November 10, 2014
On the left, the car my father thought he might buy. On the right, the car he recently bought.
During our year with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, I encouraged, cajoled, enabled and endorsed my father's thoughts about getting a Stingray. Like many of us, he was ambivalent after seeing photos of the C7, but he was smitten once he saw one in the wild. In my own self-interest, I urged him to reconsider the seven-speed manual, but he was adamant about the automatic. Too damn old for a stick-shift anymore, he reasoned.
So what swayed he and my mother into a CTS instead of the Corvette?
The fact that Porsche stuck with its tried and true instrument panel setup that puts the tachometer front and center is great, but I would have been satisfied with analog gauges regardless of where the tachometer was placed.
October 20, 2014
Cars lose 20 percent of their value as soon as you drive them off the lot, or so the tired old saying goes. But what if you special order a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, pick it up at the factory and drive it twice as much as anyone else? Then, what is it worth 27,200 miles later?
We had our fun with the Corvette and, sadly, it was time to turn it back into money. This was an unusual car for us since we bought it at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and even had a little plaque to prove it. Would anyone else think that added value? We decided that we would begin by taking it to CarMax to see what they would give us, thinking we might have to go the private party sale route this time around. CarMax amazed us with its offer.
October 16, 2014
Somewhere in the past year the rocker panel of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray tried to occupy the same space as another object. This is how it turned out. What the other object was, exactly, we aren't certain. The nature of what we do sees the key passed around far more frequently than most. Be it editor to editor, to valet, or to dealer service-center porter, it can be a long list. Nonetheless, it happened, and we had to fix it...
October 10, 2014
The Stingray has a massive dead pedal that's useful for bracing yourself while executing the kind of driving that makes the engine overheat.
October 8, 2014
The last time I took our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray out for the weekend, I did some sound testing. I wanted to know just how loud the Stingray was at wide open throttle in a tunnel, so I loaded my iPhone up with a few cheap apps and headed for the hills. I used two local tunnels, did two runs in both directions and I got a sound rating of 100 decibels. The problem was, 100 dB was the iPhone's limit, the microphone couldn't register sounds any louder than that. To get a more accurate reading, I checked out some of the Edmunds official testing equipment and went for a second run.
Ya know, for science.
October 7, 2014
Back when I was in high school I had the opportunity to drive a relative's Corvette. It was a 1996 with the LT4 motor. The last of the C4s. For a few minutes, I was able to escape the reality of the 1994 Toyota Corolla that served me as basic transportation at the time. It was an unforgettable experience, the details of which I will not go into here, even though the statute of limitations has long since expired.
The LT4 is gone, and my family member misses it terribly. Unless a wave of amnesia hits the office and everybody forgets we have to sell our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, one of my favorite cars in our long-term fleet is about to depart. There was no better way to say goodbye than by bringing the Stingray back to where my relationship with Corvettes began.
October 6, 2014
As we've discussed, Chevy made the bad (totally reasonable based on sales numbers) decision to discontinue the best color available on 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Lime Rock Green.
So, is it, as I postulated, rare enough to be a collector's edition? With its Lime Rock Green paint and Kalahari leather interior, our Corvette is one of...
October 2, 2014
Despite driving another 1,336 miles in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray last month, we didn't set any new milestones.
September 24, 2014
After twice experiencing overheating in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray during extreme driving, we brought the car to Bunnin Chevrolet in Culver City for a checkup.
Now, we knew going in there probably wouldn't be a whole lot the dealer could do, especially since the chances of them replicating the problem would be near nil.
But we figured it was the right thing to do.
September 22, 2014
I was recently asked to represent Edmunds at a local school and bring a vehicle to a sort of show-and-tell presentation. The car of choice: our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Leading up to the event, I was curious how it would be received. Reports of the younger generation's disinterest in automobiles and the influence of hybrid/earth-friendly vehicles had me wondering if the Corvette could still impress a group of eighth graders. I was pleasantly surprised.
