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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,726 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro engine problems

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jun 142023


  • 75,559 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and was diagnosed with a defective timing chain and gear. The contact was informed that the timing chain and gear needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was provided a case number. After repeated calls to the manufacturer, the manufacturer helped with the repair. The vehicle had been repaired. The failure mileage was 75,559.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #25

Mar 122022


  • miles
Vehicle shakes badly when it wants to stalls without any symptoms. All of a sudden the car makes metal rod knocking and scraping sounds i checked oil and it was gone. No oil leaks fresh oil metallic color in engine oil. Just financed this vehicle 2011 chevy camaro with 50,000 miles and don-??t have a warranty. A car engine should not seize out of the blue at low miles and no oil pressure light indicated low or no oil. Very dangerous i lost acceleration going up hill and totally stalled. This needs to be fixed and recalled especially oil pressure light should of illuminated

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #24

Jun 012021


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that the check engine warning lights was illuminated. The vehicle was not yet diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #23

Feb 012020


  • 112,000 miles


When the car is in motion, it does not accelerate and makes a clicking noise when starting the engine. When driven, the light comes on in the car staying low oil pressure, turn engine off now. Engine failure. Mechanic stated it is the timing chain.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #22

Jul 162019

Camaro 6-cyl

  • miles
Coolant leaking from the water pump area and the water pump area and the water outlet that sits above the water pump. Timing cover gasket: The front cover is leaking oil. Major problem is the back signal lights. Major problems is the trunk leaking water and bulb sockets are getting corroded. Both the rear tail lamps have water in them and have damaged the sockets for the outer bulbs. Needs both tail lamps and harnesses replaced. This could cause rear end accidents on the hwy. I have documents from dan vaden Chevrolet 912-925-9393 (mr[xxx]) and General Motors corporate office in Michigan, executive office (mr. [xxx]) 12/30/2019 concerning these issues. Water tunnels in the trunk manufacture designed by General Motors. Vehicle on city streets and highways (the problems with water /tunnels/ signal lights since 2012 manufacture designed.) information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 012019


  • 68,000 miles
Engine trouble (in motion). Seat adjustment (both stationery and in motion)

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #20

May 222019


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. While the vehicle was idling, the motor suddenly began to misfire and several warning indicators illuminated, including the check engine indicator. Afterwards, the vehicle stalled and was towed to the contact's home by an independent mechanic. The mechanic diagnosed that the piston head valve spring in the engine had fractured in half. The manufacturer and local dealer (berglund Chevrolet Buick, 1824 williamson rd, roanoke, va) were notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 052019


  • 75,000 miles
Defrost not working due to heater not putting out correct temp from faulty blend door failing high cost in labor not repaired due to need of dash removal after 11 old recent repair. Window stays foggy causing blinding on highway movement. Along with review mirror constantly dropping after repeat tightening. Part in dash is poor design of cheap plastic part with a huge labor price. Need recall on part market is flooded with this failure all year models. Need help 4000 in 11 months is not acceptable for 49$ part.

- Jeanerette, LA, USA

problem #18

Jan 212019


  • miles
Check engine light continuously comes on. It has been checked several times and we have been told it is a faulty sensor dealing with the gas cap. We were told the sensor was recalled several years ago but I didn't see any recalls on my vehicle. Mechanic says that because of where the sensor is the entire gas tank, etc has be a dropped and is a major job/cost to repair. My auto start will not work because the check engine light will not shut off.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #17

Jan 212019


  • 55,000 miles
Driving into work and the engine starts sucking air through the inner cabin, all of a sudden the engine just dies completely however the electronics stayed on. I tried to start the car after letting it cool for 2 hrs and the engine started shaking rapidly, there are no engine lights or alarms on the dash. I get the car towed home, I test the battery and alternator and they both check out. I had a full tune up and tried to fire it up again and the crank wouldn't turn and noticed the starter was engaged. I replaced the starter and the car crank with no problem however the engine knocked uncontrollably. This car failed on me and cut off completely with no controls, had I been on the highway I could have lost my life.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #16

