What if you could buy well used: C6 Z06, C6 GS, or C7 Z51

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Wide body C6 vs C7

2007 Z06 salvage title
2007 Z06 salvage title
2009 Z06 98k miles
2012 Grand Sport 88k miles
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What if you could buy well used: C6 Z06, C6 GS, or C7 Z51

Post by chevy408 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:33 pm

I know it is "dangerous" to ask for opinions, but here it goes. I'm considering a replacement daily driver. It will be a Corvette. It will get a few hundred thousand miles added. It will get modified but nothing extreme.

What I've got an eye on so far - all are similarly priced:
* 2007 Z06 with 22k miles & salvage title; fixed heads; stock
* 2009 Z06 with 98k miles could use roof & hood painted; stock
* 2012 Grand Sport with 88k miles; headers; nice
* 2014 Stingray Z51 3LT with 118k miles; stock

I was leaning towards the 2012 GS with LS3 for reliabililty, but then this C7 popped up and it's tugging at me kind of hard.

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Post by mastawyrm » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:41 pm

IMO salvage titles are for pulling engines or making race cars, not for a daily.

Because you said daily I'd be looking at the C7 vs GS. Both are ~100kmi which wouldn't bother me. I don't know enough about the LT1 to judge it's reliability vs an LS3 but that dry sump pulls me toward the GS(it's not an auto is it?) I also like the GS exterior better but it's hard to ignore the C7 interior.

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Post by Billy Mays » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:14 pm

How was the z06 totaled?

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Post by Hodgdon Extreme » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:11 pm

No way am I buying a salvage Corvette, much less a Z. I don't care for styling of C7, so that's out - but the LT1 is very solid.

Between the non-salvage Z and the GS, it'd come down to history and ownership. I've seen a lot of Z's with lots of previous owners, each obviously having had their turn essentially gang-raping the car. No thanks.

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Post by J.R. » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:21 pm

I've always liked the GS's. It would be a toss up between it and the C7.

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Post by racinfast002 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:31 pm

C6Z with all the boosts #endthread
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Post by Pr4mnceMan » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:49 pm

I wouldn’t let a rebuilt title deter me, after a thorough inspection. I’ve owned several with great results. Like previously stated and history proves, you will rack up the miles. You aren’t / won’t be worried about resell. It may not be the one for you but under your circumstances I wouldn’t discount it! That’s at least “2 years” less of driving than any other posted option. You guys quit banging your 12’s in your 30,000sqft mansions and step out here with the rest of us for a second. :lol:
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Post by TT540 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:06 pm

Newest with best package. You deserve the finer things in life.

What would your intial maintenance be for a car with 80k miles versus 120k miles? Meaning, are you going to tear into it for a fresh known basine? Or, are you going to drive it until you feel something needs repair/replacing. I am talking about stuff like bushings, fluids, etc...

Also, with the miles you will put on it, does super clean paint matter as much?

Just some thoughts.

I would not be scared of a salvage title other than shady legal stuff. It would fetch less money from me, to compensate for the surprise factor with swamp water in the differential.

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Post by Nemo » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:17 pm

For your application I would pick the C7. Best interior.

If it were not a DD I would do GS all day because it's so much better looking than a c7.

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Post by KillerNSX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:02 pm

C7, no question

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Post by chevy408 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:22 pm

I appreciate the wide range of opinions and solid observations. This isn't necessarily a hot rod to add boost, but headers & cam swap certainly would be in the near term plans. I have the Nova for major wrenching.

The C7 is a 1 owner car & has been maintained at a Chevy dealership. It is a manual Z51 (dry sump) with 3LT trim package. Only thing I'm not real excited about is the 2-tone red/black interior. But if it's anything like the C5 mod-red interior I could probably swap it with someone if it really bothered me. It would be helpful for my tuning to own a C7 that I can explore some limits (beyond what I would do on a customer's car). Not sure about long-term reliability on LT1. I personally like the C7 style & interior & upgraded electronics. But the base Stingray isn't a wide-body...

The C6 GS is a 100th anniversary model - also manual (dry sump). Could use replacement headlights but that's about all I can see. Already has Kooks headers. I'm plenty comfortable with the LS3 engine and the TR-6060 transmission is sweet. The wide body C6 is something I was really looking for.

The 2 Z06s I mentioned are surprisingly falling behind these other choices. I love the LS7 engine torque range, but just not sure about running one 300k to 400k miles.

Can't really go wrong with any of these - just thinking out loud and interested in other folks experiences and ideas. Thanks for humoring me.Image


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Post by <ZZ> » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:24 pm

I like the red one

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Post by Felix » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:37 am

C7 is nice, but much tighter interior and motor has to be pulled to do cam. Not the end of the world, but something to think about.

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Post by RichardA » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:19 am

I'd go with the C7 or C6GS. Both can be modded if you so desired. Being a daily it sounds like you're not trying to make it faster than the Nova, so C6Z seems like overkill and added head issues and lower mpg considering it's going to be a DD.

C7 pro: Better headlights, interior, and offerings depending on trim level (cooled seats were awesome to finally see incorporated into the vettes). Overall better interior. Handling is superior even with the tiny rear tires. Mag ride feels so much better than mag ride in the C6. More fancy electronic interface and options. Cooled seats depending on trim.
C7 neg: Aesthetics were hit and miss. Hated no hips and tiny rear tires. A bit more cramped than the C6GS. Engine has been known to fail. Same fancy electronics mentioned above have a potential to be an electrical nightmare.
C6GS pro: Wide hips, wide tires, pretty solid engine, decent interior for a vette. Looks great as it sits. Even better than some basic C7's. I'd say the one pictured above even looks better than the C7. Love that CG exterior.
C6GS neg: Still sporting an outdated interior with cheap console. Front nose starting to look outdated. Mostly aesthetic negatives imo.

Best of luck with your search.

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Post by Bateman » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:59 am

Man I love a wide body. Can't say the narrow body C7's do anything at all for me in the looks department. Driving a 7 speed was awesome though haha. They sound pretty weird.

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