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Well this is my first Corvette and won't be my last. I have a 1996 Coupe white/red, it's really in great condition and I'm taking into consideration about 20 other Vette's near the same year that I looked at. There was one I saw in and was soaked in my seat when I got out a minute later because it wouldn't start. That was a rat!! I looked at a 93 that had so many things wrong with it I would have spent $5,000.00 to get it up to par. He wanted $12,500. and that was "his cost"!!

The reason I'm chiming in here is I did a carfax and that came up fine but I would like to hear from anyone that has similar year that can fill me in if there is anything I should be on the lookout for as I have a 3 yr. warranty and want to make use of it while it's in force.

I'm going to use some leather care that I use on my leather jacket on the seats, very minor wear mostly on the drivers seat but nothing to complain about. Other than that the car is in mint condition except for a problem with the steering that they are going to take care of on Thursday. It kind of clicks when you turn the wheel all the way. I know power steering makes noise if you turn them all the way but this is a strange clicking noise and one of the mechanics heard it and aggreed with me that it was abnormal the day I bought it. Have had some strange things with the heater controls too, but only one day. The rest of the time it seems to be working fine. What would happen is it would be stuck in Auto. and I could not shut it down to use it manually. And the rear defroster button would not work either. But as I say that was only one day and now it seems to be working fine. I mentioned it to them to check on Thursday when they fix the steering just so that it's documented on the books in case something down the road happens. :D Gotta keep these guys honest!! I was a car salesman for 9 years in the 80's and knew the manager where I bought my car so I have a sort of in with them now.

Well I guess I better stop writing because if I don't I could write a small novel I'm so excited to be driving my new Corvette!! I know it's not new but it is to me.

I've learned quite a bit from reading your posts already and look forward to learning more about the best car made!! Thanks all, Jim
 

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I have a 96, and I can speak on two very recent issues.

1) At 40k miles the fuel filter was so blocked it caused a serious performance issue from lack of flow. (and I only used good gas!). It should be changed once per year.

2) At 40k the shocks were SHOT, so I replaced the base shocks with Z51 Bilsteins ($299 for 4). The car rides AWESOME now. I didn't know how bad the shocks really were. Damn, it's nice now.

So, FYI on that stuff...

As far as the seats, I rarely do anything to them. The leather is "tough" to begin with, and you'll never make them soft. But, once a year I'll put leather conditioner on them. I'm more worried about the wear on the bolsters... but I might switch the seats to even out wear.

And, my other 96 (may it rest in peace) had REALLY noisy power stearing. So after dealing with the groaning for 6 months i completely drained the power stearing fluid out (it was black) and put in Valvoline synthetic fluid, if fixed the problem!!

Lastly, it is insignificant to most people, but I had the following done.

- Replaced/Bled brake fluid
- Replaced/Bled clutch fluid
- Replaced Trans Fluid
- Replaced rear diff fluid (with posi additive)

All of the fluids were BLACK with only 25k on the car. Now I do it once a year. Check yours...

Also, I found that both of my 96 LT4 cars benefited from new plugs/wires at low mileage. FYI, it's a daunting task to replace the plugs/wires... so you might want to have a Corvette pro do it. You need some neato tools to do it fast.

That's all I can think of at the moment, let us know if you want more info or detail...

Again...
 

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Hi NHVetterider. Welcome to digitalcorvettes. There is a wealth of info here on the C4 and a bunch of knowledgable types waiting to help
 

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congrats on the purchase...make sure not to close your hood when the doors are open :)...is it an auto or 6 speed car ?
 

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Thanks for the welcome!!! But......

Now ya got me wondering.... "why not close the hood with the doors open??? I can't think if I've done that already but don't think so. Am I lucky I didn't??

Thanks for all your info. They did all the oil changes before I bought it. I'm bringing it in Thursday for all the little things I've noticed since I've had it.

