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10/14/08 8:14am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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1981 - 59 Beige over Cinnebar leather. Edlebrock top end, 2200 stall w/shift kit, 3:55s, Mufflex maniback exhaust, nice stereo, 16 in AREs w/BFGs

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Im a huge fan of 93-96 Verts.  I would NOT buy this car. The miles are high, you have work and big work coming up.  I've seen 95s with 1/2 the miles for 3000.00 more.  3000.00 that wont cover your topend rebuild in 10k miles..
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10/14/08 11:33am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Kevin-

Rebuild of what? 

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10/14/08 2:07pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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1976 L48 auto

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1994 LT1 6speed

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  at a 109,000 how do you know that it is going to cost big $$$$$ i have a 94 that had 203,000 mi have not spend over $600 on it now it has 229,000 so karen if you like it bay itThumbs%20Up

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10/14/08 2:56pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Jim - After woerking for a vintage dealer, I've seen more cars then most. We pass on 8 of 10 cars and its not because of price. LT1s typically need the top ends gone thru around 125k. Remember, most people beat the crap out of sports cars or are negligent on maint work.  I owned a 94 Z28 from new and babied the car. I lost a cylinder at 52k and had the motor replaced under warentee.
 
I dont know what this motor has left in it, I dont know the car BUT you have to hedge on the side of caution. I still say 10k is not a bargain when 13k can get you a much better car. 
 
Was the ignition ever changed?
Hows the switch gear?
rolling assembly?
 
I have more questions then answers.  Im not telling anyone what to do. Based upon my knowledge I voiced my opinion.     
 
I also never said big money - To me 3k is not big money when talking Vettes.  Forgive me, Im not making a stink or raining on a parade but I just spent 600.00 on my wifes minivan with 30k miles.  Your Vette must be blessed not putting 600.00 in it..  
 
 
Glen - Do not make your decision solely based upon my 2cents. You have the car infront of you, I do not. If it seems solid, go for it and trust your gut.
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10/14/08 6:29pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Karen,

My opinion won't help because I am somewhere in the middle.
I have owned several C4s and LT1 cars. I am very particular with maintenance and oil changes. If these engines overheat just a little you likely get intake and/or head gasket seepage. The top ends can get a little tired in the 125K mile area. Most of that is due to cooling problems or lack of oil changes. If the car were exceptionally clean, I might consider a $9500 offer. I simply think that in 10k miles or so, yo will be spending money on the engine. I think Stingray Jim make a good point, yet I think it is an exception to the norm.

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10/14/08 7:38pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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So, are the LT1 engines not as good as others?  Scott, when you say "overheat just a little" do you mean entering the red zone on the temperature gauge (if these have a red zone....I don't remember what the gauges looked like!)  The current owner did say he had a problem with overheating. They did some work on the engine but discovered the root cause was the coolant (orange stuff) clogging all the lines.  He says he hasn't had any issues since they flushed the system and used "regular" (green) coolant.  Of course, he's only owned it for a little over a year.  I get a good feeling from the owner.  I've walked away from some just because I got a bad vibe from the person selling the car.  He says he's firm at 10K.  He'll keep it if he can't sell it for that. 

By the way, I still haven't convinced Mike.  But, I do learn alot every time we talk about these various cars!   He gets back Thursday and we'll discuss it more then. 
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10/14/08 7:57pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=kkfinch] So, ...........  He says he's firm at 10K.  He'll keep it if he can't sell it for that. 

By the way, I still haven't convinced Mike.  But, I do learn alot every time we talk about these various cars!  .........................
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Keep looking and keep learning - there are tons and tons of C4s out there - remember, keep looking and keep learning.
 
Good luck - it's very hard not to fall in love with all of them.
 
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10/14/08 8:06pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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 the lti ten to run hot the fanss two come on at 236 thats to hot for me we put a new temp to turn the fans on at 200 with the a/c on both fans are running

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10/14/08 8:41pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

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Karen

Here are a couple of examples as to why I wouldn't buy the vette your looking at.

It is too high for the $$$. See this ad for a comparable vette for much less. $8900.00

Lower miles but gorgeous... A little more

Low mileage / low $$$ Collector

These are a few examles that are out there that I found in 10 minutes.

If you want to buy something find what you want in the price range and get all that you can.

