June 8, 2014
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Recall
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one of the top American-made muscle cars on the market, just behind the Corvette, Chevy’s top performer. Equipped with a supercharger, the 6.1-L V-8 produces 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque through either a six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed automatic to the rear wheels.
That is enough power to sprint the car down the track to a four second 0-60 time and a top speed of 184 mph. This making it one of the quickest and fastest production vehicles, not only in the US, but in the world. At a price of $56,350, it is also one of the least expensive muscle cars producing that much oomph.
However, on the downside, GM has announced a problem with the supercharger and has recalled all supercharged models sold for the 2012 and 2013 model years. This means a phone call is imperative to the GM recall hotline to schedule your car for a checkup, according to Top Speed.
The defective supercharger may not perform properly and, according to the manufacturer, if left unrepaired, the internal bearing shaft grease could become contaminated, causing a bearing rattle at idle. The problem could escalate into bearing failure and cause the engine not to start.
In an effort to correct the malfunctioning supercharger problem, GM will repair them at no cost. GM also stated it is going to cost them $2,095 per repair plus added labor hours. Additionally, GM extended the warranty coverage on the 2012 and 2013 Camaro ZL1 to 10 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Camaro ZL1 owners, you are not alone in the recall. All 2009 to 2013 Cadillac CTS-V models equipped with the same supercharger are also affected by the problem. They will also be part of the free repair and extended warranty program announced by GM.
In light of the mess related to the recent recall of GM vehicles with ignition switch problems, GM has initiated the recall before NHTSA releases an official notice.
In unrelated problems, certain 2013 and 2014 Camaros produced from June 9, 2013 to September 6, 2013 are being recalled for a defective airbag warning label on the sun visor that may peel off. This will cause the vehicle to fail its compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208. If the airbag warning label does fall off, the driver and front seat passenger may not be warned of the risk of air bag deployment and this could increase the risk of injury in a crash. The visor will be replaced by the dealer for free.
Another recall from GM relating to the Camaro was on the 2012 model. The problem is a potential airbag issue where the driver’s side airbag shorting bar may make contact with the airbag terminal and, even in the unfortunate event of a crash, the airbag won’t deploy. In addition to the Camaro, the Buick Verano, Chevy Cruze and Sonic were also affected by the recall.
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