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#18 of 27 Re: C5 vs. C6 which one to buy? [brianapal]
Feb 20, 2008 (6:11 am)
I had a C4, and now a C5. The difference is huge. I imagine the C6, in it's own ways is the same .I am on the same forum as brianapal. Alot of us go on cruises together, and the C6's are definitley cool cars. However, there have been some reliability issues with them.It's a vette, and like any car, there will be quirks and issues.Drive them both, and see which one you like better, and get the best you can afford. Aside from that, don't forget to wave.
#19 of 27 Regular Corvette vs. Z06
Feb 22, 2008 (1:17 pm)
I'm researching about this issue which is better: The regular C6 vs. C6 Z06. I read a lot about technical issues about the regular Vette but hardly none on the Z06. This means the Z06 is a better car in regard to quality issues? Any suggestions will be welcome since I'm in the future market for a sport car.
#20 of 27 Re: Regular Corvette vs. Z06 [iskch]
Feb 24, 2008 (7:14 am)
Too bad it's not that simple. The tech issues with the C6 seem to be heavily in the
electrical support systems, doors, locks, etc., and all those are the same between
the two cars. The C6Z under the hood is another issue all together and depends
if you plan to do any race tracks, it is good, very good, but like any street car, if
pushed too hard it has limits. I'd suggest you get to used lots and drive as many
as you can find and get a feel for both cars, Z's might be hard to find but that is the
only way you are going to get a real feel. Invest time and you will probably invest
less $ in the long run.
#21 of 27 Dollar for dollar which one?
Dec 21, 2008 (8:03 am)
I just bought a 2004 C5 last month. I have always wanted a Corvette and had convinced myself that I really wanted the C6. Considerable research indicated it is more refined, better riding, quieter, more HP etc. When a great deal on the C5 came up, I just could not justify the $7,000 more for the C6. Opinions will vary between the two plus and minus but you really cannot go wrong with either.
#22 of 27 Re: C5 vs. C6 which one to buy? [silverback4]
Aug 28, 2009 (11:45 am)
I own a C5 and although I have considered a C6, since it's not my only car or daily driver, a lot of the "practical" aspects don't apply. I bought my Corvette (red '03 convertible because from the side it reminded me of a McLaren M6-M8 CanAm racing car circa late '60's-early '70's which I thought were the baddest race cars around at that time. Since I don't have mega mega bucks I can't modify one of those to drive on the street, so I think the C5 is the closest to that in appearance!
#23 of 27 Re: C5 vs. C6 which one to buy? [jkstew1]
Sep 21, 2009 (5:52 am)
I have a 2005 C6 that I bought new in October 2004. I have had the car for 5 years and it is probably the most expensive piece of junk that I have ever owned.
Typical of General Motors, small, annoying things always break. The Bose stereo is tinny and the bass is really non-bass. The heads up display is totally inaccurate. The mirror mounted compass reads NW when heading due south. The console doesn't align and close properly. If I had it all to do again, I would hhave opted for a Mercedes Coupe, or even something less expensive like a Mitsubishi Eclipse, a Nissan Z, or nearly anything else. I had a C4, it rattlled, was uncomfortable, but that was expected. The reviews on the C6 are great, but I don't see it. Hope this helps.
#24 of 27 Re: C5 vs. C6 which one to buy? [gesshooo1]
Sep 21, 2009 (9:29 pm)
Interesting take on the first out of the box C6's. I have a 2002 C5 Coupe that I got
in Sept '01 and have not had many issues with, which in my mind was surprising
since it got to spend close to 120 days at full road courses, Sears Point, Laguna
Seca, Thunderhill, Buttonwillow, Reno-Fernley and Spring Mountain. That is from
1.5 hrs to 2+ hours on track getting close to redline repeatedly for 15 to 25 minutes
at at time. That resulted in adding an oil cooler and both front and rear brake ducts
but after those, only safety additions.
During a track session, for example at Sears Point (Infineon), it was into 4th gear
and over 100 miles per hour four time per lap, which is 5500 RPM in 2nd, and then
into 3rd and shifting again. That would build up 255 to 275 degree oil temps after
the cooler was installed. That cooks most of the stuff in the engine compartment.
Had one power steering issue with a leaky line due to vibration/friction that was
easy to fix. Also had a active handling / ABS system failure that was covered
As for other things in the car, the Heads up Display is wonderful and I miss it when
I drive anything else. Ok the interior isn't top notch but then again it wasn't what
I got the car for, I like the upgraded sound system. I think on the C5 they worked
out most of the bugs after 97 and 98 and by 00 it was a pretty nice and dependable
package. Since I've known at least half a dozen former C5 drivers that have moved
up to the C6 and are happy, I'd guess that most of the early gremlins in that car
were addressed as well. Hope you find what you like in the future.
#25 of 27 Re: C5 vs. C6 which one to buy? [starrow68]
Sep 27, 2009 (6:11 pm)
I have 27 k on my electron blue z51, 2003 beauty. Had an 81, 87 4 plus 3 and now the 6 spd c5. Would love to have the c6 if only for the headlights. So I put depo projetors in to solve that issue. Lets face it. there is nothing like a vette. Period. I love my ride. I get 21.5 average going to work, and when I want to just blow off the world, I can do that too. The vette is a tribute to GM and we should never forget all the history with that. The C5 I have is flawless. Is it noisy, yes. Mine of course is a z51 so I have some stiffness....but when I enter I95 or leave it, who is on that ramp with me? NO one! NO one can keep up with htis car on ramps at 65 mph! the Z51 gets me out of the high first gear nonsense as it has a lower 1st gear. So I can keep the orig rear. I put a black wing intake on it and thats all it needs. The C6 is quieter, and perhaps somewhat more refined inside, but all my stuff works flawlessly. don't like the short rear on the C6 Love my bose and after I pay this off, I will be too old for another!!!!haha.
#26 of 27 I prefer C5 styling to C6
Dec 02, 2009 (12:43 am)
I think the C5 coupe is the best looking vette since the early C3 (late 60's)
I do not like the C6 styling, and I am surprised so many do.
The C5 coupes lines are rounded and it is just sexy in Black or Red. Amazing. The C6 is boxy sharp/angular...it looks like alot of these new cars with mass produced panels. It is not nearly as sexy in my opinion. The front looks like a wanna be ferrari. It is not as good at all. The lights look euro.
And these guys that say the lights look bad on the C5 when up...I do not agree anyway but WHO CARES! It's at night!!!
I do think the coupe in C5 is key though, I think the versions with trunks are not as sexy,because the ass is too big and it just looks slightly off.
But C5 coupe is a winner. I also LOVE the interior in all black with sport seats on C5. The new interior is again... too Euro. The C5 with sport seats in black is awesome, and the analog dash rules.
I am sure there are some refinements but to me the C5 is amazing. a 99 or 2k is a steal for what you get. 345 hp is fine. 0-60 in 4.7 is plenty. The engine is rock solid and it is a proven reliable workhorse. Buy 2 1 owner cars with 60 or 70k miles for 15k each in Red and Black and save an additional 20k and buy a Harley for what 1 C6 will run you.
Just my 2 cents.
#27 of 27 Re: '05 - '07 Top Recall
Dec 31, 2009 (6:11 pm)
Recently read about the recall planned for Jan. 2010. I own a '07 coupe and haven't noticed anything wrong.
Curious if owners who have experienced the reported seperation problem, if there are symptoms that would warn the owner prior to a disaster while driving.
In other words, do they show signs of "partial" seperation, noises, leaks, etc. ????
Also, anyone have problems with the "see through" panels ????
Will GM notify owners ????