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C5 wanted (Read 1164 times)
Apr 28th, 2015 at 9:25am

jfan   Offline
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Here is my situation; always wanted a C3 and last year I found an 81 gem.  Dark blue, 4 speed w/23k orig miles!  Love going to shows and gently driving it to keep miles down because that is where the value is, esp future.  Joined local vette club and also really enjoy that, but requires much more travel than I think we should put the 81 through.  Top dollar for my 81 seems to be mid teens, and I will not sell this car for that $$$.  A good C6 will cost me $30k plus which I cannot afford w/3 cars.  The answer seems to be find a nice C5, 2001-2003 in the $13k-$15k range with reasonable mileage. There seems to be plenty to choose from after searching the web nationally for weeks.  This would allow us to keep the 81 classic for shows and fun, and have a nice driver in the C5 to enjoy the club and general corvette driving.  Any suggestions, has anyone done this, or recommend a nice C5 for sale?  Would prefer 6 speed manual!  Would be willing to travel a reasonable distance and drive home to Florida for the right car. 
 
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Reply #1 - Nov 15th, 2015 at 2:28am

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I'm going the 50th anniversary route myself in a couple years. Should have done that instead of buying the 77 I got earlier this year. These C3's are a money pit and your always fixing things, after all the 77 is 39 years old. With a low mileage 1993, you can drive it without fixing things all the time. I've had a few C3's over the years, been there, done that, so it is time to move on to a newer one.
 

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Reply #2 - Nov 15th, 2015 at 4:46am

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I would not call any classic car a money pit. Yes it does cost money to get them in good condition, but it's a hobby not an investment. I've owned many cars over the years & never made a profit on any of them. All cars have there problems when they get older C-5's included...in fact some have major electrical problems.  The cars from the early 90's to the present will become electrical nightmares going forward. When you get a car that is 40 yrs plus old you have to have a plan & stick to it. I always do the suspension ,breaks & tires first.  Then move on to the drive train & engine...then electrical. The interior & paint are always last on my list. If it's done right you can have a car that is safe & will last a life time. I wouldn't be afraid to jump in my 68 & drive it across country tomorrow...i'd have to stop at lots of gas stations but that's another issue Grin
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Reply #3 - Nov 16th, 2015 at 6:26am

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Well, that is the thing, I don't have the $$$ to get everything fixed on this 77. Too many things to fix.
Maybe if I had ten years to do it like I did with yellowjacket, but this time around, I wanted something to drive that I didn't have to worry about breaking down. I enjoyed yellowjacket, this one, not so much. I'll get another Vette, but it will be a newer one next time.
 

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Reply #4 - Nov 23rd, 2015 at 2:24pm

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Purchase the one you want and enjoy Wink Wink they all will cost money Angry
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