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Corvettes and all things about them



  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    joeli... ; "you will run those soft GoodYears bald in about 20 laps."

    I did notice that seems to be the case, except for the race prepared BMW's which did one of the rights with the left front about an inch off the pavement most of the time. Not pronounced on any others. I plan to join in one of these days, but looks like some preparation is in order. I'm building a list of what I need and who I need to get input from and then going to take some classes in Other people's wheels to do some learning. The guy in the Fiero into the wall was a telling argument against being a novice at risk.

    As for the Volvo, we got the last of the V90's since the extra interior room works for dog crates. It replaced a 745 that we had for 15 years and 200k miles, got our girl through the last two years of college. Love them both, except it is a little tight for me on leg room, but I don't drive it much. Wife loves the current one more than the prior. I usually take the ExcuseMe if we are going since I only go when we take a full load.
  • 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?
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Go to event results and then to Sat. 3/30 as there were more cars that day. The Corvettes did well since most were street legal and drove to the track. Many were first time drivers. The M3's were trailered in with full roll cages, race tires and only driver's seat inside.

  • knoxadknoxad Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 Vette convertible. The dealer could not get me one with a factory installed CD changer so they installed one. The first one was terrible about skipping while driving over small imperfections in the road. (Even skipped if I crossed over reflectors in the road marking the lanes). They have replaced the original one with another unit and it got better but it still skips over some bumps that I think it should not. (My cadillac STS does not). Has anyone had problems with factory installed CD changers skipping?
  • aotearoaaotearoa Posts: 5
    I have a 1999 Corvette with 48,000 K's (29,000 miles) on - and just "threw a rod" causing replacement of the engine - on a babied car. Engine was turning 2500 rpm at time. Anyone out there know of any similar situatons?
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    That sucks. That said, my sister had a Mercury Sable that also was babied, never driven hard, and did the same thing around 35,000 miles. Maybe it was just a fluke - lemon engine?
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,488
    Hopefully the engine's R/R will be covered under the basic GM warranty of 3yr/36k. I hope the new engine runs as good or better than the old one!
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Excellent GM quality comes standard on every Chevrolet.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    I only have 7k miles on a '02 with 12 disc changer and I only remember it skipping once since I bought the car. Since I live in CA which according to recent reports have some of the worst roads in the nation, try hwy 24 tunnel to WC and I see why they rate them that way. So, any skipping seems to be due to not using original unit or installation. Good luck.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    That is the second thrown rod I have heard about in almost a year on 30k to 34k they sell every year. Not saying it should happen, but as long as it is replaced under warranty, be thankful. I had a '90 Sub with 454cid and at 2.5 years, if I remember correctly, we had the engine replaced at 47k miles, new one went past 155k before my brother-in-law got it and that was over a year ago and he seems real happy, especially with new rearend so he could get better mileage.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,488
    They don't publish this too much and indeed I read it in a print interview with some Chevrolet quality control guy, but the LS1 and LS6 motor are specified to run 175k as the statistical middle (mean) point.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    That's pretty good, although I've never seen a Corvette of any year with that high miles, mostly because people don't drive them that far, not because they couldn't do it. Until the C5 at least, you really didn't want to drive them as a commuter car.

    Every automaker in the world has occasional engine disasters. It's the statistical inevitability of mass production.
  • knoxadknoxad Posts: 2
    To starrow68 I ask, do you have the real time damping option in your vette? Could this make a difference in the CD changer skipping?

    To anyone, does anyone know of any reported issues with the CD changer in the C-5 vettes? (dealer or factory installed)
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,488

    I would just bring it in under warranty! I would imagine it is very annoying ! My single CD player skips occasionally, but we do have very poor roads here in NO CA. Sometimes going over our roads it will about rattle the dental work in your head!
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    No real time damping, actually got it with the Z51 performance suspension to go with the 6 speed. I don't use the in dash CD much but when I have, I also haven't had any skip problems either. Good luck, I would say find out about factory installation vs. what the dealer did and check the make of the unit.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,393
    Even with the sport suspension I can't make the
    CD player in my Audi skip. Sorry, not braggin',
    just an FYI 'cuz I don't think they should skip except
    in severe conditions
  • gearhead7gearhead7 Posts: 15
    My '00 Z51 6 speed has the CD changer factory installed. To my knowledge, it has NEVER skipped in over two years.

    To those trolls like verozahl - please advise of a make that has not had any engine problems ever, so that we can all appreciate your opinion more fully.

    Maybe we can race for pink slips? ;)
  • mdm4mdm4 Posts: 33
    Does anyone have an interchange manual? I need to replace both bumpers on my 1975 coupe (both cracked). I am going to a swap meet at the end of the month and need to know what year(s) bumpers will bolt on. I was told 1975 through 1979 are the same but I want to confirm this before I purchase. Any information will be greatly appreciated. You may e-mail me at:
  • aotearoaaotearoa Posts: 5
    Firstly - thanks for the replys. The engine has been replaced (under extended warranty) and now they are having to replace the fly-wheel (under pressure) and clutch plate. The dealer is telling me that the clutch is my problen as this is a wear-and-tear item and won't be covered under insurance! Here again ; does anyone have any experience with clutch relacement - distance driven? less than 30,000 miles seems a very short life span for the clutch plate - even if it had been driven real hard! Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    I'm afraid I'll side with the dealer in this case, in that clutch replacement is heavily dependent on both the driver's skills and on the HP generated by the car. On a supercar like a Corvette, 30K miles on a clutch is certainly within reason, maybe a bit on the low end, but that's what you get unless maybe you baby the car. ( and what's the point of THAT?).

    Many powerful AWD cars, as well as cars like Ferrari & Viper, will experience rather short clutch life compared to the average passenger car. The old Jaguar E-Types would be lucky to get 30K, and on those the entire engine and trans comes out.
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