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Picked it up yesterday from a local small dealer that did a courtesy delivery for me (I bought the car from Les Stanford). My first impression was holy crap!! This car just totally overwhelms me with its styling, particularly the width, and also with its engine sound and all the high tech features. Took me a few minutes to get used to the clutch which likes to suddenly come up as it's being released. I plan to drive it moderately for the first 1000 miles but even though I haven't stepped on it I can tell this thing likes to pull even with the slightest throttle depression like a raging bull. Simply awesome. Words can't describe the hell I went through waiting for this car and the joy when I finally left the dealer which by the way I didn't like at all, especially the general manager who was quite unfriendly and even rude. The service people were ok though. Still they don't compare to the friendliness of my selling dealer, Les Stanford Chevrolet.

I was just wondering if it's normal to hear some ticking or tapping noise, my guess coming from the valves or lifters, at around 1500 rpm. It goes away above 2000 rpm. Is this normal?
 

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Congrats Beggar!

Don't worry about the ticking; it's the exhaust not the lifters (have someone else rev the car while you listen under the hood).

You will learn all of the quirky little sounds in a short period of time. Remeber to keep the clutch pressed in when shutting off the engine to avoid the "can of marbles" sound.

But the best sound comes after the first 500 when you give it WOT for the first time. You will love the bark of the exhaust :D

Enjoy!
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Congrats beggar..car gets stronger with more miles..1700 miles with a few simple mods and my car is awesome..also the ticking sound is normal..maybe we can hook up..:D
 

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Congrats Beggar. The waiting "was" the hardest part for me too . . . almost 4 months from initial order (from out of state) to delivery. Had a courtesy delivery also, which went fairly well and I didn't have any problems with either dealership involved.

I don't hear any ticking noises, but these cars apparently do make certain types of odd sounds occasionally. FWIW, I have a '96 LT4 that makes a similar sound to that which you describe, but when I took it in (still under warranty) to a local servicing Chevy dealer, the Service Mgr said the sound is "normal" for a roller rocker engine.
:bs: Furthermore, I was told GM does not cover investigation and/or elimination of cold engine start sounds under warranty. :-?

I am trying to sell my LT4 coupe right now and I just know a very observant potential buyer is going to give me hard time over this, but what can I do?

I just had the intake manifold gasket replaced that was leaking a bit and while the manifold was off, I asked the mechanic to take a look at the lifters. Of course, he did not. :mad:

I think it may be a starved hydaulic lifter. The sound goes away within a minute or so of engine warmup and is not as noticeable unless I let the car sit for days at a time.

C4C5specialist, anybody, comments?
 

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Begger.. glad to hear you'rs arrived. Who was your sales rep at Les Standford?

I also got my from Kevin @ Les Stanford. Should be hear by Wednesday I'm told. I've been told more stories about when my Z will arrive I don't even bother listening any more. When it's finally here, I'll be very happy, this last few days is killing me.

My courtesy dealer does not seem that happy either, we'll see. I originally had mine ordered thru them, but they had little or no allocation (not in time for 0%), so when I cancelled and told them I found one elsewhere, and would like them to deliver it, they didn't sound all that enthused, but agreed to do it.

Told them not to buff or wax, just take off plastic and wash. G_D I can't wait!!! When did you place your order and what was your TPW? Thank goodness we can visit this place and enjoy the bro-hood. :D :D
 

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Congrats on the new ride! Courtesy deliveries suck! The have no reason to make you happy! I had asked to be called as soon as the truck arrived but of course they didn't. I asked them to leave the plastic on till I got there of course they didn't. I asked to keep it behind the gate and out of the general publics view. It was right in the middle of the lot with people looking and touching it as I arrived. At least I know with only 6 miles on the clock that not to many WOT runs were made with it. Any of you guys in Cali make sure you never use Glendora Chevrolet as they don't fallow your wishes at all.

On the bright side the paint is great and the car is flawless to me.

I love it!

JOHN
 

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Hey beggar,

Glad to hear the great news!!!! I know you have been waiting a long time, but if the wait got you a super low interest rate, then you came out way ahead of some who got theirs sooner.

Breaking mine in slowly too.

All the best! Enjoy!

:D :) :D :) :cool: :cool: :cool:
 

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Thank you all for the kind words. I took the car today for an almost 200 mile road trip, varying the rpms and using all gears, and this has definitely been the least boring trip I've ever taken! :D It's like a dream to me as I've been dreaming of this day for quite some time, 7 months in fact. I originally placed a deposit in April but I waited 5 months and my order still hadn't been accepted. Then I tried Les Stanford and it "only" took 2 more months to get the car. But YardDog is correct about the low interest rate which I did get. In the end it worked out for the best. :) I'm glad to hear the ticking noise is normal. But perhaps what isn't normal is that I only got 1 key to the car though I did get 2 remotes. Now is this normal? Kinda doubt it. The delivering dealer said the car came with only 1 key and they couldn't find the other one anywhere.

Pmontelo, you're right about the noise coming from the exhaust. I did the experiment today with someone else reving the car and indeed it's coming from the exhaust. Actually now I kind of like it.

ZOWHAT, if you remember I did try to contact you some time ago, more than once actually but you never replied to the messages I left.:roll:

MOUNTAINWOLF, no mods for me. I'll keep my car pure and virginal.:lol:

thx2.net, my salesman @ Les Stanford was Gary Kilar. Courtesy delivery dealers can be a pain in the ass as was my case. Seems to me like if you don't buy the car from them they feel no need to treat you with respect or follow your requests. My experience was similar to JWilson's. Initially I gave my requests to the general manager. Then on the day of the prepping I faxed the dealer a list of my 4 requests just to be sure. When I called to check if they got it I found out nobody delivered the fax to the service department where it belonged and the service department knew nothing of my requests that I had originally given to the general manager. Eventually the service department got my fax just in time and fortunately they did follow my requests. That was certainly a close call.
 

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Congrats Beggar and enjoy the ride! Yes, waiting is a pain! It's only been a month for me and I can't stand it! Enjoy :cheers:
 

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beggar said:
But perhaps what isn't normal is that I only got 1 key to the car though I did get 2 remotes. Now is this normal? Kinda doubt it. The delivering dealer said the car came with only 1 key and they couldn't find the other one anywhere.
Beggar - 'grats on the car! Awsome, isn't it?

I got 2 keys and 2 keyfobs with mine. Since the keys have those little chips in them, I don't imagine you can get them duplicated at the local hardware store for a buck or two, so it might be worthwhile to make the dealership provide another key to you. IMHO anyway. Even if you're the only driver, it never hurts to have a backup key.
 

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Two duplicate keys and key fobs here also. They are numbered #1 and #2. The two fobs are specifically for the memory option, although I wouldn't think that is necessary to get two with the car. It customary to always get two sets of keys for a new car. Go back and complain to the delivering dealer or call Chevrolet Customer Assistance if they persist that only one key came with the car.
 
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