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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,781
    It's a good place to start but I think I'm closer than you are (of course, I hope you get your price, but....).

    If you aren't even getting calls or offers, after say 2 weeks, then that does tell you something.

    Also try www.craigslist.com

    and there's also

    www.corvettetrader.com

    C4s are tough to sell and there's a lot of them out there. But you are in the "realistic realm" so yeah, it's probably the economy that's stalling your sale.

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  • flozickflozick Posts: 4
    Joe, Thanks for giving me more feedback. I appreciate you saying my starting price might be in the "Realistic Realm" because I don't mind waiting 2 weeks. I agree with you that the economy is probably affecting the sale. Thanks again. Flo :)
  • flozickflozick Posts: 4
    Joe, I take your suggestion and try covette trader.com.
  • >> However, when I shut it down, I get this noise from under the hood. It is fairly loud and sounds like perhaps a fan hitting a shroud or some such, but only lasts a few seconds.

    This thread is a number of months old so you may have solved this problem already.

    The problem you mention is most likely the motor on one or both of the headlights. The gears are plastic and strip after a few years. I went through 2 or 3 motors in my 2001 coupe before I sold it. There was actually someone selling brass gears and instructions on how to replace them on eBay due to the high number of failures. The failure mode is exactly the symptom you describe.

    I loved my Corvette when it worked but after 5 years it was just a hassle to keep running. I'd like to get another one but I need reliable transportation. Maybe the current C6 is better.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,349
    The problem you mention is most likely the motor on one or both of the headlights.

    Thanks, kms34655, you are exactly right; in fact, I had stopped monitoring this site or I would have responded sooner. It took me a while to isolate the problem, because the car is parked in a garage, the headlights were set to come on automatically (which they did whenever I started the car), and the noise only happens when the lights go off and retract. Oddly enough, the mechanism still raises and lowers the lights. Anyway, thanks for nailing the problem down to the gears; at least I'll know what to tell the mechanic to do.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • My wipers will not park either. You are right about the relay inside the motor. There is an arm that the cam pushes against a contact in the relay to park. The contact is burnt so I need a new relay. Do you know where I can find one? I have checked several corvette parts catalogs with no luck.
  • I`ve got two butterflies inside my headlights ! How did they get there and how do I get them out ?
  • I just had my driver side headlight motor repaired under an extended warranty I purchased. I had previously bought 2 brass gear replacement kits @ $47.95 each plus shipping just in case of the inevitable failure of the original plastic gears. I had the same grinding noise for about 5 seconds after light door closing. My buddy has his own automotive repair shop and he fixed it. Mine needed a new motor @ $475 and also had to have seals replaced in the rear end. BTW--BE VERY CAREFUL when trying to open the motor to replace the plastic gear---it is VERY fragile :( :( Total cost for both repairs almost $900 less my $100 deductible--warranty's are great!! Vette's are great--just costly to repair.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    Hello:
    I just bought a 2004 Twin turbo Corvette C5. I was just wondering if anyone else on this forum had modified their vette...and what their experience and issues were ?

    I have some small issues with noise from the tranny.

    Some fuel system problems.

    AC leak due to AC hose touching the hot exhaust.

    ANyone else have these problems ?
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    I ran into lots of boosted Vette's at the track and mostly they had 'issues' at every
    track day. I had one power steering issue over about 4 sessions in my C5 and it
    was related to plumbing for an after market oil cooler. Other than that the C5 was
    a work horse over 5 years and well over 100 track days. Modified cars are best
    loved by those that enjoy the work on the car more than the driving. IMHO
  • can anyone tell me if there is a manufacturers car alarm on 1984 corvettes...i lost my door key and want to use a slim jim to try to open it...don't want to bother all the neighbors...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,781
    Yeah there is an alarm---I think it's just the blinking lights and horn variety. Once you open the car door, if you have all your tools ready, you should be able to disconnect the battery pretty quick (negative cable). The battery is behind the driver's side front wheel when you open the hood.

