A: Corvette Coupe Starting at $48,565
Corvette Convertible (Pull down roof) Starting at $53,220
Corvette Z06 Starting at $73,925
Corvette ZR1 Starting at $103,970
Are Corvetts out of style???
A: I’d argue you the baseline vette and even the Z06 (just a tiny bit) are a tad out of style with their technology and attitude. Their styling is approaching maturity and subtle improvements will go a long way. I feel with the base vette is kind of like a body builder…amazing power and capabilities, but not used in most effective ways. The base vette feels cheap in quality compared to other cars in the price range. If it’s not going to be a hardcore performer at least fancy it up a little. If the CTS can have as nice interior as it does, the vette should to.
The ZR1 is definitely not out of style. It’s a very pragmatic approach to the supercar. Its got all the fancies like carbon fiber, high end carbon ceramic brembo brakes, magnetic ride control, etc. While there is something very special about natural aspiration, the wave of the future is forced induction and direct injection.
But overall, sports cars should be about personal enjoyment. Vettes are easy and inexpensive to own/maintain and that will never go out of style. I think the biggest cultural threat to the corvette is not vehicle itself, but rather its overly loyal and sometimes crazy fans. After grad school, I’ll definitely consider getting a ZR1 because it has impressive power that is taken advantage of with phenomenal handling. Too often die hard vette fans focus on the silly straight line numbers game and tend to blurt out “American Muscle Baby!” or “The vette owns everything in europe!” Too often its based on the vette’s very powerful V8 engines that are not even fully taken advantage of. Just because something has a big engine doesn’t make it great.
Q: What is the difference between a regular Corvette and a Corvette Stingray?
I am looking to buy a late 70’s early 80’s Corvette but I am seeing ads for Corvettes as well as Corvette Stingray. What’s the difference between the two? And which one of the two would be better?
A: The stingray name stopped after 1976. The true stingray was back in the 60s and it was named because of the split rear windows resembling a real stingray. The main difference in the 70s Corvettes is the bumpers. In 70 to 72, there were chrome bumpers which made them worth more. In 73, the front became fiberglass, where the rear was still chrome. In 74, it went to straight fiberglass. In 75, emissions started and smog pumps made them run worse and have less power. Late 70s when they dropped the Stingray name, there were more body updates. In the early 80s, they came up with the crossfire injection which was crap. In answer to your question, you are probably not going to want to pay extra to get a 70-72. Try a 73-74 or late 70s, skipping out on the first yr or so of emissions problems. GOOD LUCK!
Q: What happens with a corvette in winter conditions?
I live in Canada, and as most know, it snows here quite a bit and we do get icey/slippery roads. I am interested in buying a 2001 or 2002 Chevrolet Corvette, and am wondering if it is driveable in winter conditions.
1. How will it perform on snow/ice?
2. If traction is a problem, can it be solved with winter tires?
3. If there is anything else i should know about driving/owning a corvette in winter, please share.
All of the answers are highly appreciated, I just have one thing to add on. I can remember hearing something like salt used to melt snow on the roads can burn your corvette in some way? And also, if it isn’t at its best in the snow, is it ok on slush and wet roads?
A: Look around when it snows and tell me how many you see out. About zero.
Any rear wheel drive sports car sucks in the snow. Corvette, Lexus SC400, Porsche, etc. These are not all season cars, but sport cars, designed for dry pavement driving. Even most automatic cars washes in the USA won’t allow Vette’s into them for the wheels are too wide.
A Vette is not a main car to own, but as a side toy unless you live in a place like Florida.
Buddy just bought a 98′ Lexus SC400 and we just got some good snow here in Ohio over the past few weeks. His car has been left in the garage cause he can’t even get it out over the 1″ of ice and snow that is on his driveway…even with traction control.
Q: What is the difference between the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe?
What is the difference between the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe?
Is the top speed different in any way. I know the engines are different and the coupe is better on fuel but I need to know more.
A: The difference between a Z06 and the coupe is better performance and a bit more expensive,
Q: What is the interchangeability of 1964 corvette tail light assembly?
What is the interchangeability of 1964 corvette tail light assembly? I am unable to find the information online.
A: im not shure but right down the road from me here in virginia there is a company that restores old vets he clames to have more parts than anyone out there ive talked to him a few times he gets huge money for stuff as little as a ash tray or a vet emblem ..
Q: How is a corvette compared to other sport coupes?
I wanted to buy a corvette, base model, maybe even the z06. Some of the other cars I was looking at were the BMW m6 and the Nissan GTR, but if anyone has experience, could you please compare them, I am not looking to spend too much, keep the cars in the corvette price range. I am just looking for a fast, good car that will accelerate fast and make good turns. Also could someone tell me the reliability with the cars.
A: well now (compared to your other choices)I’d pick up a used 06 z06 corvette for $40k and buy a twin turbo kit from sts turbo for a fair price or lingenfelter.com…….. if you were considering the price on a new zr1 I think your dollar would stretch further at lingenfelter + you get a 3yr warranty and would kill any street car
Q: What is the best place to buy corvette seat covers?
