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hey there guys

Im gonna be looking for a C4 soon (gotta sell my Iroc 1st)
can you tell me what i need to look for? good ones, bad ones etc etc id like a 92 onwards

im after a buyers guide really

thanks in advance

btw im from England :thumbsup::cheers:
 

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First welcome to the forum. :buhbye:

Second regarding getting a C4, the biggest rule would be get the newest that you can afford. I'm certain other members here will jump in.

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1992 and up will get you at least the 300HP LT1, you can't go wrong. Right now it's a buyers market, if you take your time and do your homework, you'll make out good. Cars are cheap now, especially Vettes this time of year. Buy the best car you can afford. (what they said).

All you need to know about buying a Vette can be learned by reading our C4 forums and just getting up to speed... and ask questions when you get stuck.

Here is the history of C4s, it'll give ya some insight.

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The 1984-1996 Corvette is referred to as the C4 or "Fourth Generation" Corvette. There were no 1983 production year Corvettes sold to the public.

1984 - This year saw an almost complete redesign of the Corvette. The '84 production run started in March 1983. Top engine was the 350/205 h.p. option. Top selling color was bright red.

1985 - Last offered in 1965, "true" tuned-port fuel injection returned to the Corvette. Top horsepower was increased to 230.

1986 - For the first time since 1975 a convertible was offered again. Corvette "Paced" the Indy 500, and all '86 covertibles were considered Indy Pace Car Replicas, the second year Corvette produced a Pace Car replica. Anti-lock brakes bacame standard on the Corvette. Four coupes were sold with a Copper Metallic paint (code 66). Fifty "Malcolm Konner Commemorative Edition" Corvettes were produced (RPO 4001ZA.)

1987 - Top engine selection was 240 h.p. The Callaway Twin-Turbo engine option was not factory installed, but could be ordered from participating Chevrolet dealers (RPO B2K.) 184 were ordered.

1988 - A thirty-fifth anniversary edition package could be ordered on Coupes. The '88 standard wheel was changed to 16x8.5 (used for only that one year.)

1989 - A six-speed transmission was introduced. Standard wheel was 1988's optional 17x9.5 twelve-slot wheel. Eighty-four ZR-1 Corvettes were built, but not sold to the public.

1990 - Big news was the ZR-1 performance option. The 1990 ZR-1, not to be confused with the 1970 ZR1 option, ZR-1 utilized the LT5 engine assembled by Mercury Marine, producing 375 h.p. and costing an extra $27,000. The ZR-1 also included a number of unique body panels. 3,049 ZR-1's were produced. All 1990 Corvettes utilized a more efficient sloped radiator design. The Competition Yellow paint option (53) was discontinued in early 1990 due to pigment problems in the sunlight.

1991 - All '91 Corvettes had redesigned front ends, new side panel louvers and newly redesigned rear exteriors, similar to the '90 ZR-1s. Newly designed wheels were also introduced. Mufflers were revised and included less back pressure.

1992 - Base engine was the LT1, a newly redesigned small-block. Mobile 1 Synthetic oil was filled at the factory. Improved weatherstripping was used. The 1-millionth Corvette, a white convertible, was produced.

1993 - A 40th Anniversary package was optional with all models. The package included a Ruby Red metallic exterior. All leather seats in 1993 had "40th" anniversary in the headrest area. Horsepower in the ZR-1 increased to 405. The passive keyless entry system was introduced. Front wheels were decreased in size to 17x8.5. The ZR-1 could run a top speed of 179 mph. 6,749 40th Anniversary Ruby Red cars were ordered. 448 ZR-1s were produced.

1994 - The ZR-1s received a new 5-spoke wheel design. This wheel could not be ordered on other models. The four-speed automatic transmission was designed using electronic controls. You now had to use the brake pedal before shifting from "park." AC systems were revised to use R-134A refrigerant, a non ozone depleting CFC design. Goodyear Extended Mobility Tires (EMTs) "Run Flats" were an option. Admiral Blue and Copper Metallic were new color options.

