• Jul 23rd 2009 at 10:28AM
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Last week, we told you about a problem some members of the Camaro5 forums who own V8-powered SS models equipped with the Tremec six-speed manual transmission were reporting. The owners were experiencing a broken output shaft on hard launch; a serious problem that will likely render their brand new Bowtie pony car immobile. General Motors responded by putting a hold on V8 Camaros with manual trannies at its Oshawa assembly plant, but until now, there hasn't been a definitive plan for replacing the affected transmissions.

Camaro5 is now reporting that GM will pick up the phone and call all owners who may have the defective gearbox, presumably to schedule time at the dealership to fix the problem parts. GM told Camaro5 that the calls will take place in a couple weeks, after an internal investigation regarding the issue is complete.

At this point, we don't know what happened to cause the problem with the Tremec 6060 transmission, nor do we know exactly what parts GM will need to repair. What we do know, however, is that we'll update you as soon as we have more information.

[Source: Camaro5]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      RING RING !
      Hello !
      Greatings & salutations . My name is FRITZY !
      CLICK !
      • 6 Years Ago
      And why haven't any of us 2008 and newer Z06 owners gotten any of those calls?
      we have tr6060's as well and a tiny percentage of failures as well.

      You'd thing the $75k car would get the attention from GM
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe the Z06 and Camaro SS use two different models of the Tremec 6060 so I wouldn't expect a call any time soon. :/
        • 6 Years Ago
        sorry xma;ldkjfaldf,
        you are right about the differences. but the tiny percentage of z06 trannies that are breaking are not breaking the same way. The number of camaro failures have been even fewer, but they are getting instant attention. My z is not showing the symptoms but I'd like to know GM is supporting the t6060. And no, it has nothing to do with our "left feet." There are synchro issues with a small number of t6060 trannies...for all new cars that are coming with it. Trust me, all c6's are incredibly reliable, I'm just saying that its obvious they are giving the attention to the launch vehicle which is getting a lot of the spotlight right now but they should offer the same attention to all their products.

        btw, other cars with the 6060 have been having similar issues. Its a relatively new tranny and there are bugs to it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM is down so so many customers now they can call them individually by phone. Back to the personalized attention every customer deserves.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHAT?!?! So if I drive my car hard I'm more likely to break parts and wear things out more quickly? I want my money back! Lemon! Lemon!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would have to agree with 9600baud here. I'm sure there are many other sports car owners that launch their cars hard as well without any problem. They installed crappy gearboxes, stop trying to justify the failures.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh sorry, I was under the impression that buying a performance sports vehicle was meant to be driven as such, my bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any "sports car" will break a transmission when you turn off the traction control and launch it at over 5,000RPM... especially when you repeat this on the way to work and back home at every light.
        Driving a car hard and killing the transmission are two different things. There is absolutely no need to launch a car with 425lb-ft torque at 5,000RPM! Doing a spirited start between 2,500 - 3,000RPM will produce very similar results, without the broken parts.
        But anyway... if the guys had traction control enabled, the computer would not have allowed full power to be used and saved the gearbox.
      • 6 Years Ago
      like i say before , it funny how the transmission in the GT-R is not that weak after all , seems like alot of manufacturer uses glass in there transmission , but this time the car is not even 4wd omg !
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would never dump the clutch on anything at 5Krpm. As posts above point out, there is a difference between high performance driving and hoonage. A good personal analogy for me is with motorcycles. There are plenty of guys that can out trick me...I can't even do a good wheelie on purpose, but none of them can hang on a back road where you really have to know how to ride to be quick and not dead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes ya wonder if during the years of initial testing of the Camaro if it ever crossed their mind to put a set of slicks on one and drag race it. Obviously not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So Pokey, let me see if I got this right. For Initial Quality testing for new cars, the testers should count "things gone wrong" for all new cars and rate them accordingly...EXCEPT....for Camaros where they should remove from the statistics all "things gone wrong" that were manufactured by a supplier instead of GM. Then they should further assume that all "things gone wrong" were caused by 5000 RPM abuses of your favorite car.
        Have I got that right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another quality vehicle from America. Jeez can't we build any car of quality in this country.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Steve, yes, we cannot build anything here in America anymore. I have a great idea: lets all buy stuff made in other countries so we can support their country and give them jobs. Grand idea!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you really that ignorant?
        It was TREMEC not GM!
        In fact just read Ray's comment above.
        He pretty much sums it all up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hello, this is Kelly with General Motors, how are you today?

      Well, I'm alright Kelly.

      Sir, it appears as if you just bought a brand new rather expensive car.. is that correct?

      Yes ma'am, that's correct.

      We need to have you test it to see if you have a bad transmission. Do me a favor and walk outside. Start your car. OK, now hold your foot down on the gas until you hit your rev limiter. Got it? OK, now select first gear. Dump the clutch.

      Uh..... *click*
      • 6 Years Ago
      It should be expected that the Camaro SS is going to be driven hard so GM should have built the tranny to withstand this use, not abuse, it should be expected, anything less is being niave.

      Plus, GM should REPLACE the tranny, because if any part breaks, metal shavings could contaminate the tranny fluid and longevity of the tranny. Replace it GM, eat the cost and fix the problem and stop dancing around this issue. Plus, this should be a public recall to let everyone know about GM quality... it sucks!
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you not understand about it being a TREMEC TR6060 transmission? Can you not tell the difference between the word TREMEC and the letters GM? GM did not make this transmission, so how is it bad quality on their part you moron? It boggles the mind how many idiots think GM made this transmission and that it's their fault for it failing. Learn to read at a 3rd grade level and then come back, dumbass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least GM is fessing up to their error.

      Do a search on the Honda forums for Civic SI or RSX-S transmission problems. Not a peep from Honda corporate, despite plenty of very unhappy owners.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For real. Not only did Honda never issue a recall (only a couple of TSBs, and they only apply to cars still under warranty), but some Honda dealerships aren't even qualified to perform the fix. I took my '06 Civic Si to the dealership in Independence, MO, and they told me that Honda HQ told them they weren't allowed to fix the 3rd gear problem. The next-closest dealership (which is in Kansas) was able to fix it, but it's quite the inconvenience driving 40 minutes to get my car fixed when there's a dealership 10 minutes away.
        • 6 Years Ago
        or vw.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Took mine and got it fixed in a day. I happen to have a good relationship with that dealer (not the same one that sold me), zero questions asked.

        @Matt. STFU. There's room for all brands. Well, except you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hear that Brian?
        Maybe your "Godly" import companies that are so much "better" than America aren't so great after all.
        Look at what GM is doing....
        They are taking responsibility for their actions.
        Which apparently they "never" do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is what just went through my mind:
      **Ring Ring**
      Hi this is Bob Lutz from GM calling about your Camaro.
      Leik OMGZ Hi Bob!!!
      Yeah... GM and I would like to let you know that it is bad for your car to dump the clutch at 5,000 rpms, you'll break sh*t doing that.
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