This is the narration of my 2011 2SS/RS ownership.
I spent about two months seriously considering a Camaro, and test drove both manual and automatic SS cars, deciding on a manual based on those experiences. I almost got one from a dealership, but in the middle of negotiating price via email and phone calls, the Yellow and Black SS was sold.
On a friday, April 13, 2012 I visited Jim, the previous owner, and first laid eyes on Rednblak. She is so named, because her only modification from stock at the time was that Jim had had black hood and decklid stripes tastefully painted on by City Chevrolet's bodyshop department instead of having decals installed. The quality of the striping job immediately sank in, as Jim pointed out that you couldn't feel the edges of the lines under the clearcoat.
Given the like new condition of the car, the crazy low mileage on the odometer (1745 miles!) and the fact that it met my options preferences almost 100% (it has a sunroof and I wasn't really looking for one) I found myself agreeing on a price, and we planned to meet the following monday to iron out the financing and title paperwork.
That week I joined the forum here, and learned of 5th Gen Camaros of the Carolinas car club and also joined them. The following Saturday was the Food Lion Auto Fair at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which they were attending, and I was able to get one of the last two tickets available.
The show was great, meeting like minded individuals was a treat, and seeing so many individualized cars rekindled a long dormant interest in modifying cars.
I'd really planned on keeping the car stock, perhaps save a shifter upgrade, but the time spent reading forums and looking at almost 30 club member's cars quickly melted those plans away.
When I was much younger I always had Chevelles and Novas, and although I loved the older Camaros by the mid 80's they already seemed out of my price range. Now I have a platform with the spirit of those cars and the benefit of modern engineering, and the current healthy state of aftermarket support should make my refound hobby a source of great fun.
Thats enough background, and as of today's entry, I've ordered several items:
Cold Air Inductions: cold air intake
Apex Motorsports: Apex Motorsports Cold Air Intake Scoop 051411
Apex Motorsports: Washer Fluid Tank Replacement Kit 070823AE
Flowmaster: 817495 Axle-Back System 409S American Thunder Exhaust Kit
(I was tempted to go with the Corsa cat-back system after seeing them, but decided to settle on an axle back system for now)
Reflective Concepts: Front Bowtie Overlay Decal (Color: Gloss Black)
Rear Bowtie Emblem Overlay Decal (Color: Black with Red Outline)"
Rear Panel Blackout Decal (Color: Reflective Black)
Tomorrow I'll be contacting Tick Performance in Mooresville for a "before" baseline dyno while everything's still stock. That way as if I add some more extensive performance mods later I'll have documented results.