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#1693 of 2035 Huge $4000 problem...look out!!!!
Sep 18, 2007 (4:44 pm)
I'm not sure if this is the best board for this but I feel compelled to alert any and all fellow corvette owners of a problem I've just found out about. However, I must attend to selfish motives too: so if any of you have any knowledge/experience to this problem I'd love to hear from you and how you resolved it.
I have a 2002 triple black convertible C5. I've owned it since new and it has 25k miles on it. I've had very few problems with the most expensive on being about $600 to fix a headlight that wouldn't go down. After calling corporate and telling them the car just went off warranty last week, they helped me out a lot. Now, just one month after paying the car off, the dealer tells me I have a electric brake control and brake pressure modulation valve that needs to be replaced. Cost: $4000. I literally thought he was joking when he called me. After five minutes of laughter I finally realized he was serious. He said "hey, you got a vette" as if I should have expected this. BS! Last I looked GM/Chevy may not have been at the top of JD Powers or Consumer Reports, but I'll be damned if they were at the bottom.
Is anyone familiar with this problem and its resolution, options, alternatives, etc.. Oh, I find this out a week after I listed the car for sell. Fixed or not, I will NEVER buy another vette and would advise anyone that does to lease it and send it back b/f the warranty expires. Oh, and find a more sympathetic dealer/service department. I've called corporate again, but haven't heard back as of yet.
#1694 of 2035 Re: Huge $4000 problem...look out!!!! [atb84]
Sep 18, 2007 (8:30 pm)
Well we only live so long, you will only have a few more
experiences that will make you swear off a few more makes
and models but fact is, today things are expensive. I have
a 2002 with almost 70k miles at 6 years old. I got the ABS
system replaced around 4.5 years and close to 50k+ miles. At
that time they said the unit was $2,700 + labor. It was
covered under the 6/60 warranty I had from when new. Also
watch out for the rear brake light module, that was also
replaced. Fact is you either pay for new and depreciate or
you pay to repair and only you can tell which is less painful.
BTW, the brake system is what makes the 4 wheel ABS capable
of the small interventions that make Stability Control
possible. It helps if it works right.
Sep 22, 2007 (1:49 pm)
I just wanted to let people that are planning to buy a new or used Vette that the painted top is very easy to remove. I got both tops with mine because I was worried that the painted top would be heavy but it is very light and easy to take off and put on. The painted top makes the car much easier to cool, so unless you want the glass top save your money.
#1696 of 2035 Re: Painted Top [motorhead1]
Sep 23, 2007 (6:53 pm)
I agree that the clear top is not worth the extra, but my
wife has one and it is used mostly in the winter, hence not
much heat issues and at night for driving on trips when
having the Moon up is really great. It can be fun if you
learn to live with it at the times it adds some value, not
what they charge but some.
#1697 of 2035 2008 corvette performance exhaust and 2.73 axle ratio
Sep 27, 2007 (1:02 pm)
I am going to order a base model 2008 corvette and I am trying to determine if I should get the performance exhaust system and the 2.73 axle ratio. Any advice would be appreciated.
#1698 of 2035 stuntmansteve
Sep 27, 2007 (6:02 pm)
I ordered a base model with the performance axle. I have read in magazine articles it does make a noticeable increase in mid-range power. Also, the 2008 has a quicker shifting automatic. I passed on the exhaust because of cost to horsepower ratio. It adds 6 horsepower. I haven't driven one with the performance exhaust, but read it sounds real nice when you step on it. Hmmm, maybe I should have gone for it.
#1699 of 2035 Re: stuntmansteve [will42]
Sep 28, 2007 (2:27 pm)
I opted for the dual mode exhaust in my '08 and happy I did so.
I had an after market exhaust on my '03 Z06 which barked pretty good but at crusiing speed there was a "drone" which was a bit annoying.
The stock exhaust on the coupes was just OK...too mild for me but an after market cat back exhaust is about $1,500+ and you may again end up with the "drone" at cruising so the $1,200 cost for the dual mode made it a no brainer for me. Certainly not worth the $$$ for only 6 horses but I wanted it for a more aggressive sound. The drawback here is that the valves open at about 3,500 rpm and unless you are tracking the car, one would not get to hear the open valve sound very often.
Now, all one has to do to keep the valves open at all times is to pull the fuse for the dual mode (it's a stand alone fuse). Sweet music but the dreaded drone at cruising could wear on you.
SOLUTION--and this is awesome. There is a vendor who sells a "MILD TO WILD" unit which is ultra slick. $100 gets you the unit. It plugs into the dual mode fuse (a 2 minute install) and comes with a FOB so with a push of a button you can either leave them in the stock position or open the valves at anytime. It's a small FOB so I did the velcro bit and put it right next to the start button so I can open/close the valves at any time. The best of both worlds to me.
#1700 of 2035 Re: stuntmansteve [gbjerke]
Sep 30, 2007 (7:01 am)
I wish I could of talk to you first. That sounds like a excellent set up. My car will be in Monday or Tuesday, so it's too late.
#1701 of 2035 Six speed auto trans
Oct 06, 2007 (4:33 pm)
I read in my Corvette magazine today that the six speed auto starts the car off in 2nd. gear from a normal start, not in 1st. Has anyone else ever heard this before.
#1702 of 2035 Re: Six speed auto trans [motorhead1]
Oct 07, 2007 (8:00 am)
That's true, but you can over ride this feature.
Here's the deal...If you put the gear selector in "D", it shifts just like a regualar auto does...i.e., starts in 1st gear, up thru 6th.
Put the selector in "S" WITHOUT TOUCHING THE PADDLES and it operates like the regular auto with firmer shifts.
Activate the paddles and it will start out in 2nd but a flip of the paddles and you can put it in 1st.
More confusing than it needs to be but it becomes second nature after you have driven it a bit. A peek at the HUD shows what gear you are in. Easy to get used to.