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Want another sports car, narrowed it down to three

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Ron3, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Ron3

    Ron3

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    I drive a sports car now but I'm an anonomous kinda guy so I won't say what it is.

    What I'm thinking about getting is either:

    03 Mustang Cobra (@$28,000 w/@15,000 miles)

    02-03 Corvette Z06 (@$30,000 w/@15,000 miles)

    Or save up a while for a used '05-'06 Corvette with Z51 option. (@$40,000 in a year or so with @15,000 miles) The '06 Z06 just costs too much.

    I will treat this car like I do my current one. Daily driver and plan two to three open track events a year.

    Tough choice. The Cobra is more affordable, easier to work on, cheaper to mod if I choose too. The Z51 is great, and will do as well as a new non-z06 C6 daily driving and on the track.

    But that new C6 is just a gorgeous car! I'd have to wait another year or so before I could get one of those.

    Thoughts?

    Oh, they'd all be 6-speeds of course!

    Ron3
     
  2. Ron3

    Ron3

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    I wonder which would have the cheapest insurance, too.

    Ron3
     


  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    It's just me and my personal bias but there is no way in hell I'm going to bother with the Mustang as a track car. It wasn't meant to be a corner cutter and the Ford boys can do all of the suspension mods they want, it will never be a corner cutter like the 'Vette.

    I'd go with the slightly older Z06. 405-hp and killer suspension. What else da ya need?:)
     
  4. Rob1035

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    Ditto!
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  5. OUSooner

    OUSooner

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    If you don't need a back seat then get the vette. The Cobra is also has a supercharger which is just something else to go wrong. The vette will also holds it's resale value a little better. Besides, the vette gets em wett!
     
  6. Ron3

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    I've driven a few '03 Cobra's.

    They do handle well, IRS, 13-inch brakes.

    The blower sounds awesome, and the car itself looks good.

    What do you guys think of the C5 Z06 vs C6?

    Ron3
     
  7. epsylum

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    Then why does the vette cost almost as much as the cobra, but was almost twice as much new.

    It's american and not made in the 60's or 70's therefore it holds it's value like a Yugo.
     
  8. Ron3

    Ron3

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    "Then why does the vette cost almost as much as the cobra, but was almost twice as much new."

    Good point!

    Ron3
     
  9. Rob1035

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    You mean a C5 Z06 versus a regular C6?

    I dunno, I can only comment on what I've read, but either would be fun, but the C5 Z06 might be a little bit better on the track, while the C6 might be a better daily driver with more refinement, etc. FWIW, I think the C6 looks a dozen times better than the C5
     
  10. epsylum

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    I agree with the looks thing on the C6, execpt for the new grill. I hate that new grille. It looks like it's smiling at you. Well, that and those golf club shaped mirrors they like to put on all the newer vettes.

    Everywhere else on the car looks much better, especially the rear.
     
  11. Rob1035

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    the rear is the biggest improvement IMHO, it makes the whole car look more compact, which I like.
     
  12. Asha'man

    Asha'man eat the eat!

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  13. Clem Eastwood

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    yep
     
  14. bac1023

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    Expensive, yes, but the new Z06 is a world beater. Its also, I believe, the fastest mass produced American car. Its faster than the new Viper and Ford GT.
     
  15. Ron3

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    Yea. The new C6 does look alot better than the C5's, but you can't get into a used C6 for under $40,000. Too much.

    The C6 Z06 is far, far too much $. But for those who have $70,000, the new Z06 is a good value.

    The Cobra or Z06 I could do now, but a (non-Z06) C6 with Z51 suspension would have to wait a year or so.

    The Cobra might be a better daily driver, but the C5 Z06 would certainly be better at the track.

    Ron3
     
  16. Rob1035

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    I'd probably do the C5 Z06, and head to the track.
     
  17. kawalerzysta

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    Actually I would say that it is pretty cheap. Compare it exotics and what it can do.
     
  18. Rob1035

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    yup, I dont think anything under 100k (other than kit type cars) touches the new Z06.
     
  19. epsylum

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    I'm a Ford man, if it has to be American, but I will admit that new Z06 is BAD. That's about the only GM I would consider buying.

    I just hope the spirit of competition is alive and well at Ford. I want to see an even faster GT (as in the Ford GT, not mustang), for less moeny to compete with the Z06. The power part would be easy (crank up the boost), but it whould have even better suspension and brakes.

    Now all that beign said there is a reason for the GT costing as much as it does. It's actually a hand-built car. But the Z06 has raised the bar another notch and Ford needs to see if they can top it.

    You can dislike other brands, but in the end competition is a good thing.
     
  20. coreseller

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    Cobras handle surprisingly well (just had mine to a road track event for the first time over the summer) and would suffice for most drivers. I've also driven the ZO6 (C5), it is plain faster, corners and stops better than the Cobra but you lose some day to day versatility (rear seat, trunk, rougher ride). Make sure you check out the insurance rates before you buy, for me the Cobra was almost exactly double the rates for a Boxster or plain Vette, probably because alot of them get wadded up by younger drivers. [​IMG]