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2010 Chevrolet Camaro engine problems: premature timing chain wear

Premature Timing Chain Wear

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Chevrolet dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
79,600 miles
Total Complaints:
19 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace timing chain (11 reports)
  2. not sure (6 reports)
  3. i have had to endure the cost of repairs (1 reports)
  4. replace motor (1 reports)
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 022019

Camaro LT 3.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,472 miles


This timing chain problem is getting out of hand when my timing chain went bad it put metal through out the motor so my car with 76,000 miles has to have a new motor. My car has never seen winter and it's in perfect shape. GM knows this is going on and they're fixing all cars with this motor but the Camaro. I say it’s time to make GM pay for using cheap parts trying to save money but costing us are money. Tom

- Thomas A., Howell, US

problem #18

Oct 152017

Camaro 2LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

As I read through the same complaints, I’m hoping we can somehow get refunded. P008 code came in 2017, I BS’d after GM refused to fix it. I was out of warranty but saw they Extended it for other GM vehicles with the same issue; pissed. Got quoted around $2500; $3000 from dealership. After not being able to pass smog, I went ahead and got it fixed a few months ago (3/2019). Found an honest mechanic so paid $1500; car only has 79,600 miles at the time. After getting it fixed unfortunately more bullshyt is happening that I’ll start on another thread . Hoping a class action suit comes about.

- Sara S., Altadena, CA, US

problem #17

Mar 112019

Camaro LT 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

I had my 2010 Camaro inspected and I was informed by my mechanic the code p0008 and p0017 were a common issue for this 2010 Camaro and it needs the timing chain replaced due to PREMATURE timing chain wear. The mechanic stated that GM has provided substandard quality in this component. GM needs to step on the plate and create a factory recall for this issue to solve it at no cost to us (its loyal customers).

- Al C., Las Cruces, NM, US

problem #16

Nov 092018

Camaro 2LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,466 miles


18 year Camaro owner...had a 2000 with no major problems, just regular wear/tear maintenance. Was soooo excited to buy the new 2010. And now with only 66466 miles, timing chain! So far estimates are at $1500 for just the timing chain replacement, guides and sprockets would add another $700 minimum and this through a private mechanic. Checked dealership parts pricing and timing chain kit including tensioners & gaskets = $351.42, but to include that and guides, sprockets & cam shaft actuators, if I need them hahahaha, now it's $1055 just for the parts!. Dealership quoted $2000 to start and an additional $1000 if guides and sprockets are necessary, which he's telling me I should just do while they're in there "to be on the safe side". So clearly dealership would screw me on unnecessary work/parts for sure, but scare me into doing it. Obviously won't be able to trust them to tell me I don't really need the guides or sprockets!

Soooooo disgusted. I've been a loyal Chevy owner for a very long time, but if they don't step up and take care of this I will NEVER buy another Chevy product again. Seriously, $35K+ for a vehicle that needs this kind of serious repair for a part they've admitted is defective????? SHAME!

- Shannon B., Livonia, US

problem #15

Sep 012017

Camaro YES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,500 miles

I bought this car in 2010 with 1 brief previous owner, the car had less than 700 miles when I purchased. I do remember having a Cam shaft sensor problem the first year I purchased the vehicle. That was covered under warranty, but I had to leave my car for 2 weeks with the dealer until they found the problem. The car would just stop on me at any given time! Now I have less than 68,000 miles but hey my check engine light came on last year. I called my dealership(JIM ELLIS CHEVROLET) they said bring it in asap, so they can find out what the problem is. So I take it in.

I'm there waiting an hour after they took my car back, then they come & tell me they need $149.00 for a diagnosis fee. So I'm surprised & annoyed because no one told me there would be a charge when they told me to bring it & since I have never paid out of pocket for anything thus far due to my warranties. I was not prepared financially to pay (I could have brought money or a credit card if told) of course they didn't want to do it for free,even tho they could have since I'm only there because they told me to come in asap. So I wasted gas & time and never went back!

I have had 3 diagnostic tests done from reputable service centers & they all said the same thing, a timing chain issue /Dealer fix! My dealership requires me to have a diagnostic test done by them to work on the car, like really.. Ughhh. Back to have to deal with them because at this point I never wanted to give them my business anymore & my car starts/runs/looks great. Even now after a year of check engine light being on!!

After doing my own research, I find there's others that have the same make/model/year of my vehicle that has had the same issue & found that the oil change notification sensor that tells us when we can change our oil, actually comes on too late in which allows our engine to become hot, which stretches the timing chain(manufacture defect) right here!!