Luckily I was able to buy the warranty because winter is soon upon us up in the wicked east coast!! I probably have a week left if I'm lucky to get everything set and then I will put her to sleep for the long winter nap. Had to rent a space at one of those self storage place. At least I know it's safe and it's only a block from my house so it will be easy to go and start her up during the few winter months. I'm going to take her out when the roads are clear so it just doesn't sit all winter even though it's only a few months.

Used to do that with my Harley.... people used to think I was nuts riding in the middle of winter but hey as long as I was dressed I was all set. People ride snow mobiles so why not a motorcycle??!??

Anyway, I sold the bike due to back problems and bought the Vette. Now I'm glad I did. I just love this car!!!

Again, thanks for the warm welcome and I am ready to take all the knowlledge in I can about my C4!! Jim
 

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Re: Thanks for the welcome!!! But......

NHVetterider said:
Now ya got me wondering.... "why not close the hood with the doors open??? I can't think if I've done that already but don't think so. Am I lucky I didn't??


When the hood drops from a foot up, it slams nice and tight. But, it will dip a little lower on the slam action, before resting a bit higher up.

If your doors are open, you can cause the hood and the doors to contact each other causing pain. Open your doors with your hood closed and you'll see how close it is.

Thanks for all your info. They did all the oil changes before I bought it. I'm bringing it in Thursday for all the little things I've noticed since I've had it.
Did you buy it from a GM dealer?

Luckily I was able to buy the warranty because winter is soon upon us up in the wicked east coast!! I probably have a week left if I'm lucky to get everything set and then I will put her to sleep for the long winter nap. Had to rent a space at one of those self storage place. At least I know it's safe and it's only a block from my house so it will be easy to go and start her up during the few winter months. I'm going to take her out when the roads are clear so it just doesn't sit all winter even though it's only a few months.
Don't just start it up, if there is no salt on the roads, go play!!!

Used to do that with my Harley.... people used to think I was nuts riding in the middle of winter but hey as long as I was dressed I was all set.
Good man!

Again, thanks for the warm welcome and I am ready to take all the knowlledge in I can about my C4!! Jim
Jim, there is a LOT of knowledge here, just start reading... and participating... it's an ongoing collaboration!
 

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A vette's not like a Harley. If you get rid of it you will have to have a total blood replacement to get it out of your system.

Congrats :thumbsup:
 

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Think I found a home away from home.....

It''s nice to hear from you all.

I understand about the hood now!!! Will do.

Just peeked my head outside to the the dog out and it's friggin snowing!!!!! Man oh man I hate winters!! Well it's not going to last and you can bet that if there is no salt or snow on the roads that baby is comming out for a ride!!!!

Here's to all that gave me a nice warm welcome. :cheers:

I'll be taking it all in and hopefully contributing when and if I can. Jim
 

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Welcome to the forum, as you can see there's lots of great advice here. Enjoy. :)
 

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I'm finding that out quickly!!!

Hey all. I thought there was a close relationship with Harley owners and was going to lose that when I sold my Harley due to my back problems but it seems that Corvette owners are the same. This is great!!! Thanks all for your warm welcome to the group here.

I just hate having to put the car up so soon after buying it!!! But this comming summer is going to be great!! And I'll be able to take it out before I used to take the Harley out. I think I'm gonna like this new toy!! :partyon: :excited: :cheers:
 

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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like your having a blast with your vette.
 

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Welcome aboard NHVetterider :thumbsup:

Like Harley owners we wave at each other so don't forget the :buhbye: when you see another Corvette.

:cheers:
 

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Ragvette

You don't seem to see as many Vette's on the road as I did with Harley's but I got the wave down from my Harley years so....will do!! :cheers:

Thanks all, Jim

PS> Got a little shaking between 80 and 100 today on the highway. Almost like maybe the wheels not balanced correctly or something. I'm gonna have it checked out but probably will wait until spring. I'm getting ready to put her up for the winter pretty soon. I've been watching the weather lately and as soon as I see snow in the forecast she's going in storage. Well I'll keep all updated. Thanks, Jim
 
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