All of the folks here have made good points. All of these cars can be a gamble. I bought a 93 like Stingrays and it is on its way to 200K miles. But I had to work on it and there was alot of frustration before it was turned around.
I paid $3500.00 for it and it is being driven locally daily.
Would I hop in it and drive it to the next gathering.... Nope.

If the stealership would have done the work on it that I did I would have spent at least $1000.00. But then I paid next to zero for it so it was worth a gamble.

Ask Kerry how he feels about working on the C4 - LT1 They certainly are no picinic!

If it were me I would spend a little more and get a car that hasn't had a need to be wrenched on yet. Is that a guarentee that you won't nope. But at least you won't have to pay to fix somebody else's mistakes. My bet would be that you won't have too.

The only way I would buy that car is if I knew the owner and I knew the dealership / mechanic that did the work. Otherwise me and my $$$ would keep right on searching.

I hope this makes some sense. I certainly am not trying to offend you. Like the others I just want to see you something that will make you for years to come!


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10/14/08 8:56pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Drove really REALLY well.  The overheating problem was supposedly that the original owner read "100K mile coolant" (orange) as meaning it actually lasted 100K miles - regardless of time.   Engine looked clean but the tailpipes were rather sooty/greasy.  I was concerned about the commonly problematic valve guides.   The '77 will likely need engine work soon for the same reason.




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10/14/08 9:16pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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1976 Corvette Stingray L-48 Automatic Black

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I just checked craigslist Portland, see #878774929 '87 Black Conv 85K on the clock, owned for 10 years, asking $8400.00. in Hillsboro.

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10/14/08 10:00pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Tux- The first one seems comparable, but it's not a Vert.  Doesn't that add value?  (Not that I necessarily want a Vert...that would have pluses and minuses!)  The other 2 are manual transmissions....I want auto, remember Big%20smile.  But, I get your point...there's always more.  Picture the little brat on Willy Wonka and the Chocoloate Factory -- "I want it NOW"!

Aaron- I'll email that guy for the VIN.  We're gonna be in Hillsboro Saturday so maybe we can look. 

Hi Mikey...glad your at least looking at the forum!!

By the way, I told Mike I was willing to wait on purchasing the 2nd (daily driver) Vette if we take the C3 off the collector policy and fix it so it doesn't leak (rain getting in).  He didn't seem to like the idea of our baby being out and about every day.  It is after all our first born! 


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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
                 Explore. Dream. Discover.

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10/14/08 10:43pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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1976 L48 4-spd, Mahogany Metalic exterior, Buckskin interior 350ci/350hp, 3rd owner, fiberglass spring, 255/50-16's Torq-Thrust II

Joined: 4/16/2005
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[QUOTE=kkfinch] 

Glen-

I'm standing at the line ready to jump...I just have this anchor holding me back...Mike Unhappy  I guess all of us Vette addicts need one; they just get really annoying at times!



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Being that you are into sailing I am sure you know what to do with an anchorLOLLOLLOL Hope Mike isn't reading thisBig%20smile
 
Any way it sure is fun looking


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10/15/08 8:35am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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1981 - 59 Beige over Cinnebar leather. Edlebrock top end, 2200 stall w/shift kit, 3:55s, Mufflex maniback exhaust, nice stereo, 16 in AREs w/BFGs

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Glen, Karen - Few things
* About the LT1's - These are some of the most rock solid engines Chevy ever made. There are expected items that go wrong with these at a give mileage. 
Opti-spark units go bad, as long as your there change the water pump, belts and hoses and do a radiator flush. Top ends on these things are typically good for 125k with GOOD maintanance and strict attention to the cooling system. Rolling bearing work is due and no one ever does it.  They are really good motors BUTwhen the go, it gets expensive quick. Valve guides, injectors etc need attention.  The long mileage coolant, that has I think a 5 year useage life. Was it flushed?  Its 15 years?
 
My Mom has a 93 coupe from new, my Dad who has owned EVERY muscle car says its the best and most reliable car he has ever owned.  C4s are really solid cars so dont be apprehensive about buying one.
 
Honest world pricing on a C4 vert for the following..  94/95/96 with 75k on the clock with an automatic and 8 of 10 condition (3+) WITH RECORDS AND WORK UP TO DATE should retail at 12000 to 13500. Add 300 to 500 for a 95 and 500 to 700.00 for a 96. Exceptional cars or low miles/high options are on another plane.
 