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  • I have a 2005 corvette with 6900 mi. Haven't had any trouble with it until today. I opened up the hatchback door and it wouldn't stay up. Wondering if anybody else has had this problem and if it is a costly repair.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    There are two small hydrolic cylinders that hold the hatch up. You can easily see them on both sides of the hatch.

    One or both of these are getting 'weak'. Cold weather also effects them, especially if you park outside and winter is coming.

    These might be replaced with non-Chevy parts from a parts store. My guess is about $30 apeace. Who knows what Chevy wants for them. I would guess this is a $150 for both at Chevy.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,781
    I'm with bolivar. Take one of the old struts and try to match them up with anything that fits, and avoid $$$ Corvette parts prices. I ran Nissan struts on my Porsches for years. Not only 1/3rd the price, but they lasted longer :P

    Easy on/off, just a bolt or two, but you might need a piece of lumbar to support the hatch while you work.

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  • Wife and I just got our 2010 LT2 coupe, manual tranny, about a week ago. Huge fun to drive...and we enjoy just looking at it also. We added a Callaway short-throw shifter, which further enhanced the fun. Too bad we do not have no-speed-limit freeways here in the States, to really appreciate what these are capable of.
  • mbdmbd Posts: 12
    Does anyone know the changes from the '09 to the 2010? Anything added or updated (except new Torch Red color)? Thanks,
    mbd
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,781
    "notable" chances include launch control standard (manual transmission models), Performance Traction Management on the ZR1, being able to order any Corvette in any color, and a cashmere interior package available on the Z06 and ZR1.

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  • toydrivertoydriver Posts: 227
    Recently read about the recall planned for Jan. 2010; and that it was previously listed as a TSB, but apparently the fix before hasn't worked.?.
    I own a '07 coupe and haven't noticed anything wrong with the "stowable" top. Mine seems to be fine.

    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. The thought of having it seperate while driving at highway speed; and the associated liability gives me concern.

    In other words, do they show signs of "partial" seperation, noises, leaks, etc. before complete seperation ????

    Also, anyone have problems with the "see through" panels ????
    Thinking that might be a better way to go.

    Will GM notify owners ????
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    I will try to give you some info on the history of this.

    Chevy has pretty much been fixing these tops for years, if the owner just goes in and asks. The first fix was some kind of 'foam' adhesive. Many people that had this done seemed to think it did not work very well. The next fix was a total replacement of the top with a different design (material) top. I think some of the hardware might be moved from the old to the new top. And, of course, the new top must be painted to match. It took some time to get the replacement, since so many people wanted it, and it first went to production of new cars, but they did get caught up, probably in mid- 2007, with replacing the tops rather quickly, when someone asked for it, or their top developed a problem.

    In early 2007 models the change to the new top was made. I have a 2007, with a VIN number in the low 6000 range, bought in October 2006 and it has the new top.

    A lot of tops totally flew off before anyone noticed a problem. More failed in hot climates. I've seen pictures where the top at the front center could be raised up what looked like an inch - a guy had his finger poked thru there. There were some creaks, water leaks, etc.

    What's the VIN number of your 2007? If it's later than mine, I would almost guarantee it has the new top. Iff you have an earlier VIN, there is a way to tell a new top. Pry up a small area of the inside liner on the side/front. If there is a white color under the liner, it's a new one.
  • toydrivertoydriver Posts: 227
    Thanks for the info, Bolivar.

    I purchased my '07 coupe in mid July '07. Mfg. date was in March '07.
    When you mention VIN # later than "low 6000", do you mean the last 4 digits ?
    If so, mine is above 8000.

    So, if mine is a later '07 model, does that mean that the "new" tops (like ours) are not included in the recall ???

    Thanks again for the response.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Yea, I would bet you have the new top. You (and I) are most probably not going to get a recall letter.

