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Another Midlife crisis Corvette thread

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by CharlieO, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. CharlieO

    CharlieO Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    Inspired by homesick345's Corvette C3 thread, I thought that I would post my own thread concerning my current "crisis." For the past several months I have had a strong urge to buy a used Corvette C7 convertible. I have done a lot of research, and my preference is for a 2014 Premiere Edition, which is a limited edition of 550.

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    I have owned numerous convertibles and sports cars before, but I have never owned a Corvette. I am surprised by this recent desire to buy one, and am wondering if I have simply fallen victim to mid-life crisis. I currently have a perfectly good Crossfire roadster which is ideal for the kind of driving that I do. It handles well, is extremely reliable, and attracts plenty of attention wherever I go. I suspect that positive attention is one major reason behind the desire for a mid-life crisis car. The Crossfire fills that need for a lot less money than the Corvette.

    I have discussed this car on the Corvette Forum, and of course every C7 owner thinks that there is no better car for the money. Then I remember that they're all guys who are experiencing the same mid-life crisis. Every day when I drive the streets and highways of Florida I see dozens of C7 Corvettes, nearly all of them being driven by a guy who is between 55 and 75. If I go to Cars and Coffee, I know that I will see at least 10 of them. I guess my question is whether I should surrender to the midlife crisis thing and become just like everyone else, or should I fight the urge and forget it?

    I'm looking for opinions on the C7, and also on C6 convertibles. A Corvette enthusiast pointed out recently that I can buy a very nice loaded low mileage C6 for $15-20k less than my targeted Premiere Edition. Its not the "latest thing," but still a pretty nice car.

    I like cars, and have established some good friendships through membership in various car clubs. Buying a Corvette would potentially introduce me to a new group of people. That seems like a good thing to me.

    What do you think? Good idea? C7 for mid $40s or C6 for mid $20s? Other ideas?
     
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  2. Preacher

    Preacher Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    I love Vettes, have never owned one but have a lot of friends who have.

    The ride is going to be different than the Crossfire, and the point A to point B is going to be faster as well <grin>

    Hey, life is too short, if you make a great deal you can drive it till the crisis passes and then pass it onto someone like me that will go through it in a few years.... last kid leaves for college next year!
     
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  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    What makes these C7s great fun, is when the sea of Minivan/SUVs parts and there's ONE of them and everyone wishes that was them.

    But you're in a part of the USA where the novelty is worn completely off. If one out of every 15 cars is a Corvette, what is the point?

    Oh, and beware that "peanut butter" color for tops or upholstery. It just gets tiresome, I feel and I've had a lot of people agree with this.

    I've been buying up some nice spares of these Saab 9-5s they quit making in 2009. The #1 turn off that's stopped the most deals from going forward? This peanut butter color upholstery, that's what.
     
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  4. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown

  5. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Holic

    645
    May 11, 2011
    North of Boston
    A couple of years ago I bought a C4. I bought it in 2010 from a local Corvette specialist, paid a little too much at $11,500. Had it for 4 and a half years and sold it for $8,500. C4s are commonly considered the dogs of the Corvette family, but the point I'm making is that I had 4 years of fun, got it out of my system, had no major repairs and would do it again. Buy it right-and have fun.
     
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  6. CharlieO

    CharlieO Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    I get it. The fact that they are so common is one thing that makes me have doubts. And I also know what you are saying about the color of the top. I like the way that it looks when it is brand new, but I have seen too many of them that look dirty and worn after a few years. In this particular case, the dark green and tan color combination is a classic premium look for Corvette convertibles. It also, quite frankly, is probably not a popular look for a Corvette in Florida. I am willing to go for it because this is an absolutely loaded limited edition. You can be confident that I would maintain it perfectly, and it will look great when I sell it.

    In the C3 thread I posted that I recently passed on a white C6 convertible with a worn tan top because I didn't have a place to stash it as Irma was approaching. The very first thing I planned to do with that car was to install a new dark blue top.
     

  7. dkmw

    dkmw Tele-Afflicted Ad Free + Supporter

    Age:
    62
    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    Chevy has done a great job of making each successive iteration of the 'Vette better than the last, in general. The C7 is much improved over the C6.

    That said, the C6 might scratch your itch as it's waaaay more performance than the Crossfire. Turning heads is another matter - I don't really have an opinion there....

    It's true there are lots of them on the roads of coastal Florida.
     

  8. Tsquared

    Tsquared TDPRI Member

    Age:
    68
    67
    Oct 10, 2016
    Florida
    Wanted a '67 - in '67. Haven't had much interest in Corvettes since. In the '70's my tastes turned more toward Europe and later, the Orient. On a not unrelated note...

    About 30 years ago, a girlfriend in her 30's saw a Corvette go by and said "There goes another PMAM."
    "What's that?" Says I.
    "Pathetic Middle Aged Man".
    I stopped playing air guitar long enough to chuckle to myself.
     
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  9. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    42
    Mar 17, 2003
    albany, ny [not chicago]
    The thing that keeps me from making plans to buy a really cool car is that I live in a location with speed limits, cops to enforce them, and potholes. I just don't see the point of having a car like that without an appropriate place to drive them. In your shoes, I'd keep the Crossfire and find some other way to find fun/positive reinforcement.

