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OK, this is hard to admit, but I've wanted a Corvette since I sat in my first one. Why is that hard to admit? Because it was in 1954 at Ellis Brooks Chevrolet on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, then on the very posh "Auto Row" in that city. My dad took me there to see it because of all the publicity surrounding it. The extended San Francisco region (North Bay to the Monterey Peninsula) was quite a hub for the developing sports car market, and for sports car racing. The new Corvette was a big news item locally.

So, (very) fast forward to 2020, and I have now finally purchased a Corvette. Why did it take so long? That's a very involved story. In my case, my "first" is a C5 Z06 in Electron Blue. It was cosmetically in excellent shape, had low miles, a small number of owners, clean Carfax, and I just fell in love with it. So, I bought it on the spot at the asking price, which was reasonable, I felt, given it's condition.

I had done some research on the C5 Z05, but did not have the car gone through by a Corvette specialist prior to purchase, which was my original plan. Generally, it's an excellent vehicle, that I didn't realize that was coming due for some significant mechanical work beyond the facilities of my home garage and my own expertise. Long story short, I've been having that work done by a local Corvette specialty shop over the last year. I've made a major investment in the car.

I'm down to a small number of the "typical" C5 problems like a bad relay in the driver's door control module, a burnt out "check engine light" bulb, a cranky interior temperature sensor, and similar irritations. I think it's all coming together. It sounds worse than it really is since many of these things are of the DIY variety.

The car is a knockout. Everyone who sees it, or rides in it, loves it. It's got a very strong engine and is scary fast. My goal is a reliable, fast, touring car, not a track monster, so I'm focusing on functionality and some cosmetic improvements. I would like to go to a high performance driving school, but with the goal of getting the most out of the car on the road, not racing.


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I am always amazed by two things with people that don't drive their cars much, they don't seem to think that brake fluid and coolant need to be flushed regularly based on time more so than mileage. And why they always let the little things become non functional that would take a few moments to fix.
On the high performance driving schools I would highly recommend the old Miller Motorsports park. When my son turned 18 I bought him a new Mustang GT with a Trac-Pak. At the time everyone except for my wife thought I was crazy giving a kid a 420hp. Mustang to a teenager. That summer I enrolled him in their 2 day driving school. To this day now at 28 no tickets and no accidents. This is by far the nicest facility I have ever been to (Bondurant, Road Atlanta, Las Vegas)I know it goes by a new name but it is located in Tooele UT. We were leaving the track on his first day of school after dropping him off. He called him mom, she thinks what's wrong, and all he said was this is the most awesome thing I have ever done.
Hope you enjoy your new Corvette for years to come. Time to start doing some of those little DIY jobs yourself. Youtube can be very helpful when you are not quite sure how something come apart.
 

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@Myliobatis
Thank you, sir.

@CARiD
Indeed! I'm amazed at how much aftermarket gear, a lot of it very cool and sexy, is available for this now 24 year old platform. I've been spending a lot of time on the Internet looking at stuff. It's sort of my automotive version of watching "The Food Channel." [LOL]

What's also amazing is what a performer this older car is relative to what's affordable in a current sports car. Right now, I need to focus on basics and get things working well. However, I'm looking to do some cool things in the future.

@Bruno
Thanks very much, Bruno. I'm on to the DIY stuff right now.

That's good to hear about your son's driving school experience. I haven't had a chance to research things yet, and I'm a ways off from doing so. We have a relatively new track in my region, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, in the Palm Springs area. I'm hoping they also have a good driving school, although I don't know if they do. That would save me plane fare, and I can drive to it in 1-1/2 hours.

Cheers all,
 
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