September 11, 2014
Another month, another 2,200 miles on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
We've now crossed 25,000 miles and when we last reported fuel economy we were averaging 18.8 mpg. Has anything changed?
September 8, 2014
Our long term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray enjoyed an extended moment in the sun as the New Hotness. For years, it was all anyone talked about. C7 this. Stingray that. It was madness. And then it got released, blew everyone's expectations out of the water and stopped grabbing the headlines.
Taking its place in the spotlight is the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C. It's Italian. Small and light with half the cylinders, 1/10th the expected production volume (Alfa's building 3,500 4Cs total, Chevy sold 37,000 Corvettes this year) of the Corvette at about the same price.
September 8, 2014
How much do we love our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? Enough that we've put 25,000 miles on the Lime Rock Green C7 in less than one year.
Unlike many of our long-term cars, for which the new eventually wears off, enthusiasm for the Vette has barely cooled. It's one of those cars that, if the Corvette is still available when the car list gets to you, you're shocked. And you immediately grab it. At least I do, anyway.
September 4, 2014
I've never been a motorcycle guy. Riding dirt bikes in high school was fun, but I don't think I've been on one since. Sport bikes and Harleys are cool, but I imagine I'd kill myself on the former and perhaps grow very old, creaky and possibly wealthy on the latter, with a cool bandana to vaguely telegraph my internal sociopath. Anyway, I've always felt you experience the world better on two feet.
But I got the touring bug recently and a somewhat inexplicable desire to get a bike and get lost in, among other places, the deserts north and east of L.A. So when I needed to sort out urgent papers that required a ride out to Palm Springs, I had neither bike nor license, but did have a spiritual twin: our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Two feet, two wheels, two seats. It seemed right.
September 3, 2014
Maybe it's all my fault. The plan, inside my head, was to get an early start for a good old-fashioned flogging of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on one of my favorite mountain roads.
But plans changed and, instead, it was late morning by the time the Vette and I rolled out.
And it was hot. Like 100 degrees on the flatlands, 93 degrees on the mountain I was aiming for.
The Corvette didn't like it. Overheating ensued. Here's the story.
September 1, 2014
All of the new cars and trucks we test receive detailed vehicle ratings, and our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is no exception. This photo is an excerpt from our rating of the Vette. Check the link below for ratings details on the Stingray. Then see how it measures up against some competitors:
August 29, 2014
I know Josh Jacquot already did a post on this awhile ago. And it's not that I thought Jacquot was engaging in any kind of Photoshop magic (wouldn't put it past him, though), but I needed to find out for myself.
Can a mountain bike really fit in the back of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? And even if it can fit, how much of a pain is it to stuff it in there?
August 27, 2014
Here's a bit of low-speed fun I discovered with our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's
Performance Traction Management system. Here's what you do: Turn the selector knob on the center console to Track, and then double-click to invoke the PTM system. Choose the lowest, most intrusive mode, which is "Wet."
Once the tires have some temperature in them (PTM only fully functions if there's traction to work with), nail the throttle in first or second gear as you steer around a corner or intersection. You'll instantly hear the "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba" as it manages engine torque to keep full traction to the tires. That may not be the most accurate impersonation of the sound ever, but let's just agree that it sounds pretty dang awesome.
August 14, 2014
In the past, I've clearly expressed my distain for dirty supercars. A rat rod with side pipes is supposed to be filthy, but I like my brand-new cars to be shiny. And even though we wash our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on a regular basis, something always gets missed: the exhaust pipes.
What used to be a shiny chrome exit for the gargling sounds of V8 awesomeness is now covered in soot, so I fished out my personal bag of detailing supplies and applied some elbow grease.
August 12, 2014
Our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray didn't stray too far from the office during July, racking up fewer than 900 miles. For comparison, our fleet average for the month was about 1,950 miles per car. It seems that most of last month's road trips required more than just space for two people and a pair of duffel bags.
