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Old 05-21-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Any Former Camaro 2SS owners here ?

Going from a 2SS model any regrets going with a Mustang GT w/Premium Pkg ?
Looks like the interior has a little less room also storage space from the Camaro also is there anything after a week of driving and you said crap i really miss this option from the Camaro. Not sure what else like the title says how was the transition to the Mustang ?

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Old 05-21-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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I don't have any experience with a Camaro other than to see them from the outside. I've never even sat in one. My wife has and she said there was plenty of blind spots but other than that she liked it.

If I can be so bold to ask, but why'd you go from the SS Camaro to the 4.6L GT (probably 100 fewer ponies, if I'm correct) in the 2010?

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Old 05-21-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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I've always owned a mustang but have heard things about the Camaro such and the blind spot, it's too heavy, etc. etc. So I had the opportunity to test drive a 2SS a while ago.

Yes, the windshield is terrible and you can't see nearly enough. People think the Challenger is a boat, I beg to differ, the 2SS has massive, heavy, and the suspension made it feel like I was on the water.

Overall, Even though it Chevy's top of the line at the time, my 2009 V6 mustang had much more get-up-and-go than this thing.

I would easily have went to a mustang if I was a 2SS owner.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #4
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I've always owned a mustang but have heard things about the Camaro such and the blind spot, it's too heavy, etc. etc. So I had the opportunity to test drive a 2SS a while ago.

Yes, the windshield is terrible and you can't see nearly enough. People think the Challenger is a boat, I beg to differ, the 2SS has massive, heavy, and the suspension made it feel like I was on the water.

Overall, Even though it Chevy's top of the line at the time, my 2009 V6 mustang had much more get-up-and-go than this thing.

I would easily have went to a mustang if I was a 2SS owner.
Please don't make us mustang owners look like ignorant fools. Clearly you have NEVER drove a new SS if you think your 2009 v6 vert has ANY "get up and go" compared to the camaro.

Oh and btw, SS coupe- 3,750 lb , v6 vert- 3,555 lb . 200 lbs is hardly considered massive and heavy considering the extra 200 hp it has on ya

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Alright gentlemen let's not start an argument...
My friend has a 2010 Camaro and I have sat in one. I did not even ask to test drive one because of all the blind spots and feel of being inside one. Compared to sitting in the mustang I own now, I could not wait to drive it. Compared to my friends 2010 Camaro it is roomier, trunk large, interior is a good size with good view. It feels more like a sports car and less like a tank. I would reckon if I switched from a Camaro into a mustang I would not miss anything, but if it was the other way around I would soon miss all the things I love in a mustang. Only thing I can think the Camaro having over a mustang is the trunk release.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Oh no, by no means am I trying to start an argument. I was just saying what I felt when I got in a 2010 (or 11, can't remember) 2SS. Yeah, all I was saying was that it felt much heavier, and didn't seem to have the acceleration that I have in mine.

Sure, I don't really "like" Camaros since I'm a mustang guy, but you've got to respect them, and all muscle cars!
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Everyone on this forum is going to say how much we love our mustangs lol....I test drove a 2SS automatic. I believe every car has its blind spots and pros/cons, but what I did like about the camaro that my 2012 5.0 did not have as an option is the fact you could put it in standard mode... I am considering trading in my 2012 for the 2013 mustang for that option... I love banging the gears, but hate that my girlfriend and I can't switch vehicles when I need to maintenance her 2010 mustang...

So overall the 2SS felt like a log compared to my 5.0...it seemed pretty slow in comparison but again If I had the 2SS and went to an older mustang other than the 2013 I may miss the auto/manu option.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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I drove a friend of mine's camaro SS. Really nice interior and the seats were cool! Head room was a little lacking (im 6'0). Also really big door pillars, felt like I was really enclosed. As far as acceleration I only punched it once (at the owner's request for me to stop being a wuss). It was a little sluggish but got going pretty good. Nice car!
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I test drove a 2SS and really liked it. Loved the power and I like the way they look, then again I am not a "Mustang Guy" I like all of the Big 3. I didn't have visibility problems, I must not have high standards for visibility after the cars I have owned.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:03 PM   #10
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I didn't have a 2SS, but I did just trade in my 2011 2LT (V6) Camaro for a 2013 GT / premium with the California Special and comfort packages.

