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The car is a 2007 w/ about 80k on it. It has failed (then passed) emissions twice in the last year of it changing hands (one dealer to another. car is 1-owner).

Heard and ignored parade clunk (thanks iphone and cadillac forums on the fly!).

I imagine its a result of the monster under the hood but the car breathes a little hard after a neutral throttle blip - its a rumble that trails off quickly as engine settles after rev. I'm making the leap from a turbo'd german so maybe I'm just not used the "vibe" of a big v8?

That being said... did the changes from 05 to 06 turn out to be significant? Most searches on the subject yield speculation from 04-05 owners about the changes.. but no real follow ups that I've found. Is this 2007 as (possibly) problematic as some of 04-05? I'm really looking for a car to keep for 7-8 years and I typically put less than 9k on a car a year.

My current car is a problematic and expensive to fix torture device and I'm unwilling to go through it again. Are there any repairs likely to be waiting for me at this age/miles? Would you suggest the V for me?
 

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I'd get the service history (GM VIS report) from the dealer and take a look at everything that was done to the car since new. Has the rear been replaced? Does it whine? Motor mounts might be shot (vibs). Sounds like diff bushing is already crapped out. How does it shift and how is the clutch? If normal maintenance was kept up I wouldn't be too worried. You may need new plugs around 100k and since we're talking about a GM vehicle I would think water pump is coming soon (90-100k). My 07 is nowhere near 80k so I'm not real familiar with higher milage part failures on the V.
 

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motor mounts, bushings, rad, and rear end are some of the most common problems. all have a fix or an upgrade.
 

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80k miles is a bunch for an '07. No way could you get that by doing nothing but 1/4-mile runs ... probably a lot of hwy miles I'd guess.

That being said, why are you settling for this car? There are a lot of older/lower mileage Vs for sale, and you'd be more likely to keep one of those for the next 7-8 yrs. When you say it "breathes a little hard" and "its a rumble," not sure what you mean, but unless it's just an aftermarket exhaust, I'd be concerned. The parade clunk can reduced if it's caused by a pulverized diff bushing ... some of it will be there regardless, you just have to drive around it.

Changes from '05 to '06 were primarily going to the LS2 from the LS6, steering wheel controls, and an improved diff (which was phased in during '06, I believe).

Where are you located? Yeah, I know you said you're negotiating this morning, but if you can do it, find someone here who'd be willing to check out the car with you.
 

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I would definately look to the many others a year or 2 earlier with way less miles unless the deal it too great to pass up. Even then really look and consider the repair / problem history and take that in to account. If you get one with say 45,000 less miles you can drive it 5 years and just be hitting 80,000. good luck. Deal hard you know they did when they bought.
 

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Its really hard to comment on your purchase without knowing what you plan on paying for the car. At one price it may be a great deal but at another higher price it may not be. My suggestion for you would be to do more research/homework before purchasing. There are plenty of V's out there for sale. Take your time.....
 

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No audible whine, car shifts suprisingly easy - a little doughy maybe but not too bad - I'm used to a 6-puck kevlar composite so it just feels like a more normal clutch. It doesn't feel loose or like its slipping at all.

When I walked last night the last deal on the table from the dealer was about $17,700 to drive it off the lot. The main thing keeping us moving down is my desire to "split the risk" of what repairs could be ahead and after reading up on these cars I feel like its a fair and appropriate concept. It has also been at this dealer for about two months. One question I also couldn't find the answer to is what GM mechanics typically charge hourly to work on these cars. It has to be less than what I pay now (over 100/hr), correct? With the price heading closer to 17k "out the door" my budget could allow for $1,500-2,000 (give or take a few hundred) in repairs immediately. I have three days after purchase to return the car for a no questions asked full buy back. I assume I can get the car to a corvette specialist in that time and if not - hey - it goes back right? What do you think?
 

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The conclusion I came to was unless the car is under warranty, paying more for fewer miles isn't worth it because the same basic stuff will happen. Might as well get the car for a better deal and pocket thousands for future repairs.
 

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Seems like a good price. I wonder why it failed emissions and what they did to 'get it' to pass? I wonder if the 'pass' was legit.
 

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eatboost, or you can just buy car for 20k, with 20k less miles on it, and it'd be a lot more fun... i'm wanting an 09, pm me if you're interested
 

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GMVIS:

Job Card DateJob Card NumberTransaction TypeTransaction AdjustmentLabour OperationOdometer Reading
04/09/20106215788ZREG----Regular Vehicle TransactionAdd Credit L2300 - Converter, Oxidation Catalytic - Replace 74,728 MI
04/09/20106215788ZREG----Regular Vehicle TransactionFull Debit - Reversal L2300 - Converter, Oxidation Catalytic - Replace 74,728 MI
04/09/20106215788ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction L2300 - Converter, Oxidation Catalytic - Replace 74,728 MI
07/26/2008354254ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction N0761 - Bulbs, Stop, Tail, And Turn Lamp (Left) - Replace 23,786 MI
07/16/2008353696ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction R0760 - Radio, Remove and Replace 22,292 MI
03/13/2008600307ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction F2143 - Differential Carrier Assembly Replacement 14,538 MI
02/25/2008598414ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction H2496 - Sensor, Brake Pressure Modulator - Replace 13,313 MI
02/25/2008598414ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z7901 - 1-DAY COURTESY TRANSPORTATION 13,313 MI
02/25/2008598414ZFAT----Field Action Recall V1777 - 07204 - Replace Rear Differential Seal Only 13,313 MI
02/25/2008598414ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction H0122 - Front Brake Rotor Refinishing 13,313 MI
02/13/2008T37861ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z2085 - ROADSIDE SERVICE (PREMIUM) 12,000 MI
02/13/2008T37861ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z2085 - ROADSIDE SERVICE (PREMIUM) 12,000 MI
02/13/2008597390ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z6720 - CADILLAC-COST OF TECH. TO MAKE ROADSIDE SRVC CALLS 12,501 MI
02/13/2008597390ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z8015 - ROADSIDE SERVICE (FLAT TIRE) 12,501 MI
11/15/2007Q92364ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z2085 - ROADSIDE SERVICE (PREMIUM) 3,363 MI
11/15/2007Q92364ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z2085 - ROADSIDE SERVICE (PREMIUM) 3,363 MI
11/14/2007588171ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z6720 - CADILLAC-COST OF TECH. TO MAKE ROADSIDE SRVC CALLS 3,363 MI
11/14/2007588171ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction Z8013 - ROADSIDE SERVICE (FUEL DELIVERY) 3,363 MI
10/04/2007130003ZREG----Regular Vehicle Transaction E0716 - Diagnostic System Check - Tire Pressure Monitoring 61 MI
12/22/2006043354ZPDI----Pre-Delivery Inspection Z6998 - PDI Adds 9 MI
12/04/2006A49368ZPDI----Pre-Delivery Inspection Z7000 - Pre-Delivery Inspection - Base Time 0 MI
 

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I posted the GMVIS below... says they did CC replacement at 74k (i was over shooting when I said the car is at 80k - it is really at 75,700mi). I'll post the carfax below in one moment.
 

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Apparently I have to send this post to be able to send a link (5 post minimum forum rule) ... carfax coming next.
 
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