"I've never been much of a Corvette guy, always preferred something European. However, when I purchased this '91 over a year ago from an online auction I soon fell in love.
Styling: Those who don't keep up with cars still will ask me if this is a NEW Corvette! It's sleek, still looks modern, and has smooth lines.
Quality: Since 1984, Corvettes have gotten better every year. My '91 isn't put together near as nicely as my 1986 Mercedes-Benz, but it's better than many domestics. Biggest problem have centered around the Bose "Gold" Stereo, the headlight motors and the power seat motors. The weatherstripping also tends to be problematic, and all of these are symptoms of poor design more than poor build quality.
Reliability: I've replaced a water pump and an alternator in two years and 5000 miles of ownership. That sounds bad, but this car had 120,000 on it when I bought it, so its about time to be replacing these items.
Comfort: This unit did not have the optional ride control. It's better than the 1971 MGB I had, and way-better than my 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4, but it "ain't no Escalade". Still, what do you expect from a car with taught suspension and huge, low-profile tires?
Performance: As I previously stated, Corvettes get better every year. I've had no problem dispatching any Mustang GT with a pimple-faced boy racer, but I've also seen some of the newer C-5s and C-6s take off- they are incredible! My 1991 equipped with an L-98 still is quick and averages 23 mpg.
In summary, I've had 45+ cars in 28 years of driving. Most of these were sports cars, which included:
Alfa-Romeo (GTV-6 2.5)
Chevrolet (Camaro Z-28 (2))
Chrysler Conquest TSi (a.k.a. Mit. Starion)
Dodge (Stealth GT, Charger)
Ford (Mustang, Mustang GT 5.0)
Jaguar (XJS V-12 H.E, Vanden Plas)
MG (MGB, MGC, MGC-GT)
Opel (GT 1.9)
Pontiac (Fiero 2M4)
Porsche (911 Carerra)
Triumph (Spitfire, TR-7, TR-8)
This Corvette ranks right amongst the top of my list alongside the Porsche. It is easy to work on, easy to get parts for, and the targa top is so much better than a convertible or a T-top. To get the same performance out of a new car you would probably have to spend at least three times what I spent on this ride.
Parts can be picked up at almost any retailer, and there is an enormous number of catalog vendors out there when you consider just how few Corvettes are built compared to other cars.
If you're looking for a C-4 Corvette, it might pay off to look for a 1993 anniversary edition or any C-4 Grand Sport.
Avoid cars that have had a lot of owners, and don't be afraid of a 6-speed. Just make sure you try the reverse first as they tend to have some problems."
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