: Time to move on after 5 years of ownership...



CTSV_510
03-27-13, 04:23 PM
I've finally decided to sell my car and move on after 5 years of ownership. I bought a bone stock 2005 V in January of 2008 that literally made my palms sweat to drive, by far the fastest car I had ever driven. I couldn't sleep the days leading up to picking it up from the dealership from the excitement of owning it. There were no plans whatsoever to mod it, who needed any more??

Within 2 months I had a magnaflow catback exhaust, then a B&M short shifter, then kooks headers and a tune by the end of 6 or so months of owning it. After taking a ride in a local maggied V, I bought a maggie from Magnuson and installed it with a buddy on a Friday night/Saturday. That was before the end of the first year. From there it went on, hotchkis sway bars, blacked everything out, lowered, z06 clutch, new FG2s, creative steel mounts, Gforce axles...etc etc etc.

Here I am now, still love the car, but have the itch for something new so I think it's time to part ways with the V. I figure I will sell it and sit tight for the right deal to come along on either a V2 or a c6 z06. I'm back and forth every day on which one of those I want at this point in my life. Hopefully I can be patient and wait for the right car to come along, but who knows how long I'll be able to drive my F-150 everyday before I can't stand not having a car anymore!

So thanks to everyone out there that helped along the way through mod hell - shout outs to Twitch, rand49er, and heavymetals especially for the maggie assistance. I'll still be poking around the forums for a while I'm sure until I find a new project.

rand49er
03-27-13, 08:02 PM
Tom, it's inevitable to leave one car ownership experience and start another one. Glad your experience here was a good one.

So, what's on your list? What two or three cars are you itching for?

CTSV_510
03-27-13, 08:42 PM
Not sure yet, back and forth between a V2 sedan or a C6 Z06. There is also a 996tt for sale across the street from my office that I have to stare at everyday that really has my eye. I'm really leaning toward the corvette but I'm not sure I'm ready to give up the practicality of the V. We'll see...

rand49er
03-27-13, 08:49 PM
Man, if I didn't need a back seat, I'd be all over a Corvette. I look (drool is more like it) at them on craigslist at least a couple times a week ... C6s exclusively.

CTSV_510
03-27-13, 09:33 PM
You may have just helped me decide...I have an f150 supercrew that has more than enough backseat. I can use that when I need 4 doors. Z06 it is!

Just need a buyer for the V now. It just got a full interior/exterior detail and is looking fresher than ever.

crankedupforit
03-27-13, 09:40 PM
Best of luck ! Enjoyed your posts over the years. Z06 FTW.

H-town_V
03-27-13, 09:54 PM
I love the c6 zo6 it's probably the most badass car u can get for under 40k. The only thing bad about a zo6 is that it's still a corvette (I see at least 5-10 vette's on the street everyday).

Still zo6 FTW.

RyRidesMotoX
03-27-13, 10:44 PM
Yea but even if you do see 5-10 vettes a day on the road (I do here in southern California) most are base models with automatics driven by old ladies. Around here they are mostly soft tops too and I hate convertibles. Course 90% of Cadillacs are also automatics driven by old ladies except for the V.

Wait as long as you can, when the new models vette is here and the Z06 is announced the C6 Z06 will drop into the $30k range I bet, a lot of Z06 owners will probably want to trade up for a new model (here they are still hovering in the low $40k range). And that would be a steal for a car with a 7.0 liter V8 and that kind of track performance.

Skidmarcx
03-27-13, 11:29 PM
If you're the mod type of person you may even consider an LS3 Vette for less money... I believe they like boost more so than LS7s... But I agree the C6 Z06 is too good for the money

JDB
03-28-13, 07:53 AM
Damn... I've had mine 3+ years, we're local...and never met.

Who did the tune with headers? I've got a set of Kooks + cats waiting to go on... with Corsa... and looking for a tuner. Race Proven Motorsports? Phoenix Performance? ?

