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Greetings all:thumbsup: ,

This thread will end up being a little long, but will serve to let you all know my first impression of my brand new 2007 C6 plus the mods I put on her.

So the day finally came, May 30th 2007. I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy... hands down the greatest day of my life so far (still not married and no children, so those are yet to come). For 12 years now, my father has been promising me that if I graduated from the Air Force Academy, he would buy me a new Corvette. After all my outprocessing was done, I hopped into my Ford Focus and began the 50 mile drive north from Colorado Springs to Denver. The anticipation was palpable, I couldn't get home fast enough! When I rounded the corner and pulled into my driveway, there she was! My New Vette!!!:D The most beautiful thing I'd ever seen... brand new, perfectly washed, 16 miles on it (from dad driving it home from the dealership)

She's a 2007 C6 Z51 with Manual Transmission. Lemans Blue with chrome rims and two-tone titanium/ebony interior. 3LT package with everything.

MSRP was $56,310... we got the dealer down to $51,000 even so not a bad deal (thanks Len Lyall Chevrolet in Denver!).

So... my first impressions:

When I first sat in it I was impressed with the ingress/egress of the car. Despite how low it sits, its not terribly difficult to maneuver in and out of. Although my foot does keep bumping into the lower part of the door and leaving smudges... I have to buy some Adam's Products to clean her up.

When I first turned it on, I was dissapointed. It didn't 'jump to life' like I was expecting... no muscle car rumble:down: (thats alright though, I already had a solution for this in store... more on that later:partyon: ) In fact, the car sounded really docile... My mother's 350Z had more of a sports car sound.

Taking it out for the first drive was simple. The clutch was easy to handle the six speed was smoother than any manual transmission I've ever handled... no need for an aftermarket shifter, this one works just fine. Driving with the Z51 package was not as bad as I was expecting. Yeah, you feel all the potholes and seams in the road, but the seats are comfortable enough that you don't notice it too much. I wish the turning radius was better, but I'll live.

The only problem I've had is that after I parked on a hill and had to pull the e-brake real tight to stay put, my car has smelled like burning brakes... made me a little nervous....:huh:

The interior amenities are great while driving!:D Everything is driver-centric. The heads up display is a wonderful asset, the gauges are easy to read and pop at you. The Driver Information Center provides a wealth of information that I've never had on any car I've owned. I'm still trying to learn how to use the navigation and program all the XM radio features, but that will come with time. I wish there was more interior storage space (in the cockpit) but I'll live, there is more than enough behind me in the hatch-back. Actually, I've already taken it golfing and have had no issues whatsoever with storage space.

The roof comes off easily and stores without any problems and still leaves a decent amount of space for groceries or other small items. Its light enough that one person can do, but the latches are sturdy enough that you know it isn't going anywhere.

Since I've been driving around, i get the Corvette Wave all the time! Talked to a few other C6's and C5's at stoplights and shared compliments. What a great brotherhood we have here!!:thumbsup:

Gas Mileage - I've averaged 17.5 MPG so far, but that is largely because I've been giving friends and family rides in it and they keep begging me to punch it:laughing: I'm sure once the hype dies down I'll get mileage in the 21 - 22 range. Filled up for the first time today with 91 Octane premium, cost me $51:spanked:

Insurance won't be too bad... about $700 every six months through state farm.

I hate parking this thing... :spanked: its soooooo low that I am nervous about bumping every curb and end up leaving my rear end sticking out too far most of the time. Guess I just have to get used to it:huh:

THE MODS -

Here's what I have in the order I installed them:

- K&N Aircharger:D - Immediate impression was a quicker throttle response, more agressive engine note, and the car has a quicker SOTP feel. Very pleased with this $300 purchase, would recommend it to anyone. I might be upgrading to Halltech's Killer Bee setup soon:partyon: Installation of the K&N took literally 20 minutes with nothing but a flathead screwdriver. No problems whatsoever with fitting it or anything being loose. It is perfect!

