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Westhamtim

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Sat 08 Sep 18 07:46

Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Hi guys

Potential new owner here with some very basic questions. Apologies as I know these will have been answered a million times already but I've not managed to find decent answers in my research to date. I've requested the buyers guide from here but yet to hear back.

Firstly, do I need to keep it in a garage? One of my other cars is an Esprit and I simply couldn't contemplate leaving it exposed on the drive. Of course they have a (slightly unfair) reputation of being entirely unreliable and my understanding is that the C5 is bullet proof.

Secondly, where do I get it serviced? Do I need a specialist and if so wheres my nearest recommended specialist? I m based near Stansted airport. I understand working on a C5 is relatively easy but I have zero mechanical knowledge and sadly not enough time either with a young family. I could probably stretch to changing the oil myself but i'm more worried about needing a specialist to spot model-specific bits that need doing, probably another hang up from owning the esprit!

I already have 2 scarcely driven v8s (the other is a Jag xfr) so the last thing I need is another but I've fallen for one on autotrader and have always felt that I need to do some American muscle at some point.

Thanks

Tim

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Ph300zx

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Sat 08 Sep 18 08:24

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Hi!

Garage - no, it's a car at the end of the day. C5s do occasionally suffer electrical issues (usually bad grounds) but this won't be harmed by it being rained on. I use mine year round, it is garaged but that's just because we have another car that is used more. If your parking it outside just check the roof seals for leaks, they are expensive to replace!

Servicing can be done by yourself quite easily or any competant garage. With the DIC on the C5 diagnosis of issue is usually very easy, only issue would be parts but I source my own and supply them to the garage if needed. You do have Topcats racing fairly close I think and CCM Vettes (used to be Claremont Corvettes) which I think are your nearest Corvette/V8 specialsits.

They really are very robust, have a read of the buying guide from the club it's excellent.

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Westhamtim

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Sat 08 Sep 18 09:06

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Thanks very much.

Just checked out topcats and they're about 20 minutes from my parents. The stars are aligning.....!!

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craigyboy

Club Member

Sat 08 Sep 18 10:38

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Also a place in Milton Keynes that works on American Cars as well

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curious bystander

Committee Member

Sat 08 Sep 18 11:29

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Hi Tim,

The buyers guide referred to is only available to see by Club Members.

But if you're getting a 'Vette surely it's essential to join the Club Clap

Membership cost is only 27.50 through til the end of April - see Home page for quick and easy access to the membermojo system.

Money well spent Thumbs up


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79 L82 Auto

Having a lot of bhp is all very well, but on these forums it's torque that counts

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FIVE RED

Club Member

Sat 08 Sep 18 17:26

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Club membership is a very good idea, I joined prior to buying my first Vette.
The C5 is a great choice, but as they say - 'All Corvettes Are Red".
Not that I'm biased Cool


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Graham.
C5 owner & very happy about it!

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Rich

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Sat 08 Sep 18 17:32

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


curious bystander wrote (View Post):Hi Tim,

The buyers guide referred to is only available to see by Club Members.


Whilst the guide is archived in the Members only section absolutely anyone can see it simply by emailing their request to chairman @ corvetteclub.org.uk which I guess you have done, Tim?

I put the Guide together and also have a document entitled C5 Tips which basically summaries a number of C5 features which are often overlooked. Happy to send you a copy if you PM me with your email address but I am in the US for a week.

Good luck with your search. If you want to post some info on any car you are interested in someone may know of it. Also, as Bill says, Club Membership is a no brainer


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Rich Rogers
CCCUK Lifetime Member
2017 Yellow SS Camaro

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5 USA

Club Member

Sun 09 Sep 18 23:15

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


C5 is a brilliant car.

For what it's worth, it doesn't really matter whether you buy a "Euro" car (official European dealer network) or a personal imports from USA. They are very similar.

A Euro car is likely to have separate rear fog lamps cut into the rear valence. It will also have a tow hook sticking out from the front grille and a speedo calibrated to 180 as opposed to 320...

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Vetteheadtony

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Mon 10 Sep 18 02:08

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


Thinking of selling my C5 Z06 ProCharged 2004 LeMans edition (Z16 option)
Low miles, offers around 24k


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Vetteheadtony
2004 Z06 lemans edition pro charged
613 BHP
Black C6 ZR1 wheels
FECKING FAST!!!

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roppa440

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Tue 11 Sep 18 12:26

Re: Potential new C5 owner - some basic questions


5 USA wrote (View Post):A Euro car is likely to have a speedo calibrated to 180 as opposed to 320...

Euro versions switch between MPH and Km/h which also changes all the other readouts between Imperial (or English as the yanks call it) and Metric.

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