So I call GM, Chev customer care number all they say is they have taken my complaint and apologized for the issue but assures me I will have to pay out of pocket to fix my issue!! How can Chevrolet feel comfortable knowing they have produced a LEMON vehicle and have no plans to take responsibility!! I don't even have over 68,000 miles on my car, I only have had my car serviced by my dealer up to this point & I've had the car since the year it was made! This is so sad, I am disabled and cannot afford this problem. I can't even drive my car not because it won't run but because I cannot tag it in GA with the check engine light on because we have to pass emissions in GA to get our tag!

They want us to buy American made vehicles & act as if they will hold up better than before but as we see that is a false expectation!!..#CHEVYRECALL

- dupshaw, Tucker, Ga, US

problem #14

May 152017

Camaro 2LT 3.6L Llt V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Does anyone have an update on this issue? Here's my story.

I wish I had known about not trusting the Chevy oil change schedule years ago, so I could have avoided this issue...

My car threw the P008 code at 53,000 miles, sometime around May 2017. I don't drive the car a lot (short commute!) and I've changed the oil per the car's "Oil Life" monitor. Had I known the oil life monitor was calibrated poorly (which is the reason for the recall on other vehicles with the same engine), we would have had it changed more often.

I took the car to the Chevrolet Dealership in Novato for them to to diagnose the check engine light. They confirmed that it is the P0008 code, and estimate that it will cost about $2600 to replace the timing chains.

The Camaro is out of warranty by about 2 years. The dealership I bought the car from would not offer me an extended warranty to purchase (and went out of business within months of my purchase in 2009).

I've tried dealing with GM Customer Assistance to help cover the cost of this repair: 1) The same repair is covered by a recall on other GM vehicles. 2) The car is at 53,000 miles for a part that was warrantied up to 100,000.

They took 3 to 4 weeks to respond to my request for assistance, and eventually called me to say "No" to my request because the car was out of warranty. I know it was out of warranty!! That's the exact reason I called GM Customer Assistance, otherwise I would just take it to the dealer to have it fixed.

I need to go back to Chevy Novato to see if they will help me with the cost of the repair, maybe they will take mercy on me.

I'm also going to contact the President of the customer service department about my issue and experience with his department, as it was a complete waste of my time.

I've seen people talking about filing a Class Action lawsuit for this issue on these and other Camaro forums - any luck with this?

At this point, my heart is broken. The Camaro I have loved for many years has turned out to be a LEMON, and GM is not doing anything about it.

It's likely that I'll be ditching the Camaro (whether or not I have to pay to fix it first), and never, ever purchasing a GM product again.

Any help or advice from the forum would be greatly appreciated!

- Brian H., Larkspur, US

problem #13

Oct 082017

Camaro LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


Bought it with 29,000 miles on it in 2015 from a reputable dealership. I changed oil about every 3,500 miles with full synthetic. It's a V6 3.6ltr and was driven respectfully. I'm on my way to work on a sunday morning at 5:00 am and road construction brought traffic to a stop. Stop and go traffic for about 10 minutes and gradually getting up to speed and the engine light comes on and car starts losing power. I pull over to shoulder and shut car off. I open hood and there are no smells, nor leaks. I start engine and was still idling rough and turn engine off. I call boss and leave a message to say i may not be in to work today and i'm on the side of the highway. Maybe a total of 10-15 minutes pass and i start engine and it started and was acting normal. I continue to work and as soon as i pull in to park i get the rough idle again. I turn off engine and go into work. Come back out about an hour later and start and hear ticking with slight rough idle. Come back out around 11:35 am and seemed a little better with less sound and smoother idle. After work drove home worried as F*CK and engine light was on the whole time and stopped to have the code read. Was P0008. stretched, loose chain, cam shaft sensor error etc. Possibilities...

I do not or did not drive my car hard. as of now until i hopefully get money to get it fixed with engine light coming on and going off all the time, with loss of power performance and even crappier gas mileage... i take it VERY easy on my camaro. Who the hell say you pay ALL that money for a vehicle but expect the timing chain to be replaced after 100,000 miles...that's BULLSHIT!!!! If that's the norm then make a disclaimer and lower the f*cking prices of these cheap poorly made cars. I want JUSTICE!!!!!!!

- Ronnell B., University City, US

problem #12

Nov 012017

Camaro 3.2L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Chevrolet is aware of this problem and are doing nothing. Chevrolet has issued recalls on several cars for this issue but not the 2010 Camaro. They use a inferior part and expect the consumer to foot the cost. If you go to the dealers they want up to $3300.Step up Chevy and make things right. We got an estimate for $1800 but it is in the shop will find out the final cost when we pick it up. I went on live Chat with Chevrolet, you know where that got me. Pretty sad when you have to file a class action suit against a big company to get them to stand behind their product. If anyone needs to submit my repair bills with theirs for a case let me know. Chevrolet(GM) should have to pay.

