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Old 08-10-2016, 04:26 PM   #41
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Goodness, is my post the only one you noticed that mentions a "non corvette" vehicle?

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I picked up an 88 Firebird GTA 5.7 liter in 1998 just for fun. Haven't regretted it. Had to spend a few bucks on it now and then. Still have it.
I had an 87 Formula 350... spending a few bucks is an understatement... it seemed to break down all the time and was not cheap to have fixed... glad I got rid of it... still, it was a fun car to drive...

Bought a 04 Acura TL with a 6 cylinder that was almost as quick and had a much higher top end... loved it even more than the Firebird.... would still have it if I had not totaled it...
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Yea, I wonder why? Could it be because the thread is entitled "new corvette"?
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Well if you are interested in accuracy, you might want to read the entire thread.
*Fully 21 posts mention other vehicles with no mention of "new corvettes."
*Many posts mention something other than a vehicle. In fact, posts that mention "new" corvettes at all are a rarity.
*Look closely, my post (the only one you chose to single out) is actually one of the few that even mentions New Corvettes.

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I agree, but I can't get into the black wheels yet.



Here's the new vette I was looking at next to my clunker. (bad cell phone pic). That dark gray is very sharp. The C7 styling is much better than the C5 IMO.
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BTW, as far as clubs....

When were were driving thru Colorado a month or so ago we saw a Corvette club that was driving the opposite direction...

At first, about 25 drove by... I mentioned to DW that they must be out for a weekend meet or something...

Then about another 25 went by... then 20ish more... and I think another 10 to 15....

I was really surprised how many we saw go by in a 5 minute time frame...
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I had an 87 Formula 350... spending a few bucks is an understatement... it seemed to break down all the time and was not cheap to have fixed... glad I got rid of it... still, it was a fun car to drive...

Bought a 04 Acura TL with a 6 cylinder that was almost as quick and had a much higher top end... loved it even more than the Firebird.... would still have it if I had not totaled it...
Still have my 04 TL with manual trans. Love it!
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Well if you are interested in accuracy, you might want to read the entire thread.

*Fully 21 posts mention other vehicles with no mention of "new corvettes."

*Many posts mention something other than a vehicle. In fact, posts that mention "new" corvettes at all are a rarity.

*Look closely, my post (the only one you chose to single out) is actually one of the few that even mentions New Corvettes.



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Lots of mentions of high performance and sports cars, didn't see the topic of off road wannabees come up.


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Here's the new vette I was looking at next to my clunker. (bad cell phone pic). That dark gray is very sharp. The C7 styling is much better than the C5 IMO.
I really like it in dark gray, C7 is absolutely stunning vs C5. I heard a rumor that there might be a mid-engine Vette coming in a few more years, but suspect that would drive the price quite a bit higher when and if that happens.

So are you going to trade yours in, and get some loyalty cash and 15-20% off?
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Bought a new one in 1999 after 1st of 3 kids finished college. DW asked me what I was going to do with "my" extra money as we only had 2 left in college. You see we had 3 in college at same time ! Anyway I bought a one way ticket to Philly, was driven to Atlantic City from what may be the largest Vette dealer in county, and drove it home! Buy it if you can...life is short.


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Meanwhile, no one mentioned the Jeep Wrangler...Not a performance vehicle for certain, but it is affordable, versatile, and fun to tool around in.
Well if you want both, Jeep does currently make an AWD 475hp high performance vehicle which has been discussed in other related threads on this board. It's about equal to a stock C5 in straight-line performance and even close to a C6 in the 1/4. (I've had all 3 of them) It has been reported that in 2017 they (Jeep) will be coming out with an even higher performance vehicle (a.k.a. Trackhawk) with the 707hp supercharged hellcat engine. I'll need one of those to go pick up groceries so I can get home before the cold beer gets warm.
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I really like it in dark gray, C7 is absolutely stunning vs C5. I heard a rumor that there might be a mid-engine Vette coming in a few more years, but suspect that would drive the price quite a bit higher when and if that happens.

So are you going to trade yours in, and get some loyalty cash and 15-20% off?
I heard the same rumor about mid-engine. Probably will drive the price sky high.


Didn't know about the loyalty cash deal. Good thing - I might have pulled the plug and traded a few weeks ago. But I decided to do some fixes on mine and keep it.
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I heard the same rumor about mid-engine. Probably will drive the price sky high.
I've read that the C7 was going to be mid engine but as you guessed, the price increase was going to be to much. BTW, the dark gray color in the C6 model Vettes is called "Cyber Gray" Not sure if they changed the name for the C7's.

Maybe we will see a mid engine in the C8.
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What a great thread! All of the sudden I feel a little connection between some of the members here. I had no idea that there were so many Corvette owners here. The typical thread I seem to read usually has something to do with the poster raving about his 1987 Honda Civic with 379,000 miles on it that was never washed because of the cost of the water and soap wasn't in their LBYM lifestyle. Like someone else said, to each their own.