August 11, 2014
A few weeks back we got a letter from OnStar letting us know that our free service was ending on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. So, naturally, I shared this information with you and asked for input.
We were on the fence. There was some good discussion and some valid points, but ultimately one person swayed us to give OnStar another shot: OnStar themselves.
July 17, 2014
A few weeks ago, I tested our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro to determine just how loud it was in a tunnel. This week, I decided to use the same decibel-meter apps and the same tunnels to repeat the test with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Ya know, for science n' stuff.
So which was louder?
July 15, 2014
As Ed mentioned our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was pretty close to calling for service, and I happened to be driving it when the "Oil Change Due" warning and beep fired off. I believe I've lucked out with each of our Corvette's services (1, 2,) so far, so why should the third one be any different?
July 14, 2014
Nobody buys a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for the cupholders. Still, that doesn't mean they have to be this shallow and flimsy. Or that the center divider needs to wiggle itself loose all the time. But at least it's well-sealed so that the coffee that spills every. single. time. pools up in an easy-to-clean bin.
July 08, 2014
As expected, our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is thirsty for another round of oil now that it has passed the 22,000-mile mark. It called for its first change around 7,500 miles and another after 15,000 miles so it looks like it's on a pretty regular schedule even though it's a performance-based indicator.
July 07, 2014
June came and went, and in its wake we find our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe with another thousand miles under its belt.
Power was summoned, noise was made and fuel was burned — some 90 gallons of it to be exact. Click on through to see what we did with all of it.
July 03, 2014
There aren't many things I dislike about our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray but this is one of the small ones.
July 1, 2014
Sports cars are supposed to be impractical. That's part of the charm, right? Not necessarily. Others have extolled the virtues of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's relatively massive cargo hold. It even passed the infamous "Will the bike fit?" test. At 15 cubic feet, it's roughly the size of a midsize sedan's.
June 27, 2014
After living with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for about 10 months and 22,000 miles (including my own road trip from L.A. to Detroit back in January) I'm still discovering new ways to customize the car's digital gauge cluster.
It's nearly impossible for me to cover all the choices here, so I'm not even going to try, but I will make an attempt to hit the highlights.
June 26, 2014
The truth is I did not really need to transport my air compressor. I just needed something large to put in the trunk of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray so I could demonstrate how freakin' huge it is.
And yes, the hatch would close.
June 24, 2014
Is our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray destined to cross the auction block in 50 years as a serious collector's edition?
Let's break it down.
June 23, 2014
Earlier this month, Kavanagh reported that the screen on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was on the fritz. Specifically, he (rightly) complained that the screen flickered when placed in reverse and that the screen was blank one time on startup.
Well, both of those things happened to me this weekend and then a new one.
June 20, 2014
Typically, when you've got a car with a manual transmission and cruise control, the cruise control disengages when you shift gears. This is not the case in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
June 13, 2014
Something I failed to mention during my award-winning eight-part series, "The Greatest Event in Track Day History" (in retrospect, a better name would've been "We're taking America's sports car to a track day. Duh!"), was that there was some unfortunate damage to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Did I slide the car off backward into the kitty litter or worse yet, slam it into a wall?
June 12, 2014
The Corvette badge on the nose of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is starting to lift up and detach from the body. We've had this car just eight months. It hasn't yet experienced its first summer, even.
This sort of thing is supposed to be permanent.
A closer inspection suggests it could have been designed better.
June 11, 2014
It's Italian, it's got a sweet exhaust note, and I'm genetically inclined to want it. But for the money (the Ghibli starts at $67,000), I think I'd take our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray even in base trim ($54,000), then apply the remaining $13,000 toward a Fusion or Accord for when I need four doors.
June 9, 2014
As part of the purchase deal, Chevy throws in six months of free OnStar service with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Six months is up and now we're on our own.
June 4, 2014
We only added 1,953 miles to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray this month, but that was enough to vault past the 20,000-mile mark. With 4 months to go, it seems that 30,000 miles is a distinct possibility.
