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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,364 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro engine problems

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Owner Comments

problem #15

Nov 032016


  • 45,900 miles


I went out to my driveway and noticed oil I never drive this car hard it is babies as we show it so I did some research and found that many of us driving 2010 to 2012 V6 Camaro have had issues with the oil filter adapter housing were the housing meets the block the seal is deteriorating and gushing oil out I lost a quarter of oil in less than 500 miles others have seized there engines my concern is what if we are cruising down the interstate and the engine seizes it could cause injury or death I have found many of us complaining on different forums about the oil issue

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #14

Oct 112015

Camaro 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with a 3.6 engine. The timing chains on this motor are known to stretch which messes up the emissions among other things. The same engine is in a Saturn, GMC acadia, and some Cadillac. These three vehicles are covered by the recall but the Camaro is not even though it is the same engine. It is a very expensive repair and I'm not sure what my next step should be. The car has 80,000 miles. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 032015


  • 13,000 miles
2011 V8 6 speed 13,800 miles I am always smelling radiator fluid very strong

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 122015

Camaro 6-cyl

  • miles


I was going to work as I came down the off ramp I lost all power and hit a pole there was massive damage to the front end and to the engine also I never received a recall notice I did not find out about the recall until I looked up on the internet what may have happened also my air bags never deployed.

- Akron , OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 282015

Camaro 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I have a 2011 Chevy Camaro with 68K on it, recently the heater core went out and I think it is to soon for the heater core to go out. A recall should be considered for the heater core as the hot fluids from the leak can cause serious accidents. In order to replace the heater core Chevy will have to remove the windshield to get to it. I was told it would be $1700 to fix and an additional $400 if the windshield breaks which is up-surd!

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #10

Jun 162014


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving at 75 mph, the vehicle stalled, the signal lights flashed, and the radio and speedometer failed. Additionally, the steering wheel veered to the right independently and the vehicle jerked violently. The vehicle was able to restart and resume normal operation. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Scarmento, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 062015


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that the engine power reduced warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle decelerated. Also, the stability tract light illuminated during the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technicians diagnostic was unknown. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 232014


  • miles
I'm writing, because I believe the Chevy Camaro may possibly have some faulty parts. Today there was a, deadly crash involving a Chevy Camaro that exploded, on impact. Apparently the passengers, burned to death in this vehicle. Since I myself drive a,2011, Chevy Camaro I was wondering what would cause this vehicle to, explode. I googled "Camaro fire impact" to see, if any possible recalls, how ever I noticed, I came across several articles online where they stated of Camaros bursting into, flames, upon impact, and according to these, articles people have died in these vehicles, due, to, the, fires.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 132014


  • 37,000 miles
My car began to over heat causing my vehicle to suddenly lose power. Also caused fogged windshield.. the heater core on the Camaro from 2010 - 2013 are having malfunctions causing the car to overheat and or spill boiling liquid onto your passengers feet, if you were to have a passenger start to scream when this burning liquid were to hit their feet while wearing high heels or sandals you can easily get distracted and lose control of you vehicle from just someone screaming out of now where, there are countless stories on the Camaro forum about these heater cores going bad.. others experience counting fogged windshield which could cause a visibility issue and cause an accident and a vehicle breakdown causing a accident if you break down in heavy traffic... my Camaro is at the dealer now getting diagnosed. But this issue has not been addressed as a recall and should be..

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 232014


  • 35,700 miles
I got in, I started my car at 5:30am, all ways normal. I put it in reverse got out of my driveway, then put it in drive and the car started shaking. I pressed the gas a little and I seamed like the car wanted to turn off and the gear gauge was going up and down and still shaking. I stopped put it in park, turned off the car, waited for a few minutes, then turned the car back on, the car was still shaking, then the check engine light came on. I had to drive to work. It was about 18 minutes away, the whole way there the car was still shaking, check engine light was still on, and it felt like the car didn't have any muscle to it and wanted to die while driving.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 302014


  • 37,859 miles


While traveling 60 mph my car started shaking violently and the check engine light came on. I safely pulled to the side of the road. Checked the engine could physically see anything wrong with it. I checked the oil and the dipstick was almost dry. My oil change was overdue by 3000 miles. Last oil changed I used full synthetic oil thinking I could go a little further between oil changes. Never received a oil pressure indicator light on my display. I would have thought that I should have received some type of indication that my oil pressure or oil level was low. Now left with the high cost of replacing the engine.

- Culpeper , VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012013

Camaro 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Having issues with car maintaining oil levels. 1st instance did oil consumption then found it was leaking from engine seal, replaced that then another oil consumption @ 1000 miles later to find out it was leaking from some sort of plug, replaced that, another oil consumption test @ 2000 miles to only find out it was low on oil again, GM told the dealer to do a top engine cleaner on it. Then GM replaced the whole engine cover assembly and seals and informed me that you couldn't use dextose full synthetic because the seals and rings wouldn't sit right and that oil was made for corvettes and Cadillac, three days later check engine light came on. Went back to the dealer they just cleared the code and told me to drive it. Not even 1/2 way home noticed the car wouldn't accelerate, called dealer and took it back, finding out the catalytic converter was bad needed to be replaced. Replaced that. It's only been 2000 and now the oil level is on the end of the dip stick. When speaking to the service manager he said not to go by the oil % life on the car as it wasn't accurate. To change at 5000 miles. But being at the end of the dip stick the math isn't adding up. Car at the dealer now and got a call everything is in spec per GM and it's burning 1 qt per 2000 miles, nothings wrong. Clearly you can see oil residue on the alternator and brand new engine cover they just put on.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 162012

Camaro 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that the engine roared abnormally loud as the engine rpms increased unusually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 14,000.

- Milwalkee, OR, USA

problem #2

Jan 312013

Camaro 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
Leaving work and the clutch stuck when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear then there was a terrible burning smell and it stalled in the middle of an intersection. Then while I was on the highway driving 65mph I down-shifted from 6th to 5th for upcoming slower traffic and the clutch stuck again and the car starts to stall. Both times I had pressed on the gas thinking the clutch would come out and it didn't so then there was terrible burning smell. I finally got the clutch unstuck both times and proceeded home. It didn't do it while driving to work but my car had been in the garage all night. However, at work my car sits outside all day and it was really cold that day. I notified the dealer first thing in the morning and they are looking at it.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 272012


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the engine emitted a knocking noise and would not accelerate over 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test, which located the failure at the motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 27,000. Sm.

- Windsor Milll, MD, USA

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