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10/11/08 10:16pm - Original Message: '1995 Roadster'
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Hi Guys.  Wanted to get your opinion on this one: 

1995 Roadster

We went and drove it today.  Really nice. 

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10/11/08 10:49pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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It would be MUCH nicer with a 6 speed...!!!  Big%20smile
 
I'd be asking some questions about why the engine work was done.


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10/12/08 12:01am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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1976 Corvette Stingray L-48 Automatic Black

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It looks to be very clean but I'm with Norsky about the engine work. I'd maybe see if it could be checked out by a mechanic before you think about buying it. Head Gaskets and a New Radiator, and a rebuilt tranny says it may have been driven pretty hard, just my thoughts.Aaron19762008-10-11 22:05:50

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10/12/08 12:46am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Looks real nice. But the radiator, head gaskets and trans work? Wonder if they lost the radiator and it overheated. That might be a bad thing. Something you want to be sure to look into.Wink

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10/12/08 7:07am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Wouldn't be my pick. I am glad to see that you are still looking though.

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10/12/08 7:15am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=Tuxblacray]Wouldn't be my pick. I am glad to see that you are still looking though.[/QUOTE]
My thoughts exactly.  First thing that came to my mind, why would anyone own a white car in the Northwest.  Maybe you don't drive it a lot in the winter but whites a b*tch to keep clean round here. 
 
Now theres a black C4 round the corner from me that I saw yesterday.  I can look at it and get you some pictures and some details if you'd like.  Although black is the other end of the of spectrum of being a problem to keep clean LOL


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10/12/08 2:16pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Thanks for all the input guys.  I'll try to summarize what I know about the issues you brought up.  This may be kinda long but I do appreciate your input!  (Tux, I'd have to be dead to give up looking!)

1st email from me with his response (HE LIKES TO YELL LOL): 

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I've seen this car advertised for months.  It looks nice.  Can you please provide the VIN?  Do you have any pictures of the interior. 
 
Thanks!
 
Karen
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TANKS FOR EMAIL

YES I'VE HAD IT LISTED ON AND OFF SINCE JUNE AND BEING I'M NOT A DEALER I CANT FINACE ANYONE SO IT MAKES IT HARD TO SELL A CAR IN THIS PRICE PRIVATELY ESPECIALLY NOW

HERE IS THE VIN #1G1YY32P1S5114367

I WILL LOOK AND SEE WHAT ELSE I HAVE FOR PICTURES AND INCLUDE THEM

YES THIS IS A VERY CLEAN CORVETTE I BOUGHT IT A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO AND PAID 11950.00 FOR IT AND I FELT I GOT A DECENT DEAL AS THEY WERE IN THE 1250000-145000 RAGE WHEN I SHOPEED AS ANYTHING UNDER THAT WAS TRASHED

THIS WAS WOMAN OWNED AND USED AS A DRIVER AS SHE WAS A SCHOOL TEACHER AT LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE

SO CAR IS NOT PREFECT BUT VERY CLEAN AND CLEANER THAN MOST I'VE SEEN FOR SALE

I BOUGHT IT FOR A TOY SO THE FIRST YEAR WE DIDNT DRIVE IT MUCH HERE AND THERE BUT WITH MY WIFE NEEDED A DIFFERENT CAR WE SOLD HER WORN OUT SUV (WHILE IT WAS SELLABLE) AND NOW WE USE THE VETTE AS THE SECOND CAR

I ENDED UP DOING SOME COOLANT REPAIRS WHICH AFTER FIGURING OUT WHAT CAUSED IT I WOULD SAY ANY COVETTE STILL WITH ORANGE GM COOLANT NEEDS THEM DONE AS THE COOLNT STARTED PLUGGING UP COOLANT PASSAGES SO IT WAS ALL FLUSHED AND NEW RADIATOR AND NEW GREEN COOLANT (BEST UP GRADE I DID )

I BOUGHT THE CAR WITH 105000 MILES ON IT AND I THINK IT HAS BARELY OVER 109000 SO WE HAVENT PUT VERY MANY MILES ON IT I ACTUALLY BOUGHT IT TO DRIVE TO RENO LAST SEPT AND THAT WAS THE MAIN REASON