To answer the OP's question about is buying a new Corvette a bad idea. I would recommend going to look at a 2-3 year old Corvette and see if it still trips your trigger. If you buy a new one it doesn't take real long for yours to be the 2-3 year old one that's not quite as updated and technological as the brand new ones. It seems more and more people buy Corvettes now on a whim rather than having a passion for them. They think they will look good driving it I guess. You can usually get some pretty good deals on some pretty nice cars once the luster wears off for the original buyer. Another thought is just because you buy it doesn't mean that money is gone. If you sell it in a few years you will obviously lose some money but its not like your whole purchase price is down the drain.

I grew up with Corvettes as a kid and have had several of my own. I learned how to run a ratchet at 3 years old sitting on the inner fender of my dad's Corvette. I learned how to drive a stick shift, took my then girlfriend now wife to prom/homecoming in that same car. I kind of doubt that those kind of memories and the legacy that a Corvette has will ever be simulated by the likes of a Miata... maybe but I don't think so. For me Corvettes are a passion, the thought of "look at me luxury" never enters my mind.

Currently I have two a 1966 and a 2008 convertible. I personally will never be without one. Good luck with your decision and if you make the purchase post up some pictures!
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The new C7 is a very impressive car. Even the used C5 and C6 are great for driving and enjoying the performance. Given my preference for older hot rods, I lean to the C2 as my favorite and C1 behind those. The older ones may not be as suited for daily driving duty, whereas the C5-C7 can all handle that without any issues.

As to OP's original question, why not get one? You certainly can afford it, and if it makes you happy, go for it. If a car means more to you than an appliance to get between two points, buy a car that puts a smile on your face. I am a 100% car guy and you don't justify a car on strictly financial terms. A Corvette is an emotional decision, not really a logical financial trade-off decision.

I have several old cars (eight: 1937-1968) and every one of them can put a smile on my face.
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Still have my 04 TL with manual trans. Love it!
Yea, mine was manual also!!! As I said, would still have it if not for that stupid truck and me hitting it on some stupid cross bar that ripped into my engine bay...
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Thanks for all the responses! I would love to answer them all , but...

I've never thought of my self as a car guy but more of a boat guy, a sailor I had a MGB, Jeep Wrangler, 2 Mustang Gt 5.0 convertibles, a ragtop miata and my current PHRT Miata, as well as a lifetime of pick up trucks and mu current 2016 Ford Transit, my first van. Motorcycles have always filled my need for speed, but sadly, that speed need has been replaced by 'smelling the roses'.
i've turned my head every time a C7 has passed me as i love that car. All other vettes are nice but i'm partial to the red vert, which is what i want. i've found acouple out of state but they are not discounted enough. my local dealer is discounting 10% on '16's but he only has black and blue verts.

so, not being able to find exactly what I want now, i'll watch the used market until next year. There will be deals out this fall and winter i hope.

This will be my daily driver, and my daily drives consist of a 7 miles ride out to the beach just to have something to do.
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I had an 87 Formula 350... spending a few bucks is an understatement... it seemed to break down all the time and was not cheap to have fixed... glad I got rid of it... still, it was a fun car to drive...

Bought a 04 Acura TL with a 6 cylinder that was almost as quick and had a much higher top end... loved it even more than the Firebird.... would still have it if I had not totaled it...
Most expensive fix was having to replace the ECU and Prom. $454. Might have been related to a pinched ignition wire. I think the car was in a wreck in a previous life, which caused the pinched wire. I had the car in my garage with the dashboard apart for days before I tracked it down. But that was back in the days when being in the garage meant you weren't in the cube programming, so it was OK.

This GTA was my stress-reliever "spend some money on yourself" activity and was put through extreme use, if you know what I mean. Knock on wood, it's still going strong after all that. I baby it nowadays though. I drive it less than 5,000 miles a year and in my state that means it doesn't even have to pass emissions test, just has to have an intact exhaust system without leaks.
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What a great thread! All of the sudden I feel a little connection between some of the members here.

The typical thread I seem to read usually has something to do with the poster raving about his 1987 Honda Civic with 379,000 miles on it that was never washed because of the cost of the water and soap wasn't in their LBYM lifestyle. Like someone else said, to each their own.
This is hilarious, yes and true. Does get a little repititious and tiresome but does represent the dominant LBYM culture on this site. Have noticed a little broadening of opinions recently. Thanks for posting.
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This is hilarious, yes and true. Does get a little repititious and tiresome but does represent the dominant LBYM culture on this site. Have noticed a little broadening of opinions recently. Thanks for posting.
On point!

(some of us are living on the edge like this thread indicates)
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I am not a Vette guy so I would say no to buying a Vette.

However, I did buy a 911 4S cab a few years ago. Loved it the day I drove it home and loved it a few other times. Luckily I bought it used because I tired of it within a year and sold within 18 months. Buying used it was basically a break even proposition... well, "break even" might be more accurate after costs of repair/maintenance/insurance/etc.....

So, YES buy something crazy but buy it used and keep your daily driver if you have room in the garage.
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