2019 Chevrolet Camaro Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Seats, brake and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro continues on the long line from this iconic sports car. For the 2019 model year, the automaker claims that the Camaro is “putting the thrill in every ride,” but most owners didn’t sign up for the thrill they are receiving. From defective seats to a poorly-built structure and a broken engine to malfunctioning service brakes, this Camaro is more of a danger than it is a legend.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
5
Power Train
4
Electrical System
3
Service Brakes
2
Steering
2
Suspension
1
Suspension:front:control Arm:lower Arm
1
Electronic Stability Control
1
Engine
1
Air Bags
1

Problems with the Seats

No one expects to be surrounded in a plush, spacious seat when riding in a Camaro. After all, this is designed to be a high-performance sports car. However, the seats should hold up and they don’t seem to.

Read this Cars.com review. “Love my car but poorly made interior problem thin paint job seats seem to be tearing because of the holes for air-conditioning only 4 months old and had one seat replaced because of fraying the sensor lights for three pressure are constantly coming on all small things but is annoying one side of the car at the back panel sticks out more than the other.”

GM has nothing to say about the seat quality or concerns. Instead, the automaker remains quiet about what’s happening, but these are not isolated incidents. A quick search online brings out plenty of customers saying the exact same things. It’s clear that this isn’t a Corvette, but would it be that hard to have seating that held up?

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

The same issues are seen with the overall structure of the Camaro. Customers continue to take to the internet to express regret.

Here’s another Cars.com review. “On the down side, my new SS2, which only has 411 miles on it, already has an issue with the trunk deck lid not always opening when prompted. I would recommend potential buyers extensively test the trunk lid using their key fob to determine whether or not they encounter this issue. In some instances, my deck lid refuses to open and could be attributed to any number of causes. Having notified customer care, they embedded the phrase ‘Any repairs or service may be at your cost….’ into their response, which is an absolutely inappropriate comment to make to a customer who just purchased a brand new Camaro 2SS. Any repairs or service should rest with the manufacturer. Imagine had the issue been anything else, what type of response you would receive?”

These aren’t even the worst of what’s happening. Owners with a Camaro convertible have other things to worry about. Service Bulletin #17NA216 states that the convertible top back glass can separate from the top, leading to leaks and lack of insulation. Considering that Camaro originally meant “friend” or “comrade,” it’s safe to say that this model is soon going to find itself without friends. Who knows; lifelong enthusiasts might even decide to jump behind the wheel of a pony car instead.

Problems with the Engine

What makes a high-performance sports car what it is? Typically it would have a lot of engine power to help it achieve fast speeds, but this model can’t even get a reliable engine to run under the hood.

Here is a complaint left with the NHTSA discussing the engine. “The contact owns a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving approximately 80 mph, the engine suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to [dealer] where it was diagnosed that the lifters inside the engine failed and the engine needed to be replaced. The engine was replaced and the failure was remedied. Also, while the vehicle was in Reverse, the backup camera would not display an image. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 1,000.”

There should never be a new car that has catastrophic engine failure after 1,000 miles. That’s simply unacceptable. Yet, Chevy talks about countless engine issues with this model. In fact, it’s one of the most commonly talked about components in the communications. One example includes Service Bulletin #19NA212, which tells technicians how to diagnose a sheared off camshaft alignment pin – another concern that shouldn’t need to be dealt with on a brand new sports car. Nothing says “thrill” more than a car that stops running completely. Still, that’s probably not the thrilling ride that Chevy thought it was going to provide to customers.

Problems with the Brakes

Finally, a look at the service brakes shows that Chevy doesn’t even take the safety of its customers into account.

Here’s one more NHTSA complaint. “The contact owns a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. While driving approximately 50 mph, the driver attempted to turn the vehicle to make a right turn. The contact stated that the brake pedal was difficult to depress. The contact lost control of the vehicle and struck a pole. The driver’s air bag failed to deploy. The driver suffered back injuries that did not require medical attention. The OnStar system provided an alert that the anti-lock brake system and Stabilitrak were defective and the vehicle should be serviced within seven days. OnStar detected the brake failure the day after the crash. The vehicle was towed and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number. The failure was not determined. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 9,000.”

Yet again, here’s another Camaro that can’t even get 10,000 miles under its belt before failing. On the minor side of things, Chevy does acknowledge some concerns with the braking system. Service Bulletin #18NA372 says that rotor replacement is needed on Camaros with a squealing and squeaking noise during light braking. With any high-performance sports car, the braking system needs to be working to optimal levels, especially if a driver wants to try out the power they are promised with this model. Instead, owners are putting themselves at risk without even knowing it. Every ride is turning into a thrill, enough to scare users to become Ford lovers instead.

