AY wrote:lugnutz wrote:PhillyandBCEagles wrote:Anybody know anything about Corvettes?? Specifically if an early-00s model with around 50-60k miles would necessarily be a money pit??
I know to look at the Carfax and have it looked at by a mechanic...but am I looking at dropping a ton of money every year to keep it running (would like to have it for around 5 years) even if these things check out??
A corvette is a money pit from the few I have known that own them. I think you knew that already going in.
Corvette is by far the best thing Chevy builds, but as Lugs said they can be a money pit. Repairs are going to cost more, and as with any car they will need to be serviced. Plan on dropping a shit ton of money just on tires, and often. Super soft compounds wear out in a year or two, depending on how many miles driven and how you drive it. Most of the new ones use run flats since there is no spare, which drives the cost up even more. But they are sweet though, especially if you get the Z06.
Personally, I'd take a long look at a Shelby GT 500 before I settled on a Vette.
I should clarify, I'm down to either a 'Vette or a CPO BMW 3-series at this point and part of the equation is that I live in Fayetteville, NC....not exactly a hotbed of quality import mechanics. Think there's like 2 in the whole town, other than dealerships (Raleigh is an hour away, but that isn't always an option). Had some work done on my old Jetta last year and not only did it cost significantly more than it would have in Philly or Boston (for an area whose overall cost of living is far lower) but my car sat in the shop for over 2 weeks while they waited on a part. The warranty I'd get with the BMW would help with the cost, at least for a while, but not with the availability of parts. So I guess I'm saying I realize the cost of ownership is going to be high, but given where I live is it going to be any higher than a German car...and am I an idiot for even considering buying an 8-12-year-old car?
As far as driving style, I like to go fast but probably not going to be taking it out to a track or anything...maybe once or twice over the course of the time I own it but definitely not on a regular basis. Probably 12-14k miles/year, tops.