HAMSTAR
03-28-13, 08:55 AM
Stay classy, bud. You'll be an asset to whatever car community is lucky enough to get you next.

For what it's worth, go V2. ;)

JD03Cobra
03-28-13, 09:10 AM
427 Z06 is by far the best choice if you don't need back seats. I've spent a good amount of time behind the wheel of one and it's truly a super car on many levels. And they can be had for under 40k...unreal.

mackey
03-28-13, 10:54 AM
id get the V2 coupe but thats me.

not as common as the vette and if buying used, probably easy to find a really clean example

CTSV_510
03-28-13, 11:27 AM
Best of luck ! Enjoyed your posts over the years. Z06 FTW.


I love the c6 zo6 it's probably the most badass car u can get for under 40k. The only thing bad about a zo6 is that it's still a corvette (I see at least 5-10 vette's on the street everyday).

Still zo6 FTW.


Yea but even if you do see 5-10 vettes a day on the road (I do here in southern California) most are base models with automatics driven by old ladies. Around here they are mostly soft tops too and I hate convertibles. Course 90% of Cadillacs are also automatics driven by old ladies except for the V.

Wait as long as you can, when the new models vette is here and the Z06 is announced the C6 Z06 will drop into the $30k range I bet, a lot of Z06 owners will probably want to trade up for a new model (here they are still hovering in the low $40k range). And that would be a steal for a car with a 7.0 liter V8 and that kind of track performance.


If you're the mod type of person you may even consider an LS3 Vette for less money... I believe they like boost more so than LS7s... But I agree the C6 Z06 is too good for the money

Thanks guys...I agree that vettes are all over the place which makes them a little less appealing, but a z06 is a z06 and if you're a car guy they'll catch your eye over the base corvettes just like we can notice V's over regular CTSs. To everyone else they're all the same.

And so far a c6 z06 has been the most rewarding driving experience in my life and I'm ready to own one. I probably won't boost it :lildevil: but who knows...I do know that I don't want an LS3 car though the motors are beasts, they just don't have the look.

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Damn... I've had mine 3+ years, we're local...and never met.

Who did the tune with headers? I've got a set of Kooks + cats waiting to go on... with Corsa... and looking for a tuner. Race Proven Motorsports? Phoenix Performance? ?

Originally Race Proven Motorsports tuned it after the headers were installed. They tuned it again for me to replace the canned Magnuson tune.

But after I switched to a 90 mm throttle body, I took it to County Corvette in West Chester and Mikey from Rapid Motorsports tuned it. He didn't like a couple things he saw in the old tune, aggressive timing and too much fuel, so he adjusted it and the car never felt better. I gained about 20hp/20tq from him re-tuning it and no more than 5 could have come from the TB change. I wouldn't recommend going anywhere else in the area at this point.

Call James at 610-696-7888, he's one of my best friends. You can tell him Tom sent you over...they're great people over there and no shop will take better care of you.

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Stay classy, bud. You'll be an asset to whatever car community is lucky enough to get you next.

For what it's worth, go V2. ;)

Thanks...I'm thinking z06 for a couple years then maybe back to a V.

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427 Z06 is by far the best choice if you don't need back seats. I've spent a good amount of time behind the wheel of one and it's truly a super car on many levels. And they can be had for under 40k...unreal.

Agree...I'd be looking around $40k and they do seem to be out there. I'll try and find a good deal between 35 and 40.


id get the V2 coupe but thats me.

not as common as the vette and if buying used, probably easy to find a really clean example

I don't like the coupes...the rear seat isn't useful and the rear quarter panels are too big. I would only go sedan.

Again, there are a million CTS sedans and coupes on the road, more than vettes. The exclusivity of the Vs aren't even what the V1s were these days...but it only matters to car people that recognize them, so you're in the same boat with the z06/corvette.

JDB
03-28-13, 02:27 PM
Thanks. I just dropped CC Performance an email.

Now, just need to get my lazy butt to finalize Kooks header parts.... the while you're in there parts.

V-Love
03-28-13, 11:44 PM
wrongspot.....