- Borla Stinger CatBack:thumbsup: - Aside from burning the crap out of my left thumb trying to get a bolt off I had little problem with it. As I said above, I was dissapointed with how the car sounded just turning it on, so I decided to purchase an exhasut that would make it sound like a muscle car. Installation took two people, we had the car on the lift for exactly 88 minutes and did it without any professional help. Simple bolt on installation, everything lined up right and now that its on, it sounds AMAZING!!!!! I would recommend the Borla Stinger to anyone who wants an agressive idle, Raucous wide open throttle sound, but not drone at highway speeds. My assumption (based on SOTP feel is that the CatBack with the K&N got me about 12 more horsepower...)

- CAGS Skipshift eliminator - took 30 seconds to install, now I control what my car does.

Next on the plate is a set of LG Headers, High Flow Cats, and X-Pipe... got to save some money first.

Bottom line is, I love this car... It is the sexiest vehicle on the road in my opinion, I get thumbs ups all the time when I'm driving, always puts a huge smile on my face. There are a few minor issues, like the turning radius and the e-brake smell. But for what I need right now, this car is a dream come true.

Sorry this was so long, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to PM me.

Take care, all!

Mike:thumbsup:

P.S. If there's any vetters in the South Denver area that want to get together for a cruise, let me know and we'll set something up!
 

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Congratulations on your new Corvette, but more importantly, congratulations on graduating form the Air Force Academy. You are now part of an elite family and will have this status for the rest of your life. Good luck in your career!

Remember, if you plan to fly, helicopters are way cooler than go-fasters. No hover = not cool. Don't be swayed by some of the jet guys in the forum.

Just some words from an old retired Jarhead. :cheers:
 

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Thanks for the encouragement!:thumbsup:

As much as I love helicopters, I think I'm going to try and focus on transports as my career... I'll keep ya updated :thumbsup:
 

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First impressions of my C6

:thumbsup: Congrats first on being a Air Force Grad!! I know your parents are very proud. Being a retired Navy/Air Force Reserve guy myself, I can relate . Second congrats on the new Vet, you are in for the time of your life!! I have a 2007 C6 coupe myself, Z51, blckwing AF, Corsa Sport Ex, and Kooks headers. I would leave your vet home if you get stationed in Minot, N.D. Good luck in your flying career!!!

If you have the time you should try your hand at Auto-Crossing, it's a Blast!!!!
 

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Hi Mike !

Wow, congratulations on everything, that’s awesome :cheers: … I wish my C6 had a bit more rumble to it as well, but it “belongs” to the wife now, and she likes it how it is…. My Z sounds great with or without the butterflies opened, so I guess I am satisfied. Anyways, seriously consider a good radar detector (like the valentine) and spend some time in the canyons, (Big Thompson, or Poudre) you will love her even more, especially in passing zones. :devil: A word of advice, TC off, AH on (competitive driving mode) Oh, and never speed through the I-70 / El Rancho exit, There is always a speed trap there, and hard to detect because of the terrain.

Anyways, congratulations, on a great achievement and a great car!!!!! :thumbsup:
 

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Congrats on graduating from Air Force. Awesome feeling finally being done and having your car isn't it? I know about a year ago I was thinking the same thing and now I still feel the same way. Where are you doing your casual and are you going to be headed to Vance? There are about ten USAFA guys in my class here.
 

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Congratulations on your new Corvette, but more importantly, congratulations on graduating form the Air Force Academy. You are now part of an elite family and will have this status for the rest of your life. Good luck in your career!

Remember, if you plan to fly, helicopters are way cooler than go-fasters. No hover = not cool. Don't be swayed by some of the jet guys in the forum.

