2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
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With all the hoopla surrounding the new Camaro 1LE, let's look back at the original.
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It has 55,000 original miles (2620 miles/year), only Mobil 1 oil used since it was new. I personally have done every oil change, the first at 50 miles, 250 miles, 500 miles, then every 6 months or 2000 miles whichever comes first. This car has had at least 40 engine oil changes. Under the hood the car looks brand new, and under the car you can still see some factory shoe polish on the cross member that says V8. I also change the transmission fluid and engine coolant every 4 years, brake fluid and clutch slave every 2 years, the posi-rear end differential fluid is changed every 10 years.
The convertible top is all original, only gets lightly damp when it is being washed, it still fits tight, is super clean, with no signs of wear, it has a real glass back window and a defogger heating strip.
Original 500-watt Monsoon stereo with a 10-CD changer in the trunk, 1 GM door speaker (low quality) failed at 3 years, I purchased a GM replacement but once I saw the quality, I replaced both door speakers with electrically and mechanically equivalent Infinity door speakers. I installed both in the original GM speaker housing.
I purchased an aftermarket fiberglass tonneau top painted the same color as the car, its included with full price purchase. This cover turns the car into a super sporty 2-seater with a significant amount of storage created from the now covered back seats, it protects the interior from the sun while cruising on a sunny day too.
The original GMs top-down boot cover (3 pieces) is in like new condition with the original zipper storage bag that Velcros to the trunk sidewall for storage. The original tires would still be on this Camaro, but from contact with my garage concrete for the first 12 years it caused them to get check cracks in the sidewall and had to be replaced. Currently, it has summer tires on it that were purchased in 2012 (yes, they are 11 years old now) but are in excellent condition because the car is not driven hard, and its always parked on several layers of cardboard to keep them from direct contact with the concrete. The tires are Falken Azenis 275/40R17 on all four corners and they look great on this Super Sport Camaro.
Everything works just as it did when it was purchased new in 2002. The only modification made is the addition of a passive power steering cooler. I have the original cooler that is part of the radiator return hose, however it was causing the power steering fluid to become hotter than it would just from driving it. I have the original parts, and no holes were drilled to mount the passive cooler, otherwise all mechanicals are 100% stock just as it came from the factory. There is one user preferred modification a T handled Hurst shifter, but I also have the leather wrapped original too. I have always had rubber floor mats in the car, so the factory originals are new. There is a scratch in the drivers leather seat caused from a small metal measuring scale I had tucked in my back pocket once, there are a couple of rock chips in the paint, two on the driver door when a truck passed me and sent a single rock into my door, there are a few minor paint chips on the hood, and under the trunk lid where the tonneau top slides under the trunk lid where it rubbed the paint in a few places even with a thin rubber mat placed between. I had to replace 2 emissions purge valves at 4 years due to my one and only check engine light ever. At 5 years I walked into the garage and smelled some strange oil, it ended up being a failed AC line at a crimp connector, it was replaced at the dealer and so was the AC dryer. The hydraulic clutch pedal slave cylinder failed at 13 years (44,000 miles) and I had it replaced by the dealer, I also had them change out the clutch, and throw-out bearing, because they had to drop the transmission anyway. The dealer called me at the time and said the clutch parts had very little wear, but I still wanted it done and I have the original parts too. The clear coat has only been buffed once in 2019 to take out swirl marks from years of hand wash only. This car is stunningly beautiful, and very stately looking just as it was when I originally purchased it 21 years ago. The car is so much fun to drive, it gets great gas mileage too with the 6-speed manual. The car is for sale because I purchased its replacement after 20 years of fun in this iconic car.
- Classic Car ID101890032
- Stock NumberN/A
- CategoryMuscle & Pony Cars
- Body StyleConvertible
- Mileage55,000 miles
- Engine8 Cylinder
- Drivetrain2 wheel drive - rear
- Transmission6 Speed Manual
- Exterior ColorBlue
- Custom ColorNavy Blue Metallic
- Interior ColorTan
- Seat ColorNeutral
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