V6 is fun to drive, V8 heavy but powerful
The 2002 Chevy Camaro is a good value for your money, however, don't be a fool. I wouldn't buy one over 90,000, that's when they start having problems, but not always. The V6 is fun to drive, sporty look, not a "performance" car, but good value. Some people think the V8 is too heavy, the SS has 345hp but sometimes you can't tell because it's so heavy. LS1 engine, but nothing like a corvette. Here is where you need to pay attention, these cars are known to lose coolant and overheat. Check your coolant level often. Repairs get costly, especially since everything is hidden and the engine has to be taken out to discover the problem. So I'd say if the car is healthy, it runs really well, however, if it's not, it can go really bad with the 2002 camaro.
Don't forget the V-6
I recently traded a 1994 Z-28 on a 2002 V-6 with very low miles and the Y87 package, which includes tight turning and steering ratio, lowered final drive ratio (meaning higher numbers, but that is "lower" gearing for performance) and the limited slip differential - all excellent features to have. The car steers wonderfully precise, as expected, and brakes are strong and progressive. Power is very good for an older V-6, though any modern OHC V-6 these days is faster. I only expect respectable performance out of this car, not muscle car performance. Fourth-generation F body Camaros hold up extremely well, which is one of the reasons I stuck with this model. The standard 235-55-16 tires are disappointing in the "touring" version specified as original equipment. Only a few replacement choices are out there in this size. The dealer installed BF Goodrich 96T's as per specification, but the sidewalls are just too soft for a sporty car. Interior seating is very uncomfortable - you cannot push the seats back far enough, for some reason, and you cannot see well over the monster dashboard, which is not a good thing in a "sporty" car. The fabric upholstery looks more like the $29.95 aftermarket seat covers you can buy at Walmart. I mostly wanted this car because it's a bit of American history - if Harley-Davidson can sell "history," and Jaguar can sell "history," why not Chevrolet? The car was assembled in Canada, but almost all the major parts are in fact made-in-USA. Oh - the T-tops. I would not have bought this car without T-tops. Remove the sun shades and it's like being in an old fighter cockpit; take off the T-tops in good weather and it's almost as good as a convertible, but with no cowl shake. Much better and more airy than any retractable sunroof I've sat under. Iconic, as well.
coolest car around z28
The car is fast and precise on nice roads.Bad interior a turn off.Great highway mileage with V8 and six speed. Exterior styling is very unique unlike any other car. Brakes are precise and provide great feedback. Get one with a hurst shifter though.
Most Dependable Car I've Owned
I have had zero problems with my 2002 camaro. If you take care of this car, it will take care of you.
a wonderful car
I bought my Z28 new in 2002, have had it for about 7 years now. Car has not been to the shop except for brake service and a loose exhaust clamp. Last long trip the car got 28.66 mpg at 70 mph. T-tops are easy to manage, don't leak, don't rattle. I have them off about 8 months a year. Not a comfortable car, but the terrific fun factor tends to drown that out. I have the 6-speed Hurst manual, and enjoy it. Fast, reliable, nimble and affordable- I hope the next generation Camaro is as good over the long haul.
Great car, Fun to drive.
I have owned several Camaros This is by far the best. Love the way it handles,and Looks. If your looking for a fun and sporty car, this would be the one for you.
Gets LOTS of looks
This car always gets attention when it arrives. It just looks FAST sitting still and rides great and is fun to drive. It's a little uncomfortable on long rides (over 3 hours) and a little short on trunk space, but for cruisin' around the town, it can't be beat.
Excellent care for those who enjoy driving
I drove the car from Houston to Fairbanks Alaska (4200 miles) in four days and 2 1/2 hours in March through snow storms that closed schools and -35 degree temperatures. Car handled flawlessly and averaged over 29 miles per gallon on 75MPH freeway driving all the way from Houston to Calgary. The fuel injected 5.7L engine coupled with the six speed transmission is amazing. The interior heater is extremely effective in keeping the car warm on cold winter days. This is my second Z28 and I hope they make the new ones as aerodynamic as the 1997 to 2002 editions.
Great Car for the Money
I love this car. Beautiful styling and a ton of power. It has a great sound system with the monsoon stereo package and handles well for it's size and muscle. Nice features like the GM oil life monitor and steering wheel radio controls. It's not too bad on gas if you aren't racing it. Cruises down the interstate at 75 mph turning 1500 rpm's.
This car really proved itself with its performance. The Z28 with the six speed manual transmission behind it was quite impressive. It set me back in my seat around every turn. The handling needed a little help but overall it was still a great sports car. The interior was great and it had every option available. And the roominess it had for a sparts car was unbelievable. Camaro is and always has been my favorite sports car, always seeming to outdo the mustang our firebird. great car.