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Old May 11th, 12, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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new Camaro a good car for teens?

I am thinking about buying a new Camaro for my son since he will be turning 16 soon and will be able to get his license as well!

I am mostly a first gen Camaro guy and currently trying to finish up my 67 Camaro SS. My son does a decent job in helping me in my project and seems to be interested in Camaro's.

I was wondering for those people who has the new Camaros if they have any problems with it? And if its a solid choice for a teen?

Sorry for bad english (its not my first language)

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Old May 12th, 12, 07:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most teen male drivers do not realize that they can die and have no understanding of fear when left alone in a car. Their ignorance of reality can get pushed to beyond comprehensible stupidity as the cars power level goes up and when mixed with friends. I'm not insulting or putting down male teens by this, the description fit when I was a teen,not just me but all my friends and all but a very few males at school and out on the road.

I would not give a 16 yr old a brand new car, give your son a family hand me down or buy a safe used car to get him around in until he finishes High School. Then with 3 years of driving under his belt you'll know better by the condition of his first car, how many tickets and accidents he's had if he can be safe in a 300hp V6 or 400hp SS or if he should be taking public transportation.

Just my opinion based on real life experiences not only as a teen once but also raising one and having friends that have been through it too!
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Old May 12th, 12, 08:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would agree. My advice is buy a reliable beater for him to learn, then if he continues making good grades and does the activites he is asked to do, then reward him at graduation with a new car.
Your insurance company may advise the same.
However, you know your son more than anyone here, you be the judge.
If you believe your son is a mature person and can take responsibilty of a new car, then by all means, go for it.
Congratulations, Dad, for the upbringing.
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Old May 12th, 12, 08:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Re: new Camaro a good car for teens?

Thank you for the opinions, I guess a brand new car would be an excellent graduation gift!

I wanna ask if what are decent used chevy cars I can get him?

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Most parents I know bought the big 'condo cruisers', ie, '80's Impala's, Caprice's, and the like for the extra protection.

Impala's of starting 2003 are good buys this days - killer stereo system and have all the safety features. Just check the coolant system for the condition of the coolant, should be orange if Dexcool.

If it is brown, it still has Dexcool in it, but has a leak in the system - induction of air - and will clog the cooling system. A good flush of the engine, heater core, and maybe a new radiator with new regular antifreeze will improve reliability. Change thermostat and hoses while you're there, belt also.

Maybe others here will give their choices of reliable transportation.
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I have done the teen 16 ---3 times with one more to go in 3 1/2 years. I have bout one Nissan Maxima one Chevy PU and one Honda Accord. All were great cars. The Chevy Pu was my son's and he drove it until he turned 23 and bout a new 2011 Chevy Z71. Daughter Maxima wrecked it and one other after it. She is 28 married and still can't drive. Other Daughter Honda last year of college and still drives it. Getting Married next year. New Son-n-Law can buy the next. Goodyear employed. My 12 year Son wants a Pickup. Loves the 67 but knows he want get it. All cars were bought used. I did not get a new car until I bought it. I would hate to know what the Ins would be on a 16 year old. Anyway just my experience
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I let my first son drive our Miata around. He hit a curb and had to fix it, burned up the clutch and I helped him change that too. After he proved he was a solid driver I got him a Mazda 3, his choice. He hasn't wrecked it or done any other damage. Solid car. 2nd son is starting off in a 69 Ranchero project, third son wants a Chevy C10 but they will all start off in the Miata
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I appreciate you guys sharing all of your experiences! I already have a lot of cars in mind, just need to find any of those cars for the right price! And it seems like there are a bunch of Mustangs for sale (1994-2005) and for a good price I might consider one of those.

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I think the others have already swayed the OP from buying a new car for his teen let alone a new Camaro. I rented a 2010 for a day and was still remarking at the end of the day about how large the blind spots were. I'm used to a 98 Chev PU and the Camaro is a big change in visibility. Not a car to start out in IMHO.

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I appreciate you guys sharing all of your experiences! I already have a lot of cars in mind, just need to find any of those cars for the right price! And it seems like there are a bunch of Mustangs for sale (1994-2005) and for a good price I might consider one of those.

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I think the others have already swayed the OP from buying a new car for his teen let alone a new Camaro. I rented a 2010 for a day and was still remarking at the end of the day about how large the blind spots were. I'm used to a 98 Chev PU and the Camaro is a big change in visibility. Not a car to start out in IMHO.

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It's been my experience that most newer cars and trucks tend to have more blind spots, requiring more mirror use skills.
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Re: new Camaro a good car for teens?

My experience has been that of Dennis. Seeing that the majority of accidents are caused by those between the ages of 16-23. This boils down to experience in driving conditions.

Power is one aspect to avoid, Mustang, camaros, or anything that calls out "speed" is not a great idea as others taunt drivers which combined with inexperience and passengers egging them on leads to accidents.

Keep in mind road conditions in your area "ALL" year long! If snow, ice are a concern than a front wheel drive vehical would be a better option than a rear wheel drive. I park the wifes mustang from late november - to march as it is useless in these conditions.

Jeeps may seem a great idea however they just think that because they have 4x4 capabilities they are indistructible.

Regardless of vehical choice the kids fail to relize how much contact their vehical really have with the road surface! This i explain and show them. Then we go for several drives in different road conditions! They get in formed and are shown what happens in corners at different speeds so they EXPERIENCE what happens and why it happens as they are oblivious to this untill it happens. Gravel roads are great to teach them as they get the feel for traction and speeds that are safe.

Education, and experience in control of their vehical is the key while in a safe enviroment!

However i agree a used car at 16 is a better idea and look for something with air bags and something heavier. Ford Focus are a great car as they are solid have many air bags, have front wheel drive. Sporty, flashy .... no , safer ... yes.
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I know when I was in high school, I worked to buy my first car which was a 1972 Camaro SS. What a great car, Gold with black interior with lots of power for a stock car. It was used and only 2 years old at the time that I bought it.

After the first year and only one accident because I was speeding and 13 tickets later for red lights and speeding. Drag racing at Hermosa Beach California on weekends from stop sign to stop sign.......Wow ! What a lot of fun it was until I was standing in front of the judge and ready to lose my license. I was paying only $2,200 every 6 months for car insurance. I had to work full time just to pay the insurane bill. I did manage to save my drivers license, Sold the camaro to my sister a year later.

Married and 6 kids later, a few years have passed! All the kids got a car, 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder cars, with not much power!

As you can see after my experience I didn't get any of my kids a new car or anything that any abundance of power.

I never have told any of my kids about this, The oldest is now 32. And still go out and smoke the tires! I guess some of us never grow up!

Best of luck on that new Camaro!
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Old May 13th, 12, 12:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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Re: new Camaro a good car for teens?

I like how you guys used your experiences in helping me to buy a car for my son, I have decided on a Mitsubishi Eclipse or a Honda Civic

He admires the Mitsubishi Evolution cars and seems to liked the Evo VIII, I might be able to buy him one of these when he gets older

thanks again guys

~Nick

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Re: new Camaro a good car for teens?

All I can say is I hit everything BUT the lottery when I was 16
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