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Complaint Data

CategoryService Brakes, Steering
DateAug 18, 2022
StateTX
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet camaro. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph and, on a race, track the vehicle would not brake and the steering wheel failed to turn the vehicle as the contact was navigating a turn on the racetrack. The contact crashed into the racetrack wall on the driver's side. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer where the vehicle was diagnosed by a manufacturer representative, however, the information was not shared with the contact. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 7,000.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJun 16, 2022
StateFL
Description
While driving I retracted the convertible roof and it wouldn't close. The "top secure" indicator came on, how ever it was not secure. This caused excessive attention off the road and since it was raining caused water damage. I took the car to cox chevrolet in bradenton, fl. Service representative was ray ph# 9417492674. I showed him the picture of another customer with the same issue that had his car covered under recall. There must be a part or design issue if both sides have broken with exact similarities at different times and they are the identical parts. Ray said to contact cheverolet since the dealership cannot cover the repair. I contacted chevrolet customer service at ph# 8002221020 and that rep said, your car is not covered because it was manufactured at a different plant location. I asked what does it matter which manufacturing plant it was if it's identical parts? The rep had no answer. They were going to charge me 5 to fix the issue. I explained, this car has already been here for the exact same issue on the driver side and you replaced everything because it was under warranty now it happens on the passengers side and your not covering the cost. Attached is the invoice from cox chevrolet and the invoice with details of another customer.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMay 04, 2022
StateFL
Description
Loss of shifter to b. C. M. Shifter switch failure after turning off engine would say action required shift to park
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMar 24, 2022
StateAZ
Description
The rear window is separating from the convertible top on my vehicle. There is an nhtsa id: 10137486 for models up to 2017, but mine is a 2019 and doing the same thing as this.
CategorySuspension, Suspension:front:control Arm:lower Arm
DateSep 30, 2021
StateIL
Description
The contact owns a 2019 chevrolet camaro. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, while steering the vehicle wobbled without warning. The contact stated that the wobble occurred with the rear wheels. The contact stated that the inside tread on the rear tires was worn and the tires needed to be replaced. The contact had taken the vehicle to a dealer where they performed a diagnostic test and found no failure with the vehicle. As the failure persisted, the rear tires were replaced for a second time. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer and provided the same result. The contact then took the vehicle to advantage chevrolet of bridgeview (8200 s harlem ave, bridgeview, il 60455) where he was informed that the four wheels were loose, the lower control arm needed to be replaced and a four-wheel alignment was performed. The contact had the vehicle serviced by the dealer; however, the failure persisted, and the contact replaced all four tires. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.
CategoryPower Train, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 05, 2021
StateFL
Description
The car sometimes will not start. Key fobs have been replaced new from chevrolet dealer also new battery and multiple chevrolet dealers can not find a problem but many times the car will not start.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateOct 06, 2020
StateOH
Description
The abs & esc light keeps coming on & off on the dash now the hood open message is popping on & off not allowing me to lock my doors because it triggers the theft alarm. Vehicle is left unlocked 24/7 due to this electrical issue it seems water has seeped into left headlight because moisture is in there. This happens when the vehicle is stationary & moving. Vehicle was put in the shop hood sensor matched was changed 3x still not working
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train, Steering
DateOct 05, 2020
StateAL
Description
My 2019 camaro ss2 brand new shut down and restarted 3 times while in motion. Then I stopped killed engine and it wouldn't restart, couldn't turn on flashers, completely dead. I finally opened driver door and closed and was able to start it. The steering quit while parking, and periodically the car wont lock. Dealer said nothing wrong, no codes
CategoryPower Train
DateJun 07, 2020
StateCA
Description
My transmission has an issue where it is difficult to shift into 2nd gear and sometimes when shifting into second gear, it kicks me out and places me in neutral. The housing on the transmission and the transmission is defective and the chevrolet dealers do it want to help me!
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateDec 13, 2019
StateTX
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet camaro. While driving approximately 80 mph, the engine suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to gillman chevrolet (1801 industrial way, san benito, tx) where it was diagnosed that the lifters inside the engine failed and the engine needed to be replaced. The engine was replaced and the failure was remedied. Also, while the vehicle was in reverse, the backup camera would not display an image. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vin was not available. The failure mileage was 1,000.
CategoryAir Bags, Service Brakes
DateOct 17, 2019
StateTN
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2019 chevrolet camaro. While driving approximately 50 mph, the driver attempted to turn the vehicle to make a right turn. The contact stated that the brake pedal was difficult to depress. The contact lost control of the vehicle and struck a pole. The driver's air bag failed to deploy. The driver suffered back injuries that did not require medical attention. The onstar system provided an alert that the anti-lock brake system and stabilitrak were defective and the vehicle should be serviced within seven days. Onstar detected the brake failure the day after the crash. The vehicle was towed and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 95584814713. The cause of the failure was not determined. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 9,000. *ln*jb
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 08, 2019
StateMD
Description
I was driving straight on august 7, 2019 just off of short cut road (just a regular street) sometime after 3pm and before 4pm in maryland with my sunroof not fully opened (first stage). It was not raining. While driving, I heard a very loud sound as if a gun went off. I then was shattered with glass. I looked up and could see straight through and saw that the sunroom shattered. I stopped and looked at the damage. Basically, the sunroof just exploded. The car was not hurt other than the sunroof. Glass was everywhere inside the car and on me. I was not hurt and I proceeded back home. I called my insurance company geico when I got home on august 7, 2010. Today, I told people and they told me to go to your website and put in complaint. I will be calling the dealership today. I have no photo.
CategoryPower Train
DateJul 12, 2019
StateDE
Description
Today in the morning, I was driving on the highway to work and as I was driving at about 45 mph, I heard a clunk sound under the car and the engine light came on. I slowed down and stopped at a traffic light and then I begin to drive again and I noticed that my car was driving at a high rpm and it seemed like was stuck at a shift and it didn't want to change gears so I slowed down pulled into an entrance and turned off my vehicle I looked under the car and I didnt see anything wrong; no leaks or nothing. I turned it back on and drove it to auto parts to see have them run a check engine light test and 3 codes came up which was p0964, p0966, and p0700. After that I took it back home at a slow speed and left it there until I got back home from work. I started my car up and didnt see the check engine light on anymore. I called my dealership to have it serviced and checked.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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