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Chevrolet Camaro Convertible running costs and reliability

2012 - 2015 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Lewis Kingston Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 20 - 21 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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You might think that something like this would cost a small fortune to run, given its powerful V8 engine. The Camaro, however, shouldn’t give your wallet too much grief with regards to maintenance. Camaros are typically reliable and built to last with well-proven technology. There’s not much to have serviced and the intervals are widely spaced, meaning routine maintenance won’t cost much.

You’re going to have to bear in mind the cost of replacement tyres, however, especially if you want to drive your Camaro with a heavy right foot. Both V8s are more than capable of rapidly converting those substantial tyres into nothing but smoking ruins, given half a chance. On the economy front, the Camaro will average a claimed 21mpg at best. Not fantastic but, given that most Camaros will only be for occasional use, it shouldn’t prove too troublesome.

With emissions of 329g/km of CO2 for the more powerful LS3 engine, and 304g/km of CO2 for the L99 engine, the Camaro is anything but green. These high figures will land you in some costly tax bands. They aren’t, however, unusual for engines of this displacement and output. On the plus side, the Camaro’s likely to develop classic status as time goes on.

This means it’s much more likely to last, instead of just being scrapped. Additionally, it probably won’t cover as many miles as other cars. As a result, its net environmental impact may be less than you expect.

The Camaro should prove to be very reliable. Its V8 engine isn’t worked particularly hard and the car is designed to handle the power on offer. Many of the components are already well tested, so major problems should be few and far between. If you’re going to drive the car hard regularly, make sure you get it serviced and inspected more frequently in order to prevent any premature failures.