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#40 of 227 Re: cars [xkss]
Sep 12, 2005 (3:52 am)
On Saturday I test drove a new 2005 911 S Cab (997) with my wife and kids in the rear seat. I was told the RMS problem was overblown and that, with proper break in, had not been a problem in 996's and Boxters. In fact, there was an absolutely pristine 2000 Boxster on the lot that had been recently traded on a 911. It had 155,000 miles on the odometer - and was driven as a daily driver nearly 30,000 miles a year. Never so much as anything other than routine service and oil and tire changes and it was still on the original clutch. The interior looked no worse for the wear and one might have thought the car had 15k miles on it, instead of 155k. Please advise me as to whether you know any sources of information on the RMS leak issue and how it might have been (or not) addressed in the 997. Thanks.
It appears that the new Corvette L7 has the raw performance to match or beat many more expensive cars and exotics. However, I am still skeptical of build quality and can't get past the Chevy level fit and finish. I admit am unlikely to use more than 80% of the capability of a 911 S without professional training, so "uber-performance" is not my holy grail. Otherwise I would be on the wait list for a Ferrari 430. But as good as the Corvette performance looks on paper, I don't want to grip a Malibu type steering wheel (someone else's analogy here) or look at a dash that has the aesthetic quality of my 1978 Datsun. And I really hate rattles and squeeks. It just seems that as long as the Corvette falls under the GM umbrella, it will be plagued by these shortcomings. Perhaps GM needs to spin off the Corvette??
#41 of 227 Re: cars [habitat1]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:46 am)
You bring up some legit questions that have been discussed on other Vette forums.
Fit/Finish--not even close to Japanese/German standards. Not so much the "fit" aspect, but the paint job is terible. Orange peel a novice painter would be ashamed to turn out.
Many have panned the dash as "cheap/plastic looking". Frankly, I don't mind it a bit. It's functional and I could care less about any wood trim/chrome/brushed aluminum/carbon fiber etc. Seats, at least in the C5 version suck. Very poor bolstering for a sports car. Maybe they have corrected in the C6.
As far as "rattles/squeaks", I think Chevy remedied that in the original C5 in '97. The previous generations of Vettes were notorious for these but I have seen no complaints for the C5. I had an '01 Z06 and now an '03. 50,000 miles between the two of them and have NEVER had a single squeak or rattle.
To me build quality is just fine, in fact, it exceeded my expectations. Paint is a bummer but my Z's have been yellow so not so noticable. Have always admired Porsche paint. I swear, they look like they were "hand dipped". I suspect each one has been wet sanded and buffed before it leaves the factory whereas Chevy lets robots spray the color and let it fly out the door.
Then again, I like the Vettes for their performance vs. the cost factor and other than the above complaints, I have been a happy camper.
#42 of 227 Re: cars [gbjerke]
Sep 12, 2005 (3:30 pm)
Thanks for the reply and congratulations on getting the car that suits your needs and preferences. We should all be so lucky.
I have just given the go ahead on a 911 S Cab. Getting a substantial discount on a leftover (but new) 2005. However, given that it's about the same as I've paid for my last 2.75 cars, I may still have some buyer's remorse. At least I can pop my girls in the back seat for a family ride to offset my guilt!
#43 of 227 Re: cars [habitat1]
Sep 12, 2005 (4:12 pm)
Hey Habitat---forget the "buyers remorse" bit.
The 911 S Cab is an awesome sled with a "fun factor" built right in!
My wife may disagree, but my mantra is that you only go around once in life so one damn well better enjoy the ride. How's that for an easy solution!
Enjoy your new ride!
#44 of 227 cars
Sep 12, 2005 (4:58 pm)
The 2006 Z06 doesn't have the Malbu's steering wheel.
Chevy will likely upgrade the interior of the C6 in a few years. No private owner has even driven their new C6 Z06 to test for rattles.
Yes, I do know of sources of information on the RMS leak issue and how it might hasn't been addressed in the 997.
The Corvette is sold in Cadillac dealers in Europe. It has 512 hp (DIN) over there.
#47 of 227 C6 Seats and Changes for '06
Sep 21, 2005 (8:35 am)
I'm considering buying a leftover '05 C6 but have some concerns. The car I'm looking at doesn't have the sports seats--are they worth waiting for on an '06? Second, I haven't seen any good info on changes for the '06 model--does anyone have details or a link for info on the changes? Finally, the car I may buy has zero options--are there any "must haves" that make it worth ordering (e.g. upgraded stereo or Z51)?
Sep 21, 2005 (9:29 am)
I guess it depends on what you want and even then it's personal. Spending the price of a Vette I wouldn't want one without the HUD (heads up display) but that is just from spending 4 years in a C5, very addictive, and I look for it in all else I drive and am disappointed. As to what comes with it, the sport seats are nice but the pass through for harness is the biggest deal and that may not be an issue. The Z51 is a function of if you see yourself ever going to the road course, if so you sure would be happier with it if you have a 6sp, with auto, not sure it's a big deal.
I think a base Vette is probably for someone who wants performance, isn't worried about any extra comforts, like memory seats and mirrors, and wants to unload it after a couple years knowing that the market sometimes will just be looking for lowest price available.
Not sure the '06 has many real changes vs. '05. But, I'd want a pretty good deal to take a no option unit off the floor, especially is it sat for any time.
#49 of 227 Must haves...
Sep 21, 2005 (10:00 am)
I agree with Randy on the HUD. I consider it the best feature of my 04 aside from the torque. Can't tell if the Magnetic Selective Ride has been worth the money since I have never taken the dial off of it, and I never rode in one without it. But the HUD is a must.