I'M FIRM AT $10,000 CASH IF SOMEONE WANTS IT OTHERWISE WE WILL KEEP AND ENJOY TILL THE ECONOMY TURNS AROUND

I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT TRADING IT IN OR FOR SOMETHING ELSE BUT I DONT LIKE TO NOT WHEEL AND DEAL WITH CASH SO I FIGURED I'LL KEEP IT LISTED OFF AND ON TILL IT SELLS AS MY WIFE LIKES DRIVING IT JUST NOT VERY PRACTICAL FOR US AS WE HAVE TWO KIDS

LET ME KNOW IF YOUR INTERESTED AND WANT TO COME TAKE A LOOK
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2nd email from me and his response (STILL YELLING): 

Thanks for all the info.  I ran a carfax.  Shows only 2 owners (guess you're the 2nd).  The only negative thing on the Carfax is that it failed 2 emissions inspections back in 2002.  Have you had any problems with it passing OR emissions since? 

I've forwarded the info on to my husband.  I don't want to waste your time if I can't convince him to spend the $$$.  We already have a 77 Vette but need another so all 4 of us can go on Vette trips in Vettes! 

Thanks again and hopefully I'll be in touch!

Karen
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SOUNDS GOOD

I'M SUPOSE TO BE THE THIRD OWNER AS FIRST OWNER HAD IT JUST A FEW MONTHS SO THE PEOPLE I BOUGHT IT FROM HAD IT MOST OF ITS LIFE AND IT WAS WELL MAINTANED AS THE HUSBAND LIKED TO TINKER (THATS WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT)

ON THE DEQ I DIDNT HAVE ANY ISSUES AS I JUST RAN IT THROUGH AS IT EXSPIRED IN SEPT  SO ITS GOT BRAND NEW TAGS ON IT BUT WHEN WE DID THE COOLANT REPAIR WE NOTICED IT HAD NEWER CATS ON IT SO MAYBE THAT WAS THE ISSUE BUT OVERALL IT WENT THROUGH AND RUNS GREAT

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT MORE INFO AS I HAVE ALOT OF POST OWNERS RECEIPTS AND HISTORY ON WHAT REPAIRS HAVE BEEN DONE ALONG WITH WHAT I'VE DONE AS I HAVE A COUPLE  NEW ITEMS STILL IN GM PACKAGES I BOUGHT AND PUT AWAY FOR SPARES ALSO (SEALS ) ALONG WITH THE CAR COVER FOR STORAGE

Thank you

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He said the overdrive went out on the transmission because the lady that owned it before him drove it in overdrive all the time (and drove up a lot of hills to where she worked.) Would that damage overdrive (where's Joel; I know he'll know)? 

One more thing I found kinda amusing...The tires even have little Corvette tops on the thing (OK I don't know the correct terms here!) where you put air in the tires.  It was soooo cute!  I figure anyone who goes to the expense to get little Corvette tops for these thingies (help me with my words!) must have cared about the car! 






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10/12/08 2:29pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Here are the interior pics he sent: 

Interior 1
Interior 2
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10/12/08 7:11pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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Looks really clean and cared for from what I saw.  I think your talking about valve stem covers......LOLLOL
 
IMHO, I would buy a C5 before I would buy a C4 (C5's are easier to get out of).


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10/12/08 7:26pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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I do like the looks of the C5 better (exterior) but I was surprised how comfortable this C4 was.  The only problem I had was getting used to how much pressure to put on the accelerator.  Man that thing GOES!  It really wants to go FAST!  I didn't have any issues getting in and out but remember, I'm vertically challenged!  Prices on C5s are still too high for our boat-sapped budget (which, by the way, is STILL NOT DONE! Wits%20End)

Mark, I think White shows dirt much less than black!  At least with white, you don't have to worry about finger prints!  Is that black C4 for sale? 




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10/12/08 7:26pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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1976 Corvette Stingray L-48 Automatic Black

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So you drove this Vette? How did the engine look? How does it look under neath? If you guys are serious about it and he has paperwork to go with it, offer him $9,500 and see what he says.

