• Jul 13th 2009 at 7:26PM
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Sporadic reports have begun popping up in the Camaro5 forums about issues with V8-powered SS models equipped with the manual transmission. It seems that doing a hard launch or using the launch control system occasionally results in a broken output shaft, a serious failure that will most likely leave the car immobile and in need of repair. We spoke with General Motors spokesman Adam Dennison about the problem and, as this is being written, a factory hold has been put on deliveries of manual transmission V8 Camaros while Chevrolet engineering teams investigate the problem.

Based on the reports, the transmission issues may not be related to the launch control system as the failures seem to happen whether or not launch control is engaged. The Camaro SS uses the Tremec 6060 six-speed gearbox – the same transmission fitted to the Dodge Viper, Mustang GT500, Corvette Z06 and other performance cars – so this is likely a manufacturing issue with a batch of gearboxes.

Dennison told Autoblog that an engineering meeting is being held this evening to identify the cause and establish a timing for the fix – and a recall seems likely. In the meantime, if you have a manual model Camaro SS, you might want to go easy on the launches for now – and if you have one ordered, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Thanks to Bailey and Derrick for the tips!

[Source: Camaro5.com]
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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how you all use common sense and realize that it was probably just a bad batch and NOT a design flaw... but when the Tundra camshafts were failing (for exactly the same reason) so many of you were quick to jump on the anti-Toyota bandwagon.


        • 6 Years Ago
        There's been a fair bit of GM sniping here, as well. In both cases, it appears to be an outside supplier supplying defective parts, and in both cases, the manufacturer seems more than willing to resolve the problem.

        Any manufacturer that's willing to pull the chain and do a full stop on production of a particular vehicle (especially one in as high a demand as the Camaro) deserves a little respect-- every day they're not shipping Camaros out the door is costing them money. The PR benefit, however, is fairly large.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All that transforming into robots and saving the world and stuff puts alot of wear and tear on the drivetrain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NEWS FLASH: Chevy to revive "Like a Rock" ad campaign for the new Camaro - with a few changes

      "Like a rock, I was strong as I could be (except my output shaft),
      Like a rock, nothin' ever got to me (except hard launches),
      Like a rock, I was something to see (before I broke down),
      Like a rock..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        hahaha I didn't really like your post, but I must admit it's king of funny
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to Go GM!!!!

      Even after bankruptcy, they are still builiding cars that are big pieces of sh-t.

      I can hear the GM fanboys now, oh but i has a LS3 engine making 426 horsepower, who cares if it breaks down all the time?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know they are saying this is a design flaw with the manual transmission but have SS owners ever considered taking it easy during the break in period instead of hard launching or doing a burnout after only having the car for a few weeks? Not that this would change the design flaw but come on, this is your baby, break her in easy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They aren't saying it's a design flaw, more like they got a bad batch of input shafts.
        "so this is likely a manufacturing issue with a batch of gearboxes"

        Which sounds about right, since this transmission has already been proven in other vehicles that are more powerful.
        You should read the article before you comment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...but have SS owners ever considered taking it easy during the break in period instead of hard launching or doing a burnout..."

        I think you answered your own question.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1) A 400+ hp car grenading its transmission in opening weeks of rollout is like the Viagra warning about 4 hour hardon. It's reverse bad news because it makes you believe that motor is a beast.

      2) My '83 Camaro went through 2 auto tranny in 125k...on a 2.8L V6. Crap metric trans from Canada - not Canadians' fault, but clearly some smug MBA's decision gone wrong. Looks like Detroit's still broken.

      3) Manual trans are infinitely easier to overbuild right than autos. This points to someone messing up, not just bad luck.

      4) To the guy in comments that noted that his car had INPUT(!!!) shaft failure coming off the delivery truck, but doesn't seem phased by reports that this MANUAL trans is FUBAR I say, this Camaro is no better built than a Lotus. Have fun, and set aside some repair money now. I'd probably be zen like him too. New Camaro looks great and the SS is a toy, so let's not cry when bully boys break their toys.

      5) Am I the only one who steps back from the news that a 400+ hp Camaro is being built, post peak oil, with a bit of a chuckle? Can you say "Nero Fiddled" or "Rearranging the Deck Chairs". If Detroit fails, this Camaro will be the footnote of why.
      • 6 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHa the "THE NEW GM"!! But their still putting out CRAP! The new GM cant even make a transmission that will stand up. When is the last time you heard of Honda having tranny problems, or Toyota or Nissan or any of the Japanese brands. So not only is the front fascia on the Camaro cracking at high speeds and now the transmission is falling apart. WOW this car hasnt even been out for 6 months. In order to drive a new camaro you need a fish net shirt, a mullet and a 3rd grade education. There is no way that anyone with any kind of education would buy a Camaro. you should checkout the site gmretardation.com its pretty accurate. Oh yah I cant wait until the volt comes out. That will be another disaster.
        • 6 Years Ago

        So you're implying that the Cadillac CTS-V can't be compared to any German car?

        Pull your head out of your ass, there's a whole world out here for you to see.
        • 6 Years Ago
        First, the "new" GM didn't design this transmission, because the Camaro was designed under the old business. Second, the transmission is not manufactured or designed wholly by GM, it's made by Transmission Technologies Corp, known by most people as Tremec. Third, did you forget about the new Nissan GT-R breaking transmissions using launch control when it first came out? I was always told to keep my mouth shut when I don't know what I'm talking about. Maybe you should do the same.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ha ! Could it be they've squeezed an employee or supplier too much? Could be sabotage or more likely just another defective GM design.

        I'm enjoying my BMW M3 more than ever. Cant even compare GM junk to any German car. And to think suckers are paying 50 big ones for this GM junk.

        Ha !
      • 6 Years Ago
      So nobody who tested these did any hard launches or used the launch control system enough? Guess they don't know their target audience very well do they? ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they tested with a non-defective tranny and had no problem, then Tremec later supplies faulty ones, what can GM do? Unless you want GM to do rocket launches for every single car prior to shipping out to dealers . . .
      • 6 Years Ago
      The economy is bad so I guess Tremec is cutting corners on the manufacturing side of the transmission prob making them with cheaper materials..Because if this is the same one thats in the Viper which I have road in one, it can take a beating unlike Nissan GT-R's ...I think the GT-R's need to have some Tremecs installed in them lol....
      • 3 Years Ago
      The manual transmission on my 2011 Camaro just failed for the second time. The first time was at just over 5,000 miles and left me stranded. They fixed it under warranty and now the problem is occurring again. I took it to Santa Paul Chevrolet in California and the service manager Rafael Romero 805 525-2127 said they will not warranty it because it is the second time and it is how I am driving (not true). I asked him if it is common for 2011 Camaro transmissions to fail twice within 25,000 miles and he said yes. I then complained to the Chevy hotline 866-790-5600 and the agreed with the service manager. Uvgotjim - May 18, 2012 Any suggestions on how I get these crooks to honor the warranty?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is GM doing to correct the problem with the manual transmission and are they still holding production on the Camaro SS with that Tranny?
      • 6 Years Ago
      About 15K people own one so far, so.....
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