    Recalls are done using the state's auto registration files. This allows them to be as up to date as possible to get to the current owners.
  • A few years ago I really wanted to get a classic car like a 1957 Chev.,1967 Pontiac, GTO, a 1950 Ford with a Chevy 350, etc. the only problem with that desire was it really wouldn't be a daily driver like it was when it was new because most people wouldn't drive a car like that every day because of the possibility of having it damaged or in a lot of cases a car like that will eat a lot more gas than most of the cars on the road today so they are usually relegated to car shows and weekend drives when the weather is good.
    The investment in a car like that can be upwards of 20,000 dollars or more so I began to realize that a older Corvette in the age group of 1995 to 2005 would be a good daily driver and still get decent gas mileage and at a price of $20,000 or less and still be a car that if it is damaged or just gets worn out that parts are usually available.
    This kind of car is still popular at car shows and can be upgraded to some fantastic power levels if a owner wants to do that.
    Now that I have a 2003 Corvette the desire for a classic car is gone because in my lifetime this car will also be a classic.
  • I have been very curious to know the typical age of a Corvette buyer either 1st time or having had several previously.
    I myself being a first time buyer am 68 years young and retired for 5 years, my wife is also retired, we own our home and also the cars we drive.
    This may be something of a prerequesit for most Corvette buyers that they have incomes that allow this type of spending.
  • I have noticed that there was an interest in the Pontiac G8 and GTO at a time when General Motors was still supplying them,I use the word Supplying because both of these cars come from Australia where they are built under the name Holden.
    One of my wifes relatives bought a 2005 GTO and had a altercation with a concrete statue that did front end damage to his car, he had to wait several weeks for the parts shipped from Australia to fix his car.
    There may still be some of these cars still available today at very good prices but be aware that it could be a hassle getting repairs done on them.
    I wonder if the GTO and G8 are available from the Holden car co. of Australia.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,781
    Here's an INFORMAL POLL taken of C5/C6 owners, and it's about what I expected. Looks like the vast majority are age 50 and up, with a fair chunk over 60.

    Yeah I think income has a lot to do with it. Back when, the early Corvettes were much more affordable. A hard working kid could buy one. Now it's a bit pricey (although still a lot of bang for the buck).

    While these are fantastic cars, I think they make far too many of them these days for them to ever become classics. The older Vettes, especially given the myriad engine options back then, are far rarer, and more perishable. Aside from the interiors, and collision damage, the C5s and C6s are likely to last forever. There must be hundreds of thousands of them still on the road, so rarity is going to take a very long time indeed.

    If I owned one (and I may yet) I'd just drive it until it wore out. It wouldn't pay off to sock one away for 20 years. You'd lose big time. Look at 25 year old C4 prices.

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  • I'm now 62...Bought my 1st 3 years ago...Have a C4, 1995,had 69K on it 3 years ago, have 72K on it now! Live in the NorthEast so spring seems to come later every year, and summer comes around the middle of July, so not much drive time. I have always wanted one and I love driving the car. I can relate to the folks who bought when older. I used to be the one wishing I had one in my teens, and seeing the old timers driving them and Caddy's. Laid off 6 years ago from Plolaroid, after 35years. now Shlepping for half the dough and bennies. So 4 more years till retirement, if I make it, and unless I get paid like a corrupt pol. I don't see a newer model in my future!!! Not a problem...I love my C4!!
  • If you want to drive your 'Vette in winter on some ice and snow then get some winter type tires which are stickier but remember when the weather gets warmer you better take them off or wear them out real quick on warm/hot roads.
  • I remember many years ago when if you owned a Corvette you needed a armed guard 24/7 or your precious car would be gone before you knew it.
    Today the security systems on 'Vettes are much better but so are the thieves so my question is what is the best way to keep your 'Vette secure from those who also love 'Vettes but can't afford them?
    I store my 'Vette away for the winter and am in a warmer climate for a few months before getting back home, My son stops by my home once in awhile to check on things but he can't be there all the time but usually there is a lot of snow on the ground during that time so this might make stealing a 'Vette a little harder although flat bed trucks and winches can do wonders for dedicated thieves.
    Can anyone tell me what they do in instances like mine?
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