2010 Chevy Camaro suffers manual gearbox failures
Who says manual transmissions are less of a headache than automatics? It seems that there are various reports by American owners of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro who say that they were breaking their car when using the launch control feature that comes only with manual 2010 Camaro models.
According to Autoblog, many reports have begun popping up in the Camaro5 forums about issues with V8-powered Camaro SS models with the manual transmission. It seems that doing a hard launch or using the launch control system sometimes results in a broken output shaft, which renders the muscle-car completely impotent and in need of a tow-truck to the nearest dealer garage.
Autoblog also spoke with a General Motors spokesman who said that a “factory hold” has been put on deliveries of manual-transmission V8 Camaro models while Chevrolet engineering teams investigate the problem. So the U.S. government-owned company is aware of the issue, and a recall is likely. If you happen to have pre-purchased a manual GCC-spec Camaro SS in the UAE, be sure to keep in touch with your dealer, who probably isn’t aware of this recent development.
Update: Having spoken to a GM Middle East spokesperson, the 2010 Camaro has not been delivered to any GCC customers yet, and while the sales of manual V8 models will be halted for now until the problem is fixed, the sales of V6 and V8 automatic models will proceed next month. Further info on the issue here.