: Gen 1 V as a modded Daily/ high modded in the future



franzcars
07-05-13, 12:18 AM
Thinking about getting a V as my next car to replace my truck for daily use, however i was reading about the inability to add bigger pumps to the passenger side of the tank. Also how would the V do as a daily to and from college (100 miles each way) weekly with head. cam, intake and other commons mods, besides the diff and bushing issues. Would it be reliable enough if tuned properly to not break down mid way if it was driven reasonably? Also would Bliztechs on the back be good for the random snows we get in the midwest?

LasCruces-V
07-05-13, 12:42 AM
My V is pushing 540 to the wheels with zero issues. Quality parts reputable tuning and you wont have issues. I can jump in it and drive anywhere with the confidence it'll get me there and back.

RyRidesMotoX
07-05-13, 02:51 AM
I have never had a GM vehicle leave me stranded. I would trust my V to take me anywhere I needed to go.

franzcars
07-05-13, 03:18 AM
That's what i had thought. Dad owned a Buick for 25 yers and never had a serious problem. Some of my friends said Caddy's had iffy quality, but nothing about reliability. Though the V is probably alot more comfertable than a Evo 8 which was the other choice lol.

RyRidesMotoX
07-05-13, 04:02 AM
Evos are excellent cars. I would rock one for sure. But I didn't want the payments or the insurance for them. And I would have to get a new one cuz I don't want a clapped out hunk of shit that some boy racer put "tasteful" mods on... Plus they get horrifically poor fuel economy for a 4 banger. If you want a good daily driver 4 banger, look into a cobalt SS turbo. They are bitchin cars, I loved mine.

franzcars
07-05-13, 04:23 AM
I would get something more reasonable, but I like to stand out a bit and not drive something everyone else does. Dont see many teens rocking V's ;)

RyRidesMotoX
07-05-13, 04:28 AM
Don't see many v1s period. They are still pretty quick for something almost 10 years old. There at plenty of sports cars that are built now that aren't as fast stock for stock.

franzcars
07-05-13, 04:51 AM
Plus engine mods are cheap and plentiful. Lot's of F-bodys and LS cars in the midwest

carlson_mn
07-05-13, 08:50 AM
The V is a good and reliable car but I think you should get a fricken Civic if your purpose is commuting 200 miles... save your money my man and get a cheap car for that!

253ctsv
07-05-13, 12:49 PM
The V is a good and reliable car but I think you should get a fricken Civic if your purpose is commuting 200 miles... save your money my man and get a cheap car for that!

Gas mileage isn't bad at 60 with the cc on. But I agree. I have a geo metro as my commuter. Caddy is my weekend car...

franzcars
07-05-13, 02:08 PM
Woops forgot to add, Would be commute every week, and i'll use my motorcycle to do it most the time so the V would be for bad weather.

mackey
07-05-13, 05:57 PM
<sensible adult mode>

get a cheap commuter for college and save the V for when you get a decent job. they're not cheap to run, just like any high(er) hp car, least of all if you up the hp.

</sam>

that being said, V's are as reliable as any car so long as you keep up with maintenance and go to reputable shops to have work done. good fun to drive though i'd get bored slabbing it 100mi ea. way.

253ctsv
07-05-13, 07:22 PM
Some of the maintenance is expensive. I had the melted starter wires... Like $700 in bushings. Plus if you beat on it (hard not to) you're going to end up breaking shit. Oh, then there's the mod bug. I was going to pay mine off first. Now I'm into it like 7k parts and labor over the last 6 months. And thinking about the CS 8.8 upgrade in the next 6mo.

franzcars
07-06-13, 05:03 AM
Is any of the maintenance different than a F-body/other LS car?

Also, how ever stupid it might sound, how hard would it be to put a trailer hitch on one? So i could tow my bike insted of having to have someone else drive?

odthetruth
07-06-13, 07:07 AM
I'm surprised my original post didn't clear... hmm
anyway... Out of all my cars, I expected the V to be the least reliable. I expected because of its horsepower... I was going to have to baby the jesus out of it and be drowned in bills with it. And to be honest, its been THE most reliable car I've had. I'm currently at 136k miles, I commute daily in NYC thru all weather, including the snow in the V... hell I'm just getting in now. I love it as a daily.

BigDaddy-V
07-06-13, 03:17 PM
Mine is a DD and other than doing things I want to do to it and general maintenance like oil changes and plugs and wires like stuff I have been al smiles with mine and with simple bolts on so far I am getting like 26mpg on the highway at 70!

BDV

JDB
07-06-13, 04:48 PM
As a parent, I wouldn't want my 16 y o driving a V or an EVO.

But if you are, it'll be fine as a daily. I do. $ for gas and tires goes fast.

If you're going to drive in the winter, you need A/S or winter tires up front too not just the rear unless stopping and turning is overrated.

franzcars
07-06-13, 05:33 PM
Any reasons besides the power? Because I drove my dads built Grand National a ton, his GTR more and some of our buddies with fast cars

carlson_mn
07-06-13, 06:13 PM
Any reasons besides the power? Because I drove my dads built Grand National a ton, his GTR more and some of our buddies with fast cars

Nope... that's pretty much the reason, lol. When I was 16 I was the same as you and I wouldn't want myself having a V then either. Had a couple 250cc bikes at age 15/16 and then a 5sp Maxima and that thing was already trouble with 190hp / 3000lbs.

I don't think any of this would have clicked to me as a 16yr old but here's how it goes:

Gets a relatively affordable 400hp car... spins out hits wall one week later, $4200 in damage... fixes... gets ticket for 101 in a 55 next week, loses license for 6 months and is charged with wreckless driving... insurance hits rate of 5500/year and you can't afford to drive it anymore... but you do anyways with cheaper liability insurance and then more bad things happen.... get in another accident and replace front bumper with cheaper non-V bumper... etc etc etc.

