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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: The Odd Couple

January 10, 2011

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That's the '02 Vette next to a friend's '72 Bus. I learned quickly that you don't buy a Corvette to do stuff. You buy a Corvette - particularly a Z06 - to do one thing, and do one thing well: go fast. Stupid fast. You don't buy it to run errands. You probably don't even buy it to drive to the course, even though you could fit some clubs back there.

You do buy it to fly you and your lady for a weekend getaway up the coast or out to Vegas. You buy it for track days. You buy it for regular hits on the mechanical synthesis of intake whine, exhaust growl and floorpan vibrations.

You don't buy it, incidentally, to haul surfboards, although our parking lot experiment determined that the Z06 would carry a 7'6 thruster with just a little padding and some twine.

On the way home, a Grand Cherokee SRT-8 buzzed by, dropped back to our flank, then gassed it down Pacific Coast Highway. Sorry, pal. I just started this job. And the boss likes this car. Hope your wife was impressed with the victory. In more capable hands, I imagine driving the Z06 to offer the serenity of a skilled martial artist. If it wanted, it could serve fools. Especially when running in that magical, seemingly bottomless third gear.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Dry Cleaners Run

December 31, 2010

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Like most sports cars, our 2002 Corvette Z06 lacks clothes hanger hooks. This can make it tricky when it's time to pick items up from a dry cleaners. But I found that hooking a bungee cord around the passenger seat serves as a pretty good temporary alternative.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Trunk Latch Is Fixed

December 29, 2010

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You might remember that our Z06 has a gimpy trunk lid popper -- JKav posted a workaround video for it way back in February. You also probably thought that we had long since fixed it. Well, we didn't. But as of today it's gimpy no longer. I finally got tired of the thing and fixed it. We've had the car 11 months. Total fix time? Thirty minutes.

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 405-HP Delivery

December 24, 2010

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vette_cookies.JPG Yesterday it was time to deliver some homemade Christmas cookies to some friends scattered around town. My wife gave me five plates to drop off. It was the perfect excuse to give the Z06 some exercise; yesterday was finally dry after days of nonstop rain. In a plain-jane vehicle, driving around town for a couple hours would have been a disheartening chore. But with 405 hp at my disposal, I was grinning all afternoon.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Is That a Cupholder?

December 09, 2010

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The other day I had the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and was grabbing some coffee with a friend before hitting the road. Problem is that we had two cups of coffee between us and only half a "cupholder" in the car, which is fine for when you're driving straight but forget about it if there are turns involved.

Seriously though, is that supposed to be a cupholder or just for holding parking garage access cards, sunglasses and/or keys?

This reminds me of how Europeans make fun of Americans and our need for cupholders. Or more recently the Fiat designer noted that Europeans drive their cars while Americans live in their cars. Maybe in case you miss the part about the 5.7-liter LS6 V8, this is Chevy's way of saying the Vette is a driver's car?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: A Great Car...for Tools

September 02, 2010

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Now, before your blood starts boiling and you prepare an angry tirade for the comments section, just hear me out...

I had to drag my tools out of my daily driver for some motorcycle repairs at home. It just so happens that my plastic Craftsman toolbox fits perfectly in the pit of the Z06' trunk. I mean PERFECTLY!

Did I get you? Did you think I was implying something about The Corvette demographic? No? Okay fine, I now return you to your regularly scheduled Long-Term post.

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2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Ajar? What's Wrong With Open?

August 31, 2010

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This morning this struck me as odd. Our long-term 2002 Corvette Z06 is a Chevy after all, and Chevys are for the everyman. They are today and they were way back in 2002 when our Corvette was showroom new. Trunk Ajar? Am I the only one that thinks "Trunk Open" would have been more appropriate.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2002 Corvette Z06: The C5 Coupe's Weird Trunk

March 25, 2010

If you're successfully able to get into our Z06's trunk, this is the strange sight you will see. The Z06 and all similarly bodied C5's feature this weird combination of Corvette hatchback coupe and convertible body style. You get the drop-top's traditional trunk lid, but then you have most of the hatchback's expansive space accessible from the passenger compartment. Weird, right?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 44,600 miles

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