Jun 192018


  • 104,000 miles


Driving down the highway route 9 in va and the car started stalling and the check engine light came on and the car died. When I went to restart it, when I pressed the gas it made a knocking sound. Had a mechanic look at it, and was told its the motor. Sheriff showed and because its only a 2 lane highway he had to push the car with his car to get it off the road and onto a side street because they couldnt wait for a tow truck. There was no place to pull off when it had started to act up.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #15

Apr 212018


  • 88,000 miles
While driving about 30 miles per hour and the my stabilitrak lights came on, along with all my traction and brake lights. Immediately following that, I lost speed and it sounded like I ran over something. My vehicle only has 88K miles on it. I attempted to turn around to go back home and my Camaro shut completely off. I attempted to restart the car but it would never turn over. I had my car towed home since the dealership was already closed. I tried once more crank it but this time it would not turn over, I just got a click click click. I made an appointment during that week to have my car towed to the dealer in the am. I was called midday and was advised that my engine was seized (or locked up). When I inquired how could this happen without warning or indication, I was told that they needed to break down the motor to see if there was a defect and it would cost me $1200. Otherwise a new engine with installation would cost me $7K or a used engine with 55K miles installed would be $6090(huh"?"). I rarely drive my vehicle so in the past year, I may have put a 1K miles on it. Just 3 weeks ago I had the oil changed with a 40 point inspection. I am puzzled as to why, if my car was having an issue, why did the computer not read or report it at that time. All of my servicing has only come from one dealership since I had it. This issue is clearly dangerous and I see that others have reported the same thing happening to them. Please recall this issue. No car should ever just turn off. What if I had been on the highway and gotten run over by a big industrial truck. There would be no one to tell what happened. My safety and the safety of those in my car comes first. Knowing that this is an issue and nothing is being done about could eventually cost the manufacturer gravely in the long run. NHTSA number 14V34600 was previously reported by another driver.

- Red Oak, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 122018


  • miles
Heater core failure - my car have just 52000 miles always keeping all the maintenance services on time but now the smell of coolant coming frm the A/C vents and a leak inside the car. I google it and is a lot of Camaros with the same problem and the bumper to bumper GM guarantee dont cover the repair that is so expensive. I use my car 2 or 3 days every week. Looks like new and now this problem

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #13

Jan 302017


  • 28,500 miles
Smell of radiator fluid. Notified dealer at 28000 miles. States heater core may have a slight leak. Not covered under warranty. Very expensive and intrusive to repair / replace

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #12

Sep 222016


  • 150,000 miles
Engine power reduced, service stabilitrak light while getting off highway, car slowed down significantly. I cant imagine what may have happened had I still been on the highway. This is extremely concerning. Apparently this is a know issue with Chevy & GM cars. I have seen many forums and it seems nothing resolves this issue. There should be a recall on all Chevrolet & GM cars.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #11

Aug 252016

Camaro 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,300 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving 63 mph, the vehicle experienced a loss of power and made an abnormal noise. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the failure was a result of NHTSA campaign number: 14V34600 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. A certified technician test drove the vehicle, but could not replicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 58,300. Updated 10/19/16

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 282015


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. While at a stop sign, there was a loud noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wrist pins and the piston were faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000.

- Glass Lake, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 182013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that the reduced power engine shut off warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled. The failures occurred on several occasions. On one occasion, the vehicle stalled causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a median. The vehicle was able to restart. A police report was not filed. The driver sustained minor physical injuries that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V346000 (electrical system) and pending the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 242014

Camaro 6-cyl

  • miles
I parked my car around 815pm Sunday night 8/24/14.. around 10 pm I went back to my car and got my papers out the trunk. Around 1 am my neighbor came to my door to let me know my car was on fire.. before I was told my car was on fire I did hear a loud boom noise but thought it was a diesel on the highway.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #7

Jun 272014


  • 9,800 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle exhibited a reduction in engine power and stalled. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the six-rod bearing had spun which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Additionally, the contact mentioned that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that all four oxygen sensors failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,800 and the current mileage was 10,200.

- Jackson, OH, USA

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