But we're still no closer to the Vette's 21-mpg EPA Combined rating. In fact we slipped a bit this month, the lifetime average falling from 19.5 to 19.3 mpg after a May that passed by at just 17.2 mpg.
June 2, 2014
Well, the photo I took of the blank touchscreen in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray turned out all blurry, so above is one of it in its normal state.
Here's what I observed recently of said screen in its abnormal state:
May 29, 2014
As cars go, the Corvette is about as rock and roll as it gets. Most rockers start with Camaros, Novas, Mustangs or whatever contraption they can afford. Maybe an Econoline when they start lining up steady shows. But when rock musicians get famous and come into a little dough, they always end up in something like our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray).
Even the guys who never made it, the ones who still hash out Thin Lizzy songs in the garage and order burgers and champagne at the Rainbow Bar and Grille in Hollywood, even those guys eventually find their way to a '78 Stingray or a C4.
May 22, 2014
For those of you tired of reading about our track weekend in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, your wish has come true. This is the final installment.
And, as promised, here's a short video clipped together with some different GoPro angles, including car-to-car from a friend's Mitsubishi Evolution.
May 21, 2014
If you're thinking about buying a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, make sure it's the 2LT that comes with ventilated seats. Why? I'll explain.
May 20, 2014
It's only been seven and a half months since we picked up 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray No. 23 from the factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, yet we've already reached the 20,000-mile plateau that we shoot for in all of our long-term cars.
May 15, 2014
Our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a large cargo deck with 15 cubic-feet of space. It's not useful for things like groceries, but it's great for luggage.
May 14, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't exactly practical. It doesn't have as much cargo space as a crossover, or a big cabin with lots of cubbyholes, but it fits me like a glove. And for an impromptu weekend trip up the coast to Monterey, I couldn't have asked for a better car. Here's why.
May 13, 2014
Anecdotally, I've gotten more attention in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray than I ever did in our long-term 2013 Porsche 911. In the Vette, it doesn't matter if I'm at a Sunday morning car show or just going to pick up some groceries, I'm bound to get attention. A 911 may cost $20-140K more, but the Corvette seems to turn more heads.
I give some credit to the fact that the Stingray is a relatively new car, but I also think it's more striking, more unique in Los Angeles and it hasn't looked the same since the beginning of time. Whatever it is, this thing brings people out of their shell.
May 9, 2014
After six-months of ownership and about 13,000 miles of driving including testing and a track day under their belts, the factory Michelin Pilot Super Sports on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have given up the ghost and need to be replaced.
May 8, 2014
We made it. Two days of burning tires, brakes and fuel (lots of fuel) during our car/motorcycle track weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
First order of business: Food. Authentic Mexican restaurant on the way out of town? Check.
Aside from some brake-fade issues, our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray proved a hilariously fast track weapon. What a machine.
May 7, 2014
Why do we do track days? Sure, there's the pure speed of it all, the skills involved with the desire to make a machine go as fast as you possibly can around a race track. In this case, that machine was our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
But there's more to it. I don't want to get all sentimental on you here, but there's also the whole hanging-out-with-your-buds aspect. For me anyway, there's little on this Earth that I enjoy more than following right behind my buddies in cars or motorcycles, watching them attack the track.
And what a group of people I'm fortunate to call friends.
May 6, 2014
The featured car in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 Corvette Stingray, but it isn't driven by the main character. It belongs to the Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) and so, of course, it's all black. This Corvette and the other Chevys are featured prominently in the film and replace the Acura vehicles from the Avengers and Iron Man movies.
May 5, 2014
In the past four weeks we've driven our Lime Rock Green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray a little under 3,000 miles. No, it doesn't sit around much.
And as you can see, at a lifetime fuel economy average of 19.5 mpg, it's still delivering better mileage than any supercar has a right to. However, there's something important I need to tell you about this month's numbers.