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How long did it take everyone to decide on purchasing a ZO6, whether it was a 01' or an 02'?

Originally, I had decided on buying a 01' Torch Red coupe with Torch Red interior. After I finished putting all of the options that I wanted on it, which included the 1SC package, BSM's, high polished rims, both the color matched and the glass top, and the 6 speed transmission, this C5 coupe was at almost $47K. It only had 350HP and 375 FT/LBS. of Torque. I originally liked the lines of the coupe, especially the fastback design but the ZO6 lines kind of grew on me.

Lucky for me, the dealer had sold the car without letting me know because it took over 20 weeks for them to tell me that the car was finally at the dealership.

I guess that that was the biggest blessing because all of those weeks of waiting for the C5 made me want the ZO6 a lot more.

Price wise, it was only a difference of about $4K.

Well, after thatbad experienc with a dealer, my confidence with dealerships went straight down the drain. This caused me to wait a while before ordering my ZO6.

I then started hearing rumors about the 02' ZO6 which prompted me to wait a little bit longer before ordering the ZO6.

Finlly, on June 20th, the rumors finally became a reality and I sure am glad that I waited until now to order this car.

So, what made you decide on gettng the ZO6?
 

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I had lost the fever for Vettes in the early '80's. The "HOT FLASHES" returned in April of '99. I ordered a '00 Pewter 6spd coupe delivered in late August of that year. After the Pewter[traded] came a '01 MY coupe[traded]. Then came the ultimate[so far] the 'SW'01 Z. Now, come this August the EB'02 Z. These cars are flawed, but they are incredible FUN! I have no regrets!FUBU69/LES

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I heard about a "special high performance" Hardtop a year before the Z06 was introduced. I proceeded to my dealership, 6 months after I had just purchased my 2 99 Hardtops, and told him to make me #1 and #2 on the list. He looked at me like I was crazy, but said OK. When the allocation was announced on May 9th, 2000, I had 2 Z06's on order. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

Going to order 2 C6's when their "special high performance" Vettes are introduced. It's going to happen, probably around 18 months after the first C6 is introduced!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif I know nuttin!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
 

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On 2001-06-24 19:42, fcalmes spewed forth this drivel:
I heard about a "special high performance" Hardtop a year before the Z06 was introduced. I proceeded to my dealership, 6 months after I had just purchased my 2 99 Hardtops, and told him to make me #1 and #2 on the list. He looked at me like I was crazy, but said OK. When the allocation was announced on May 9th, 2000, I had 2 Z06's on order. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

Going to order 2 C6's when their "special high performance" Vettes are introduced. It's going to happen, probably around 18 months after the first C6 is introduced!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif I know nuttin!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

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What was that Frank? Are you sure about that? It took GM 4 years after the C5 introduction to develop the Z06. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif If that is true, maybe I should hold off on the '04 Viper purchase. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

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A VIPER,
What's up with that?
A Corvette is all you need, less weight, less cylinders, less cost, more FUN.
 

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Hey Killer, On Easter Sunday my blood pressure went through the roof and I was sure I was having a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. When the tests came back negative I decided to buy a corvette immediately. One look at the Z06 performance and I was hooked.

I've had a deposit on a car since late April. Dealer called today and said he had my allocation! He spun me up once before and the order didn't come through so I'm hoping it's real this time. jerboa /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif
 

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What's wrong???
Nobody else wants to disclose how they came to the decision of buying a ZO6?
Everybody who has responded until now have all had good and justified reasons for getting this great car.
 

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I got to test drive one and after that experience, I absolutely HAD to have one. It is definitely the most fun car I've ever owned including over 50 Corvettes.
 

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On 2001-06-25 21:53, VPRKLLR spewed forth this drivel:
What's wrong???
Nobody else wants to disclose how they came to the decision of buying a ZO6?

I already responded, but I wanted to add that after driving Vettes for 25 years, I was getting burned out. Almost bought a Ford Explorer. The Z06 rejuvinated me!! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_cool.gif I'm now 18 years old again...even though I look like 118. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif Damn I love this car!!
 

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In all honesty, the Z06 is new KOTH Corvette with all the appropriate "bragging rights" bestowed that come with that title.

But, to me and perhaps more importantly, it is the long awaited restoration of "pride in the USA" that has rightfully returned to Corvette.

The 2002 Z06 exceeds the former milestone set by the 1990 ZR-1 with the magnificent (but still foreign) Lotus LT5 engine. Now, that same (actually higher) level of engine performance is available in the latest reincarnation of an American original, a small block Chevy V8. Thanks to Corvette Development and GM Powertrain engineers who do "more with less", we have a 400 pound lighter (and safer) car with an American pedigree with all the right credentials. The illustrious #s of 405hp and 400ft-lbs in the enhanced (yet still relatively "low tech") all aluminum LS6 engine is a very
significant milestone in the 48 year history of Corvettes. In equivalent gross horsepower #s before the advent of "net" SAE measured HP in all cars since 1972, the new LS6 is the highest specific engine power output in a production built Corvette ever, even more
than the best of the big blocks of the mid
60s. And with immensely better gas mileage, virtually no pollution, and actually far less
cubic inches.

