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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-21-2002, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Z06 (Vette) As My Daily Driver?

Would a Z06 be at all practical as a daily driver under these conditions: My wife and I drive to work together with me dropping her where she works before I drive myself to work in Joliet. It is 52 miles one way for me to get to work this way with 27 miles driving being two lane highway and 25 miles being interstate. So, Z06 a realistic choice or not? Your thoughts will be very helpful on this. Thanks.
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That would make winter driving VERY um... "interesting".....

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Ask Jim (OmniGLH) he used to have a Z-06. At the time he had a couple of cars tho...lol.
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Paul,

In many respects, a Z06 would make a good daily driver. Comfortable, gets decent mileage (I saw ~30mpg if I drove nicely on the expressway! I averaged 26 if I didn't beat on it around town and used 6th a lot.) Handles decent in the rain, and the Active Handling works pretty well to keep the car under control.

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Snow. We have snow in Chicago. The Z06 does NOT like snow. I know this from experience. I got my Z06 stuck in my driveway, with barely 1" of snow on the ground. Now it may be a little better if you swap over to a different set of tires. But I don't know by how much - they'll still be WIDE. And wide tires are not what you want to get around in the snow.

I have heard of people using the normal C5 year-round... in fact, there's a guy in my parking lot at work that has a 2000 C5 that he drives every day. I don't know what he's running for tires tho. Perhaps just pick up a set of standard C5 wheels (they're narrower than the Z06 wheels) and get a good set of snows? Blizzaks or Michelin M+S's or something? If you run the F1 SC's (the F1 SuperCar is the stock, Z06-only tire) in the snow, then you have a death wish.

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Well, my view on it is, a Z06 is a nice recreational toy, kinda like bikes are. So for me its not like a car like OMG my baby don't touch it keep it away from salt kinda car..its a sweet ride and a nice toy.
BUT for the most part on my view, I would use it for everything other then going to work as my primary car. A 100 miles a day will rack up mileage and tear the value right out of it. that is unless your going to keep it till it rots out.

So practicality of it for being a daily car around the chicagoland area?...i say no. winters are shitty at times, and just like Omni said, I couldn't get my z28 to go up the freaking drive way of my moms house and it wasn't that pitched either...and in the winter it was a freaking joke!

Honestly...I think its gonna be a major pain in the ass in the winter months and high mileage on her too. Both of which isnt good.

but a kia sofia and the vette GREAT compromise for both needs and wants



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I also drive 100+ miles per day. I've been doing it for 10+ years. All I can say is that I wouldn't want to do that to any car that I cared about. Nothing beats up a car like 30,000+ miles a year. I say DON'T DO IT... but it's your money.

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I use my C5 as my only car (except when I'm riding) and love it. It gets better mileage than you would think with the manual transmission (although the Z06 wouldn't be as good). It's definately not the best snow car but it can be driven if you're careful. If it's any consolation, it's better that a Mustang GT or Cobra in the snow, they were AWFUL!

One good point, it's a fun car to drive and for me makes the commute more bearable. The Z06 is going to have a small trunk. At least the coupe has some room to carry things AND the top comes off.

Personally, I think the coupe is more practical, but the Z06 is going to be more fun.

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Your advice is really appreciated. Now as terrible as it would be to put so many miles on a Z06, if I knew it would be no problem in the snow, I would, if I could get a killer deal, be willing to do so to have its performance benefits. Besides, since we put 221,000 on on our '78 Z28, I know a Chevy can rack up the miles.
Back in '97 we decided against a Cobra because the salesman knew knew it wouldn't be any good on snow. I'm hoping that the 3118-3130 curb weight of a Z06 would let it get around better than a Cobra.
My wife is thinking all wheel drive, and maybe that's where we are headed. But some of these barely used Z06 prices are really, really interesting.
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Remember the Corvette C5 model moves the transmission to the rear so that the weight is more distributed. It's WAY better than the Cobra in the snow unless they've improved it dramatically in the last few years.