I can't make comparisons about the power, as it would be unfair to even put the two in the same catagory, but Here is a little assessment of the differences.

The Camaro is a large car, but inside you feel pretty confined. Between the large pillars, short chopped windows, and raked front and back glass - you really feel boxed in.

The Camaro tends to drive like a tank. In the world of retro and nastalga, that is OK, but you kind of feel like you are stepping down in quality - even if you really are not. You feel EVERY pound that the car has, but the very low center of gravity and wide stance did make it feel very stable at highway speeds.

You felt EVERY pebble or crack in the pavement in the camaro. With the huge, low profile 20" wheels/tires the car was tough as a daily driver.

I've only had the Mustang for 5 days, but I have not one single regret or wish for anything that the Camaro had that the Mustang does not.


That being said, two things on the Mustang did surprise me a bit.

1. It has a CRAZY small gas tank at 16 gallons
2. I was very surprised that it still has an antenna.

Neither one even gave me a slight pause, but did surprise me a bit.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #11
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I had a 2ss/rs with pretty much every option you can get.

I don't know - I had more confidence in the engine and transmission - not that I've had issues with the stang, the LS and tremec are just much more proven atm. I also miss having that 'complete' big brake 'look' from the Brembos on the Camaro. damn floating rear calipers. I miss the halos in the headlights

all in all - very minimal things to miss, the Mustang is the car I should have bought the first time around. unfortunately, when I first test drove one in 2010, I didn't check out the premium interior and honestly dismissed the car due to the base interior. it felt like a ford Taurus inside.. bad color/quality combination.
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I had a 2ss/rs with pretty much every option you can get.

I don't know - I had more confidence in the engine and transmission - not that I've had issues with the stang, the LS and tremec are just much more proven atm. I also miss having that 'complete' big brake 'look' from the Brembos on the Camaro. damn floating rear calipers. I miss the halos in the headlights

all in all - very minimal things to miss, the Mustang is the car I should have bought the first time around.
Those would be the only things I would miss too. I've been in/around them a good bit. The drivetrains do seem very solid (I like the 5.0 better.. the 6.2 just feels like an indestructible tank).. and I hate the mustang's floating rear calipers as much as you do.

The headlights are maddddd sick on the maro. I'm jelly of them everytime I see the half halo things on. Looks aggressive as all get out.

However the interior really blows a bag of dicks in comparison to a premium mustang interior. The options on the Camaro are just not there either..
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Test drove a 2012 2ss before i bought the stang... I was scared pulling out of the dealer lot because of the horrid visibilty. Even with 426 hp, the thing felt sluggish, especially compared to the stang. When i test drove the stang, it seemed to beg me to drive it hard from the time i fired it up.. didnt get that from the camaro. The interior in a premium mustang is head and shoulders above a camaro. I think youll be a happy camper going from a camaro to a mustang.
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I didn't have a 2SS, but I did just trade in my 2011 2LT (V6) Camaro for a 2013 GT / premium with the California Special and comfort packages.

I can't make comparisons about the power, as it would be unfair to even put the two in the same catagory, but Here is a little assessment of the differences.

The Camaro is a large car, but inside you feel pretty confined. Between the large pillars, short chopped windows, and raked front and back glass - you really feel boxed in.

The Camaro tends to drive like a tank. In the world of retro and nastalga, that is OK, but you kind of feel like you are stepping down in quality - even if you really are not. You feel EVERY pound that the car has, but the very low center of gravity and wide stance did make it feel very stable at highway speeds.