The corvette is a 1981 and it is red. Should I buy the seat covers online or in a store?
A: Best place bar none is www.alknochinteriors.com
They will run specials every now and then. They also travel to Corvette shows and will install as well.
Avoid the catalogs as they mark the prices up.
Q: As a pilot would you rather own a Corvette or a 911? As a pilot what do you drive on land?
I am a real fan of the Porsche 911; great re-sell value. But the Corvette is easier to repair.
What do you drive from home to the airport?
Didn’y ruin my illusion. The three pilots that I know drive pick-ups and Blazers.
Pilots tend to be “down-to-earth” and practical.
A: I drive a rusted out, bondo covered, Pee-yellow colored 1983 Ford LTD. I can’t afford either cars you mentioned. If you have that kind of money, why not buy both! I never see very nice cars around the flight line, I think one dude has a BMW and another has a SAAB, but they also can afford a hanger. I have to keep mine tied down outside because that’s all I can afford after the aircraft payments and hull insurance! Most of us make a lot of sacrifices to afford our hobby, or as I call it, addition. (Its a habit, I fly habitually!)
Q: What kind of corvette is the best bang for the buck right now?
I’d love to get a new ZR1, but I don’t have 100k lying around. I’d love to own a corvette, but I would prefer one that is affordable and still fast and powerful, not like some of those old 14 second ones.
A: look up the z51 package…(i think thats what it is called.) but we had one at our used car lot w/ 14 k on the miles, nice wheels, some kind of suspension package and was completely sexy and bada**. check them out>i think they may have a lil more HP as well.
Q: What is the life span of a ls1 corvette engine?
I am looking to buy a c5 corvette but i dont want some thing that will have to have a bunch of work done right after i buy it, i was wondering if anyone has any experiance with how long these engines last in terms of milage.? Thanks.
A: They are very good engines, just stay away from the 2002 engine. The 2002 had some real big problems, other then that year you can expect to get between 150,000 and 200,000 miles out of it as long as it has not been abused.
Q: How should I go about selling my 1981 Corvette?
What would you suggest would be the best (free) way to get legitimate buyers for my 1981 Corvette? Is there a specialty site for listing something like this?
I want it to go to someone that will fix it up pretty because it is one heck of a performer! It needs mostly cosmetic work (carpeting, repairing interior door handles, etc.). I have neither the skills or finances to do those things and it really deserves to be prettied up.
We are in Salem, Oregon. The reason I am selling the car is because I need money. The ‘vette was my “fun” car, not my commuter car. If you are (seriously) interested in the car, please leave me a message on my yahoo 360 page and I will get back to you.
A: Try listing it on a couple of the Corvette Forums: www.CorvetteForum.com and www.CorvetteActionCenter.com. You will need to register (free) and post under the C3 Category for your generation Corvette. Be prepared to email photos as you will get requests.
If the free ads don’t get results, try one of the Corvette only classified ads websites like www.VetteFinders.com or usedcorvettesforsale.com. Cost is fairly minimal for the return you get ($25 or less in most cases).
Also, our Corvette Price Guide puts an Average 1981 Corvette at $10,400 while our Low is $4,200. Since your Corvette is running and sounds mechanically sound, I would raise your price to at least $5K and that would give you some negotiating room.
Q: How do I disassemble an alternator from a 1988 Corvette to replace the regulator module?
I have a voltage regulation problem which causes voltage to sometimes spike up to 18V on my 1988 Corvette. I’ve taken the alternator out, but after removing three bolts that hold the case halves together, it doesn’t come apart. What is the secret to getting it apart? It still has the pulley on it, by the way.
A: Well you have to take the pully off first. To get the pully off use and air impact wrench. The impact wrench will knock the nut loose without having to hold the rotor.
You may have to cut the stator wires also if it is a cs series generator.
To put it back together you must push the brushes back into the holders compressing the springs and then stick a toothpick through a small hole in the back to hold the brushes in. When the two halves are back together pull out the toothpick to release the brushes.
Q: How is the handling and steering feedback in a C6 Corvette?
I’m thinking about buying a C6 Corvette coupe and I’m concerned with things other than speed as well (I know it’s amazing in that department). I’m wondering how the steering feels, how the shifting (manual of course) feels, and how the car moves during tight turns. Other cars I’m considering are the BMW Z4 and the Audi TT so a comparison to them, or something like them, would be awesome.
Q: Who would buy a corvette when the 5th gen camaro comes out?
The 5th gen camaro will have near top speeds of the corvette, but be at 1/2 or even less of the corvettes price. So who would actually buy a corvette anymore once the 5th gen camaro comes out?
A: The same people who bought Vettes all the other years. Camaros generally have similar if not the same power train but weigh more. Both provide a huge bang for your buck in a slightly different price range.