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#872 of 917 Consistency of Reviews?
Feb 09, 2007 (11:04 am)
I don't know if this has been brought up here, coming in so late to the topic, but there is a major discrepency about the shift quality of the manual transmission. In "First Drive: 2005 Chevrolet Corvette", Edmunds said:
"The standard six-speed manual, however, is the big shocker here. The clutch is smoother and lighter, and the shift feel is dare we say "Miata-like" in its snick-snick shift quality. Even the shift knob is perfectly shaped."
However, in the "Follow Up Test: 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible", they say:
"The long throws between each gear are only part of the problem. The real killjoy is the extra resistance and excessive clunkiness felt through the shifter as each cog is swapped. Thankfully, my young passenger is oblivious to such elements. Yet the stopwatch during instrumented testing was not. With the 2-3 upshift proving particularly challenging, we'd estimate a good two-tenths of a second were lost in that transition alone."
Now which is it? The statement above certainly doesn't sound "snick-snick" and "Miata-like".... Hopefully, someone from Edmunds will read this, and explain how they came to such vastly different opinions of the same transmission.
#873 of 917 Re: Consistency of Reviews? [wideglide]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:17 am)
"explain how they came to such vastly different opinions of the same transmission. "
Editor_Karl used to respond to such questions. No longer, that I am aware of...
Sad - I used to enjoy that Forum - a lot!
Very curious about similar aspects of tests & impressions published here...
#874 of 917 Re: Consumer Reports Tests [fotorich]
Feb 16, 2007 (10:17 pm)
Consumer Reports is for toasters and mattresses, not Corvettes.
Btw, Bose, imo, sucks, always has, always will. Every Vette owner I know hates or, at best, is indifferent to the Bose sound system. Speaking of which, just drove a Chrysler 300 rental for a week: best stock sound system I've heard (but you gotta know how to tweek it, set the equalizer, fade, etc.). Had that sucker rockin'.
#875 of 917 Car locked itself.
Mar 19, 2007 (6:19 pm)
Coming back from 11 days vacation, my 2005 Corvette won't start. Battery was too weak. I got off the car pop up the hood to inspect the battery. I closed the hood. The door locked itself. The remote key would not work.
Roadside Assistance sent two guys to jump start the car. There's power from the battery. Problem is the car would not take input from the remote key. Connection is gone. No way to start the car.
Tomorrow the car will be towed to the nearest dealer.
#876 of 917 Re: Car locked itself. [exzur2071]
Mar 25, 2007 (8:17 pm)
Well, I don't understand all you are saying...
But - Is this a 2005 Manual transmission car? If so, there is a well known problem with Dead Battery Syndrome with these cars. And, Chevy has a 're-flash' of the computer that supposedly corrects most of the cars with this problem.
If yours is a manual, you sure need to have this done or the car will kill another new battery for you. This car (manual) is also supposed to be shifted into reverse before turning the ignition off, or it will kill the battery. Read the manual.
As I said, don't understand all 'connection is gone', 'input from the remote key', etc. If the battery voltage is low, it probably will not unlock the doors with the remote. There is a way to get into the car without the remote unlocking the doors. Then open the hood. If the voltage is below 9volts, it definitely will not crank. If the voltage is probably below 11volts, it will probably start to 'confuse' all the electronics in the car. And there are a lot of electronic in this car. If you have a meter and know how to measure the battery voltage, and it is much below 12.6volts (normal voltage for a charged battery), you need to either recharge the battery or put a new one in it.
If you 'jumped' the car, and drove it for a while (20-30 minutes??), it should have recharged it enough to restart the car. If not, the battery is not taking a charge and should be replaced. Of course, if the 'killing the battery' process is taking place, and you let the car sit for a while before attempting another restart..... But, this car, and battery, is approaching 3 years old. The battery may have just died from natural old age problems, and a new battery will set everything right. (But, if the 're-flash' has not been done, get it done.)
#877 of 917 Re: Car locked itself
Mar 27, 2007 (6:05 am)
The car was towed to the dealer last Tuesady. I drove the car back home the following day. They say it's an igntion circuit shortage that was corrected. The compuetr reflash was not mentioned.
The car has the manual transmiision and from day one I always put the gear in reverse before turning off the ignition.
Battery is still good according to the delaer. My problem is the dealer can cahrge the battery and I can't.
I tried two good charger units and the battery won't take the charge.
I have to drive the car at least once every two weeks.
#878 of 917 Re: Car locked itself [exzur2071]
Mar 27, 2007 (12:12 pm)
For a 2005 Manual transmission Corvette - Get the reflash done or you will continue to have battery problems.
#879 of 917 Question the dealer
Mar 28, 2007 (8:35 pm)
When I knew a very good tech at the local Chevy dealer he
would talk to me in addition to the service writer. He
would let me know when tech updates to any system were
available. He always noted on the service sheet when a
software update was up loaded to the car so I had a record
when traveling of what my current syetem status was. If
the service writer doesn't know what you are asking, get to
the service manager and ask also if they have techs that are
Corvette C6 certified, completed the training. Good luck.
#880 of 917 Base Model C6 at $40k; what's the downside?
May 12, 2007 (6:05 am)
I'm dreaming of buying a base corvette sometime in the not too distant future. Seems like the base car, discounted to ~$40k is a reasonable deal. Do folks like the manual transmission? is the top hard or easy to take off? I think I can live without HUD or tilt wheel (hopefully),so the base car may meet my needs. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
#881 of 917 Re: Base Model C6 at $40k; what's the downside? [john_f]
May 12, 2007 (7:11 am)
I drive a 2007 3LT, w/HUD and A6.
Id agree that a base 1LT can be a bargain.
One thing that you will not have is the Sport Seats.
The Z51 might be worth your $$s, depending . . .
The clear top is quite easy to take off.
All C6s have tilt 3LT adds the power telescope for the steering wheel.
Ive had the HUD before and it is something I did not want to be without . . .
Happy C6 driver . . .