    I'm focusing my midlife daydreams on aeroplanes, trying to position myself to buy a good stick & rudder plane in the next couple of years.
     
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  10. CharlieO

    CharlieO Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    I don't happen to be chasing women in their 30s, but I don't like the idea that they might be laughing behind my back. I have gone for years with no desire to own a Corvette. I have owned dozens of European and Japanese sports cars and convertibles over the years. In the last decade I have turned mostly to American cars, and I am particularly happy with my two made-in-Detroit Chevy Volts. The Volt technology got me to take a serious look at the C7 Corvettes, which also are impressive.
     
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  11. CharlieO

    CharlieO Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    I am actually very happy with the Crossfire, and I know that financially it would be smartest just to keep it and forget about buying anything else. If I could, I would spend my available play money on world travel, but right now I am working 50 to 60 hours per week and we have other reasons why we can't get away. A new car is a reward for my hard work, but it really isn't something that I need to do. In fact, I can imagine that it might postpone my retirement for a few months.
     

  12. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    I'm actually surprised that so many tele players would stoop like sheep to the cliche Corvette. Corvette owners I know have toupees too, so maybe go a more original and creative mid-life crisis mode of transportation.:cool: The Crossfire is very unique up here, but yeah, mid-life crisis requires a bigger leap.

    Good luck and see you on the other side ... about a decade from now.:D
     
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  13. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Interesting.

    I was always amazed, how many of the owner/drivers of Corvettes in the New Orleans area were women. I have 2 theories:

    1) These ladies got the car in the Community Property Settlement - in fact they got just about everything;

    2) These ladies wanted to send the typical guy the message "I Get What I Want, No Exceptions!"

    :^)

    They only had time for you when their Corvette was in the shop or out of commission in their driveway.
     

  14. CharlieO

    CharlieO Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Sarasota, FL
    I am indeed a cheesehead.
     
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  15. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Just don't be one of these guys.

     
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  16. dkmw

    dkmw Tele-Afflicted Ad Free + Supporter

    Age:
    62
    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    I don't see this as a midlife crisis kind of desire. You state you've always been an auto enthusiast. You are just now looking at a Corvette.

    For me, it's only been the last few years where I would even consider driving one. It's a real car now, not the joke it was for decades (IMO).

    They run a great racing program (said begrudgingly because I'm rootin' for another manufacturer). If you haven't made up your mind by next March, come on over to Sebring and you can see both the race cars and extensive factory exhibits on the current street cars. They always have these cutaway cars that show off all the good mechanical and engineering bits, very cool.

    Hey @boris bubbanov ! My wife drove a Vette a long long time ago; she would have been a #2 but she went out and worked for her own stuff:)
     
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  17. dannew02

    dannew02 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2010
    Erin Prarie, WI
    Can you RENT one where you live? If you dig driving the rental one enough you might buy one of your own. If you hate it, you turn it back in when the rental period is up, no harm done.
    A lady I work with, her husband of many decades cashed in his retirement and bought a Vette. You can guess how THAT went over... We all had to hear about it throuought the whole ordeal. The last I heard, he and his new girlfreind are doing fine, though :)
     

  18. newminglewoodblue

    newminglewoodblue TDPRI Member

    Age:
    58
    56
    Nov 16, 2016
    Southern California
    It's not a midlife crisis, it's a car that gets me from point A to B (very well). I've put approximately 250,000 miles on 2 Corvettes over the last 10 years. My current, a red C7, is a total joy to drive (52,000 miles in just over 2 years). I opted for the bone stock Stingray, which has a targa top btw. The top flips off easy, but I rarely take the top off. I've driven sports cars with or without a top since I was 16 (42 years!), and I've driven a few trucks. I've driven BMW, MBZ, Volvo, Ford Mustang (always great), MGB (1st sport's car) plus wife & GF cars. I'm a gearhead hotrodder at heart, suit & tie by day. My Corvettes blew the panties off everything else I've ever sat in. Get the 7 speed stick. I get 30 plus MPG on a flat road at 78 mph in cruise control 7th gear (1400 rpm's!). I can go from 28 mph to 100 mph in 3rd gear in the blink of an eye (oh my f'ng god she's quick). The Corvette is an iconic US made sports car. If you love cars, and you're thinking about it, stop thinking. get one. RE the convertible, when it's sunny it's awful (I hate the sun beating down on me), it's a no go in the rain, but is a big yes on a cool overcast day (just my preference). The targa top gives me all the wind in my hair I need, and buttons up nicely.
     
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  19. newminglewoodblue

    newminglewoodblue TDPRI Member

    Age:
    58
    56
    Nov 16, 2016
    Southern California
    PS: Regarding my age, I couldn't drop $60,000 on a car when i was younger or I would have. My 1st Corvette was a low mileage garage queen C5 (red, or course). I paid $23,000 for the C5 back in 07. Pre-owned garage queen makes them very affordable. I was in a position to spring new when I got the C7 or I would have shopped used for sure.
     

  20. newminglewoodblue

    newminglewoodblue TDPRI Member

    Age:
    58
    56
    Nov 16, 2016
    Southern California
    PSS: Waving to other Corvette drivers, and joining the Corvette club adds to the fun!
     
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