I bought my Camaro new back in 2000, the first car I had in my name and it’s always run perfectly over the years. The photo above is from 2017, after a visit to a car wash. In recent times, a few minor things have needed work; they still do because of cost. I have to get new
visors. My driver side mirror is out of whack and a whole piece of the interior around the adjuster knob broke. Panel around the controls is slightly loose and the paintwork has a few spots to be fixed up.
Despite those, I’ve been getting around. But on July 10, I was back in my car after leaving the gym. I turned the key and it wouldn’t start. A couple more tries didn’t get it going either. Initially, it was thought to be the starter, then the battery. I called two different services to get a tow, yet both of their systems sounded
broken up, as though they were going to cut out from bad reception. Then I called a nearby dealership, where I bought my car long ago,
getting info on their towing service. Once the tow truck driver arrived and tried my car, he said neither was the problem. He towed it
to a nearby dealership, where I bought it long ago.
This all played out in the early evening hours, so it was getting too late for anything to be looked at until the next day. Because nothing
like this had ever happened with it before and not a mechanical expert, I was panicked that I would no longer have a car. On top of that, I’m still trying to conduct a job search that I felt would come screeching to a halt with no way to get to interviews. I’m not in the position to replace my car at the moment either, not even with opting for something used.
It turned out to be the fuel pump and repairs cost around $1,400 due to the 2000 Camaro design and where that part is located. I got the
car back on July 12 and it’s running well just as usual. After this whole incident, I can’t wait to find a new job that pays well enough for me to afford a new car, full warranty and all. I love my Camaro, such a cool car to have no matter what year and because it was the first I owned outright. So, of course, my mind is already thinking ‘new Camaro,’ or at least, ‘newer Camaro.’
I also can’t help wishing that I could buy a classic model instead, like this ’68.