2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Who Did You Buy the Car for, Dude?

March 14, 2011

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I'm happy to say that after a year and well over 10,000 miles, the shift action in our 2002 Z06 is just about where it should be. When we bought it, this pristine, low-mileage example of a Z06 seemed as though it was hardly ever driven. Unfortunately, it shifted like it too.

The shift action could best be described as sticky. It took an extra strong tug to get it out of gear, and was slow to self center across its neutral gate. It shifted like a brand new Corvette. Great, but this car came into our possession with 40,000 miles. So what gives?

The best answer I can come up with is the car's previous owner hardly ever drove it, and when he did, he didn't really drive it all. More than likely, this was to preserve the newness and insure a higher resale value. Fine, that's what a lot of Corvette guys do. But a Z06? Dude.

So he got a couple of grand more when he sold it, but I doubt he never knew what a magical, world-class drivetrain was encased in that fiberglass body. His loss, and as I swapped cogs all weekend long, my gain.

Drive your ******* car!

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 52,790 miles

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