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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Update 2: Camaro's First Service

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/18/2016 Motor Trend Staff,Chris Walton
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As the miles passed, we watched the instrument panel report the decline in percent oil life remaining, and with almost precisely 7,000 miles on the odometer, it finally indicated zero. We scheduled the Camaro SS' first service. Not a day later, while making a 15-mph corner in my neighborhood, I managed to nudge only the right rear wheel against a low curb, knocking one or both of the camber/toe settings out of spec. Expletives withheld, but the interesting thing was that the steering wheel immediately pointed to the right by about 10 degrees, yet the car tracked straight. If, on the other hand, I straightened the wheel, the car would bear left. That ain't right. We'd add an alignment to the list for the Camaro's service. Also, if you recall the last update, we reported replacing—at a cost of $322.21—both side mirrors following their bizarre theft. While the auto-dimming feature of said new mirrors returned by simply reattaching the multipin connectors during the reinstall, the blind-spot monitoring function, fed by a pair of fine-gage individual wires, did not. Add it to the list.

We met the service writer; he jotted down the facts concerning the need for an alignment, the first service/oil change, and the status of the blind-spot monitoring system. Thirty hours later, we got the call that the car was ready. Unfortunately, the mirror theft did, in fact, cause some damage to the sensor module itself, which had shorted out, and to replace that would be an "additional $200-$300 in parts before labor." Nope. I'll look over my shoulder, thank you. The total cost of the Camaro SS' first visit to the dealer was as follows:

  • Oil Change (oil + filter + disposal fee) = $58.76
  • Computerized Alignment (front and rear) = $129.95
  • Diagnose Blind-Spot Monitor Failure = $127.16
  • Tax and Other = $3.89
  • Total = $319.76

As a reward for volunteering to be the shuttle driver to and from the Chevrolet service lane, associate online editor Jason Udy was handed the key for two weeks of well-earned PTO. Jason covered 2,552 miles and reset nearly all of the Camaro's high- and low-water marks in the process. He traveled the greatest distance to date on one tank (379 miles), subsequently put the most fuel into the 19-gallon tank (16.9 gallons; c'mon, Jason, you could've made it 400 miles!), four times achieved more than 20 mpg on a tank, elevated the best fuel economy on a single tank to 23 mpg (from 21 mpg), and managed to reset the best self-reported 50-mile average to 31 mpg. He also found the least expensive gallon of gasoline the Camaro ever drank at $2.40 in Salt Lake County, Utah. Lest you think Jason is a hypermiler at heart, once he returned to La La Land, he also reset the worst tankful (in Track mode, I'm told) with an 11.9-mpg average.

After a quick glance at Camaro forums, it appears some folks are reporting undue oil consumption in the LT1. Not us. We check the level religiously (about every 1,500 miles, along with tire pressures), and we've yet to add a quart over the first 7,153 miles before the service or in the 2,500 miles since. The only things noticed are a slight reluctance to crank over on a cold start and that the transmission doesn't like being shifted quickly until it, too, is warmed up. Those have been that way from day one. However, we're starting to hear a slight groan from the differential (cold or hot) in low-speed maneuvers such as parking or going in and out of a driveway. Anyone have the same experience?

We'll keep an eye and ear open and update you again in a couple of months.

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