SSes, 1/2 dozen Mustang GTs or LX 5.0s, as well as more pedestrian cars like Escorts and Cavaliers, an Omni or two, a Grand Am, a Rabbit convertible, a Saab 900 convertible, Cavaliers, a Daytona, etc. The more $$$$ cars I recall were a BMW 3-series coupe and a Merc 560SEC AMG. This was 1986-1988 time frame. Alas, several of those cars got totalled before graduation day.. :(

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Alas, several of those cars got totalled before graduation day.. :(

And that there is the very reason I'm against cars for tots from parents, never mind expensive muscle or luxury cars. Granted, some drivers have brains; however, all too many don't and let hormones and lack of common sense to take over. I recall three classmates having had cars/trucks handed to them which never saw one year of ownership before being totaled in accidents completely related to poor/aggressive driving.

I certainly hope this boy has brains... not that there won't be a few burnouts, etc. That will happen. I just hope for others to be safe around him is the main point.

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I don't know anybody that got a new car when they started driving, that's just insane.

Most expensive car I saw was a 10-year-old 3 series, which was promptly smashed into a truck.

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I would never buy my kid something like that. It's a horrible idea. He may love the car but he will NEVER appreciate it or take care of it as much as he would if he had bought it himself.

I bought my first car at 16 using money I had saved up since I was 10 and money made through advertising with goto.com.

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Within 2 years, I remember the Grand National getting wrecked (rolled), 2 Mustang GTs totalled (one girl wrapped one around a large palm tree), a Trans Am GTA with major rear end damage, a Monte SS needing a new front clip. One of the Camaros ended up in a canal.

I always took driving seriously, and never got in trouble w/ my Mustang.

There were also a few well-worn '60s-70s muscle cars around my high school and 3 very nice restored '65-66 Mustangs, and a late '50s MGA.

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IMO, every kid's first car should be a pile, or at least something boring & slow.

My first was definitely slow--drove my Dad's '84 Ford Escort diesel for a year before getting the Mustang.

I later drove the Escort in college along w/ my 2nd Mustang (a '86 LX 4 cyl).

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lol not only did I not get a new car, I didn't get a car until I was 17 and that was a 22 year old Oldsmobile....lucky kid.

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hopefully the dad will spend some money on a driving school to for him, hopefully so he learns how not to drive and how to keep him self out of trouble as best as possible too. ...but yeah... no 16yo should have a V8 like that. my first was an 83 buick regal wagon. 3.8L w/ 3 speed, only powerful enough to chirp the tires in first on dry pavement.

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hopefully the dad will spend some money on a driving school to for him, hopefully so he learns how not to drive and how to keep him self out of trouble as best as possible too. ...but yeah... no 16yo should have a V8 like that. my first was an 83 buick regal wagon. 3.8L w/ 3 speed, only powerful enough to chirp the tires in first on dry pavement.

My '84 Escort diesel w/ 5spd manual had a honkin' 52hp, enough to spin the front tires on gravel.. :) So my Mustang GT when I was 17 was a definite upgrade...it had over 4 times the power, and even had an AM/FM cassette w/6 speakers, compared to the Escort's AM radio w/ 1 speaker.

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I sooooo wanted that new '81 Z28, silver with red and orange stripes, t-tops, and red vinyl interior. Ended up with a 3.8L '81 Grand Prix instead, given to me by my grandfather. Didn't wreck it, but didn't fully appreciate it, either, until years later. Traded it on a new '83 S-10 that I paid for. Bumped that into the back of a big pickup truck with a murderous hitch one night cruising the loop... distracted by a girl, of all things. She saw the whole thing from a parking lot. I still remember hearing the glass from one of my headlights hitting the pavement, shattered. Drove home one-eyed. Truly sad.

I hope this kid takes care. I wouldn't want to be that father if something were to happen to him in that car.

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Lucky kid. Although, I still wouldn't trade my first car being a hand-me-down. It taught me to appreciate buying a car with my own money, and all the care and maintenance that goes into it.

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It happens. Not as much now in this economy, but it happens.

When I was Avalanche shopping, got to talking about Camaro's with one dealer locally. "Yeah, we had a white & orange SS recently and someone from Jersey called about it and said they'd be right down. It was a kid & his father, dad paid and it was the son's new 1st car." All I could do was laugh. Whatever works for them...so be it.

Of course, this is from me with 4 new cars by the age of 23, but I started off with my '95 Fleetwood bought for $4500 of my OWN money and no one else's anything. Same for every new car after, all mine.

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Depends on the kid... and the parents.

While I do think that situations vary a lot, I have to disagree. How does this in ANY way teach the kid to be responsible, either for earning his own keep, being responsible for taking care of a vehicle, or any of the lessons that every teenager needs to learn? The most generous plan I've heard of parents offering that I've agreed with is a dollar for dollar matching - kid earns $5k toward their first car, mom & dad match. Still very generous, but the kid has to earn a substantial amount of money, and will thus actually have some appreciation for the vehicle.

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Holy ... cow.

Don't even know what to say to that....some kids are just lucky, I guess.

I bought my first car while I was in college, and I still have it. Wonder how long this kid will have this Camaro...?

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