Of course that only happens to *other* 16 yr olds...

But yea once again it is a reliable DD!

franzcars
07-07-13, 01:52 AM
Think I might take your guys's advicce and just get a lower hp commuter car and get a V in the future when I'd have a good enough job incase repairs were needed

Becker
07-07-13, 10:13 AM
I saved up and bought a 98 WS6 right out of high school, loved it....Spent all kinds of money on it, and mods...I had a sweet 414 whp nice sounding beast and some credit card debt. Not too bad so far?

Started working less and school more, so I had a commuter car to get me there 90% and the beast the other 10% (save on gas!!), this plus with moving around the city lead to all my stuff including my beast in a storage unit. Another few seasons go by it then leads to a once a month type car (with a couple of speeding tickets). Finally I reduced the insurance in the winter to liability. You can see where this is going :)

Snow cleared for 1 day, I hit the streets -- Later that night I was smashin' a little more than I should've been and hit a gravel spot in turn at about 50-60 and probably pullin' 1G. Found the biggest boulder I could lol straight to the bottom core support.

I was straight F'd -- Lost my license, got screwed on insurance.....Got a job in Cali, moved it with me -- Lost job a year later after and was forced to sell it to pay mortgage...


IF! I could do it all over again, I probably would've wished I waited a few more years before buying an addictive / expensive car.... But then again, I loved every minute with it and have sure learned a lot on how stupid I was..life goes on....


I then spent 4 years recovering and now I am back in a LS (06 V) -- Hope the outcome ends better :)

seeyouinajif
07-07-13, 12:38 PM
Mine is a DD and other than doing things I want to do to it and general maintenance like oil changes and plugs and wires like stuff I have been al smiles with mine and with simple bolts on so far I am getting like 26mpg on the highway at 70!

BDV

How the F are you getting 26 mpg? If I look at instant fuel economy on the dash at 70 I can't get over 23.

I daily mine, I drive 30k/ year. Get 18mpg actual. Haven't tried snow yet.


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253ctsv
07-07-13, 01:18 PM
How the F are you getting 26 mpg? If I look at instant fuel economy on the dash at 70 I can't get over 23.

I daily mine, I drive 30k/ year. Get 18mpg actual. Haven't tried snow yet.

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I get about 17. Not long trips on the freeway are closer to 23 I think. Get around 28 in 6th gear doin like 50 on flat ground tho lol

RyRidesMotoX
07-07-13, 01:28 PM
Mpg is more than just how you drive it... If you roll around with Michelin cup super sports or whatever they are that are basically slicks with tread grooves, you are going to get less mpg than say a 9million treadwear rated tire that they put on a Prius to go straight down the freeway with no rolling resistance.

400hp car, I'm not ashamed that I get about 23mpg on the highway... Hell my cobalt barely did better than that with all its mods to get it to over 400hp. Hell... On ethanol, cruising the cobalt at 70mph was under 20mpg... Course gearing had some to do with that as well, and running ethanol sucks for fuel economy... And tire selection, Hankook R-S3 tires are pretty grippy.

UnsafeAtAnySpd
07-07-13, 02:13 PM
My plan around my sophomore year of college was to get a V when I graduated and got my commission in the Air Force. I did that. That said, it was six years ago that I graduated, so if you take that route, there might be 'better' cars by then. Still, I still love my V after having it this long and it's still near stock power levels.

BigDaddy-V
07-07-13, 10:49 PM
I am not sure how I am getting that good but I do. Hehe. I have the corsa exhaust and I did the homemade trashcan intake I found on here somewhere with an open cone filter found out I have an under drive pulley on there and am running a custom tune through a Diablosport tuner! She still screams and when I baby her I have gotten a little over 19 in the city if I hit the lights just right and don't have to stop much! My youngest daughter does love it when I put the pedal to the floor too! She is 2!

BDV

thebigjimsho
07-08-13, 11:36 PM
I'd get 25 all day long at 75mph...

Johnny-V
07-13-13, 01:08 PM
I would get something more reasonable, but I like to stand out a bit and not drive something everyone else does. Dont see many teens rocking V's ;)

I'm 18 with an 04 V. I was the same way with wanting something no one else had. You just can't be stupid and respect the car.

253ctsv
07-13-13, 01:17 PM
I'm 18 with an 04 V. I was the same way with wanting something no one else had. You just can't be stupid and respect the car.

That's the truth. I did a full 360 through a grass median on the freeway and I was lucky to only have to replace a wheel hub... You can get yourself in trouble fast

liqidvenom
07-13-13, 07:24 PM
My V has been very reliable. I dont think this was an issue at all with the V. And my V was great in the winters.

Lil421A
07-15-13, 02:44 PM
My V is a DD of 300-400 miles a week, 131k+. Avg 17.1 mpg Mix spirited City/Hwy. 23-25mpg hwy Vegas to LA. Love it

ctsv247
07-17-13, 09:38 PM
Not much info on the trailer hitch but there are several on ebay that should fit. As far as I can tell, you might barely see it under the bumper but you shouldn't have to trim it to make it work.

The car itself will handle pulling a bike or 2 with absolutely no problems though some would probably disagree. Pulling 1000lbs of bikes is no different than putting 4 dudes in the car so go for it. Just make sure your trailer is well balanced to keep the tongue weight down.

I hauled 2 gixxers behind my d-16 crx all the time and had no issues except for the strange looks....the trailer was well balanced and you honestly wouldn't know they were back there.

DougNuts
07-18-13, 09:38 AM
To install a hitch on a CTS, you have to drill 6 holes through the trunk floor.

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