- Donna C., Kansas City, US

problem #11

Oct 152017

Camaro 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

The timing belt just went out on my car..108,000 miles this sucks. you would think you'd at least get around 200,000 miles before something this drastic goes wrong. for the price of the car!!! no recall!! I also have the passenger seat belt problem..what a GREAT deal. I wish I had never bought this car...very disappointed in CHEVY!!!

- barbaraaz, Florence, AZ, US

problem #10

Jul 242017

Camaro LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Lost power and engine sounded loud. This happened a lot before the light even came on. It came on for 1 day and went off again. I had 2 dealerships tell me I needed the timing belt replaced. I always get oil changes on time too. There are tons of cases of this online and its very well documented. Chevy should have had a recall. This is dangerous to lose power when turning into traffic, this could cause accidents and could result in death.

- Chelsea H., Bowling Green, US

problem #9

Jan 042017

Camaro LT 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,140 miles


Can't believe that GM is doing absolutely nothing about this. How is it that they recall it in other vehicles but not the camaro. It's not the car it's the motor. So it shouldn't matter what it is in.

- Scoot R., Santa Rosa, CA, US

problem #8

Jan 232017

Camaro V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

Bought a 1 owner Camaro V6 with only 44K miles, it was an older gentleman that owned it, he had all service records. Service was done at the dealership. Now within a month of owning it the check engine light came on took to my mechanic and was told p0008 trouble code timing belt needs replaced. Found that hard to believe, he cleared the code and within a few days code was back - took to the dealer this time and they confirmed it. Of course like all the others that have written, it's not covered in the Camaro. I had to pay out of my pocket. Now at 49K the heater core hose is leaking like others have also complained about. This is a load of bull crap. Step up Chevy admit your mistakes!!

I owned a 69 Camaro and never had these problems and it had high mileage.

Shame on you chevy for not standing by your cars. People would respect you if you'd own up. This is why I have bought Toyotas in the past, no crap like this to mess with. Not even at 300K miles that my Celica has. Thought I'd give Chevy a chance, learned my lesson and will be selling it ASAP!

- Jane D., Leland, NC, US

problem #7

Mar 062017

Camaro LT 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,819 miles

I had my 2010 camaro timing chain replaced due to premature timing chain wear. I was informed by Gm to have their service technicians look to determine the code p0008, premature timing chain wear which I already had discovered thru my mechanic, but GM wanted their technicians to look at it also cause they didn't believe the mechanics I deal with. They only would believe their technicians. Needless to say I took it to the dealer at Chapman Chevrolet in Philadelphia on Essington ave and their techs said the same thing. Now I have had the car 2 years and I'm still making payments on it. The factory warranty is non existant and i had to bite the cost of this job. I haven't anymore money to put out on another Chevy product! I am so done with this car, had I known about the b.s. engine parts in these vehicles I never would have purchased it!!!!

I'm not, nor never have I ever entertained the thought of buying a Ford product, but if this is the way GM shows their customers loyalty by selling B.S. products, well I may have to cross over and start looking at the competition.

The sad thing is Chevy knows about the problem, but won't issue a recall ....very disappointed and pissed off!!

Anyone wanna buy a 2010 camaro Lt1 with the timing chains already done.....let me know!..

- Rodney C., Philadelphia, PA, US

problem #6

Aug 032015

Camaro LS 3.6L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles

After ton's of online research, I find that GM was aware of the issue, other wise they would not have made the technical bulletin or changed the specs to the chain they were using to a new more robust chain. I also believe the issue may be caused due to the improperly recommended oil change intervals. Most online sources state that if the oil is changed regularly, but at a closer interval, there is no issues, however if one follows the longer intervals recommended by the on board computer, by the time that time comes around, the oil is consumed to the point of almost being "dry" and causing the chain to not being properly lubricated, causing premature wear on it.

- Martin M., Charlotte, NC, US

problem #5

Oct 012016

Camaro LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

I own a 2010 v6 Camaro that up until lately has not had a problem. A few days prior to going in for inspection the engine light came on. Took the car to the dealer and another body shop to find out what the codes meant and was told the timing chain in this year model has had several problems. My car has only 55000 miles, of course I had several questions since the mileage was low and usually excessive miles on a vehicle would warrant this issue.

Was told that this isn't under warranty, GM is aware and I would be responsible for the bill.

It's sad that consumers are used as cash cows for company's who manufacture sellable item with cheap, hazardous and faulty parts for profit while turning a blind out to the consumers who purchase from them.

