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Pros: the information center
Cons: it seems to leave the ground when you take a curve fast and hit bumps.
Advice: take advantage of the zero percent financing when possible.I was thilled the whole time. This has been a wonderful year of driving. The concerns we have had have been addressed and we enjoy this car. We had concerns about the tires they were losing pressure. After two visits the problem seems to have been taking care of. We thought the information center may have been malfunctioning but it is ok. We have a dealer in Upland, Ca. that takes great care in giving good service, but it comes with a price. You will see that when you get your bill. We are going to the L.A. auto show and we may elect to buy another new Corvette Coupe, a 2004.
Pros: The end of year price was reduced by $8,000 to $39,800. Really a great deal for the money.
Cons: Outdated image inside/out, masses of plastic interior, chassis leaves the driver remote from the action, not much else.
Advice: If you cannot afford a ferrari or a porsche but want the......you can find much excitement in slower, cheaper cars! Corvette!The Corvette transmission really saps performance. When I punch the accelerator, it doesn't seem to find the right combination of torque and rpms (in other words, it goes to too low a gear, overrevs and then loses speed when it shifts). Heavy traffic would eat the clutch in no time plus wear out your leg. I drove a freinds' Porsche 996TT last year and the corvette isn't even close. The Porsche scared the heck out of me.
Pros: Heads up Display
Cons: No map pockets
Advice: Buy the automaticThis is a well refined and extremely satisfying vehicle. It gets more looks per dollar and is the best performance per dollar of any other car on the road. It is a performance hot rod that can be driven everyday, with an automatic and all the creature comforts. Overall quality of design, construction and implementation are all excellent. If I had any minor complaint, it would be the lack of map pockets and it could use a better cup holder, very minor concerns in the overall scope of the vehicle.
Advice: Just do it...Ahh…where to start? I used to own a 1985 IROC-Z so I was apprehensive about the ZO6 clutch and ride, upon the first test drive I was extremely surprised with how easy the clutch was to engage and how supple the ride felt. As for the power and handling the only thing that can be said is AWESOME! I was so happy I had to hide my smile from the salesman so I wouldn’t completely blow any chance of getting a good deal. Although I’ve only owned the ZO6 for a short period of time every time I drive it I can't stop from smiling. For that matter every time I look at it I can't stop from smiling. :-)
Cons: Quality is extremely bad
Advice: Do not buy!There are several GM documents out on exhaust and transmission noises that they can not fix. GM is not telling customers about these issues prior to purchase. I had a 2002 with an exhaust rattle they can not fix. I now have a 2003 with a transmission rattle. All they say is that is normal. No car should rattle like these did.
Pros: Head's up display is great.
Cons: cup holder
Advice: Great car to buy and driveSpectacular car. Acceleration is unbelievable and handles very well.
Pros: Horsepower, Torque, Speed, Looks, Cost ratio per performance
Cons: Body panel fittments.
Advice: Buy it, you will NOT be dissapointed !I picked up my Millenium Yellow Z06 in Sept 02. Currently have 2800 miles on it. I am a very lucky person as I get to drive the Z on the German Autobahn.WOW ! This car is powerful and beatiful, but at the same time as docile as a Honda Civic. Now if you plant your right foot towards the floor board, this car becomes a totally new personality. Rip snorting, tire squealing beast from Hell ! The interior is very good. Ergonomically laid out very well. I thought that the HUD would be a distraction, but after driving with it I believe EVERY car should have one. You do not have to take your eyes off the road to know what the car is doing internaly. Very dangerous at Autobahn + speeds. The quality of the body panel alignment could have been better. But it's not so bad that it screams look at me, my body panels are out of alignement. You don't really notice until you're up close & persoanl during the wash & wax. The car sticks to the road like rolling on felcro. Getting the rear end to swing out is very difficult. I have so much fun on the off ramps and in the round abouts.I can actually go so much faster there than most other people. They say it can generate a 1+ G-force in the corners, I believe it. I've owned a lot of other 'muscle' cars in the past, but this is the best that America has put together thus far. I test drove the others I listed here, but the Z06 just won my heart over. They all are good cars, all with a different mission. The Z06 is just my choice for mission accomplishment. :-) This car is a definite attention getter !