Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southern California
Solstice vs Camaro 2SS - Dilemma
I have this dilemma. I’d appreciate any reasonable comments. I love my ‘08 Solstice GXP and get much enjoyment from driving her. But I have a very unusual opportunity to purchase a 2012 Chevy Camaro 2SS loaded coupe with less than 5k miles on it -(6.2L V-8, 426 HP, 6-speed manual, always garaged.) The price would essentially the same price as for what I could sell my Solstice be (don’t ask, but it’s legal). I cannot afford to get the Camaro unless I sell my Solstice. Now, as much as I love my Solstice, I find at my age (73), it’s getting a little more difficult to get in and out of. And, I can’t carry my golf clubs with her. But I still love to drive her – the favorite of all the cars I’ve ever owned. She’s a California car, always garaged or covered.
If I decide to move on the Camaro, should I consider removing the aftermarket equipment on my GXP and sell them separately? Or just offer them up on the GXP if and when I put her up for sale? Some of the pros and cons of the deal as I see them.
Essentially a new, always garaged, high-performance car at a great price.
Still under warranty.
Camaro has about 4500 miles. My ‘08 GXP has about 48,500.
More luggage space.
More creature comforts, interior convenience, and techno gagetry items.
Camaro is a hardtop. No roll bar needed for track days.
Camaro is totally stock. (I’m pretty much done with performance mods. I don’t do my own mechanic work anymore.)
Can carry two sets of golf clubs and a passenger.
Not the same worries about availability of spare parts or knowledgeable mechanics in the future as with the GXP.
Much higher cost for gas, tires, maintenance and insurance.
Camaro takes up more garage space than my GXP. Will be a close fit with wife’s car in my garage.
Will lose contact with the Solstice/Sky community
Camaro is a hardtop coupe. Loss of joy of a roadster. (But my dermatologist will like it.)
Camaros are more common and will not be the head-turner that the Solstice is.
With mods to my GXP, I believe her performance is better than the Camaro. (The GXP will certainly handle better and is easier to park.)
Here’s the list of modifications to my GXP.
K&N drop in air filter
Hahn large intercooler
HP ECM tune
Magnaflow cat back exhaust
Solo high-flow catalytic converter
BC Coil-over shocks & springs
Lowered about 1-1/2’ all around (can be raised or lowered with adjustable shocks.)
Near new Michelin Pilot Super Sports
GXP ZOK sway bars front and rear.
Polyurethane rear sway bar bushings.
DDM competition Backbone
Stock wheels powder coated gloss black (the GXP is Mysterious.)
Carolina Custom door pockets, padded center arm rest and door arm rests.
GM Factory Bra (modified to fit GXP.)
Whistler radar detector (mounted by sun visor and plugged into mirror power.)
Removable clothes hooks mounted behind both seats.
GM splash guards – all four corners.
Extra equipment (not installed.)
Extra set of stock polished chrome wheels with TPMS sensors
Curt Trailer Hitch
Boone golf bag carrier (Carries two golf bags or two suitcases.)
Two Samsonite gasketed weatherproof suitcases.
Stock GXP springs, shocks and GXP sway bars
Polyurethane front sway bar bushings
Stock GXP Intercooler
Stock driveshaft tunnel brace (replaced by DDM Backbone.)
Stock GXP catalytic converter.
Tonneau cover (missing front dash clip.)
Extra K&N drop in air filter
Extra set of brake pads.
BMW lifting pucks
Three covers - one weatherproof, one weather resistant and one Kappasphere light duty cover. (I use all three when she has to be outside.)
GM book – How to build Ecotec engine to get up to 800 hp.
'Mysti' - '08 Mysterious 5-spd GXP, Custom HP tune, Hahn I/C, K&N filter, DDM ProBeam & Backbone, splash guards, Z0K Sway bars, poly bushings & BC Coilovers, Magnaflow catback..
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Last edited by jeffgtx; 11-24-2012 at 12:43 PM.