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Best Year for C5

db2

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Joined
Dec 13, 2005
Messages
57
Location
Carolina
Corvette
80,85 & 02 Z.
I can't find the 96 LT4 I want,so I'm going to look for a good 97 or 98.

Sometimes car makers have problems with the first year or two of a new car or remake.Anyone aware of any problems with the 97 or 98?

Thanks
\db2
Carolina
 
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avacorvette

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Last year best year of model. 1st year of model..problems...
 

wishuwerehere82

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Joined
Sep 6, 2003
Messages
2,314
Location
Rochester, NY
Corvette
Red '82 Coupe,Sebring Silver '98 Coupe
I can't find the 96 LT4 I want,so I'm going to look for a good 97 or 98.

Sometimes car makers have problems with the first year or two of a new car or remake.Anyone aware of any problems with the 97 or 98?

Thanks
\db2
Carolina
Steering column lock
Seat memory
Popout windows
Exhaust flange welds
Tinted roof crazing
 

wishuwerehere82

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Joined
Sep 6, 2003
Messages
2,314
Location
Rochester, NY
Corvette
Red '82 Coupe,Sebring Silver '98 Coupe
I can't find the 96 LT4 I want,so I'm going to look for a good 97 or 98.

Sometimes car makers have problems with the first year or two of a new car or remake.Anyone aware of any problems with the 97 or 98?

Thanks
\db2
Carolina

Give the GMJunkie a PM for the 96. He has a couple a beauties right now. A polo green and a red LT1.
 

BobbyG

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Joined
Oct 29, 2006
Messages
80
Location
Rehoboth, MA
Corvette
2004 Z06 Millennium Yellow
Why 2004 of course, that's why I have one...:D

In general always avoid the first year and the last year is for the most part considered the best. :cool
 
Joined
Mar 27, 2003
Messages
3,649
Location
Mustang, OK
Corvette
'13 427 60th vert - CTS V Wagon(4-door Vette)
Buy the newest you can afford. Each year saw improvements. My 03 is a dream to drive.
 
Joined
May 29, 2002
Messages
8,601
Location
Missoura Ozarks
Corvette
Carbon Flash CE 4LT GS Roadster
Heck there all good...

...but if I buy another someday I think it would be an 01-04. Several upgrades were made in 01.​

Enjoy the Hunt! :upthumbs

Later . . . . . .
6 Shooter
 
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fatherlarry

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The best years for zo6 hardtops late 2002 to 2004
coups @ conv 1998 to 2004.
 

99WhiteC5Coupe

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Joined
Jan 19, 2002
Messages
293
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Corvette
1999 White Coupe
I can't find the 96 LT4 I want,so I'm going to look for a good 97 or 98.

Sometimes car makers have problems with the first year or two of a new car or remake.Anyone aware of any problems with the 97 or 98?

Thanks
\db2
Carolina


Check the number of TSB's for the C5 - especially the early years - http://corvetteactioncenter.com/kb/category.php?catId=6 . You won't believe how many common defects there are. Good luck.
 

TheSearcher

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Joined
Jan 7, 2005
Messages
146
Location
Arkansas
Corvette
2004 Torch Red Coupe
They made about a dozen improvements each and every year of the C5 production run. The 2003s and 2004s are the way to go.

Actually, since GM was offering a $6,000 rebate on new Corvettes late in the 2004 model year, you may get a 2004 for less than a 2003. I bought my 2004 at DIP (dealer invoice price) less the $6,000.00 rebate. In most years it is hard to find a dealer that will sell at less than MSRP and many want a premium over MSRP.

How did I get DIP? I am the CFO of a company that among many other things owns a couple of dealerships.
 

Pinky

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Joined
Jul 20, 2006
Messages
252
Location
Northern VA
Corvette
1998 Torch Red Convertible
Steering column lock - nope
Seat memory - nope
Popout windows - nope
Exhaust flange welds - nope
Tinted roof crazing - N/A

GO FOR IT!
 

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