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4/29/09 7:32pm - Original Message: 'My Next Corvette'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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Ok, I'm not ready to buy another car just yet, but I think I talked the wife into making my next daily driver a Corvette.  Great!  Now what?
 
I don't see it being another C3.  I love 'em, but I need something I can drive on a more regular basis.  And don't get me wrong - I will not be selling my '74 if and when the time comes to get another.  I'm thinking late C4 or maybe even a C5 (unless it takes another 4 or five years, I don't see it being a C6).
 
When buying the '74, I used Richard Prince's C3 Buying Guide extensively.  However, I don't seem to find anything like that for C4's or 5's.  Any thoughts?  When the time comes around, I'm likely going to need to move fast, so I want to know what I want before I need to want it.
 
I put a similar post out on C4VR and got good input.  I'm interested to hear what you folks think - both about what I should (or shouldn't) get, as well as resources where I can read up more on what to look for.
 
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4/29/09 9:00pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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JERMYN, PA - USA

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1977 #s matching Orange L48 4-speed and a 2000 Black FRC 6-speed BOTH SOLD :(

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I'd go with a C5 over a C4 if the wallet can handle it.

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4/29/09 9:42pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Lodi, WI - USA

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1972 Targa Blue, T-Top, Saddle leather, 350 auto,numbers match, all original except '69 factory side exhaust. Previously owned: 1969 427, 390hp, 4sp, Riverside Gold coupe, factory side exhaust

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I agree with Biff, a C5 is a lot more car.  Besides, for those of us in the same age catagory as Joel, a C5 is a lot easier to get in and out of.Wink

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4/29/09 10:05pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Dutchess County, NY - USA

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White '79 Corvette. It's a driver.

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Marshall,
If I ever get in your position I'll be getting a late C4.
The silver '96 CE's really stand out nicely, IMHO.
Enjoy the thrill of the chase & good luck when the time comes.
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4/29/09 11:06pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Irving, TX - USA

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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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Go C5 if you pockets can handle it.Wink  They ride nice and they are easier to get out of than a C4.  Stereo system rocks!Big smile  I would change the exhaust in it to make it sound better.

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4/29/09 11:34pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
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Personally I have never been a fan of the C5's styling, but I can attest to the fact that "The Beast" is a bit of a challenge to get in and out of so the C5 wins that point.

Folks with C5s really like them on the road.  I've never ridden in or driven one so can't comment on that, but I was pleasantly surprised how nice "The Beast" was on the Carson City road trip in '07.  We put 5k on it over the 2 weeks we were on the road.  Had a few long days (10-14 hours) in the saddle and never felt beat-up at the end of the day.
 
If you go with a manual tranny I can guarantee you that your left leg will get a workout in rush hour traffic.
 
Check out Corvette Magazine's market guides for the different gens.  They detail differences year by year and have a general price list as well.  I don't recall where they are in the cycle but each issue has a guide in it and they touch each generation at least once a year.


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4/30/09 9:13pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Gloucester, VA - USA

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1979 T-Top, Metallic Green ZZ4 350/355 hp 405 ft/lbs torque Dual Spal Fans 700R4 4 Spd O/D Transmission 2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition

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I've never ridden in or driven one so can't comment on that, 
 
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Next time we see each other and I've got my C5 there, we'll fix both of those issues..


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4/30/09 11:07pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Irving, TX - USA

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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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Hey Marshall, I would of let you drive the C5 while you were here in Dallas.  All ya had to do was ask.Big smile  It's a six speed though, not an auto.  It's not that bad of a work out on your left leg.Wink  Are you comin' back to Dallas soon?  Hi-Ho Silver and away!LOL

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4/30/09 11:37pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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[QUOTE=TargaBlue72] I agree with Biff, a C5 is a lot more car.  Besides, for those of us in the same age catagory as Joel, a C5 is a lot easier to get in and out of.Wink[/QUOTE]


HEY!!!


Personally, I would take a late C4 over the C5 OR the C6. Yeah, they can be a pain sometimes to get in/put of, but there IS a trick to it, and it works fine, even for an OLD FART like me!
I've driven both the C5 and C6(I've actually driven all generations, but that's not what this am aboot). I just can't get comfortable in either of them. My '85 is fine...a little too snug if yer the passenger, for sure, if you have any legs at all....or big feet. They run fine, get good mileage, and ride great on the road.
Go for a late C4, with the LT1 or the LT4....you'll love it.

