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Old 03-24-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Hey folks thinking about picking up a used 2002 or later corvette, The last two GM cars I owned in the 90's were nightmares. I figure corvettes would be better built because of how expensive they are. Has anyone here taken a vette for a long trip? Is it comfortable for a long trip..I am 6'3 by the way. I am also considering a 2010 Used Camaro or the new mustang.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'd highly recommend a 2005+ Corvette. You can pick one up for less than $25k and I'd take a base C6 Vette (2005+) over a Z06 C5 (1997-2004). I wouldn't even consider a non Z06 C5. The C6 looks a million times better, has a much improved interior (nothing to brag about but still better than the crap C5 interior), and is a better all around vehicle.

The 2011+ Mustang GT is a monster as well and much cheaper than a C6 Vette if we're talking buying both new but I'd probably pick a used C6 over a new 2011 GT considering its a much better car that can be had for less. I wouldn't even look at pre 2011 GT's.

Now given the availability of new/used C6's and 2011 GT's the Camaro is a turd by comparison regardless of year.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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I can't speak personally for the Vette's reliability but the people I know who own them don't complain about issues. OTOH I wouldn't put any stock at all in them being more reliable because they're more expensive than other cars. They'[re more expensive because of their engineering and materials.

I'd suggest you try one out for a day or two. A sports car is very different than a GT like the Camaro or Mustang. You get up out of it rather than slide sideways like most cars. Than can be stressful on some people. Make sure you can deal with all that goes with a sports car on a daily basis first, then go from there.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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I'd highly recommend a 2005+ Corvette. You can pick one up for less than $25k and I'd take a base C6 Vette (2005+) over a Z06 C5 (1997-2004). I wouldn't even consider a non Z06 C5. The C6 looks a million times better, has a much improved interior (nothing to brag about but still better than the crap C5 interior), and is a better all around vehicle.

The 2011+ Mustang GT is a monster as well and much cheaper than a C6 Vette if we're talking buying both new but I'd probably pick a used C6 over a new 2011 GT considering its a much better car that can be had for less. I wouldn't even look at pre 2011 GT's.

Now given the availability of new/used C6's and 2011 GT's the Camaro is a turd by comparison regardless of year.
This.

The C7 is going to be here in another year. The C5 is old old. But they still are worh 15k when 10+ years old with 100k miles. Vettes keep their value.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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I'm actually pretty excited about the arrival of the C7. I can't wait to see the final shape and current Z06/ZR1's produce enough power that output isn't even much of a concern. Hopefully the base C7 will match the current Z06 in output.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Cupertino, CA
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I have a stock 2001 C5 Z06 I bought used in 2006. Never have had any significant problems with it. Yeah it is not much compared to newer cars like the C6 Z06 and ZR1. I fell in love with the looks of the C5, especially the C5 Z06. It is just a matter of personal preference, but I like the curvy look over the angular styling of the C6. And of course you can always install mods to try to bring performance up to par. It really depends on your preferences and budget. C5's are a great performance value. Some have been ragged on, but many others have been well maintained by caring owners who take pride in their Corvettes aka the garage queens. You can find C5's going anywhere from $10k to some with asking prices of up to $30k for the ultra clean/ultra low mileage Vettes.

Oh and I'm 6' 5" and I fit in like a glove. The best online resource is definately corvetteforum.com. I went on a 2000 mile road trip a few years back to Alien desert country in Nevada, and lets just say it was fun driving in the middle of nowhere

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Cupertino, CA
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Z06 C5 (1997-2004)
The C5 was from 97-04, but the C5 Z06 was made from 01-04. Also the 01Z had 385 hp and the 02-04 Z's had 405 hp.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Hey folks thinking about picking up a used 2002 or later corvette, The last two GM cars I owned in the 90's were nightmares. I figure corvettes would be better built because of how expensive they are. Has anyone here taken a vette for a long trip? Is it comfortable for a long trip..I am 6'3 by the way. I am also considering a 2010 Used Camaro or the new mustang.
Get a C6, 2006+ model. If you have to wait a year...then do so.

I have a C6 Z06 and have driven it 400+ miles one way and had ZERO comfort issues. I'm not as tall as you but the car is known for accomodating taller drivers. My 6'4+ 375lb co-worker has ridden in the passenger seat and commented on the seating being bigger than expected.

Best of luck.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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I have a stock 2001 C5 Z06 I bought used in 2006. Never have had any significant problems with it. Yeah it is not much compared to newer cars like the C6 Z06 and ZR1. I fell in love with the looks of the C5, especially the C5 Z06. It is just a matter of personal preference, but I like the curvy look over the angular styling of the C6. And of course you can always install mods to try to bring performance up to par. It really depends on your preferences and budget. C5's are a great performance value. Some have been ragged on, but many others have been well maintained by caring owners who take pride in their Corvettes aka the garage queens. You can find C5's going anywhere from $10k to some with asking prices of up to $30k for the ultra clean/ultra low mileage Vettes.

Oh and I'm 6' 5" and I fit in like a glove. The best online resource is definately corvetteforum.com. I went on a 2000 mile road trip a few years back to Alien desert country in Nevada, and lets just say it was fun driving in the middle of nowhere
That is a gorgeous car.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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I'm actually pretty excited about the arrival of the C7. I can't wait to see the final shape and current Z06/ZR1's produce enough power that output isn't even much of a concern. Hopefully the base C7 will match the current Z06 in output.
We shall see. I've heard good things about the vehicle weight, but overall, it would be really really hard to match the current c6 Z06 and keep the price tag in the 40's like current vettes.
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