What to Buy

Regarding the old adage - "The newset is the best to buy" - what about a C5 (2004 specifically) compared to a ZR-1 (1995 specifically). This car would be a driver not a garager.
Any opinions?
Charles
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Depends on what you're going to do with it. If you're going to show off and drive a little get the Z. If you're going to show off and drive allot economically in comfort get the C5.
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Get the Z if you want to have a better investment ; they were only made for a few years and down the road , providing you hang onto it, should go up in value quickly. Its mainly the motor that makes that car desirable.
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On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 12:32:20 -0500, Tikbalang

===================For a driver the 2004 without a doubt.. . The ZR1 is special (the engine alone was a $35,000 option) and finding repair parts at reasonable prices for the engine may be difficult)..
For weekend use in the summer etc...I would most likely go for the Zr-1 But it would see much more time in the garage then on the road..
Bob G 64 72 & 98 ragtops 76 & 70 coupes
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Tikbalang wrote:

Charles:
If you want something special, get the ZR1. The LT5 engine is essentially bulletproof. It was designed that way, it remains that way today. Parts aren't cheap (what Corvette parts are?), but you'll never need anything other than the usual wear and tear items. There are ZR1s out there with 150k miles plus still going strong with no major engine repairs. The LT5 engine is not too difficult to work on if you're handy with tools and can read a Helms manual. If you can't change your own oil or spark plugs maybe this isn't the best car for you. Finding a *good* mechanic that can service your LT5 without screwing something up can be an expensive challenge. Even though the engine is bulletproof, the rest of the car is a C4 Corvette with all the usual Corvette problems.
There were only 6939 ZR1s made over 6 years of production. It's special. It's still faster than most cars today, 17 years later.
The C5 is a good car, it's easier to get into than a C4, and maybe a little more comfortable on the road. Big deal. There's Thousands and Thousands and Thousands of them. Little old Ladies drive them to Bingo games. Old men drive them to get their nose hairs cut at the barber shop. They have HUGE butts. How special is that?
Your car, your decision.
You'll have to pry the keys for my ZR1 out of my cold stiff fingers.
TomC '90ZR1 #792
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