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Unread 05-03-2009, 08:19 AM   #1
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Exclamation Potential Huge Problem.... Nose Cracks on 2010 Camaro

While I was doing the photo shoot on a 2010 Camaro SS this past Friday, we noticed some cracks forming at the upper corners of the grille. The tech that was assisting us during the shoot said that those happened during a top speed run earlier that week. The car achieved 155 mph, and apparently it lifted the upper part of the nose enough to form the cracks. I'm not sure if this problem has been addressed, or even mentioned before. Surely it can be something that GM can fix by adding more bracing perhaps, or a thicker nose molding. This 2010 SS was a production car, only a week old, so this concerns me.

It might not be a good idea to do any high-speed runs in your new Camaro, at least until we understand the problem and how to fix it first.





UPDATE!!!!!

I've been away from the computer most of the day. During that time, I've been informed that the nose on this particular Camaro was a super early production piece, slapped on to get it out the door sooner. GM already knows about the issue, and supposedly it has been taken care of on other cars. Something about a support not being bolted correctly, it wasn't clear what the solution was without seeing the car in front of me.

Anyways, it appears they have a solution. I'm going to re-edit the first post to include this update.
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Unread 05-03-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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Damn. This is something you'd hope they'd catch - God knows they did some speed testing on these cars. Maybe the bra-type cover they use on the test mules prevented this during testing?
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Oh shit....
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That might be the reason, come to think of it. They drove around with those media-masks I believe. Plus, the nose could have seen 170+ mph even if the car was doing 155, due to headwind possibly.
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oh shit! way to go GM
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Unread 05-03-2009, 10:53 AM   #6
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Yea I remember Kat asking me what that mark was and I hopefully said "maybe it's just tar from the road..."

Sad day indeed. I hope this is actually fixed!
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Wow with the amount of testing that they did with the 2010 I would have thought that a problem like that would have been picked up. Hopefully it's not going to end up being a common problem or it is at least fixed quickly.
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that area of the front end looks like a big wind catcher but holy crap. i wonder how GM is going to handle these complaints
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Wow with the amount of testing that they did with the 2010 I would have thought that a problem like that would have been picked up. Hopefully it's not going to end up being a common problem or it is at least fixed quickly.
As much testing as was done on the Camaro, even more testing was done on the C6 Corvette. And the roofs on those still flew off! Testing doesn't always find every problem, nothing beats real world tests in uncontrolled conditions.
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