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Old 09-11-2013, 05:39 AM
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what yr vette to look at and not look at ??

hopefully soon i'll sell my truck.. i'm thinking of getting a vette just to pleasure drive.. i see alot on 80's under $8k and sound in decent shape.. just wondering is there a yr to stay away from ?
i don't want a 305 engine i know.
stay away from this one and why ???
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:39 AM
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always pay attention to the resale. the smog cars have little to no value . ok if you intend to drive them a lot but not good for restoring . the price of a paint job is higher than the value of the car in most cases.most of the rubber bumper cars fall into this group .
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:22 AM
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Agreed. The mid seventies Vettes are still very cheap to get into, but for a reason. The smog stuff makes for a very low-powered car and can be a big pain. However, if your state has collector plates available that don't require emmissions, have fun souping that thing up. But for the price and the fun factor, go for early to mid eighties. They had the smog equipment better figured out by then.
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my taste for a vette would be any from 1972 and down.
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I'm a fan of C4 corvettes and my advice to avoid any 1984 models, as they have a low power output and came with the undesirable crossfire v8. All C4 vette engines displace 5.7l and the affordable ones will be gen 1 350s. I would also steer clear of the doug nash 4+3. When buying the car just remember that you're buying something from the era of detroits first stab at high performance efi vehicles. They're 25-30 years old and will more than likely have electrical issues that need to be sorted. As far as 80's sportscars go, they're one of the best and are a blast to drive.
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i was looking at the 80's years.. so basically any 80's EXCEPT the '84 ???
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Yeah the 84 has some issues, so unless you have a big reason to pick an 84 go for another year. I might reccomend a 91 or 92 myself.
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i was looking at the 80's years.. so basically any 80's EXCEPT the '84 ???
Pretty much. If you want a manual it'd be best to go with an 89-91. The 85-91 models were equipped with a 5.7L Tuned Port Injection v8 rated from 230-245hp depending on the year and/or the source of information. The 1984 models came with a twin-single barrel TBI system that was rated at 205hp, and I happen to think they might have been a little optimistic with that rating. What are your plans? Just upkeep and cruising?

Now if you're considering the 1980-82 C3 models, I couldn't offer my opinion other than to say the 1980 california models came with a 305, and the 1982 had that same god-awful crossfire setup as the 84 C4s. I don't really care for the big back-window C3's.
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There is a good selection of those around so finding a good one should not be all that difficult. Just buy it and drive it...

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I'm just curious what the OP wants out of it. If I was shopping for a C4 Corvette, ideally I'd be looking for a 1991. It has the good ZF 6-speed, the cleaner-styled wide body, doesn't come with the finicky digital dash and has the TPI engine.

Realistically, I'd take anything that wasn't an 84 and just be happy.

EDIT: Let me add an exception. If I had more than $8,000 to work with, my ideal C4 would be any 89-95 ZR-1. I'd almost say that would be my ideal Corvette, period.

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for me if it's got rubber bumpers i pass.
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1981 was the first year for ecm computer control and designed by fred flinstone. 82 had the cross fire tbi system and hard to tune and tough to find anyone that knows much about them. You have to jump the 1990s to get a decent C4, by then gm had the bugs worked out. 1980 and earlyer are easy to find cheap but will cost plenty to restore or even turn into weekend play toys. All california C3s had 305 engines. I see late C3s restored for 9 to $12,000. Got my 81 6 years ago for 6 grand and might have 20k into it and that is without the paint job! Hotrodding is a hobby and you'll pay extra for the corvette tax but really fun cars to drive after the modifications are complete
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for me if it's got rubber bumpers i pass.
X2 on what Shine said...74 and up in my opinion are belly button Corvettes...the 84 to the early 90's Corvette where more of an experimental car, trying to put more performance in them with electronics and they failed miserably. The newer ones, well, they have power but, out of most peoples price range and just don't have that nostalgic mystic that the 73 and older Vette's have.

If you shop around, some of those late 60's Corvettes can be affordable...not one with a big block but a respectable 350...perhaps a bit of a project but they are attainable.

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X2 on what Shine said...74 and up in my opinion are belly button Corvettes...the 84 to the early 90's Corvette where more of an experimental car, trying to put more performance in them with electronics and they failed miserably. The newer ones, well, they have power but, out of most peoples price range and just don't have that nostalgic mystic that the 73 and older Vette's have.

If you shop around, some of those late 60's Corvettes can be affordable...not one with a big block but a respectable 350...perhaps a bit of a project but they are attainable.

Ray
Exactly, a 64 is usually more affordable being it is the bastard child without the coolness of the split window yet no disc brakes. Personally my favorite as I owned one. but really, damn those mid year coupes are the coolest cars ever made by GM in my opinion.

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