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Originally Posted by Phillie Phanatic
That's a great price for a clean example with a manual! I would've expected a few thousand more for this thing.
Put me in the small group of people that actually appreciates the C5 styling. They still look great, especially without the wider spoked "wagon" wheels.
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August 27 - 30, 2020
There's a few things on C5s that I'd check if they've been done already and if not, plan on fixing.
1. Electronic steering column lock bypass- make sure you do this if it hasn't been done- this will break and leave you stranded.
2. Skip shift bypass- I like to choose my own gears, easy plug-and-play installation, not very expensive.
3. Headlight motor gears- there are brass replacements for the plastic gears that strip and break. Very inconvenient when your headlights don't work at night.
4. Climate control display- they tend to go bad, there are plenty of places that fix the display.
Great daily driver in stock form- the sky is the limit when it comes to modifications. Best thing for a DD is replacing the tires- a good set of something like Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ would be great for a daily driver. If you plan on getting separate winter wheels and tires, get a real summer tire of course.
Bilsteins are a great replacement shock for a low price. The Doug Rippie valved version are pretty good and not very expensive. The good thing about Corvettes is that they are easy to get really good dampers if you feel the need- Penske, Moton, JRZ, Ohlins, etc. all make shocks for this car.
PM me if you have any specific questions- I had a C6 for 10 years and extensively researched C5s and C6s prior to and during my ownership.
I spent a lot of time in an 02 C5Z and always was amazing at how easy the car was to drive and live with. Even with 3-5 track events per year, the car never had any issues. The interior was quiet and roomy enough for very tall me. The trunk, though weirdly shaped, was huge. The Z had a bit more tire noise with the open back and weight reduction but it was totally fine on long trips. The HVAC was great - and that's a great thing after a hot track day. There's something so nice about being done with your last session and pulling out onto the road, with AC working great, and dropping it into 6th and ~1300rpm and quietly cruising home.
The only "complaints" I had were the wide powerband means you could be really lazy and drive a lot of the track in 3rd gear. And the seats sucked for fast driver. They are really comfy but flat, soft, and slippery.
I could see owning one. I really like the FRC look but they're all great everyday sports cars.
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