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I am new to this site & I just want to say there is a lot of info. here. I have gaines great insight on the new vette.

However, I don't understand why there is even a discussion on what the price of the new vette should be. If anyone has owned a C5 before, they should know that nothing even comes close to matching the vette's style,performance & creature comfort, unless it is priced atl-least 25K more (I am referring to the Porsche 911).

I am getting tired of people comparing the Vette to lesser cars. I am not just talking about performance here. I am talking about the whole package. It is like comparing Michael Jordan to Nick Van Exel. He is simply not in the same class as MJ, as are these lesser cars are not in the same class as the Corvette.(I don't even want to mention their names, because they shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence). But some people still mention them together because they only think of performance.

The days of cars only having Raw performance is over, as is the days of people relating Corvettes to Rednecks & Hicks who have saved up to buy one. The fact is that most people who buy Corvettes these days can afford to pay more.

I would like some feed-back as to why some think the Corvette should not be priced higher. What makes Porsche sell a 911 at about 70K & no one questions the value, but the mention of a 60K corvettes raises so much questions?
 

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Please be quiet! We don't want GM to take notice of this. :D
 

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Just because someone can pay more doesn't mean they should. I wouldn't go around paying the most expensive price for everything I own just because I can afford it.
You are probably too rich to know what it is like to have to worry about money. Most ordinary people have to be conservative with cash flow.
Too many people are getting in financial troubles because all they can think about is NOW, with no thought at all about tomorrow. Just look and you'll see that movie star that have made millions in the past are going bankrupt.

I hate sounding like some old geezer but dang people are just STUPID sometimes.

Patrick, Please remove this entire post.
 

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You are correct to a point. But you didn't anwers the question. What do movie stars going broke have to do w/justifying a cars price?

The question was, how can other car manufacturers charge more for a car & get away w/it, but the Corvette can't?
 

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I think Corvettes are awesome cars, but a if you read AutoWeek, the Porsche 911 always gets better reviews in the areas of fit and finish and interior and things like that. Personally I have a deal with my dad when I graduate from the Naval Academy he is going to buy me the Corvette I want. Right now that Corvette is a C6, but if the base coupe costs $60K, there is no way he can afford one when I have a brother who is a senior in high school and a sister in 8th grade. Just my .02.
 

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this is a corvette club

but for sometimes tired people like me who dont even use spell check but i even think u were the same fur as us all vettes are boss all american boss nobody disputes that relax enjoy those wannabee exotics suffer from way to much mental ma ter b tion wen the last time u saw a real babe not take a vette ride over a little bitty porche or a fragile massaritti with all respect cosmo:nuts: :nuts: :nuts: :nuts: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :thumbsup: :up:
 

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but for sometimes tired people like me who dont even use spell check but i even think u were the same fur as us all vettes are boss all american boss nobody disputes that relax enjoy those wannabee exotics suffer from way to much mental ma ter b tion wen the last time u saw a real babe not take a vette ride over a little bitty porche or a fragile massaritti with all respect cosmo:nuts: :nuts: :nuts: :nuts: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :thumbsup: :up:
what? please tell me your grammar is bad on perpose. well with the mustang getting too close for comfort i think gm should up the corvette a few dollars just to make sure mustang fans cant say things like "my 40k car can almost beat your vette!

of course they are a little on the stupid side becaue the people that say that type of thing dont think of how much better the vette is on the track and such.......
 

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C5/C6 Cost

Seems that the C5 has resulted in a renaissance of the Corvette. The only consistent gripes I've heard/read about the current machine are the general fit and finish and the quality of interior materials. Seems that you fortunate folks that own a C5 chose it because of the world class performance - and the reasonable price. For you, GM suceeded at their balancing act. If they are able to enhance the performance while removing the cause of the cosmetic problems and holding the price to something around inflation, GM should be able to flood the market with C6s.

Is that what most Corvetee owners want? - or do people just want be sure to get theirs? I'm in the second group. And I can't wait based on the latest batch of photos.
 

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Not When a 350Z has a better interior

I meant my comment a bit sarcastically but it is true. I have been driving Vettes since 1990 and am on my second one, a 92 convertible w/ the hardtop option. The issue with Corvette currently is that since 1997 the interior has been just about average if not disappointing. Braking on the C5 blows away a C4 but what else can you say about it that will command $60K in a like minded and similarly performing C6? ALl we are saying is that since Corvette is MADE HERE in AMERICA that we should get a better leather, fit, and finish for the price. You can't put seats that are less supportive than a Monte Carlo in a $60,000 car, period. FOr God's sake $200 Pep Boys aftermarket seats are 500% more supportive than a C5's seats.

When I was at Road Atlanta at the Grand Prix (where Corvette won, yipee!) I saw a Ferrari in the parking lot. The color of the leather (creme tan-ish) and the stiching would make any car lovers jaw drop. Not saying that a $60K car and a $180,000 car should have the same appointments, but at least try to have some avant-garde styling when producing a Corvette. Remember in 1978 when the two tone Vette was out witha CB option and shiny silver seats, now that was cutting edge. In 1978 the body shape was full of pizzaz and was very sexy to sports car fans worls wide. Now let's forward to 2003: You look in avette ansd see seats that look like they are 100K miles worn after 30,000 miles. You peek into a Nissan Minivan and you see leather in colors only found before in expensive Audi's and Mercedes AMG cars. Then you look at the dash of the Nissan and you see a company willing to SPEND a few more bucks and TAKE SOME RISKS from a styling perspectine. We need a C6 that commands a $60K price tag in fit, finish and materials, otherwise smart people will turn to the competition. Long live America, Chevy and the Corvette, but the days or a good 0-60 being worth 60 K are over.
 

