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I find myself at a decision point, hoping for input from those of you that have owned multiple generations of Vs.

I have a 2005 CTS-V, bought it 3 years ago with 13k on it. It now has 57k. I bought it with a Maggie on it, with an 8lb pulley. Discussions with Magnuson reps have led me to believe it's roughly 560hp at the crank due to the pulley. Love the car but a 2 Gen Coupe, manual is a car that turns my head.

Things I don't like about the '05 or will need in the future

-The paint job. It has a crazy circa 2005 custom paint job that basically makes me look like a drug dealer. I've both plasti dipped and wrapped the car. If I keep it, I'll want to repaint it. It was originally Stealth Gray and the jambs are intact. I'm estimating a respray in stock color with me disassembling and assembling would be roughly $5k

-LS7 Clutch. Stock clutch is doing great, but eventually it'll need one Those are what? $1k?

-The whole avionics(sorry, aviator here)/radio/15 years old and dated at the time of manufacture center stack. I'd want to retain the DIC...and I've seen the standalone DIC swap with radio swap, and the removal of the ash tray with radio still in place mods. I'm not an audio installer, though the only thing that gives me pause about it is manufacturing or modding the bezel

-Lack of backup camera. could be fixed with $400 of camera plus different Gentex rear view or if there's a viable flatscreen swap for the radio, could be included in that.

-Rest of the interior is good, I don't launch it from a stop so the stock rear is hanging in there. I have new headlight modules for it and I recently sourced a full set of spare wheels. The car was undercoated at birth (sold in WI new) so everything is pretty pristine in there. I did brake pads all around last summer.

So I figure it's somewhere between $7-10k to get it where I'd really want it. Book or selling price right now is about 10, plus a bit for the Maggie.

Second Option is to go find and buy a 2nd Gen manual coupe, with like miles. Looks like $40k or so assuming I can find one. 4 doors are less but I'm out of car seats now so the Batmobile is looking attractive to me. Cost of this venture would be $30K with trade or private sale of the '05.

I've never driven a 2nd Gen. I love that the '05 is like a go cart with a Saturn V strapped to it. Fastest car I've ever owned and I've had a few fast muscle cars in my time. My girlfriend's Challenger R/T with a manual feels like a tugboat compared to it.

So I'm looking for advice....I know there's plenty of folks in this forum that have owned them all, or that have found themselves in my shoes, or both. Thanks in advance!!
 

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That's amazing you found an 11 year old v with 14k miles. Me, I'd put less into the car, wrap/dip it and keep it.
 

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I'm a devoted V1 owner and have no intentions to change that. However, I think the consensus from everyone I've seen go from V1 to V2 on this forum or other forums is that the V2 is a better car in every way. If they were closer in price I think it would be a no-brainer to go to a V2, but as your post highlights, there's a big difference in pricing.
 

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I'm a devoted V1 owner and have no intentions to change that. However, I think the consensus from everyone I've seen go from V1 to V2 on this forum or other forums is that the V2 is a better car in every way. If they were closer in price I think it would be a no-brainer to go to a V2, but as your post highlights, there's a big difference in pricing.
I wouldn't say it's better in every way lol. v1 is arguably a better drivers car.
 

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Thanks for the input guys...I'm leaning towards keeping it at this point. One other thing I forgot is the balancer replacement...what's the deal with the stock one? Everyone seems to go with a Fluidampr right?
 

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Man...that's a tough one for me. I had a V2 for a while and sold it...but that was more due to where I live and that I didn't sell the V1. It wasn't so much that I chose the V1 over the V2, it was that I didn't foresee driving either and the V2 was much easier to sell. If I had it to do over again, I'd probably sell the V1--the V2 really is just a better car all around.

Though I suppose that's with the caveat that it depends on who you are. If you like to tinker and tear your car apart and it's not a daily driver and you have the space and this is going to be a fair-weather, nice day car, then maybe I'd keep the V1. My V1 is now fully not a daily driver--it's just at the age where it needs more maintenance to be reliable. it's also not as well built as the V2--the rear end, the axles, etc.

It's not a bad car, I just think I'd prefer a V2 manual right now over the V1. If I had a personal mechanic whose job it was to maintain it and I didn't mind spending as much in parts on the V1 as to make it cheaper to have bought a V2, and I didn't live somewhere where the V1 is just atrocious for the conditions, it'd be a different calculation.

Then again, I might feel differently if I could find a supercharger to stick on mine. If you sell your V1 let me know. I'd be interested in the Maggie.

If I were where you are--$7-10k to get what I want and you're getting your head turned on a V2 anyway, just buy the V2. The infotainment issue alone is enough for me--that's EASILY the worst part of the car and it's a daily frustration to me on mine. I had that whatever aftermarket thing that allowed Bluetooth through the OnStar--the box just quit working and the guy doesn't make them any more and says he's never heard of one stop working...so I can f*ck right off. There are no other integrated options I'm aware of, and the system in general is just pure suck, so it'll all have to go. If I wanted to spend my time becoming an EE to get it to work right--which I don't--that'd be just a hassle. Since I don't, it's going to have to stay as it is until someone sells a PnP option...which I sincerely doubt will happen.

And yeah, my damper is going out too. I think I was shopping an ATI. I should probably go ahead and get that done.
 

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Thanks for the input guys...currently still wrestling with it, but it's paid for...which makes tinkering that much more palatable I guess. Currently trying to get paint estimates...and after the ass pain of removing the wrap, it'll be a sprayable vinyl wrap (plastidip) if the paint estimate is too high.
 

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I'm a devoted V1 owner and have no intentions to change that. However, I think the consensus from everyone I've seen go from V1 to V2 on this forum or other forums is that the V2 is a better car in every way. If they were closer in price I think it would be a no-brainer to go to a V2, but as your post highlights, there's a big difference in pricing.
I agree!
 
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