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post #1 of 9 Old 01-01-2015, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Advice about Using my 2011 as a Daily Driver

I bought my 2011 Camaro LT2 RS convertible used in 2013 for a weekend cruiser. For about a year and a half, I used it sparingly and only in sunny weather top down. Since Thanksgiving, I have started using the car as my daily driver and commute M-F about 100 miles round trip. I have 20500 miles on my car now. I average about 30K a year with my job. Car is getting 25 mpg overall.
Questions: 1) Is the Camaro reliable for a daily driver for the number of miles I will be driving each year?
2) Is there any concern or reason I should have for not using a convertible for my daily driver? a Camaro?

My commute is mainly highway/interstate, though there is some city traffic. The car is the V6. I have had no issues, though when I bought the car in 2013 the previous owner had worn the front tires unevenly (outer edge is more worn than middle or inside). The car rides fine but there is some unevenness and sway on rough pavement from the front end. I am hoping if I keep the car that new tires will correct this feeling.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions. If I would trade now, I would go to a small SUV like the Outlander Sport or perhaps a sedan like a used Acura or such. If I keep, I might trade for the new 16 model in a coupe. Idk.

Advice is appreciated on use of car as a daily driver.
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I have a 2013 2LT/RS convertible. It has been my daily driver since day 1. That being said...I recently changed jobs...now M-F my round trip is around 50 miles. My youngest son(lives with me) said I should buy a cheap car just to drive to work. My answer was..." I bought the Camaro to drive it...not for it to sit in the garage."

And I'm totally jealous of your gas mileage...I have averaged only 16.8 MPG from day 1 on my V6

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I have a 2013 2LT/RS convertible. It has been my daily driver since day 1. That being said...I recently changed jobs...now M-F my round trip is around 50 miles. My youngest son(lives with me) said I should buy a cheap car just to drive to work. My answer was..." I bought the Camaro to drive it...not for it to sit in the garage."

And I'm totally jealous of your gas mileage...I have averaged only 16.8 MPG from day 1 on my V6
man, I'm glad I don't do your city driving!!!! in my SS I have averaged 19-19.5, about 30 miles each way to work.

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man, I'm glad I don't do your city driving!!!! in my SS I have averaged 19-19.5, about 30 miles each way to work.
Once again....jealous. The good news...it now costs me $42 to fill up now instead of $60+

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Once again....jealous. The good news...it now costs me $42 to fill up now instead of $60+
that's where you make up your difference premium versus regular

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I have used both my Camaros, the first one being a vert for daily driving, I used sunbrella on it to protect the top. I would imagine your uneven tire wear was from someone doing tight corners fast..... I as many others on here belong to true delta and report our car repairs and reliability, Our cars are generally much more reliable than the mustang and especially the dodges. The v-6 engines are more problematic from some things like a lifter tick sound or some have had timing issues, you could go on this and other forums and look up problems that have occurred with the v-6 as they made two different models of engines sort of..... But remember forums are a place where people go when they have a problem a lot and are not a good yard stick to measure what actually happens in the real world.
Where I work I have a couple co workers who drive their v-6 Camaros all the time, one doing 50 mile round trips daily with no problems and he has done modifications to the looks with ground effects, bumper, hood, and done a 3.91 rear etc.....

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the car can handle it just fine, I just don't see the point in driving a convertible in the winter. but I guess it's really never winter in Louisiana, If you have the space you should buy a beater, and just use your Camaro on the days you really want to. The Camaro will last much longer that way. Convertibles are expensive, I would want mine to last longer than 5 years. Plus you can get much better mileage in a beater.

I have a base model, it's a $24k car so it's my only car. I run it 70 miles a day, but use my bike in the summer.

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Very encouraging information. I really enjoy the drive and feel of this car. I appreciate the replies.
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My wife has been driving our (mine mine mine) car back and forth to work. It's just a hair over 100 miles round trip. We have had zero problems.

Make sure you keep up on maintenance and you'll be ok. These Camaro's love to be driven.

My wife actually drives a little out of the way to stay on some nice twisty roads. It clears her head after teaching Biology and Chemistry to 9th graders all day.
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