CTSV_510
04-01-13, 07:56 PM
Sale pending to a forum member...

Just started it up and let it idle in the driveway. Man I'm going to miss this car. :(

Skidmarcx
04-01-13, 08:08 PM
Right on man wish I had some luck selling mine... Look forward to seeing your new ride!

ahahnu
04-02-13, 09:21 PM
Good luck! Always sad to see an old school member go. Z06 would be a sweet upgrade.

CTSV_510
04-03-13, 08:54 AM
Thanks... I found a z06 I want but I may wait til the C7s come out this September to see if the prices drop even more on the C6s. Not sure I'm going to be able to get through the summer with nothing but my F150 to drive though so we'll see.

lollygagger8
04-03-13, 11:06 AM
Hate to see you go Tom.....you've always been a cool guy to talk to!


Z06 FTW.


That said, my back seat is an absolute must.....the steering wheel gets in the way of hittin it in the front seat...plus the heated seats give you swamp ass if you turn em on on accident.

Twitch
04-03-13, 03:57 PM
No more search king?!!! Booo:mad:

Enjoy that Vette. Even coming from a car with more power, it'll still give you a woody the first few weeks.

BTW PM me what you know about RPM, as far as engine builders.

silentwig
04-03-13, 08:52 PM
Bye.

ahahnu
04-04-13, 09:17 AM
Maybe Corvettes at Carlisle will have a deal for you.

CTSV_510
04-04-13, 09:27 AM
Hate to see you go Tom.....you've always been a cool guy to talk to!


Z06 FTW.


That said, my back seat is an absolute must.....the steering wheel gets in the way of hittin it in the front seat...plus the heated seats give you swamp ass if you turn em on on accident.

Thanks...haha I hear you on the backseat. My truck has more than enough backseat, and plenty of room in front. :D


No more search king?!!! Booo:mad:

Enjoy that Vette. Even coming from a car with more power, it'll still give you a woody the first few weeks.

BTW PM me what you know about RPM, as far as engine builders.

Haha...I'll still be poking around here but yes I'm moving on. The Z06 has the most rewarding driving experience that I have had of any car so I'm excited to own one.

I actually don't know anything about RPM and their engine building but word on the street is their tuner left. I refer all work to CC Performance (County Corvette) in West Chester, PA. They are hands down the place to go, exceptional work and customer service. No one will treat you better or take better care of your car.


Maybe Corvettes at Carlisle will have a deal for you.

Maybe they will...I'll have to check it out if I don't have one by then. :lildevil:

rand49er
04-04-13, 11:35 AM
... found a z06 I want but I may wait til the C7s come out this September to see if the prices drop even more on the C6s ...Excellent idea. Take a little bit of time, and you'll avoid any regrets when you do finally buy.

You darn well better post up pics!

thebigjimsho
04-04-13, 04:29 PM
What is this crap?

CTSV_510
04-04-13, 05:02 PM
Excellent idea. Take a little bit of time, and you'll avoid any regrets when you do finally buy.

You darn well better post up pics!

Will do!


What is this crap?

:canttalk:

JDB
04-04-13, 07:35 PM
Quitter

CTSV_510
04-04-13, 09:16 PM
Quitter

Oh, I've been deep in mod hell for years, I never quit. Just got bored driving the V and ready to upgrade. To something faster and less practical. :D

CTSV_510
04-06-13, 10:13 AM
The V is gone :(

To a good owner though, Keith should be one the forum soon to introduce himself. He got one bad ass car if I do say. Enjoy!

alradco
04-06-13, 01:56 PM
Well that didn't take long to sell. You had a very nice and balanced combo. Congrats on the quick sale.

Peter

thebigjimsho
04-06-13, 08:09 PM
You are dead to us!

rand49er
04-06-13, 09:14 PM
Vette forums here you come. Congrats on one quick sale!

