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#1581 of 2035 Southern California Service?
May 09, 2007 (2:36 pm)
I Purchased a 2004 Z06 Z16 near San Diego last Sept and, Holy Cow, what a ride! It had about 9K miles at the time of purchase and I've run it trouble-free for approximately 5K in the last 8 months.
I have really enjoyed the conversations you all have posted here and I have spent quite some time going back through the years of posts on this thread, so feel that I know a few of you personally by now!
It's now time to get some regular service and have a few things checked out before the factory warranty expires later this month and I'm a little skeptical in choosing just any dealership in So Cal. I live in Yucaipa (near Redlands/San Bernardino) and was wondering if any of you had any ideas as to anyone good in the area? I was thinking of Singh Chevrolet in Riverside, CA, but only because they seem to have a half-dozen or so Corvettes on the lot at any given time, thus suggesting that they would know how to service what they sell, if little else.....otherwise, it's a crap-shoot and it's hard to hand over the keys to JUST ANYBODY to mess around with my baby for a day......
#1584 of 2035 Re: Southern California Service? [jiminthehills]
May 11, 2007 (7:27 pm)
Finding someone local is always tough, best bet is to call
and talk to Service Mgr and ask who is the Corvette expert
and has certification. If they say, oh anyone can deal with
basic service, it probably doesn't want your business.
When I was doing regular service at a dealer I knew the
Corvette tech by name and the service writers didn't mind
him giving me input.
#1585 of 2035 starrow68 and ruking....
May 12, 2007 (12:48 pm)
Starrow - Thanks for the quick reply. This forum can be pretty scarce with visitors at times, with no activity for days or weeks.....
i agree with your advice. There is a Corvette specialist Master Mechanic at this dealership and the service writer did give me his name, but I've yet to talk with him personally. They did the Service Maintenance #2 package on Friday and they found a leaking water pump and rear differential seal to fix under warranty. I'll bring the car back to them Mon night after work and they should have it done by Wed evening. Hope everything goes well.
ruking - I believe I read somewhere a while back that you had a seal problem with your differential on your Z06....did the experience and fix turn-out as you expected?
#1586 of 2035 Re: starrow68 and ruking.... [jiminthehills]
May 12, 2007 (12:59 pm)
Yes (but after a few trips). However the good news is the car is going on 7 years and NO leaks or recurrences.
#1587 of 2035 Re: starrow68 and ruking.... [ruking1]
May 16, 2007 (8:08 am)
That's great to know that yours has done so well....gives me an idea on what sort of reliability we can expect.
What's the mileage on your Z06 and what do you mean by, "after a few trips"?
BTW, I've noticed you on the Civic forums. I'm looking for a commuter car to keep the miles off the other cars because our drive is approx 140 miles a day and feel that the Civic is the best choice so far. Our 91 Accord (bought new) now has 335K and still going strong. Maybe it will hit 400K?
If not, it's good to know our Z06 will handle a few weeks of high mileage until we find a Civic deal.....
#1588 of 2035 Re: starrow68 and ruking.... [jiminthehills]
May 16, 2007 (8:36 am)
Gee I had to go back to the records to review. 4 trips
1. Injection of dye and static test. Both covers were tightened.
2. Metallic grinding sound doing figure 8's and still leaking. Replaced gear oil and additive (due to dilution of fluids due to injection of dye) still leaking.
3.Seal 12369460 & 12457739 R/R new gear oil and additive
4. leak at bleeder screw, bleed screw cleaned and fluid level adjusted.
Finally no more leaks.
My Z06 is a garage queen at 75,000 miles.
Since you have a commute of 140 miles per day x 22 days mo x 12 mo or 36,960 miles per year; the Civic is a distant second (38-42 mpg.) The first (in my opinion) would be VW Jetta TDI same commute with 48-52 mpg. The math indicates (38/50 mpg) Prices of (will of course flucuate and vary) fuel over here is 3.41/3.05. So however you wish to run the numbers.... But here are some gross metrics 37,000 miles/38/50 mpg = 974/740 gals x $3.41/3.05 per gal= $ 3,321/2,257.per year/277 mo/188 mo. Run the fuel savings out 10 years and you are talking 1064 per year = $10,640.
May 16, 2007 (8:39 am)
So far so good, but the car will be down there until Friday. Seems the Corvette guy is pretty busy. This dealership is about 26 miles from our home and does a lot of Corvette handling, what with 5 Vettes in the showroom and an additional 7 in the back, they have a pretty good allocation.
Just don't look at the stickers in the showroom. The two Z06's are going for $94,000 (20K in added dealer mark-up) and the verts and coupes are going for MSRP plus 10K in ADM - Yikes!
May 16, 2007 (8:44 am)
My 2004 Z06 doesn't have 'em and I'm seeing a lot of pits and paint chipping starting to take it's toll on the rear panels aft of the front and rear wheels.
The new Z06's have a smart good-looking mud flap arrangement to help keep the pitting under control.
Does anyone make a similar good-looking set-up for the 2004 model?