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jerseyvette...you say the C5 seats have no support??? I have a bad lower back and have driven my C5 (base hardtop) on many long trips (To Road America ;) ) and NEVER had ANY complaints about the seat comfort. I see you have owned 2 C4's, so how did you base that remark? Have you EVER taken a long trip[ in a C5? I do agree on the whole interior being bland, but my C5 seats look almost new with 45K miles on it. I don't have that durability issue I guess. I'm sure the interior will be much more attractive in the C6, and maybe more durable. I won't be buying a NEW Vette again, so I'm not concerned about the 60's price. :)
 

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Seat Support

Have you EVER taken a long trip[ in a C5? I do agree on the whole interior being bland, but my C5 seats look almost new with 45K miles on it. I don't have that durability issue I guess. "

I drove a brand new 2003 Vette From the south US to the Northeast in two days and it was much more comfortable than a C4. This is not this issue being debated but rather that the C5 interior is just plain old cheap, non durable and bland. I am a very demanding enthusiast but I also know a good interior when I sit in one. I love vettes and will always have one (ubless GM designs my 6'4" height out of the car like they did for 2003). See where I am coming from. Engineers can be great and very stupid at the same time.
 

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$60K Interior

If GM chose to charge $60K for the new vette, you can bet that everyone will be expecting a premium interior! Jerseyvette is right, it has to be one that will fit a variety of bodies as well. I can't tell you how many "expensive" cars are too short for my long torso, and I'm only 6'2"! Makes buying decisions very easy, though.

I can barely fit in the C5, and I would be very upset if the C6 was only engineered for a typically-sized driver.
 

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As for the Corvette being underpriced, thats the beauty of it, someone can buy an outstanding performance car that can keep up with cars 2 times as much or even beat (like the NSX $89,000 hehehe) for an affortable price. Thats another reason I like the vette so much, and hope the base model doesnt get any more expencive, otherwise it'll be a C5 for me when I get older ( im only 17 :( )
 

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i think gm should up the corvette a few dollars just to make sure mustang fans cant say things like "my 40k car can almost beat your vette!
This doesn't make sense. If GM upped ONLY the price, 'Stang fans would have even MORE reason to mouth off.

I say Lower the price and make converts out of those Stangers. Sell more 'Vettes. But of course, that'd piss off the C5ers and kill the 2004 model year, so that ain't gonna happen.

Well, anyway, IMO, with More HP, more refinement, & better quality, GM's C6 is right on track. :thumbsup:
 

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I agree that the interior quality needs to be improved. In fact it is the only gripe I have about mine, but I think this whole issue about the interior is slightly over exagerrated. The interior is not as cheap as what all the magazines claim it is. I have had mine since day one & have taken very good care of it. The interior has held up very well, although not as well as my wife's Lexus LS400. I was delighted to hear that the people at GM have finally woken up & have supposedly made drastic improvements in the quality, fit & finish of the C6. If this is true, then the rest of the high-segment sport car market (Porsche,NSX,Viper) should be ashamed of what they are producing, given the much higher premium they are asking for their cars.

Another point: The interior quality of Porsches, Mercedes are not as high as people think. Go see a used 1999 MBZ CLK430 (which sold for 60K new) & spend a few moments studying all the materials inside. I guarantee you would be very disappointed. All the materials w/the exception of the seats are far inferior than the vette's. There is so much cheap plastic in that car, it's a joke. But the problem is that people have a pre-conceived perception that MBZ are all such high quality vehicles, that they automatically over-look all the cheap surroundings. By the way, yes the Ferrai's have beautifully stitched seats, but look further & there is not too much more in ways of ultra quality one would expect in a 180K car. I think that Lexus is one of the few car company's that really has their interior qualities where the rest of the world should be.

All in all, I will always have passion for Vette's & will continue having one untill the day I die. Nevertheless, I can't wait to see the new higher quality interior. Because I am tired of the Corvette being the bud of jokes from my friends who drive those more expensive imports.
 

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I am very interested to see what the price of the new Vettes will be. The market is dominated by SUVs. The sport car market has made a slight comeback but I think it is still down from where it was in the late 80's to early 90's . I think that if GM prices the car above 60,000 it will hurt the sales of this car. After all this market killed the production of several sport cars ie Camaro, Firebird and Supra. The Corvette is in a league of its own but the fit and finish will have to improve. Nissan recently released the Z but at different price levels for consumers but keeping the performance in all models the same. I came close on buying a 2003 vette but the price was too high and the finish was not close to my Honda Pilot. I am considering this model that is being released but if it is above 60,000 then the vette will have to be a dream.
 

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By the way, I think that the only people that compare mustangs, 350Z's, Camaros, etc. to Corvette's are people who own those cars & are trying to reach higher (no insult intented). Because very few corvette owners do. If they do, it should be a sin!
 

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By the way, I think that the only people that compare mustangs, 350Z's, Camaros, etc. to Corvette's are people who own those cars & are trying to reach higher ( insult intented). Because very few corvette owners do. If they do, it should be a sin!
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:smokin: corvette is a way of life, in america, europe or anywhere. no price low or high can change that. i know some guys whit newer and classic porsches ,but there is only one of them who is realy passioned, the others just like to show they can affort it, shame !!!! here in belgium we have to pay 5.700$ to register the car and have to pay yearly 2.600$ roadtax to drive a vette, a porsche pays 1.300$. so corvette is a way of life, at any price
 

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Corvette does not = underpriced
Corvette does = value for its price

No $50,000 car is underpriced.

Enjoy whatever Corvette you can afford and try not to worry about what everyone else has/does. I personally love my 9-year-old C4. Someday, I hope to enjoy a C2 and a C6 as well.

Corvette = passion


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