Even with the improved horsepower, unless there have been siginficant other improvements I would still choose the Corvette. It's just an all-around more refined car.

The all wheel drive might be nice. Something like a used GT 3000 VR4 would be fun if you could find one in good shape.

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I have a '93 Dodge Stealth R/T and its not so good in the snow. 3rd gear starts almost become a norm on fresh powder. Forget takin off quick. I cant really see a vette being any better, but I wouldn't know. And like Ody said, its a recreational "My Baby" car. I try to put as few miles on it in the winter. O and I think its even heavier and less powered than the vette.

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Yes I can second what Champ said as well... the Stealth/3kgt's aren't very good in the snow either. My cousin had a '96 VR-4 and HATED it in the snow. He usually found himself borrowing his dad's POS Dakota or his brother's Explorer if he had to go somewhere.

It's the wide tires. They don't sink down and cut through the snow.. they just pack up and ride on top. Any vehicle with wide tires is going to suck in the snow.

If you want a good winter car that's still fun... go with a WRX.

There are some GREAT prices on Z06's now, so I know your feelings... they're a hard deal to pass up. Like I mentioned in my PM... you can find '01s going for low 30s (one sold on Z06vette.com a few days ago for $31k with only 5k on it.) That's a HELL of a deal for that car.

Dave makes some good points about practicality of the standard C5 over the Z06 - the Z06's trunk is REALLY small. You can't fit much in there. At least with the coupe, you get the extra room from the hatch. I don't know if the coupe is really any better on mileage. Sure, it's a less aggressive tune, but it's also heavier. I regularly saw 30+mpg on the expressway... I don't think a coupe is going to do any better than that.

Overall, I'd still say you could make a Z06 a daily driver - just put some skinnier wheels and the most aggressive snow tires you can find.

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If it's any consolation, it's better that a Mustang GT or Cobra in the snow, they were AWFUL!

LOL you otta try driving a twin turbo supra in the snow.That's the last time I'll ever try that...LOL

Oh and to comment on the Stealth in the snow...Twin Turbo AWD stealths do the BEST donuts in the snow...
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I just picked up a '92 Eagle Talon TSi. It's turbocharged and AWD. Works better than I could have ever imagined in the snow. It gets great gas mileage and is actually pretty quick where it's not a boring car to drive.

This is coming from a guy that has owned a '90 TA that did 11's in the 1/4 mile.
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I just picked up a '92 Eagle Talon TSi. It's turbocharged and AWD. Works better than I could have ever imagined in the snow. It gets great gas mileage and is actually pretty quick where it's not a boring car to drive.

This is coming from a guy that has owned a '90 TA that did 11's in the 1/4 mile.

My friend had one of those and I hated it in the snow. It's all a matter of preference though. My first car was a '75 Camero and My first driving experience was doing doughnuts in the snow with my dads Delta 88 that we dropped a 455 in. So to me I don't mind a powerful rear-wheel drive car in the snow. The all-wheel drive cars seem to give a false sense of security to me and don't handle well around the corners.

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If you want a good winter car that's still fun... go with a WRX.
Don't...tempt..me That may be my next car, after I drive this one into the ground.

My GTP is pretty good in the snow/rain. Front wheel drive with a 3.6L supercharged in the front. Weighs down the front so it gets good traction. I can go by women driving SUVs with my middle finger in the air.

It's a hoot to drive as well. Get the 4 door if you carry passengers though. Climbing into the back is a pain. '03s are only 4 doors now. Guess the coupes weren't selling

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i thought the GTP was a supercharged 3.8?

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i thought the GTP was a supercharged 3.8?
I think your right Chris. Probably just a typo.

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It's 3.8....here's the specs.

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i thought the GTP was a supercharged 3.8?
Damnit! That's a big typo.

VCook's a walking engine spec book. He'd probably know the engine size of my '87 Ford Escort GT.

But all that's

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