This started out as an email to just my Dad & my Brother, since I’ve semi-recently been in discussions with both about my ideas for my next car. However, I realized after I sent it that I’d love to have the thoughts of about a dozen other people, most of which look at this blog on at least a bi-yearly basis. If they do a search for the keywords “Camaro”, “Mustang” or “Musclecar”, then they’ll find my rant.
Anyhow, here’s my email, more or less in its entirety. I’ve also posted a picture of the grille I’m talking about lower down. >>>
Okay, choices of the dream car I’ll only get after at least another couple years of college, plus a well-paying job, are the new Mustang and the new Camaro.
First the pluses for the Ford Mustang. The Mustang has better visibility throughout, and I’m encouraged by the fact that Ford did not have to file for bankruptcy last years. However, I’ve never been a huge fan of Fords look-wise, I think they gelded their prize Mustang for many years, and it took them till the current model to finally get their balls back, style-wise. And they got it almost right. Not only that, but the new Mustangs in the mid-00’s reinvigorated the trend of retro-future in cars. I realize that the Dodge Charger started the trend. But to me, the Charger has always looked too much like the Chrysler 300M. The Challenger was a stronger move forward, but despite an AMAZING ass-end on the Challenger, the car is just too encumbersome all around, and the front still looks too squared off. No, for positives, the Mustang is slightly better. Plus, on the current models, I love the way they pulled out the hood, leaning the grille forward. It was good before (but too static). Now, with the current model, it’s much better. I wish they’d put as much thought into the ass end…
…which brings me to the ass end of the Mustang. Again, like the old front end, it’s is so static. It’s too flat. Even with the new sequential headlights (which seemed gimicky at first, and now I consider very cool), the ass just doesn’t have character. I love it when Mustangs pass me on the highway, but I hate to follow them. They’re too dull, except when they’re changing lanes. Then they get very awesome again, reverting to “meh” when they’re done with the turn-signal.
The Camaro, on the other hand, is just right. It’s got a great, mean look. It has more bang for the buck than the Mustang, engine- and accessories-wise. The standard chrome-lined taillights and the ass end are amazing.
Everything about the Camaro is just a little better than the Mustang…except for two things.
1: I wish that the side & rear windows had more visibility like the Mustang. The Camaro looks better, but I just hate that loss of visibility. I hope they have really good side mirrors.
2: This is the biggie: I absolutely hate the BUTT UGLY BLACK GRILLE! Man, of all they ways Chevy could have fallen short! The front end is the first thing you notice when you see a Camaro parked at the dealer. Why, in the world, didn’t they offer a chrome grille as an option? The chrome-lined taillights are standard for crying out loud! We’re already reduced to body-covered bumpers instead of the good-looking chrome bumpers of yesteryear. Why do we have to be reduced to plastic grille? I don’t care if it saves on weight. Get rid of the back seat for all I care. Just gimme a chrome grille!
Like this one: http://www.carid.com/product.php?productid=66138&cat=77164&page=1
This is a Chrome Grille Overlay, so it’s not technically replacing the pre-existing grille. It’s merely hiding that ugly piece of crap from sight. But it’s turning what was already a nice car in an amazing car…just so long as the grille holds up. I’m actually worried that the grille is too inexpensive. It’s less than $500, when I was expecting something like this to cost well over $1200. Maybe I’m overreacting. Probably am. Perhaps by the time I actually want to buy a Camaro, there will be more competitors in the marketplace and will make finding the right after-market parts supplier an easier process. Or, even better, maybe Chevy will actually offer a chrome grille. I don’t care if every other Camaro owner will have one. I just want one on my car.
I went to Chevy’s website and ‘built’ a car. Here are my specs: http://www.chevrolet.com/tools/byo/byoCustomizeVehicle.do?year=2010&brand=camaro&title=®ion=40&evar10=byo_path_buildbytrim&pvc=19981
Major items of note are that it’s not the cheapest model (because I wanted chrome rims instead of black metal ones), it’s a stick-shift, it’s a V6, it has a sound-system addition with Boston Acoustics speakers (it already had an iPod dock standard), and it’s got beige/tan interior.
Tan interior. I know. Why not just go with black? I’m still on the fence on that point. I’d like to have a little bit of brightness inside since I’ll be spending so much time in the car. Plus, the tan reminds me of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m sorry if I just lost my audience, but I’m a geek. Always have been. I love the bridge of the Enterprise NCC-1701D. I hate the bridge on every subsequent ship, due to utter drabness. Although I enjoy the bridge on the Neo-Enterprise of the recent Star Trek film, but those lens flares would give me a headache in about 10 seconds. Geek pride, y’all.
Oh, and by Tan Interior, it’s not all 100% tan. Note that they have a tan interior much like the BMW interiors now: where it’s still black in many portions. The dash is still mainly black. The door panels have tan inserts. So it’s not an all-or-nothing switch. But it’s still very tan.
Besides the tan accents, I wouldn’t want to add a spoiler, wing, or any additional lines, stripes, or designs to the look of the car. Keep it black and MEAN. I doubt I’d even get personalized plates, which are a staple in Virginia (#1 state for personalized plates in the nation). And I’d remove any dealer stickers at the very first opportunity. Sorry, I know it means less dollars for that dealer. But it’s gotta be that way. The most I would alter on the Camaro is tinted windows. That’s it.
And that’s it for my car rant for the time being. I have no closing statement other than: Have a nice day.
Oh, and here’s that picture: