Using It Like A Camry - 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Long-Term Road Test Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 10,315
edited July 2015 in Chevrolet
imageUsing It Like A Camry - 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Long-Term Road Test

Our 1966 Corvette Sting Ray leaks. All old cars leak. In other news, the sky is blue.

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  • cobrysoncobryson Member Posts: 110
    Well put, and it does sound like a pretty great way to spend a Saturday. I don't think the criticism has been so much that the car itself has issues-just that many of them were likely known by the dealer prior to selling, and they didn't do anything about them. Safety/liability issues such as the brake lights, speedo/odometer, etc. are things that should have been functioning properly on delivery.
  • texasestexases Member Posts: 10,452
    Thanks for the good post. Nice thing about GM a/c in the '60s - when it works, you can hang meat inside...
  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    Yep, but the odometer is still not fixed, so all of those miles aren't getting logged. In the end, it'll be "well, we put a whole bunch of miles on it but don't know how many" and it'll be tough to tell if it was 5,000 or 25,000.
  • farvyfarvy Member Posts: 34
    Beautiful car. Love this era of Corvettes, & greatly enjoy reading about this LT test. Loved MASH also.
  • markinnaples_markinnaples_ Member Posts: 251
    Excellent post.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    I don't know that people think it's a lemon...I do know they think you guys blew the selection and buying process, and that the dealer was less than forthcoming about the car's flaws. I know you still have an issue with the floor of the car on the driver's side, and that it has a big question mark concerning the right front clip. Apparently you and your staffers have some wildly differing ideas as to whether or not the A/C is up to snuff.

    You tell us how it is owning an old car - they leak, things go wrong, etc....believe me, lots of us own old cars,'re not the only one. Lots of us would have fixed those items ourselves instead of throwing money at it.
  • schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    I don't mind the blog posts about paying someone to fix an old car. I hate fixing cars and I don't do it. That's why I only buy reliable (but slightly boring) cars. But it's interesting to read about what the experience of owning an old car and how much headache it is.
  • defyant15defyant15 Member Posts: 74
    edited July 2015
    Good post - many here realize old cars have issues and its fun to watch them emerge and get addressed (We purchased an old house that had deferred maintenance, which we spent 8 months catching up on). After you're caught up no doubt the issues will reduce.

    All I ask is to take care of the issue using the proper technique and a permanent fix rather than Jerry rigging some solution on a beautiful classic (like was done on the speedo). Also request you all actually fix them rather than do the minimum (like the CL63AMG)
    Car looks incredible BTW/
  • mercedesfanmercedesfan Member Posts: 365
    This was a great read. Owning an old car is so much fun if you have the stomach for the bills and the desire to spend time working on it yourself. For me there are few things better than grabbing the wife and heading north along Highway 1 for a leisurely cruise. My old Benz is about as far from a sports car as you can get, but with old cars you don't need to be driving fast to enjoy yourself.
  • cjasiscjasis Member Posts: 274
    Frankly, the best Sting Ray post so far. As a fellow car enthusiast and dad.. I loved this.

    I do agree that one has to expect certain hiccups with an older car but I also think you guys put way to much weight in a supposedly reputable dealer when you bought this. A lof of your problems should have been disclosed or fixed prior to sale.

    All that being said... from one dad to another... use this car to its fullest and make these great memories with your kids. Happy, safe driving.
  • sharpendsharpend Member Posts: 177
    Good thing it doesn't have more seats. Old cars are not nearly as safe as modern cars for carpools. That's a fact.
    Accidents don't happen very often, but when they do it's a good thing to minimize the dead and injured kid count.
  • s197gts197gt Member Posts: 486
    i don't think it is a lemon either. but it was sold to you (and us) like it was in pretty darn good condition. not a show queen but a solid daily driver. had you guys been closer to the dealer you bought it from i would have hoped you guys would have brought it back to have them fix some of the stuff.
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