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50 year addition
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By Ursula Wimpee
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2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)


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Low mileage very good condition for 15 year old car owned for 5 + years no real mechanical


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Brand New 50th Anniversary "2003" Z06
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Bob
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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M)


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This is a great car in almost every aspect of ownership. The problem is; if you're not a "do it yourself" kind of person, the cost can be shocking every time they open the hood. I personally broke a valve spring, dropped the valve and imploded the engine. I'm told that this is a common problem however it caused a catastrophic failure and the entire engine had to be completely replaced. Finding a new LS6 crate engine is impossible so finding the individual parts and pieces was extremely difficult and way more than VERY costly ... but now having only 3,500 miles on it after replacing the entire drive train, suspension and breaking systems, we virtually have a brand new car again. Loads of fun to drive and it's a real "Head Turner".


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The Best Model to Own
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By Richard Lenahan
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2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)


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The 50th anniversary edition of the Corvette is in my opinion the best car to own. The color is great, the performance is outstanding for its year, and resale value is high.


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2003 Z06
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By lmartin5
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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M)


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Bought the car as a mixed use track and street car 2.5 years ago. Not sure if it is possible to get more speed per dollar while driving something that is totally OEM. Overall it is a highly capable track car wrapped in a package that is still fun to cruise around in on the street. Generally reliable with a few issues. Needed a new starter and had to re-flow the solder in the ABS module. If you don't mind the high cost of operation (brakes, gas, big tires) it is both rewarding to drive and tons of fun. Stock cooling and brakes are just barely enough for short sprints, extended track use will require work in those areas. The OEM seats are really dubious and fall back on the track.


Best Features

Great motor and exhaust noises. Land missile. Extremely high handling limits. Easy on tires. Far better highway MPG than a 400 hp car should have. Generally good on-track dynamics, rotates readily but doesn't have nasty habits. Highly adjustable suspension OEM. Great ABS system. ESC works well for street driving. HUD is a cool feature. Good stereo. Three point belts lock while driving fast. Surprisingly usable trunk.


Worst Features

Limit of the car is too high to safely enjoy on the street. The car is vague at the limit, a lot of bushing play was built into the ride and handling tuning. Long hood, bad approach/departure angles on ramps. Motor is pretty peaky, which is made worse by the MN12 gear ratios which are remarkably bad for road course performance. Fit and finish is only just okay. Seats are really, really bad in terms of support or even staying upright.


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For the money can't do any better!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By paulz06
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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M)


Review

This is my second Corvette and the Z06 compared to my 2000 Coupe is in a totally different league.

The Coupe was a blast and I enjoyed it to no end. It is rare living in a major city and looking forward to drive 4 wheels, but the Vettes will do that for you.

My Z06 is somewhat a garage queen, but it is hard to stay away from her. This car is such a blast to drive and own I have a hard time deciding whether my Victory Kingpin or the Z06 is going to get my time.

C5 Z06s can be had for as little as 19K or as high as 30K, depending upon mileage and condition. I paid 27K for mine, 8 months ago with 20K miles, GT1 wheels (4K), Corsa CatBack exhaust, and Vararam CAI, in flawless condition.


Best Features

(1) Performance -- Torque monster. (2) Handling (curve, what curve?) (3) Styling (Sexy, what else can you say? (4) Braking (5) HUD (6) Gas Mileage on a true sports car.


Worst Features

(1) A little better interior. Not bad, but an upgrade would be nice. (2) First gear. Needs to be a little taller, IMHO


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