You felt EVERY pebble or crack in the pavement in the camaro. With the huge, low profile 20" wheels/tires the car was tough as a daily driver.

I've only had the Mustang for 5 days, but I have not one single regret or wish for anything that the Camaro had that the Mustang does not.


That being said, two things on the Mustang did surprise me a bit.

1. It has a CRAZY small gas tank at 16 gallons
2. I was very surprised that it still has an antenna.

Neither one even gave me a slight pause, but did surprise me a bit.

16 gallon tank is small? since when? its not a truck... despite being as high as one stock...
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I had a 2010 1SS. After owning it about a year, with the payment and cost for mods, I knew it was not the car for me.

I loved the look, but the more I had it up on jack stands the less I liked it. Not to mention it was heavy and cornered like a pig, really bad understeer. Yes the interior was nice and roomy, so going from that to an S197 could be a jump. My feeling is the mustang wraps around me and I am an integral piece to it. The Maro, I felt like I was along for the ride, kind of a like a turd in the seat.

I live in Denver and the power was less than impressive for a rating of just over 400 HP. I test drove a new 5.0L and the 4.6L mustang and while there is less power, it really didn't feel like much less, and I feel the same way about going from the 5.0L to the 4.6L in terms of felt power.

In any case, I got my '09 and have had the opportunity to start mods and have been exceptionally pleased with the cost effectiveness and the performance it has given me. With a 4.10 gear I might pay $600 for installed, I am pretty sure no stock Camaro SS could compete through 120 MPH. Double or even triple that to mod a Camaro rear diff and then you have to hope the pinion does not shred.... The 1LE might be interesting, but again, it will be a heavy pig. If Chevy goes to the Alpha chassis and lightens the car with the same power plant, things could get interesting.

Until I either have a lot of money to blow or GM gets out of hock and makes a lighter chassis with similar power, the S197 is the car for me.
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Please don't make us mustang owners look like ignorant fools. Clearly you have NEVER drove a new SS if you think your 2009 v6 vert has ANY "get up and go" compared to the camaro.

Oh and btw, SS coupe- 3,750 lb , v6 vert- 3,555 lb . 200 lbs is hardly considered massive and heavy considering the extra 200 hp it has on ya
Jmat, just did a quick search and the 1SS manual has a curb weight of 3860, then the AT model is 3913... so 300-400 lbs is significant. If you start talking in lbs/HP, the camaro has 9lbs/hp, a newer V6 or 4.6L around 3500 lbs is about 11 lbs/hp, so yes the camaro has an advantage, however the tire size and gearing is where difference is in "felt power", often referred to as the "butt dyno".. A mustang with 18" wheels and 3.73 gears will end up even closer in perceived power compared to a 20" wheel and 3.45 gears in a typical SS.

I recall my 2010 1SS bogged really bad at my altitude >5000' asl, therefor it felt very sluggish and with the right setup, a S197 V6 could give it a run for a short bit. There is a lot more to it than just the engine/mass, and there is always a ton of injected opinion in comps because we're not all rocket scientists understanding all of the engineering from the pedal to the pavement. I know I don't.

It always makes for good friendly arguments though!

In any case, I think our OP would do well to dump the Camaro until the switch the chassis if it is for performance reasons.

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yeah i was going to say, a lot of people quote the 3750 curb weight but that is the 2010 camaro v6 weight, the SS weighs 3860 manual and 3913 automatic... which is one of the reasons the 5.0 is faster with less peak power, being about 300lbs lighter, that and where/how the engines make power and gearing.

The 5.0 is superior in every respect, except for looks.. subjective, but I think the new camaro looks better than the new mustang, also the new mustang looks so much like other mustangs a lot of people don't know the difference between a 1999 and a 2012. side by side they see the difference, but just driving around my dad saw a red new edge and said it looked just like my old mustang (a 2007).
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