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Chevrolet Corvette C5 vs. C6

I had a 78 stingray which I sold to purchase my house 5 years ago. I am now in the process of purchasing another vette, but can't decide on a C5 or C6. Any comments from owners of both generations would be greatly appreciated, but anyone can chime in with there comments to help me make the decision. I want the most bang for my buck.


  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    2006 (there are still some available) and 2007 base Corvette.

    400hp. 29mpg.

    What else needs to be said?
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    The C5's tires cost less. Aaahaha
  • I have not owned both but I have read threads on another forum where this issue was presented, C5 vs C6. Those who had owned both raved about the C6 being superior in almost every respect.
    I cannot refer you to other forums here. (Against the "rules.") But do a google search (advanced) and put in Corvette Forums. You will also find dealer sponsors who are giving some GREAT deals on 07 Vettes. Les Stanford is one, Kerbecks is another.
    I have an 07 Vette and love it!!!!
    Good luck in your decision!
  • I have owned eighteen Corvettes. Of these eighteen, six were new, Four C4's(one was a ZR-1 and one LT4), One C5(Z06) and a new C6 Vert.

    My experiences and opinions:

    1) In the "old days", quality was car to car. If your build team did a good job on you car, you were lucky--the next car on the line might not be built as well.

    2) Corvette's seem to have their own unique quirks.
    a. Excessive oil consumption
    b. Overheating
    c. Equippment/parts malfunction that don't seem to
    be a problem in much lesser Chevy cars.
    1) Gas gauges that don't work or just
    work when they want to.
    2) Really strange noises that come and
    3) Convertible tops that rub the color
    off with repeated use.(to date,3)
    4) Replacing part after part to fix a specific
    problem, only to find that when all parts
    have been replaced, the problem still
    5) New issues with every model. I'm sure you
    have heard the standard Corvette lover's
    motto: "Never buy the first year, give GM
    a year to work out the problems".
    6) The interior will probably never be up to
    pare with a Lexus or Acura, but do you want
    all the money on the interior vs.

    Now let me make a point on the above experiences.

    IF GM FIXED the above issues, or ADMITTED that problems existed, or were more flexible after the warranty period, then these issues would be just information and mild annoyances. But I think GM's stand is plausible deniability.
    If we deny the problem, the car and owner will go away.
    (I HAVE NOT had this problem with GM - so far, all my issues have been resolved, but I have repeatedly witnessed this attitude in a least two dozen friends and /or Corvette club members).I also buy long term extended warranties. I have an 84/70 on my 07 Vert, and if I keep it, will probably extend it again.

    The good news is my C5 Z06 was perfect. I had ZERO
    problems with it.(I lied!--Excessive oil consumption). However, it was light years better than any other Vette I had owned.

    My 07 Vert is an absolute blast. The power difference in the C5 Z06 and the C6-400hp is virtually non-discernible. The interior is about even. I truely liked the dash handle on the passanger side of the C5, and the C6 interior is Ok.
    To my eye the cheapest part of the C6 interior is the shift knob. I would change it, however, I have been around too many horror stories of linkage problem with new shifter alignment. Also,I really like to keep the car "original".I went through my "modification period" with the C4's. I spent a small fortune on items that either didn't perform as advertised or were no real improvement.

    In my 07 vert, two issues have developed. A strange flow of very hot air screaming out of the dash, when the heater is NOT on, and the black pigment is being rubbed off my top on the ribs on the drivers' side. We had 38 days of over 100 degrees this summer and the top was never down. So, a new car, with 700 mile and a top that has barely been used, with a white "bald spot" the entire length of the passanger side top is a concern. I have documented it with the dealer, and taken pictures. I know that this is cosmetic, but, if you saw this 20 inch white discoloration, you would be on my side.
    The first comments from the dealer was, "Well, I don't know what we can do. I haven't seen anything like this before". This was a local metro plex dealer, that I didn't buy from. My selling dealer is 80 miles away, and has said they would take care of it. I'm believing them.

