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2000 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

2dr Cpe Z28

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2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible

Source: The Car Connection

Nothing like the real thing.

by Jill Amadio

I honestly didn't believe that any new Camaro could possibly revive the spirit of the Camaros of yesteryear. I'm not talking about original Camaros, back in the late 1960s. I mean more recent ones -- well, like my 1979 model, the car I still drive and love.

There's a spirit to it. It has soul. But when they chopped off the rear of Camaros in the 1980s, I decided Chevrolet had completely ruined its elegantly balanced styling for the sake of so-called aerodynamics. I was, of course, in the minority. The blunt back end was hailed as a tremendous breakthrough.

Well, the soul is back. I can feel it. Settling into the 2000 Z28 is just like settling into my own 21-year old car, albeit with an updated interior and a bulkier body. The Camaro essence is there: low-slung seats, lots of leather, a 5.7-liter V-8 (bigger than my 5.0-liter), the sleekest styling, long nose, and low roofline. Best of all, the stylish rear is almost as beautiful as that on my 1979 model.

I tested the Z28 convertible equipped with a Hydramatic 4L60-E four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The base convertible costs $28,615 but chrome wheels, leather seats, acceleration slip regulation, special radials, and a Monsoon sound system added almost another $2000 to the tab.

Key features on the powertrain include a control module that measures throttle position, vehicle speed, gear range, temperature and engine load to create a seamless interface between engine and the transmission. Believe me, it works. After fighting with a 2000 Firebird Trans Am's manual transmission with the same V-8 engine as the Camaro, it was restful to allow the automatic version to speed me on my way.

Although the Firebird and the Z28 are essentially mirror images of each other in the big picture, there are enough small design differences in switches and gauges and a few other cues such as pop-up headlights to let you know which brand you're sitting in. The convertible can be ordered with a 320-hp SS performance and appearance package but I found my Z28 as powerful as it needed to be.

While I experienced a certain giddiness to the Trans Am's exhilarating leaps forward, the Camaro was no slouch either, letting my lead foot careen away as soon as the light turned green. Acceleration is a joy when you've got a good powertrain, aided by responsive steering and handling.

Where Camaros fall short, as mine does, is a tendency towards rear-end slip in wet weather unless you buy the optional $450 traction control. While Ford's Mustang is proving a tough competitor to beat, snatching sales away from the Camaro, there's no denying that the graceful symmetry of the Z28 far outshines the Mustang's chunkier silhouette.

The Camaro's cockpit is self-contained, unfussy and expansive enough to enjoy a lengthy trip though athleticism is an advantage when getting in and out. The door opens wide enough but there's not a lot of space between the steering wheel and the seat when you exit. One of the best interior features is steering wheel radio controls for volume, channel pre-set and AM/FM band changes, which Chevrolet refers to rather oddly as "redundant," which Webster's defines as unnecessary. Only time it's awkward to use these steering wheel controls is when you've parked and twisted the wheel. Then the pushbuttons are upside down.

There are very few changes from last year's model. One adds to monochrome styling: rearview mirrors that are now body color, and new aluminum wheels.

The LS1 V-8 engine with 305 horsepower, derived from the Corvette, isn't new but the engine block has been revised, a new progressive throttle cam replaces the linear design, the exhaust manifolds are cast iron, and there's a new starter motor and heat shield. Not new on the V-8 are the platinum-tip spark plugs that don't need replacements before 100,000 miles.

The convertible top, with a glass window, operates effortlessly from the dashboard switch and, once lowered, is neatly covered by a three-piece hard cover that latch into place. If you lose battery power, you can raise the top manually by turning a valve in the driver side of a hatch in the trunk. The trunk itself, of course, is minuscule but can still take a couple of small carry-ons.

Like several other new models, the Z28 has Retained Accessory Power, which allows certain features to continue to work up to ten minutes after you've turned the ignition off. Also, delayed illumination leaves the courtesy lights on for 25 seconds after you get into the car and close the door, and for five seconds after you leave the vehicle. The six-way power seats are practically armchairs with side bolsters on seat cushion and seatback.

Once you get in you won't want to leave.

2000 CAMARO Z28 CONVERTIBLE

Price as tested: $31,065
Engine: 5.7-liter V-8, 305 horsepower
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 101.1 in
Length: 193.5 in
Width: 74.1 in
Height: 51.8 in
Weight: 3500 lb
Fuel economy: 17 city/25 hwy
Major standard features:
Dual airbags
Air conditioning
Rear window defogger
Anti-lock brakes
Theft deterrent
Daytime running lamps
Sport mirrors
Cruise control
Power folding top
AM/FM stereo, cassette
Tilt steering wheel
Power doors and windows

© 2000 The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
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2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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