- wendymd, Temple Hills, MD, US

problem #4

Jan 272017

Camaro LT 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,819 miles

I have a 2010 camaro 3.6 liter...the check engine light came on...took it to my service mechanic...he informs me it gives him the code P0008..says it's timing chain I purchased this vehicle in August of 2014 and it's been serviced regularily....this is my pride and I'm learning that this engine has internal cheap parts which gm is aware of but won't issue a recall. My warranty is up..although my car still seems to operate well..I am not gonna drive it again until the problem gets fixed....also I am still paying in this I am a father of 4...I work dam hard everyday.....I do not have an extra $3000 to get this issue resolved. Gm should either extend the warranty or issue a recall on the v6 camaro....had I known about the issues with the premature timing chain wear.... upon purchasing it.....I would have left it where it was! I'm stuck with a pretty nice looking lemon. Thanks GM

- Rodney C., Philadelphia, PA, US

problem #3

Jan 092017

Camaro LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles

This morning I get in the 2010 Camaro off to work only to find the engine light on. Got to work and at lunchtime went to AutoZone to read the error code and sure enough it's a premature timing chain issue. I see that this is apparently a defect with all the complaints I have found on the internet; however, GM will not call it a RECALL.

My car has never been raced, oil changed when oil light came on, new tires, keep it clean both inside and out but here I am today with an issue that just may cost me $1800+. I also understand that this problem is now considered a recall on all Chrysler and other vehicles with the V6 and V8 Engines and warranty has been extended to 10 years! What's up with that?

I'm going to get a price on repair tomorrow and you better believe I'm calling somebody! I just hope I can get home tonight without it blowing out and causing serious engine issues.

- Janna B., Shepherdsville, KY, US

problem #2

Nov 172016

Camaro LT1 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Bought car in 2012 with 20,000 miles 2 years ago was having problems with car shutting off when driving had engine light come on. took car to dealership said they can't find anything. this happened 3 more times then finally they said it was a wiring harness that was rubbing on a valve cover. ok that seemed to fix everything. Now driving car does the same thing chuggs, and it started to shake and grinding noise and then engine power failure. Engine light comes on I turn car immediately off have it towed to dealer. They're telling me it's my fault cuz the the engine was 3 quarts low in oil. I just had oil changed a few months ago and put in that super expensive oil. and that had caused my timing chain to break. Needless to say no oil lights, no engine lights, NOTHING. Oh when I had bought the car I had also bought the extended warranty and now they're saying this is not covered because of the low oil. i changed my oil regularly and there are no oil leaks anywhere. In the manual it says to change your oil when the light comes on. which I have done and I use that synthetic oil for high performance engines. What do I do?

- D K., Johnsburg, IL, US

problem #1

Sep 152016

Camaro 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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premature timing chain wear

GM stating that GM's 3.6 liter V6 (the engine used in the Camaro, Saturn Outlook, LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS, and several other cars) is showing premature wear of the timing chain. A quick check of the web turns up that many who own this engine are experiencing troubles all the way up to the engine fragging.

However, they are refusing to extend the warranty even admitting the issue. I will be searching for Class action lawsuits or filing myself for this issue.

Update from Dec 5, 2016: I have submitted a request to GM along with documentation, proof, and letters from master mechanics stating that the timing chains in the GM V6 LLT are weak. I did obtain a second and third opinion as well as the P0008 code can be generic. Unfortunately, my 2010 Chevy Camaro did require an entire timing chain. GM obviously knew and knows that there is an issue with the timing kit as they manufactured an updated and better quality timing kit after numerous complaints and repairs . GM sent out a bulletin to Chevrolet dealerships to replace those timing kits with the updated kit. However, at 100% paid by the consumer, unless under warranty. The 2010 Camaro is the only year with the defective V6 timing kit as the 2011 and higher camaro were updated. A search of this engine will lead in thousands of complaints. I am now seeking class action lawsuits against GM for not only the defective timing kit, the costs it took to replace it, and also seeking damages against GM knowingly allowing their consumers to drive around in a GM vehicle with faulty and weak parts. Definite admission of guilt when you extend warranties on every other vehicle leaving out the 2010 Chevy Camaro (one of the number 1 selling autos for them in 2010). Certainly admitting guilt would have cost them an extravagant sums of monies. If your having this issue... I would contact Chevy and place a complaint and request a free diagnostic voucher to have your camaro diagnosed... Be prepared for an almost $3000.00 estimate to repair.

Update from Dec 27, 2016: Currently seeking a class action lawsuit attorney. I have seen numerous new complaints recently in reference to the same issue.

Update from Apr 2, 2018: Update to my complaint. I have noticed more and more complaints about the 2010 camaro. Now it is the #1 car with the most complaint.... guess about what!!!! The timing chain premature wear. Here is an addition. After spending $3000.00 to repair my timing chain... NOW I am having issues with my Bank 1 and Bank @ Catalytic Converters. The muffler shop informs me that my car was the third 2010 Camaro in 3 weeks that need Cats installed. $1000.00 up to $2000.00. This is a direct cause from the timing chain issues. Its a horrible car. This car is a major defect and should have been recalled. Unsure why they did not do the right thing. I now working with an attorney finely.

- Janel P., Cantonment, FL, US

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