1995 - Front fender air vents were redesigned to a "gill" shape. Corvette "paced" the Indy 500 race, and a Dark Purple and White convertible Indy 500 Pace Car Replica was offered (RPO Z4Z) 527 were produced, the third Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car replica. This was the last year for the ZR-1. The ZR-1 option now added $31,258 to the base price of a Corvette. A '95 convertible ZR-1 with Auxiliary Hardtop and Adjustable Suspension package cost the purchaser about $80,000. Total ZR-1s produced 1990-95 was 6,939.

1996 - New optional 350 c.i. LT4 engine, used only in 1996. LT4 equipped cars had an 8000 RPM tachometer. LT1 engined cars used a 6000 RPM tachometer. The "Grand Sport" option included the LT4 engine and special Admiral Blue paint with white center stripe. They also included the 5-spoke ZR-1 wheels, painted black. Corvettes with the Grand Sport option used separate serial numbers. A "Collector Edition" option included Sebring Silver paint and special trim. Traditionally, Red is the top selling exterior color, but in '96, Sebring Silver Metallic was the top seller. This was the last C4.

Specifications:

# produced: 1984: 51,547 Coupes only

1985: 39,729 Coupes only

1986: 35,109 Coupes: 27,794 Convts: 7,315

1987: 30,632 Coupes: 20,007 Convts: 10,625

1988: 22,789 Coupes: 15,382 Convts: 7,407

1989: 26,412 Coupes: 16,663 Convts: 9,749

1990: 23,646 Coupes: 16,016 Convts: 7,630

1991: 20,639 Coupes: 14,967 Convts: 5,672

1992: 20,479 Coupes: 14,604 Convts: 5,875

1993: 21,590 Coupes: 15,898 Convts: 5,692

1994: 23,330 Coupes: 17,984 Convts: 5,346

1995: 20,742 Coupes: 15,771 Convts: 4,971

1996: 21,536 Coupes: 17,167 Convts: 4,369
 

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wow, thanks for your comments guys :thumbsup:

ive been looking thru magazines and over here in England you can pick up a late model C4 from about 10k upwards.

the 91/92 onwards is the shape i'd prefer.

is there a link to a specification guide to this end of the C4? as you suggested i need to do my homework :)

also i'd like to know about options etc, and diffences in colour/combinations, eg black body/black interior etc etc
was leather an option etc etc etc, also the differeces between each year of manufacurer, what they changed etc

Heres a question i'd like to know the answer to.........

How many manual versions were made? are they rare? im assuming that most were auto's, i'd prefer a manual if i can get one.

This would not be my first 'Yank' (excuse the saying, its just what any Ameriacn car gets called over here).
I had '68 Mustang a couple of years ago and i currently have an '86 Iroc..

Thanks for your input guys and thanks for being so welcoming

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wow, thanks for your comments guys :thumbsup:

ive been looking thru magazines and over here in England you can pick up a late model C4 from about 10k upwards.

the 91/92 onwards is the shape i'd prefer.

is there a link to a specification guide to this end of the C4? as you suggested i need to do my homework :)

also i'd like to know about options etc, and diffences in colour/combinations, eg black body/black interior etc etc
was leather an option etc etc etc, also the differeces between each year of manufacurer, what they changed etc

Heres a question i'd like to know the answer to.........

How many manual versions were made? are they rare? im assuming that most were auto's, i'd prefer a manual if i can get one.
All of those answers are in a book called the "Corvette Black Book". It lists color combos, how many had red interior, cloth interior, suspension options... etc... and all those neato details and options.

Most of the major Corvette aftermarket suppliers sell the book www.madvette.com ... www.ecklers.com .

Hope you get that Vette soon... once it's in your blood, you can never NOT own a Vette.

68 Mustang, eh? Nice cars!:laughing:
 
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