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5/1/09 9:51am - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Ronda, NC - USA

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77 & 71 & 85

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I had something in mind , but I forgot Wink
 
 


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5/1/09 10:52am - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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[QUOTE=cj5nutz]I had something in mind , but I forgot Wink
 
 
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I guess Scott got CRS????  Rolling On The Floor Laughing

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5/1/09 1:38pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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South Milwaukee, WI - USA

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1978 L82 4spd coupe/3.73:1 Differential Ratio /Black with Yellow Pinstripes and Black Interior/AC/Tilt/AM FM Stereo/Pretty Much Stock

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Not a C4 Marshall... anything but a C4.

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5/1/09 1:56pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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C5..........all the way.............

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5/1/09 2:45pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Dorr, MI - USA

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71 Colonnade Hardtop Coupe Torch Red with black interior originally L48 built to push around 360hp

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I did drive both. Personally there was no comparison in the ride between the two. The C5 just molded to my body like a shoe. Plus 0-60 in a heartbeat. Actually I would take either one.. Dead As far as Vettes go, I luv em all.
 
Oh, and Scott. I'm startin ta worry bout ya. Wacko


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5/1/09 9:38pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Irving, TX - USA

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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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Marshall, trust me.........................C5 all the way, dude!

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5/2/09 11:58am - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Marshall, I just test drove a Black 06 C6, GD what a car.  First off I've never been a fan of the C6 (mainly due to the headlights) but I'm begining to come around.  That car was so comfortable to drive, so fast, and has all the new gadgits Thumbs Up  I have no clue what your wallet can handle but the prices on the C6's (certified used w/warrenty) are coming down, this one was 33k.  I can handle another car payment right now that my house in GA and my son's higher education loans are paid off.  But I stuck to my guns, I wanted nothing down, no trade, and less then $500 a month payment.  They got close, $535 but I wasn't going for it.  So long story short, if you can afford it, drive a newer Vette that may still have a warrenty and is comfortable to drive and not much to worry about.  Just my .02 cents. cilrah2009-05-02 08:59:05

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5/2/09 12:01pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Oh ya sorry, please buy anything but a C4 LOL cilrah2009-05-02 09:01:49

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5/2/09 12:08pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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I have been seeing C6's as low as $32K.  I don't think I'm ready for that yet.
 
Something else to keep in mind here folks - this will be a daily driver year-round in the midwest.  Other than the cringes that some of you (and for right now, me as well) have with the idea of driving a Corvette in the rain (and snow, and salt), do any of you have concerns with a C4, 5 or 6 as a year round daily driver? 
 
I followed Norsky's advice and have been reading my back issues of Corvette Magazine.  They suggested that the drive train on the C4's can last for a long time, and actually seems to improve with more regular use.
 
The other thing that I need to seriously consider is - can a 8-15 year old Corvette really make a reliable daily driver and last under those circumstances for 5+ years?  I've been spoiled with my current Daily Driver, my 12 year old Dodge truck with over 260K miles on it.  I figure the only way to get another Vette right now is to make it the daily one (assuming the truck ever gives out), but I just don't know how practical that is.


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5/3/09 12:29pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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Suffern, NY - USA

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1976 restored,new interior,custom paint(purple),body kit,rebuilt engine,trans,upgraded sound system

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Definitely go for c5,you can get some great buys right now.  I'm looking for a c5 myself, got my eye on a 2000 black convertible,black top, with oak interior, with 31,000 miles

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5/6/09 1:36pm - Reply: 'My Next Corvette'
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DUNEDIN, FL - USA

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1969 COUPE CORTEZ SILVER, BRIGHT BLUE INTERIOR 383 cu. in. 512 HP. Hooker headers w/ side pipes PS PS AC AM FM STEREO. 68,000.MILES C5 5oth Anniversary Coupe , auto.350hp

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TRY TO STAY AS NEW AS POSSILBLE IF YOU WANT A DAILY DRIVER. C5`S ARE MUCH MORE COMFY THAN A C4. PERFORMANCE IS A DREAM.

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