    So in summary, Corvettes are not perfect. Unless you are trading every year, you are likely to experience the joy of the unique and never boring experience of the Corvette family. I'm addicted to and love Vettes, I keep buying them expected a different outcome-or does that mean I'm insane??

    Enjoy the ride and keep waving!!

    Ultraman 19
  • My first car was a 1991 C4 and it was a good car. Now I have a 2002 C5 and there is a world of difference in the two cars. I`ve driven a C6 and plan to buy one next year but I really couldn`t tell that much difference in the C5 to C6. Maybe I didn`t drive the C6 enough to tell a big difference but I really do like my C5. Good luck.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,476
    I may be biased here.
    OK, I am biased.

    Full disclosure:

    I have been aware of Corvettes since GM stuck the first big block ( 396 ) into it in 1965, I believe.

    I rode in a couple of C5s when they were new or nearly new – one belonging to business associate & one bought by the owner of an on-line auto & truck parts business I’ve known for quite a while.

    I bought a 2007 C6 Coupe this week.

    I expect that your choice will clearly by driven mostly by your priorities & your needs. With otherwise similar equipment & options, a C5 would be cheaper initially, for example.

    My requirements included suitability as a Daily Driver. I have no interest in a second vehicle – my C6 is the only car I have. Your requirements will be different.

    Although I was quite impressed with the transformation from C4 to C5, I never really “warmed up to” the exterior styling, from the rear. . . But styling is purely subjective.

    The C6 styling is much more to my taste.

    More important ( to me ) is that, although the C6 does not appear in many ways to be as dramatic a change \ improvement over the C5 as the C5 was over the C4, to me the changes were exactly the right ones.

    Besides the styling, the interior upgrades mean that for me the C6 is now a viable Daily Driver. It offers such touches as heated seats, that mean a lot ** TO ME **. But would likely be irrelevant if you want the Corvette as a nice weekend only ‘toy’.

    What finally sealed the deal for me was the availability ( starting with the 2006 MY ) of the six speed automatic with manual shift. I had 4 sport sedans with this feature, dating back to 1999 & would not seriously consider the Corvette until this was available. Again, this would be of no interest to those who only want a 6 speed manual trans. Once there was over a year with no significant reported issues with the new auto. trans. on various forums, I ordered my 2007.


    - Ray
    Carpe Vette
  • Thanks rayain and everyone else that have responded so far. I am definitrely looking for a daily driver as well. I love corvettes and want to drive it as much as possible.

    I like the styling on both the c5 and c6, although I hate the headlights on the c6. It is an American sports car, not European. I think the new headlights don't make the front of the vette look like a bad [non-permissible content removed] muscle car like other vettes.

    I guess it boils down to money. Is the c6 worth the money I would save on a low milaeage c5?
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,476
    “I hate the headlights on the c6.”

    It actually took me about a year to “warm up to” the C6 headlights. They now look fine to me. They are clearly the most controversial styling element of the new body style.

    Only you can decide the monetary issues – and I suspect that you’d have to drive representative example of each to assign monetary “worth” to the price difference between a C5 and C6. With some new 2006 C6 Coupes advertised at $8K off, I’d be hard pressed to justify a used C6 vs a new 2006.

    Good luck!
    - Ray
    Ready for a weekend of much driving . . .
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Can't still believe that anyone who has seen the C5 lights
    up can say the C6 is worse ... just goes to show, can't
    make everyone happy.

    As to the differences you are right down to the basic issue,
    money. Since only a handful of Corvette drivers ever get
    really into performance you can find almost new, garage
    queens in the C5 world if you look around and possibly get
    to a local Corvette Club meeting. They will start with
    asking for a good premium but it boils down to their desire
    for a new C6 which many others are now driving, most just
    want to move up. After two new C5s in the household I think
    the way to buy any Corvette is used until the last model
    year and every one is waiting for the new model and then
    take the GM deals on a new order of the prior version. That
    way we ended up with an '04 at $12k off. It was $2k higher
    sticker than my '02, $2k more in options and $6k lower out
    the door than 2 1/2 years earlier. And, the wife loves it
  • Agree with starrow about the lights. Those pop-up lights look awful in the up position, totally ruin the lines of the front. In fact, imo, the C/Z06 looks better in every way than any Vette since the classic Vettes of the '60's and '50's; and, from what I've read, is not only better performing than any previous Vette, but is the most sports car for the money under $180k (e.g., is in the same class as the Porsche 911, which costs twice as much). :shades:
  • Keep the posts coming. I still havent made up my mind. Dolllar for dollar which vette is better and why?
  • Using that criteria, there's really no question; the C5 is substantially better dollar for dollar.

