"I bought this car when it had 119000 miles on it and it still ran ridiculously strong. It now has 125000 miles on it and has not changed a bit. It was an amazing experience driving with the T-tops off in the summer. It had two silver racing stripes down the center as well, which got it lots of attention. Many mustangs lined up side by side with me and I am proud to say that all ended up behind me. Whether it be a new GT or an old GT...I smoked them all.The leather interior was very comfortable in my Z28. In the end I beat myself though.
just the other day I was driving a girl home and i spun it out into a tree at 90 plus...totaled it. I plan to somehow buy another one in the future. I want no other car as much as a Z28. I don't think I will ever want to own another type of vehicle. The power will never leave you unsatisfied. I loved my Z28."
"I've owned a 2000 Camaro SS since 2003 when I bought it at 40k miles. It has needed very little repair work, especially considering that I drive it like a race car.
It only got 4 stars on reliability because of premature drivetrain failures, due to the powerful engine being used vigorously. The engine has been incredibly reliable itself.
I would recommend this car to anyone that wants a high performance vehicle that is fun to drive, is still capable of over 30 mpg hywy (6 spd manual), and is nearly as reliable as a Honda. This car averages about 13.5 1/4 mile times w/6spd, and 13.9 w/auto.
I could not have bought a better car for the price, period."
"I bought this car new in late 2001 and still get a kick out of it every time I drive it. I have only had a couple of minor problems in all these years, not many cars you can buy new and drive for 12 years and say that about. Watch out for ones that somebody has driven the snot out of, these cars are fast and could attract an abusive driver. Driven reasonably, using the speed for traffic situations, the good braking and handling for accident avoidance, and it's one heck of a commute!"
"The 3.8L engine should have gotten the same upgrades as the buick version for a better output to fuel consumption ratio but overall it performs well when needed. Basic maintenance is relatively simple with the oil,fuel,air filters, spark plugs,belt,headlamps and brakes being easily accessible (serviceable). Should have come with factory tint on back and side windows. Great drivability, smooth ride for a sports car. Space is limited for larger body types and pasenger room (comfort) is very limited,but has a cup holder for all 4, I've seen worse. Tie downs in cargo area, trunk will fit a full size spare, fold down rear seat are some plus features. The brakes could be bigger but hold up to daily driving and stretching the fuel capacity would have been nice. Some a/c vents for the rear would help cool the cabin faster. Slightly higher gear ratio on the manual trany version would alow better cruising rpm and alow more use of the engine torque instead of having to rev it out. Also they should have kept the aluminum drive shaft from the prev years. T-tops are a fun option but not improved since the 1970's. This is overall a great,fun car for the money and will do all of the spedometer."
Pros: "Cheap power and easily modified for more!!!"
Cons: "Interior plastics should have been designed better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Power and looks are great. I sold my Camaro 2 yrs ago and bought it back after the previous owner only put 3500 miles on the car. Compared to the price of a new Camaro, these 98-02 SS & Z28s are the best bang for your buck!"
"I have owned this car for about 5 years now. The only problems I have had with it have been caused by a drag radials and putting 4:10 gears in it. I own multiple cars and this is by far the most fun to drive. It gets great fuel economy even with the mods I have done to it and handles better then any car I have ever driven."
"I love to drive, and this machine is one awesome ride! The 6speed manual transmission has an excellent gear ratio, the engine has the nicest sounding rumble and is so powerful, and this vehicle sticks to the road. The steering feels great, and the braking system is unbelievable. I have had this car for 9 years-I did replace the tranny at about 135k, but the engine is still running strong. As for the exterior and mechanical design, the only thing that should be improved is the motor mounts could be better-and the bracket where the exhaust splits is kinda weak-i have had to have repairs done-after the bracket fell OUT of the car while i was driving.
The only person that is super comfortable in the car is probably the driver-only design complaint for interior, but since I have been the driver it is fine by me!
I love this car-think sheis a transformer when i am not looking-haha."
Pros: "sport car feel with small car mpgs verry fun car"
Cons: "trunk space and rear leg room"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"very nice car very fun in the summer time good for road trips or going out on the town. nice car for a 2 people not so much room in the rear seats or trunk but other than that great car. strong V6 still smokes the tires and sipps gas. the T tops are very nice in the summer never had a problem with them leaking the windows tend to sag after a while causing wind noise and water leaks fix for a couple hundred and windows roll up slow. verry little trunk space with T tops off has a nice feel at higher speeds brakes smooth at higher speeds. the front bumper is low and tends to scrape on steep driveways. inside lighting could be better at night hard to see in the car. over all very happy with my camaro!"
Cons: "It can be hard for others to get in and out of."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this car for over 5 years. She is amazing. I have had very little trouble with her. I take very good care of her and replace everything as it needs it with time. I will be sad when it is time to switch up to a luxury car."
