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#1416 of 2035 Re: 2005 Corvette [motorhead1]
Feb 15, 2006 (10:22 pm)
If it is a base car with no options then the starting price is what you can find heavily optioned C6s for on E Bay and some of the Corvette Forums.
BTW, MSRP for a 06 6-speed with no other options is $44,490; you should be able to negotiate the price down from there.
The asking price is a high ball price so offer them a low ball prices if you like the car and let the games begin. You could also ask for a 7 year GM extended warranty to be included at some point if you plan on keeping it longer than the warranty will last.
Be sure and shop the internet dealers so you know what the going rate for the GM extended warranty is. Note also if the cars is over 12 months old the GM extend warranty is about double what it costs to purchase within the first 12 months. Fitchner Chevy in Montana has some of the best GM warranty prices.
#1417 of 2035 Re: 2005 Corvette [jmess]
Feb 18, 2006 (2:25 pm)
I'm with jmess, you have to get the original sticker and know what options are on the car to make sense of the price. I think the spread on options is about $7k so it can add 15%+ to the car, or not. The original '05's were selling with no discounts but the '06's are selling with discount, especially the coupe, which is going to result in more depreciation, or the ability to get a new one for a similar price.
#1418 of 2035 A little research in order ...
Mar 05, 2006 (1:54 pm)
The following statement is from the article below about the new Ferrari, too bad it isn't true as the Vette has had Mag suspension since I think '04.
This is the very first time the SCM (Magnetorheological Suspension Control) suspension has been used on a high performance sports car. This is the very first time the SCM (Magnetorheological Suspension Control) suspension has been used on a high performance sports car.
#1419 of 2035 Re: A little research in order ... [starrow68]
Mar 06, 2006 (8:17 pm)
The first time mag shocks have been used on a car that will cost 5 times more than a Corvette.
#1420 of 2035 Corvette Rattles?
Mar 07, 2006 (12:36 pm)
I am considering the purchase of a new 2006 or next years 2007 corvette convertible.
I am also considering the BMW M Roadster and the Porsche 911.
I am 55 years old and plan to keep the car for 15 years plus.
I was told by a dealer for one of the cars I am looking at the corvettes, even the new ones, have a lot of rattles.
I understand the corvette is probably the best value/performance package, especially compared to the Porsche, but I really don't want to listen to rattles. While the Porsche is much more money, given that I plan to keep it for many years, I am willing to pay up if needed to get the best car. I am however, a little concerned about higher potential maintenance costs on the Porsche.
Does anyone have any thoughts able the relative quality of these cars, long-term reliabilty and rattles?
#1421 of 2035 Re: Corvette Rattles? [gord1]
Mar 07, 2006 (8:43 pm)
So the Vette is fast, comfortable, handles well, brakes well, doesn't guzzle gas, cheap to own all things being considered, and looks great. I don't know about rattles because after a year, including a track day, I don't have any. I get an occasional pop from the removable roof panel but it is very intermittent.
My Lexus had more annoying long term noises than the vette because it was so quiet you heard everything. I have had one quality problem with my C6 that was fixed by the dealer; the fuel tank sending unit was replaced. I had three quality problems with my Lexus the fist year I had it and one was never fixed to my satisfaction; a rattle in the sunroof.
The only downside to the Vette is finding a good dealer service department that works on enough Vettes to know what they are doing. If you live in a smaller town you don't have a lot of choices. You also won't get the red carpet treatment at the dealer either.
With every car you are looking at you have an equal risk of having problems IMHO. Each design has it own strengths, weaknesses, and quality problems. If you follow the on line forums for all the cars you are looking at, you will see some owners complaining about quality, dealers, and etc..
Having to chose between all these cars is a nice problem to have. Drive them all, as many times as you can before you buy.
#1422 of 2035 Re: Corvette Rattles? [jmess]
Mar 08, 2006 (6:20 am)
Thank you for the response jmess. Very helpful.
#1423 of 2035 Re: Corvette Rattles? [gord1]
Mar 08, 2006 (7:39 am)
Older Vettes were known for rattles/squeaks.
When the C5 hit in '97 those problems have virtually disappeared.
I had an '01 Z06--2 years and 30k in miles and not a single squeak or rattle. Then bought an '03 Z06---going on 3 years and 25k in miles. Zero squeaks/rattles.
I suspect the C6 is at least as tight.
Porsche is a great car also but if you plan to keep for 15 years, you will have to do some serious budgeting as parts/repairs very costly.
Mar 08, 2006 (5:01 pm)
Can anyone tell me if I should use synthetic oil in my 1989 vette ?
#1425 of 2035 Re: Corvette Rattles? [gord1]
Mar 08, 2006 (9:13 pm)
I am impressed by how tight our C6 is- not a single rattle or squeak. Yes, GM can build a good car- they just choose not to!
This being said, I don't think any of your choices in cars here is going to go 15 years without significantly expensive service/repairs. A 997 911 will cost you about $30k more up front, maintenance is quite expensive and who knows if Porsche has fixed the RMS issue? Even if they have, it's too new to know if it will have any other issues. To top it off, the C6 is much more comfortable than a 911. (If you can't tell, we almost bought a 911, but finally decided on the C6- no regrets! )
$30K pays for a lot of maintenance, and 911s and BMWs are not known for being trouble free cars.
If you want something that lasts 15 years, maybe you can still get your hands on a Acura NSX (but it's been around a long time and is quite dated). Or wait for Nissan to release their new Skyline.