The 3800 V-6 engine made its first appearance in the Camaro in 1995, as an optional engine just above the standard 3400 V-6. In 1996, Chevy dropped the 3400, leaving the 200-horsepower, 3800 V-6 as the base engine in the Camaro. The firing order on the 1996 Camaro's 3800 is the order in which the engine control unit delivers spark to the cylinders. A mixed up firing order can cause ignition misfire or, in some cases, internal engine damage.
The firing order on the 1996 Camaro's 3.8-liter, V-6 engine is 1-6-5-4-3-2. The cylinders numbers on the driver side of the engine from front to back are 1, 3 and 5, and the cylinder numbers on the passenger side of the engine from front to back are 2, 4 and 6.