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700r4 auto or a 4+3 manual?

nelson84

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Canada
Corvette
84 Z51 two tone bronze coupe 85 black on black
I'm looking at a convertible and it has the manual 4+3 tranny. I have here the 4+3 doesn't work all that well with the overdirve in the top 3 gears? Does this mean it is not that reliable or it just doesn't give you consistent 1/4 mile times?

Any years to stay away from or are they all pretty much the same?
 

3dale1

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Mar 12, 2005
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158
Location
PA
Corvette
65 convertible L-76
Some guys will say they don't like the 4+3, an equal amount will say they do.
However, this much is true:

The OD unit is reliable if treated well on the road, and regularly serviced.

You will have the D44 rear with a stickshift, which is WAY stronger than an automatics D36.

If I hadn't found my 85 so cheap with an automatic, I would have held out for the stick. I say go for it.:beer
 

gmhowe

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Nov 14, 2002
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437
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glendale, az
Corvette
1985 4+3 black cpe & 96 LT1 CE
My 85 has the 4+3 and I have had no problems with it, just regular servicing. I too like to shift.
 

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