2020 Chevrolet Camaro Problems and Top Issues – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Windshield wiper failure, electrical system and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Few sports cars are as iconic as the Camaro. The automaker hoped to continue the long line of enthusiasm with the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro with the tagline “the legend continues.” However, the model should have bowed out while it was ahead, as this model struggles with the engine, visibility and electrical system.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
3
Vehicle Speed Control
1
Air Bags
1
Seats
1
Power Train:automatic Transmission
1
Suspension
1
Service Brakes
1
Visibility/wiper
1
Engine
1
Unknown Or Other
1

Problems with the Engine

To create a powerful sports car, a potent engine must be included. What appears superior on the outside, turns out to be a dud, according to drivers.

Here is just one Edmunds review to look at. “Minor problem with electronic throttle lag.  It feels as if the power comes on just a little behind the throttle input.  My old LS3 never had this issue, with immediate power delivery on throttle input.  It’s not really annoying, but until I got used to it, I revved a bit high when throttle blipping to begin driving in first gear.”

However, the problems go even deeper than a throttle lag. Working in conjunction with the engine needs to be a well-functioning fuel system. Yet, there is a recall on the Camaro’s fuel system. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V837000 states that the fuel pump might have a missing pressure regulator, which causes too much pressure to occur. When this happens, the fuel pump can crack and leak, thereby leading to an increased chance of fire. Apparently, Chevy fully knows that this legend is done – which is why it is trying to have it go down in a blaze of glory.

Problems with the Windshield Wipers Failing

Everyone wants to see clearly, which is why visibility is a must. Between the auto glass and the wipers, owners need to have a clear shot down the road in order to be safe.

Yet, there is an NHTSA complaint that says this system is in trouble. “The contact owns a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the windshield wipers failed to operate, the contact took the vehicle to [dealership] where the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently without warning. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.”

So, what is Chevy talking about? With Service Bulletin #19NA221, Chevrolet only wants to talk about how the auto glass can get streaky. Maybe the company should focus on creating durable windshield wipers versus teaching people how to clean auto glass. Otherwise, this sports car is only meant for driving on sunny, clear days.

Problems with the Electrical System

One final look at the electrical system shows that there are just as many defects to deal with.

Here is one more NHTSA complaint. “Interior lights stayed on and OnStar was contacted as I was afraid to drive with a light on and they stated that it’s safe to drive. I drive to work and 5 miles from work the vehicle stalled while operating and the Engine Light comes on. I got the vehicle in December with 4 miles and OnStar did a diagnostic and it states engine and transmission problems. I’m unnerved by the whole experience and now it is at the service department at [dealership] while I await what’s wrong with my car.”

The communications are filled with other electrical system troubles. One such issue is listed with Service Bulletin #19NA226. It states that the Launch Control might become inoperative, which is sure to displease a lot of drivers looking for some excitement. Whether owners are driving with no wipers or interior lights that won’t go off, it’s clear they aren’t expected to see very well. Who cares about driving safely as long as the car goes fast?

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Complaint Data

CategoryElectrical System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateNov 03, 2022
StateCA
Description
At random times the car will get the check engine light (code p2138 when scanned) & show a message on the dash saying “engine power reduced”. This happened to me twice while driving on the highway & 4 other times while driving on city streets. When this happens , I have to pull over to the side of the rode as fast as I can to avoid getting hit by other vehicles since the car looses power. The car has been to the chevrolet dealership a total 4 times having the pedal replaced but the issue has not been fixed.
CategoryAir Bags, Electrical System, Seats
DateOct 04, 2022
StateNC
Description
The "safety restraint system" service warning kept coming on the dash. The chevrolet place said they would have to change the "connectors" on the sensor under the passenger seat. So I had to pay them 0 to fix this. My passenger could have been in danger of not having an airbag deploy if needed if I was to get in a wreck! Yes the problem was confirmed by westgate chevrolet in burgaw, nc.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission
DateMay 02, 2022
StateCA
Description
The contact owns a 2020 chevrolet camaro. The contact called on behalf of the driver who was his daughter. The contact stated while the driver was driving at approximately 45 mph the performance shifted activated causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle drifted and caused it to hit a vehicle in front. There was a performance shift warning light illuminated. There were no air bags deployed. The entire front end of the vehicle was damaged. There were no major injuries, but pains on the driver's back. There was no police report or medical treatment. There was no diagnosis regarding the failure. The vehicle was towed to the repair shop, which repaired the damages. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vin was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000.
CategorySuspension
DateApr 13, 2021
StateNC
Description
While backing up and turning in a parking lot heard a pop got out and found my left front lower ball joint failed. Nothing was hit wheel and tire okay . Dealer said I must have hit something but once again no damage to the car
CategoryService Brakes
DateSep 16, 2020
StatePA
Description
Brake pedal went to the floor during a track day. The camaro was a 1le track package and gm sells it with a warranty for track as well as instructions for changes to things including moving to a dot 4 brake fluid. I had done that. I have video of the accident. I also have found it's happened to others as well, perfect brakes one corner, none the next. And I have video from in car from that person as well. Car turned right upon second application of the brakes, slide sideways into another car, then rolled. I have video, and pictures of the aftermath. Lf wheel was ripped off the car, tearing the brake line away and losing all the fluid after the fact. Car had 1680 miles on it about 20 minutes before when I had looked at the odometer. After accident the power was cut and could not see any of that.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateMar 20, 2020
StateOK
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2020 chevrolet camaro. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the windshield wipers failed to operate. The contact took the vehicle to hudiburg chevrolet located at (6000 tinker diagonal, midwest city, ok 73110) where the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently without warning. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 20, 2020
StateFL
Description
Interior lights stayed on and I star was contacted as I was afraid to drive with a light on and they stated that it's safe to drive. I drive to work and 5 miles from work the vehicle stalled while operating and the engine light comes on. I got the vehicle in december with 4 miles and onstar did a diagnostic and it states engine and transmission problems. I'm unnerved by the whole experience and now it is at the service department at gordon chevrolet while I await what's wrong with my car

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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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1 COMMENT
  • Yvonne M

    2020 convertible Chevrolet Camaro, back window is ungluing on top right side of window.
    Has there been other complaints. will my warranty cover this?

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