And WTF does Cai people mean.
'Cai' as in cold air intake. I think he was referencing previous discussions on different intakes.
I'm hesitant to weigh in here as in appears the discussion is quite heated...and everyone knows how much I avoid arguments.
However, I own both the C5Z and the C6Z and frankly haven't found either to be any more 'maintenence intensive' than the other.
These are my 5th and 6th Corvette's and the biggest expense I've seen is tires and modding (although the tire issue may be a bit self imposed
I think zteve06 has read more articles about C6Z problems then about C5Z problems and thus figures into his opinion. I can't agree with him on this anymore than I can agree with his opinion that others who have posted on this thread have been dishonest in their attempt to paint a biased picture of the C6Z for the OP.
I stand back a few yards and I CAN see where someone might get the opinion that the C6Z has more issues just because the posts on the C6 are newer and fresher in our minds.
Anyway, my reply to the OP would be that 2 major issues affect the maintenence costs for the C6Z he is considering.
The first is how hard it was run and how well it was taken care of by the previous owner/s.
The second is how hard he plans on running the Z. Let's not kid ourselves, ANY car with a hi-po engine can create more maintence issues and more problems if it is run hard and put away wet.
Lastly, we'd be mistaken if we didn't point out that vendors have a tendency to add a 'Vette Premium' for parts and service. You CAN expect to pay a little more for that new alternator for the Vette than you would for the Stang or Accord.
Deal breaker? Not in my opinion, but it does factor in.