Just some words from an old retired Jarhead. :cheers:
:cheers: Congrats!! Out of the Blue Zoo. Forget what the old Jarhead said, fighters are the only way to go!:partyon: But, why haven't you switched to USAA for insurance? Far, far better than State Farm, Allstate or any of the others. They exist for guys like us, and I've had them since I had a brown bar as new as yours! Never anything but outstanding service. Open up the shroud to get only outside air thru the grill to the Aircharger. Huge improvement. I have--and love, Bullets. But yours are fine, too and a sound like we paid for. Good luck in your career from an Air Force brother officer--a few generations removed!:cheers:
 

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Congrats on the new ride and a the Air Force Grad:thumbsup:
 

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But, why haven't you switched to USAA for insurance? Far, far better than State Farm, Allstate or any of the others. They exist for guys like us, and I've had them since I had a brown bar as new as yours! Never anything but outstanding service.
I too have State Farm on my C6 as an O-1 and it is far cheaper than my USAA quote. I have a savings and checking account opened with them and it is about $200 more than State Farm. I checked both when I first got the car and just this week before I paid my insurance for the next six months. I'll continue checking USAA and if I find they are cheaper I will switch.

Sorry didn't mean to steal your thread.:partyon:
 

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Wow, congrats on the graduation, commissioning and the new Vette. From a current Navy pilot, enjoy flight school and the life after.
 

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I too have State Farm on my C6 as an O-1 and it is far cheaper than my USAA quote. I have a savings and checking account opened with them and it is about $200 more than State Farm. I checked both when I first got the car and just this week before I paid my insurance for the next six months. I'll continue checking USAA and if I find they are cheaper I will switch.

Sorry didn't mean to steal your thread.:partyon:
I'm surprised. Have you spoken with them and told them they are way over SF? They may be seeing something incorrectly on your quote. Not to say they are the cheapest in every situation, but I would talk to them. Or maybe State Farm thought you said "Prius" instead of Vette...:thud:
 

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Great story, man - and don't sweat the long post. Congratulations on the new Vette and your AFA graduation. I got to tour the Academy when I was in Boy Scouts almost 20 years ago and I've always been impressed by it.

If I'm fortunate enough to get a new Corvette next year, I'd love for it to be equipped identically to how yours is. Too bad I wouldn't be able to get a LeMans Blue one anymore. :(
 

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Nice review and I'm glad you love the car.:thumbsup:

The Borlas add so much to the driving experience of the C6, I didn't realize what I've been missing since my 1st C6 in 9/05.

Enjoy,

Howard
 

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Congrats on your graduation from the Air Force Academy, what field are you in? Fantastic grad gift from your parents.
 

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Congratulations Lieutenant, you are no longer a Zoomie in blue!

Well I guess that’s not entirely true…. You’ve just traded Cadet Blue for Lemans Blue and Wild Blue.
:laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

I taught math at USAFA from 1978 to 1981 and flew AC-130H Spectre and AC-119K Stinger gunships , T-37s, T-39s, and T-41s. But whether it’s Choppers, Bombers, Fighters, Transports, or Corvettes – it’s flying.

Congrats again and Welcome to two great fraternities.

FLY SAFE!

BTW Great Taste!:thumbsup:
 

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Nice story, wish I could say the same wonderful things about my 2005 coupe. I've only had it a month and I'm selling it. I couldn't be more disappointed with this car. This is my last post in digitalcorvettes, since I'm selling my c6 and already sold my 89.

I have owned and loved corvettes for 15 years and once I sell this one, I won't buy another one. I have been treated very badly by our local dealership service department, they are lazy and don't want to fix anything under warranty, they just keep saying the broken things are "normal".

-There is something wrong with the drivetrain, the car shudders while driving in city traffic, the dealer insists it's normal.

-The outside temp gauge is broken, the dealer replaced the sensor but it's still broken, has been reading a constant 75 degrees since I bought it.

-Numerous rattles, squeaks, and pops coming from the roof, door panel, drivers seat, rear hatch, makes a very annoying and irritating drive in a car which should be much quieter than my old one. Again, dealer insists there's nothing they can do about any of these things and they are "normal".

All this for a car with only 4,000 miles on it.

I am very disappointed in this car and have been soured for life on buying another Corvette, ever. I don't know how warranties REALLY work, if GM has to foot the bill or the individual dealer service department, but either way someone somewhere wants to save money by not servicing my car. Fine, but I will never again buy another GM product in my life.
 
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