JDB
04-06-13, 10:04 PM
:kick:

CTSV_510
08-25-13, 10:23 PM
Well it didn't take too long...4 months after selling my V I just can't go on any longer without a car to drive. You can only daily drive a truck for so long.

I found the perfect '06 Lemans Blue Z06 with 15k miles on it and couldn't let it get sold to anyone else :lildevil:

I'm picking it up tomorrow morning and have a tint appointment next week and a new set of centennial cup wheels in matte black on the way.

It insane that I can get a new set of wheels for this care that are 18 x 9.5 front and 19 x 12 rear for less than $900! That was impossible with the V!

Hope all is well in the V world around here...I'll be back with pics in a week or so. :cheers:

H-town_V
08-25-13, 11:01 PM
Congrats on the purchase...a c6 zo6 is like the Death Star of sports cars, so badass but they all seem to blow up.

All kidding aside I'm super jealous.

mberisha
08-26-13, 02:23 AM
Pics of that Z06 dammit! Pics I say!

Congrats!

CTSV_510
08-26-13, 06:47 AM
Congrats on the purchase...a c6 zo6 is like the Death Star of sports cars, so badass but they all seem to blow up.

All kidding aside I'm super jealous.

yeah the blow up issues are really mostly the '07 - '11 models here and there. I should be safe with the '06 for now, but the heads will be addressed within a year or so regardless ;)


Pics of that Z06 dammit! Pics I say!

Congrats!

This isn't mine but I have the same color. It came with the stock wheels in the first picture, but I ordered the black cup wheels in the second picture and they should be on by next week :D

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-z06-discussion/3326559-new-shoes-are-on.html

rand49er
08-26-13, 08:39 AM
Wow ... such a nice looking car! Miles? Mods?

CTSV_510
08-26-13, 09:57 AM
Wow ... such a nice looking car! Miles? Mods?

Thanks...its bone stock right now. 15k miles on it.

After wheels and tint I'll be doing headers and tune. That makes 500 rwhp :D

lollygagger8
08-26-13, 12:49 PM
Post pics you dirty bastard.

Super jealous. Excellent find! :2thumbs:

CTSV_510
08-26-13, 01:30 PM
We ran into unforseen issues meeting today so I'm not going to have it until tomorrow. I'll get you some pics. For now, here is the same color and same wheels I ordered but it won't have the zr1 front splitter and side skirts:

http://i1275.photobucket.com/albums/y450/ToddJessen/LMB%20ZO6/Z06Cupwheels01_zps3d5986d7.jpg

silentwig
08-26-13, 04:55 PM
my favorite color!!:want:

JD03Cobra
08-26-13, 05:19 PM
Congrats! Love that car

odla
08-27-13, 01:26 PM
looks great!

CTSV_510
08-27-13, 05:05 PM
Picked it up today...what a beast! And amazing MPG on the highway. I'll put up some pics after the wheels and tint go on, by next week. This car certainly cures the "I miss the V" blues.

JFensty
08-27-13, 10:09 PM
congrats Tom. Vette looks great!

CTSV_510
09-03-13, 01:28 PM
Thanks..here is the pic of the day I picked it up.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/20130827_104034.jpg (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/ctsv510/media/20130827_104034.jpg.html)

And today after the new wheels went on. Same size - 18 x 9.5 front and 19 x 12 rear:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/20130903_121539.jpg (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/ctsv510/media/20130903_121539.jpg.html)
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/20130903_121550.jpg (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/ctsv510/media/20130903_121550.jpg.html)
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/20130903_121529.jpg (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/ctsv510/media/20130903_121529.jpg.html)

18% tint going on Thursday! The wheel gap is killing me but I'm hesitant to lower it yet because I don't feel like scraping.

H-town_V
09-03-13, 06:54 PM
Looks great. Good way to make everybody on a caddy forum jealous. I wouldn't lower it any unless its gonna be driven on a track 90% of the time.

A roommate of mine bought a lowered c6 vette and busted his oil Pan open scraping it over a small speed bump.

thebigjimsho
09-04-13, 01:06 AM
Looks awful...