Before I buy, I have some concerns that deal with the total cost of
ownership as a daily driver. I haven't found any sites or replies yet
that give numbers for typical costs of ownership but I'm still looking
while asking here. Trying to avoid a lengthy post with details,
a) Does 65 cents/mile sound reasonable ( omitting assumptions but I
don't think these will affect the cost more than 5 cents/mile) ?
b) Do you think the car is as reliable as a Honda Accord?
c) Is an extended warrantee worth the cost and if so, what is a fair
cost from the dealer for "x" number of years?? I don't plan to do
repairs and expect to own it hopefully 10 years minimum.
Appreciate the help here.
You think that may change with the gas prices that have been going up?
Do you have a certain Honda Accord in mind that we can compare or are you
just going to pick one at random?
They can be worth the money if you have problems.
I assume you are talking about buying a Corvette, but you have no other
thoughts? Is this to be a new one, a coupe, a convertible, a well worn race
machine, vintage, Big Block with drag gears, first year classic, or maybe a
repossessed or recovered stolen machine? Where you live and drive it will
make the cost change more than the 5 cents you're talking about.
If you are splitting cents/per mile as a concern of buying
a Vette, you just might not be Vette material........
Not that a Vette is anything unusual in the cost per mile
category, just an off-the-wall concern for a Sports Car/Driving
No flame intended, I promise. :-)
figure the actual cost per mile on any of my vehicles... Just say I do
not want to know...
Instead I measure my overall satisfaction ... repairs are a minus,
smiles are a plus...
Had to laugh on the Honda question... That is a car that is not often
compared with a Corvette... But in general,.(.by the way I judge a
car} the Honda may get a plus for repairs...but I kind of doubt a
Honda would put too many smiles on my face..
more to drive my C6 than it does my Toyota 4Runner. Insurance is about
the same, gas mileage is slightly better on the Vette and, knock on
wood, they've both been equally trouble free.
The cost of "general maintenance" is higher on a Vette. You must use
synthetic oils, the air filters for the new Vette are $38.00 a piece and
you need two! Tires, don't get me started. You'll be lucky to get 30K
miles out of a set (and that's driving very conservatively) and then
spend $1500 to replace them.
Nothing is as reliable as a Honda Accord, nothing. Also, absolutely
nothing is as boring (my wife drives one, the appliance of automobiles
but it never, ever, breaks, goes 100K+ on brake pads, 60K on tires and
there cheap to replace, etc. etc.)
I would not have bought the C6 without an extended warranty. Not for
the drive train, for all the electronics GM has insisted on adding. One
minor glitch and you could be looking at several thousand dollars to
trace and repair. My 5/75/250 plan was $1040.00 from the dealer and is
the GM Major Guard plan (don't ever buy aftermarket warranties).
To answer your real question, get the car. You will never experience a
driving sensation like the Vette for 50K, not even close. It is as
torquey as a Ferarri, as fast as a 911 Turbo and as reliable as a Chevy
Malibu and can be worked on just about anywhere. If you keep trying to
justify the car as a family car, economical, whatever, you'll never get
off the pot. Took me forty years to take the plunge, wish I had done it
sooner but could no longer resist the C6. As the old cliche goes, you
only live once and sometimes you just have to say screw it.
Thanks Tom for the very helpful information. I like your style, you
really tell it the way it is, especially in your closing remarks. I
think you sold me on the car. Are you a Corvette saleman? If not,
you should be <grin and meant as a compliment> .
Try this forum for more information. There are a number of supporting
dealers on that sight with pretty good pricing and availability. Also
some great GM technical people including a couple from Bowling Green.
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