"This car is decent on gas mileage, has great power and is easy to work on when it comes to general maintenance. In my opinion this model camaro with either the 3.4L engine or the 3.8L engine, is just an all around good car..."
"I've had this '99 Z28 (with the LS1 engine) for the past 6 years, and have 126,000 miles on it. It's a beautiful car and I get lots of compliments on it, but it's basically a plastic car around a great engine. I've blown the Monsoon speakers twice, and I'm not a kid. I've replaced the drivers side window motor once and it needs to be replaced again. The passenger side window motor also needs to be replaced. I know that this is a fairly common problem with the camaro, but it is frustrating. The T-tops leak. On a more serious side, I now have an oil leak, and the rear end is weak and "clunks". Plastic parts inside the car are breaking off, but of course, living in hot southwest Florida does not help. I also drive in heavy traffic daily and I feel like this car is choking to death. It is slowly falling apart and I can't decide whether to get rid of it, or keep it and start pouring money into it. Also, at my age (48) it's getting harder to get in and out of it, but there's NOTHING like getting your rear end planted in the seat when you "get into it" with the LS1 engine. This car will move. I have the performance handling package and it corners like it's on rails. It's great for getting ahead of the traffic where it belongs."
"This has been a good car. My wife paid $5000 for it a few years ago. It now has almost 170,000 miles and it doesn't smoke, leak, or knock. It always starts right up and runs great, and we don't have to be afraid to go anywhere in it. It runs a little rough sometimes. I've been told it needs a new distributor, but haven't replaced it yet. The only other problem is with the body control module. It goes out and the radio and power windows die. I jiggle the wires going to it and slap the computer box a couple of times and it starts working again for several months. Gas mileage is decent with the v6, just don't be embarrassed when some econobox passes you. Body is plastic, so when she hit a deer, the bumper cracked."
"I got my 4th gen right out if high school (94 z/28 with the LT-1) and loved it. 3 yrs later once I had a good pay job I got my 2nd z28 with the LS-1 and fell in love once again. Plenty of power and handling great as well. I still own the 2000 z/28 and it is now my drag strip car and if things go as planned I will be getting my 3rd Camaro very soon. Only this one will be a SS"
"I have owned mine for 6years now. I havn't put a ton of miles on it, but it been more of a weekend car for me. With about 4grand over 6 years in upgrades the car is making about 415-430hp at the flywheel. So for me this is a performance car, pure and simple. But I'll talk stock camaros. The Z28 is the way to go. The reliability from what I have seen is the better then the V6s(though they are also very reliable); I have seen LT1 camaros with 270k+ still all original. The gas milage is decent as well. And performance can't be touched for the money. 0-60 for auto 5.5sec/man 5.8, both clear a 1/4 in 13.9 and the top speed is really is just over 165. This is the last year of no rev limiter and if you love the 93-97 camaro the 97 is the one to buy. Its the first year for the new interior(lasted till 02) and daytime running lights, and a different style rims. Among many little changes, if you dont pick a 97 a 96 is the next pick. The 285hp is a underarted detuned engine that can get amazing gas milage for the power. The only downfall is all LT1(93-97Z28/Firebird/92-96Vette) have a small oil leak. Its small enough that it burns off if you drive it enough. This should not stop you from getting this car. It has minor ectronic window issues, but these are the biggest things. Trust me, one hard press on the gas or take a hard turn, and you'll agree. Its really awsome."
"I bought the camaro new and it has been a dependable partner for 12 years. The 3.8 v6 is the perfect powerplant for this car. Plenty of power and mid twenty mileage w/o concern. I have driven the car through NY winters w/o accident thanks to good tires and added weight to the rear end. Salt has taken its toll to the underside of the car and I have had to replace brake lines, fuel tank, oil pan and the rack due to corrosion in the last couple of years. If you are looking to buy used check these items as they are susceptible as the car is low."
"I bought by Camaro in 2005 and it is the best car I've ever owned. It has 75,000 miles and still runs extremley strong and smooth. The only things I've had to replace are the water pump, optispark, and starter- which is completley understandable for a 13 year old car. The LT1 is simply a torque monster. If you want top speed power, buy a LS1 (98-02), but if you perfer more low end torque over top speed go with the LT1 (93-97). When I purchased my Z28 it drove great and had a lot of power, but after I had performance cold air intake, throttle body, headers, and exhaust installed the 5.7 increased atleast 20 horse power, but more importantly to me ran much more responsive and smoother. I highly recommend using 92 or higher octane gasoline as well as a top brand full synthetic motor oil and oil filter. The negative aspects of this car are the poor gas milage, don't even think about driving it in the snow or you will regret it, high repair costs, and the unconsistant gas gauge. I've ran out of gas 5 times in my Camaro by letting the gas gauge go past the 1/4th tank. The 1997 model has no low gas light warning and may read that you have more or less gas than you accually have, so don't let it go past the 1/4th tank. Other than that, its a great car- had it up to 147 once and it still could have gone faster."