I didn't think this was ever going to happen again, and the muscle car era was never to be again. Guys, this is truly something to stand up and cheer about!!!

Unlike the ZR-1, the Z06 as successor to the title of KOTH, some 12 years later, is 100%
All AMERICAN. We can all take great pride in being owners of the best of the best, and such a history making car.
 

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I had a '99 and 2000 convertible, and after I heard about the new "high performance" Corvette coming it took about 2 minutes to decide on getting one. It goes along with my philosphy, "If some is good, and more is better, then too much is just right." /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

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I had been thinking about putting in an order for a 50th anniversary coupe. I had just made room in the garage by selling my 1970 Impala Convertible w/454 LS-6 crate motor and 3.73 gears. So I decided to take a trip to my local dealer to talk about ordering a 50th coupe.

While I was there, I decided to test drive a 2001 coupe six speed to see how I liked the manual. My last manual trans experience in a GM car was a 1985 Fiero 4 speed. Man did that trans suck!

While driving the coupe, I decided a few things, I definately wanted the six speed, the HUD, the glass top and the Millenium Yellow color. Just before leaving the dealership, my salesman mentioned the Z06. I wasn't really too excited about the hardtop body style, but now that I knew I liked the six speed, I figured I'd give it a spin and see how much of a difference there really was.

I was totally surprised at how big the difference was. It was amazing. The lower gearing and extra power made a significant seat of the pants difference. I experienced the active handling for the first time. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif I also felt that the trans shifted significantly better on the Z06 and I liked the guages.

On the downside, the Z06 seats and interior pieces were not as good as the coupe. The seats are definately worse than the sport seats and the cheap looking headliner didn't seem to be glued on correctly.

But after that one drive, I was totally in love with the Z06. I just couldn't believe how great the car was. I decided I couldn't wait for the 50th aniversary. But after negotiating with my local dealer, I discovered that the price was going to be MSRP. I tried calling around to several out of state dealers.

While calling around for pricing, I also found out about the '02 Z06 and decided I would wait/pay extra to get the color I wanted, Millenium Yellow, with the all the '02 upgrades. None of the out-of-state dealers we're willing to make it worth my while to go out of state on an '02.

One week later I was back at my local dealer, check book in hand, and put in my order: on June 6th, 6/6/01 for my 2002 Z06!
It must have been fate.

I am now in the agonizing waiting period. I'll be calling the dealers inventory manager tomorrow to try and get my order number and TPW... I can't wait for delivery.

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I had not had a Vette since 1968. I had owned my previous car for 5 years (1996 Viper GTS) and was getting tired of the discomfort level and lack of space, when I read a review of the Z06 in Car and Driver. I pondered about 2 weeks, and sold the Viper to a guy from New Orleans after ordering, and confirmed that I would get the Z06.

I paid no out of pocket money after selling the 5 year old Viper to get a brand new car. To be honest, the Z06 is a lot better car than the Viper in all respects but one, straight line acceleration. For those of you lusting after a Viper, save your money. You would be greatly disappointed after owning the Z06.
 

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SMFCPACFP,

That's the same question that I ask all of my friends that are constantly drooling over the Viper.
I don't see any justified reason for picking the much more expensive Viper over the ZO6. I also have driven the Viper and I feel that it is extremely uncomfortable and the transmission is kind of a pain in the ass. On te other hand, the ZO6 is the perfect sports cr in my eyes.
Except for the seats....and the audio system....an the oil consuption, which is supposedley being fixed for the 02' ZO6.
 
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Had a 99 coupe which I bought with the idea of putting 5-6000 into it and installing a blower.Well, you know how that went. Heard about the Z from my dealer, called him back the same day, he was ordering one, said make it silver....NO regrets, 02 is on order...In 32 years of having many hi-per cars [including a 70 hemi challenger bought new and sold for 4200 in 1971] this is the best..No question.....
 

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vprkllr,
Once I found out the new M3 was 350 pounds heavier than a Z06 Vette I was almost sold. When I saw the good build quality (unlike a Viper) and I realized I could get Ferrari 360 performance for $50K, I was sold.
The car is better than I thought, even though I think I hold the record for most initial oil consumption...1qt in 300 miles!
I can't wait to get this baby on the track and see what it can really do.
 

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Here is how I decided on a Z06. after being a car enthusiasts since childhood, I was finally in a position to buy myself a car in 1999. I bought a 1999 Camaro SS which I still have. I went to Lime Rock in Conn and ran a HPDE on the road course and loved it. I went to VIR and got a ride around there. In Nov of 2000 I went to Bragg-Smith driving school and saw what a Z06 could do on a road course. To top it off, my wife was treated to a few laps with a friend from GM and when she got out, she said, "I know how much you enjoy this road curse stuff, this is the car to do it with. You have to buy a Z06". So, when I could afford to keep the Camaro SS and buy the Z06, I bought one. I have been enjoying the thrill of the car since Feb! Go for it!
 
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