    The real differences between the C5 and C6 are really miniscule. Same engine (albiet a bit more horsepower in the C6), same suspension, pretty much the same interior. Yet you can buy low mileage C5's at around $20-22K vs. $50K for the C6. For the almost $30K difference, you can certainly bump up a C5 another 50 hp and install a nice navigation system, the only two real advantages I see with the C6.

    There have also been a number of quality issues with the C6 that have not been resolved. Tops delaminating, convertible tops giving problems along with the same issues such as column lock that have plagued C5's.

    This is not to say a C6 isn't a fine car. It certainly is and if you simply must have a new car, it's an excellent choice, but you asked "dollar for dollar" and with that as a criteria, the issue is really closed.
  • With GM Supplier Pricing available to virtually anyone, you can buy a new C6 for about $41,000
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,476
    “the only two real advantages I see with the C6.”

    Update - after approx. a month with my 2007 C6. . .

    While I do certainly respect your opinion that those are the only advantages you see, here is an “off the top of my head” list of the other advantages I see:
    ( C6 ‘06 or ‘07 vs C5 )

    1 – Based on the rides I have had in C5s, and feedback from many others, including the media, the base \ FE3 C6 rides significantly better.

    2 – The C6 is also quieter inside – particularly from a road noise prespective – largely a result of suspension re-tuning, specifically for the current generation EMTs.

    3 – 5 year \ 100,000 miles powertrain warrantee ( new 2007 only, of course ) is of interest to me.

    4 – The HUD with greater flexibility & crisper display, with MPH, Current Gear ( automatic ) and a couple of different Tachometer displays is very, very cool. And useful!

    5 – The LS2 has much improved bottom end Torque.

    6 – I find the improvement in overall refinement – and availability of such items as heated seats mean a lot, to me, as my C6 is a Daily Driver \ Commuter.

    Last – The six speed automatic ( if you care, you may have already decided on a MN6 ) with manumatic function paddle shift is worlds better for my driving than the 4 speed unit.

    With current inventory of 2006 & 2007 C6s now higher than ever, and discounts much more easily obtainable ( I negotiated $5K off an ordered 2007 Coupe in September – you could likely do even better now ) and some 2006 deals I’ve seen are now in the area of twice that discount.

    Still - Is any of this C6 ‘stuff’ actually worth $ XX K more? Only YOU can decide . . .

    There were also a number of styling changes, both inside & out. The overall result is much more pleasing to MY eyes.

    Clearly: Much of what I quote here has to do with improvements that relate to utilizing the C6 as a Daily Driver. If this Corvette is to be primarily or exclusively a Weekend only, nice day Toy – much of the C6 ‘advantages’ would likely be judged irrelevant.

    Good luck!

    - Ray
    Very happy C6 driver . . .
  • Tx, Ray. That is one of the better insites I have heard from anyone. It is greatly appreciated. Please keep the opinions coming and hopefully I will be able to make up my mind in the next few months.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Ray, from the C6's I get to ride in at the track I'd have
    to agree that the C6 is all around nicer than my 5 1/2 year
    old C5. The interior is much nicer and I expect it will as
    advertised, wear better, time will tell. Also the paddle
    shift is a great option for those that want an auto and with
    a tall 6th gear it gets the better mileage as well. It all
    gets back to how much you want to tie up in fun transportation.
  • 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.
  • iskchiskch Posts: 4
    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.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    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.
  • 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.
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