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The C-5 (Read 5388 times)
Mar 22nd, 2012 at 4:09pm
seventyate   Ex Member

 
Got the C5 out today, washed it, and took it for it's long overdo inspection sticker.  Only put 1,200 miles on it last year due to medical reasons, my wife not the car, hoping to make up for it this year.   And if this spring is any sign of us having a nice summer the cars will be out.
Ed
 
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Reply #1 - Mar 23rd, 2012 at 6:01am

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Awesome timing! Yesterday here was cold but pretty nice! We too got the vettes out and washed them up! Tonight we have boat plans but this weekend is looking GREAT! Below freezing at night but well into the upper 50's in the day! Woo hoo! I'm tempted to take the top of Sharky!


Sorry to here about the health issues. Hopefully you've gone past that!

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Reply #2 - Mar 23rd, 2012 at 8:34am
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it's about time we all had some clear weather. we had a very weak winter but if it wasn't cold it was wet so really looking forward to spring ( early summer for us texan's )

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Reply #3 - Mar 23rd, 2012 at 11:05am
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Ed, hard to believe the weather in PA is that good this early in the year. Shocked  A little unusual isn't it?  Also hope the wife's health problems are behind her now. Wink  Good luck.

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Reply #4 - Mar 23rd, 2012 at 5:16pm
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Our weather has been terrific. No heat on in the house and sitting on the deck and enjoying the warmth.  Suppose to change except I hope not too bad as a lot of things are budding.
Was going to head up Gils today with the C5, but I backed the 78 out in the sun to heat the dash up so I could get the trim piece in it around the wiper switch only to find out the wipers don't work now. Could be a fuse but with the dash still apart I can work on it. Not much to say about the C5 except it is a very nice driver.  It is a 04 Commemorative Edition Conv.  14000 miles on it.  Need to do some driving with it this year. Amazing for the power it has that on the highway it can get 29 MPG.
Ed

Dale, my wife has improved a lot.  Been a tough two years on her, one heart operation is enough when you are are older but two really sets you back and lengthens the recovery time.  Thanks for asking.
Ed
 
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Reply #5 - Mar 24th, 2012 at 7:30pm
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my wife has improved a lot

That's really great news.  I'm sure one heart operation is more than anyone would want to go through.  Two is more than most people should have to endure.  Have her continue to follow the doctors instructions and advice and I'm sure all will turn out for the best.  God Bless you both and stay strong for her Ed.

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Reply #6 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 7:46am

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Glad to hear she is doing better! That is great!
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Reply #7 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 8:27am

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Ed it's good the hear your better half is doing better & I hope you both get some cruising in this summer.
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Reply #8 - Mar 30th, 2012 at 5:36pm
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Ed, that sure is a sharp Vette. Bring it around and take me for a quick ride .That will give me a good reason to get out from under mine.

Painted the frame with Chassis saver and
rustolium spray paint for frame's that I bought at an auto paint store.

Gil


 
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Reply #9 - Jun 10th, 2012 at 3:21pm
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Just go back from our son's.  We took the C-5 up.  Great running car on a trip like that (330 miles).  The only problem with it and I heard it's caused by the Goodyear run flats, it picks up a lot of road noise.  I don't know if it's the tires or being a convertible.  I heard there are some other brands of run flats that are quieter so when I change them I will have to look into that.
Ed
And being that the car runs 17's on the front and 18's on the back with no spare you need to run the run flats.
 
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Reply #10 - Jun 10th, 2012 at 5:26pm
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Ed, I've always heard convertibles are noiser than coupes or hardtops.  Guess that just a trade off for having a convertible. Undecided The "cool factor" should outweigh the noise. Wink

We don't sell run flats but have some people complain about the noise.  Usually it's when they have decided not to go back with the run flats.  Some of the BWM's have stopped using them and also do not have a spare.  Talked to a BMW rep about it.  He's response was "if they can afford a BWM they are not changing a tire, they're calling AAA to replace it". Roll Eyes

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Reply #11 - Jun 10th, 2012 at 10:34pm

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Ed, I think the tires are a secondary contributor to the road noise issue, with the C-5  road noise is inherent due to the fact that the rear end is completely open, if you ever saw a C-5 with the rear bumper off, you can see right into the center console, there is no fuel tank (they are in the frame rails) no spare tire (run flats eliminated that) so either one, coupe or converible will be noisy at highway speeds. they did improve the sound deadening insulation as the series went on and there is a load of difference between a 1997 and a 2004 and the C-6'S are even better. I personally have driven a 1998 and a 2004 and can you this is very true.
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Reply #12 - Jun 11th, 2012 at 4:28am

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First thing I noticed when I drove a C-5  ( NOISE)
I priced run flats & the cheapest was $218.00 frt & $270 rear. The cheapest non run flats were $85.00 frt & $124.00 rear. So if it was me I'd get a AAA membership & save money. I don't have a spare in any of my vetts just a AAA card.
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Reply #13 - Jun 11th, 2012 at 5:46am

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I like the handling of the Goodyear run flats best but I put on a set of Michelin Pilots a few year ago and so far I have over 67,000 on them. The 1st 2 sets of Goodyears I got 32,000 and then around 31,000 per set.  The pilots got over twice the milage and they were several hundred dollars cheaper and they run a bit quieter as well. They are ready to be replaced but they do still have some tread on them.
I LOVE our C-3 but the C-5, AHHH now THAT's a driving car!!  I have over 138,000 miles on it and she still runs great.
Y'all have a great week.
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Reply #14 - Jun 11th, 2012 at 6:03am
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Thanks for the advice.  Chris, mine is a 04 and I guess I am driving the quietest of the C-5's.  I worked in a paper mill and we had rolls that run nipped together, one would be steel and the other rubber and I know that the longer they ran the harder the outer shell would get so I am assuming rubber on tires is not different.
Was not aware of the fuel being in the frame. I seen a C-5 frame set up in Kerbecks in AC and it was there to show you the set up.
Ed
 
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