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Old 06-16-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Question 2017 2SS Camaro maintenance

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I have about 290K miles on my 2002 SS. The car runs fine, but I'm thinking of getting a 2017 2SS.

My question is: Can we still work on these cars ourselves or do we have to go to the dealer to reset codes and things?

I haven't purchased a car in 15 years and used to working on all my cars myself. However, the other day I was helping a friend with his BMW and he was telling me the nightmare he came across just to change out a battery. I hooked up my scanner to try and reset code on his car and couldn't. I was kinda shocked. The scanner I have is pretty good and only about a year old. Nevertheless, my point is, are these manufacturers making these cars more difficult to work on and what do they restrict us from repairing ourselves? I'd like to get a new 2017, but hell...if I can't save money on doing the work myself, it might not be worth it. Does this make sense and can anyone help answer my questions...?

As always, thanks for your help and advice.

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Very easy to work on yourself. Tunes are not locked down (except for the 10 speed auto TCM) and hook-up to OBDII port is all good for checking codes and data logging.
General servicing and fluid changes are not bad either. I doubt you'll have any issues there.
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Sorry for not getting back sooner...I've been out fishin'. Thanks for the feedback, mlee. Good to hear we can still work on these cars. I am gonna order the 6-speed - no worries on the autotrans, for me.

The dealership installs Lojack on these cars from the factory. I understand that cars are sometimes stolen so they use Lojack to track and shut the cars down. That is fine, but I am concerned that someday cities will tap into this and prevent cars from exceeding speed limits - more control/restrictions. You can decline the Lojack service, but the device is still installed and in fact, can be activated anytime on demand.

Just rambling...

Thanks again for the feedback, mlee.

If there are others that might have something to add, please feel free to contribute.

Appreciation in advance,
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Sorry for not getting back sooner...I've been out fishin'. Thanks for the feedback, mlee. Good to hear we can still work on these cars. I am gonna order the 6-speed - no worries on the autotrans, for me.

The dealership installs Lojack on these cars from the factory. I understand that cars are sometimes stolen so they use Lojack to track and shut the cars down. That is fine, but I am concerned that someday cities will tap into this and prevent cars from exceeding speed limits - more control/restrictions. You can decline the Lojack service, but the device is still installed and in fact, can be activated anytime on demand.

Just rambling...

Thanks again for the feedback, mlee.

If there are others that might have something to add, please feel free to contribute.

Appreciation in advance,
Al
That would be OnStar and the antenna can be disconnected.
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Thanks again, mlee. well...it looks like you cannot order 2017, only 2018's now. Gotta go to the dealer to see what I can get. Their online site is not up to "build your own" 2018 Camaro and they don't know when it will be available. Odd... If you plan on selling a new car, you'd think you would have the site ready ahead of time. You can plug in prices on the day the car becomes available. Just odd...

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Thanks again, mlee. well...it looks like you cannot order 2017, only 2018's now. Gotta go to the dealer to see what I can get. Their online site is not up to "build your own" 2018 Camaro and they don't know when it will be available. Odd... If you plan on selling a new car, you'd think you would have the site ready ahead of time. You can plug in prices on the day the car becomes available. Just odd...

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Yeah, that is crazy since they are already delivering 2018's. A buddy of mine picks up his 2018 ZL1 1LE today.

You can still build a 2017 that will be exactly the same anyway. I don't even think pricing changed and if so not much.
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That's exactly what I did, mlee. I built a 2017 and will take those options to a local dealer. Hopefully, they will still have the same options on the 2018 and maybe a few others. Wish I could swing a ZL1 1LE. Your bud is gonna enjoy that ride. Also, will have to check out the differences (interior/exterior) between the two years.

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