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Old 02-02-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default the best c5 production year to buy

i am in the market for a c-5 i really want a convertable but really need to know the best year to look for, is one better than the other or certian options i should look for ? i really dont want a c-6 they are very easy to come up with in my area, i just really dont like the rear end look. thanks. buy the way if anybody wants to do some trading i have a really nice 1999 500 sl benz to trade.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:13 AM   #2
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Why the 04 of course. It was the last year they made C5's so all of the bugs were worked out.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:20 AM   #3
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Why the 04 of course. It was the last year they made C5's so all of the bugs were worked out.
While I agree that is true with the C5's......

I believe that is generally true with any make/model run. They usually get better as the model progresses, as all "issues" that pop up get addressed.

Of course, any C5 is better than no C5.......

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Old 02-02-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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Get the newest one you can afford, if you plan on boost go pre 2003Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:34 AM   #5
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Find one with low miles dated 2001 and up! I say this because the majority of changes occurred in 2001 and not to much was done after.
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Get the newest one you can afford, if you plan on boost go pre 2003Click the image to open in full size.
Why pre-2003 for boost?
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:42 AM   #7
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02 is cool
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If I were in the market for a C5 today and knew what I know about the fuel tank issues on the 03 and newer i would get a pre 03.

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c5-t...uel-leaks.html
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:23 PM   #10
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Regarding convertibles.......2002-2004 are better for the following reasons.

- much thicker canvas top for a more quiet & insulated ride when the top is up

- improved rear seal on the top across the toneu cover, eliminating the paint abrasion problem in the far corners of the cover

- improved door glass-to-canvas clearance, reducing or eliminating the wear on the canvas inside corner there.

Basically GM redesigned the convertible top address customer complaints on these topics. The 2001 model year might have some of this applied, but my 2001 (sold 3 years ago) certainly did not have the redesigned rubber seal.

My 2003 vert top is really really (really) nice compared to the 99 vert I sold last June.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:27 PM   #11
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I would think hard before buying a late production 2003 or a 2004 model as there is a very serious leaking fuel tank issue that GM in avoiding.It would cost you upwards of $2400 to replace the tanks and crossover tube.
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A lot of nice changes and fixes were made in the 2002 production year.
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I would think hard before buying a late production 2003 or a 2004 model as there is a very serious leaking fuel tank issue that GM in avoiding.It would cost you upwards of $2400 to replace the tanks and crossover tube.
The thread on this topic is VERY MUCH worth the read and has convinced me to completely avoid those year C5s. Chevrolet needs to step up and address that very serious and life-threatening issue. I'd only buy an 01 or 02.

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The thread on this topic is VERY MUCH worth the read and has convinced me to completely avoid those year C5s. Chevrolet needs to step up and address that very serious and life-threatening issue. I'd only buy an 01 or 02.

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'01's had the oil consumption issues. But I expect those have probably been sorted on most used '01's by now... I think '02's might have been the first year for the electrochromatic mirrors, too. Might be wrong about that.
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'01's had the oil consumption issues. But I expect those have probably been sorted on most used '01's by now... I think '02's might have been the first year for the electrochromatic mirrors, too. Might be wrong about that.
1 Quart Royal Purple... ~$10.00 versus ~$2,500.00... nuff said

Oh and all 2000 and prior years and 5 less horsepower.

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Why the 04 of course. It was the last year they made C5's so all of the bugs were worked out.
Except the cracking cross over of the tanks. Or was it the filler neck?
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A lot of nice changes and fixes were made in the 2002 production year.
2002 seems to be the conciseness for best year VS price... All issue were worked out by then and there is really no difference between 2002 and later years.
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Why the 04 of course. It was the last year they made C5's so all of the bugs were worked out.
Along with one major new one designed into it. Namely the fuel tank issue which as stated above is about $2500 out of the owners pocket.

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2002 seems to be the conciseness for best year VS price... All issue were worked out by then and there is really no difference between 2002 and later years.
However, I have had only a couple of minor issues w/my 99.
If I were to total it today, I would have no reservations buying another.
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thanks guys, i live in bowling green and have never heard of the fuel tank problem i really appreciate the heads up, now all i have to do is find a really nice 02 vert.
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