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10/12/08 7:39pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Yep, Mike & I drove it.  He does have alot of paperwork on it.  Not everything, though.  I didn't look underneath.  If we decide to go further with this, we'll have him take it to the guy who did the interior of our 77 (if 767REP reads this, I mean James) for a buyers inspection.  The engine looked good but I'm no judge.  It looked like a clean engine.   

What about Verts in the NW?  This would be a daily driver...how do you keep the top looking nice?  Is there some kind of water proofer you can put on the material? 



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10/12/08 8:11pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Hi Karen, be sure and let James look at it. Another thing is ask the owner if you can wash the car, sounds stupid but sit in it and have Mike hose it down good while you watch for leaks. I just bought an 85 and found out seals are really expensive,full set of GM seals 1000.00 bucks.Buy the way most people put down C4's, so far I love mine.

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10/12/08 8:22pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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kkfinch,
I had my '79 out for a ride today and shared "the wave" with a white colored C4 Vert with a black top. And I thought what a sharp looking Vette it was!
I hope this works out for you. If not, it wasn't meant to be.
Is there a hard top option for the C4 Verts? Or an Aftermarket hard top offered?
I don't know but thought I'd raise the question.
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10/12/08 9:26pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Karen I have both white and black vettes. In my eyes the are both dirty all of the time. Black shows light colored dust and white shows road grime easily.

Either way I love both colors. As far as your question concerning top care here is a Link with some helpful information. I use Raggtop on mine and it does a nice job. I am picky about what I use because it is a white top and I find them harder to keep clean looking.

Good Luck with your search!

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10/13/08 11:59am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=kkfinch]He said the overdrive went out on the transmission because the lady that owned it before him drove it in overdrive all the time (and drove up a lot of hills to where she worked.) Would that damage overdrive (where's Joel; I know he'll know)? [/QUOTE]

Not...the trans would downshift automatically if needed. There is an old wives tale about driving in O/D all the time, but that's all it am....an old wives tale. The real reason it is ever suggested to NOT drive in O/D is when pulling a load, or driving in da mountains. It simply keeps the trans from up/down shifting all the time, which is more of an aggravation than a durability issue.
I'm sure the trans took a doo-doo simply because it's not the best design they ever had. The later ones, from '97 up, are a little better, but they ALL(700 & 4L60-E) have issues with the sun shell stripping, and the rear planets melting. Again, a design flaw from the engineers(or bean counters more likely). Aftermarket parts will solve these problems for good.
I wouldn't worry too much about the trans having been repaired before....it's something that will happen to all of them, sooner or later. The trans on my '85 has been done,and it only had 58,000 miles on it at the time.

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10/13/08 3:41pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=767REP]I just bought an 85... [/QUOTE]

So, Todd, did you post any info on this site about your new addition?  If so, send me a link to the forum.  If not, why haven't you told us???? 

Joel, thanks for the info!  I hate those old wives tales! 



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10/13/08 5:01pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=kkfinch] [QUOTE=767REP]I just bought an 85... [/QUOTE]

So, Todd, did you post any info on this site about your new addition?  If so, send me a link to the forum.  If not, why haven't you told us???? 


[/QUOTE] Karen,posted it today.Big%20smile

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10/13/08 9:35pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=kkfinch]I do like the looks of the C5 better (exterior) but I was surprised how comfortable this C4 was.  The only problem I had was getting used to how much pressure to put on the accelerator.  Man that thing GOES!  It really wants to go FAST!  I didn't have any issues getting in and out but remember, I'm vertically challenged!  Prices on C5s are still too high for our boat-sapped budget (which, by the way, is STILL NOT DONE! Wits%20End)
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Well, I would get used to that accelerator pressure quickly to convince your "honey" that the car is just what you need....LOLLOL
 
I just had some trouble getting out of the one I was in.  Getting in was easy!  I really like the white paint on that C4 body style....very sharp....keep us posted, ok?
 
Hope that boat get done fast!


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10/13/08 11:12pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=Adams' Apple]bean counters more likely[/QUOTE] I agree, thats what I have to deal withLOL
 
So Karen, Todd did it, when are you going to take the leapWink


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