VERY recently I saw a 95 vert 6 speed in Polo Green w/45k sell for 12700.00 locally.
 
I know its difficult but find the best vehicle for the money.  It took me 3 years to find my 81.
 
Good Luck, Kevin 
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10/15/08 9:03am - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=kkfinch]



Tux- The first one seems comparable, but it's not a Vert.  Doesn't that add value?  (Not that I necessarily want a Vert...that would have pluses and minuses!)  The other 2 are manual transmissions....I want auto, remember Big%20smile.  But, I get your point...there's always more.  Picture the little brat on Willy Wonka and the Chocoloate Factory -- "I want it NOW"!Aaron- I'll email that guy for the VIN.  We're gonna be in Hillsboro Saturday so maybe we can look.  Hi Mikey...glad your at least looking at the forum!!By the way, I told Mike I was willing to wait on purchasing the 2nd (daily driver) Vette if we take the C3 off the collector policy and fix it so it doesn't leak (rain getting in).  He didn't seem to like the idea of our baby being out and about every day.  It is after all our first born! 
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I love that Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory!!!!! Gene Wilder always did make me smile!

Yep you are right the vert adds value and the auto takes away.... go figure. But now I understand you better. Do you have a color preference?

Here is what I think a car your are looking at should sell for. Corvette Forum

I like the way the guy says asking $8000 but open to offers. It a 2 owner car and I bet this kids dad took it to the dealer for work so the records are available.

I like this rare copper color with a negotable price. It reads a SYS problem but I believe the fellow is right eluding to the battery. I bet it could be bought cheaper and have the seller take the car to have the error repaired prior to purchase / deliver of keys.

Nice ride from florida back home this time of year.....

Here are a few MORE...

Check out the Greenwood Vette.....Tuxblacray2008-10-15 06:37:36

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10/15/08 12:51pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Man, I am glad I didn't ask before I traded my Tahoe for an 85 C4. I would have run scared. I had been looking for a C4 for about 6 months. I ran into the same thing Karen is running into here in the NW. For some unknown reason Corvette prices here are more expensive than anywhere else. I finally started looking in CA and TX, much cheaper but you have the shipping and or driving home to concider. My question to all is about the reliabilty and repair costs of the older L98 compared to the LT1. The L98 appers to be alot easier to work on. Maybe some of you guys expertise would help Karen make a decision on what years to look at. By the way I bought my Tahoe for 4500 so I guess thats what i paid for the C4. It only needs door seals so far, runs perfect.

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10/15/08 4:26pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=Aaron1976]I just checked craigslist Portland, see #878774929 '87 Black Conv 85K on the clock, owned for 10 years, asking $8400.00. in Hillsboro.[/QUOTE]

Here are some pics of the 87 black Vert:

87 Black Vert 1
87 Black Vert 2
87 Black Vert 1
87 Black Vert 4

What do you think?  Awhile back, Mike said if we do get one, it should be 1990 or newer.  Any thoughts on that?  What about age vs mileage (the 96 is obviously newer but has more miles). 


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10/15/08 4:30pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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[QUOTE=Tuxblacray]
I love that Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory!!!!! Gene Wilder always did make me smile!

Yep you are right the vert adds value and the auto takes away.... go figure. But now I understand you better. Do you have a color preference?

Here is what I think a car your are looking at should sell for. Corvette Forum

I like the way the guy says asking $8000 but open to offers. It a 2 owner car and I bet this kids dad took it to the dealer for work so the records are available.

I like this rare copper color with a negotable price. It reads a SYS problem but I believe the fellow is right eluding to the battery. I bet it could be bought cheaper and have the seller take the car to have the error repaired prior to purchase / deliver of keys.

Nice ride from florida back home this time of year.....

Here are a few MORE...

Check out the Greenwood Vette.....[/QUOTE]

Wow.  I love that admiral blue 95!  It's only 2,637 miles away!!!  Wits%20End

Love that copper one, too!  Mikey, wanna go to Florida? 
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So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
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10/15/08 5:19pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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I like the Black Vert too.....

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10/15/08 7:21pm - Reply: '1995 Roadster'
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Confused I'm so confused, how did you ever have any money left over from the boat?
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