At 4:00 AM on March 23, 2019, I awoke from a restless sleep to receive a ride to Charlotte to take a flight to Newark, NJ. I landed, an Oppo picked me up(Ben), and at 76,453 miles, I departed. Twenty-three hours later I arrived in my driveway in a new to me daily driver Corvette. A year later it has been by far the best car I have ever owned.

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Why a C5?

I have always hated Corvettes. I have hated GM, in fact I still have very little respect for the brand. They build hideous monstrosities with very few exceptions now. However, occasionally they pop out a gem, and usually that gem comes in the form of a Corvette. I still wasn’t sold on them, no matter how much I heard “Can’t beat it for the price” or how many people loved them. To me they were and always had been the old guys garage queen, nothing more, nothing less. So why did I suddenly decide to want one?

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Because it’s a bargain: 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, through the quarter in 11.9 seconds, now well under $20k. Those numbers come in a car that can achieve(albeit in absolutely perfect conditions)30mpg. My neighbor across the road had a Commemorative Edition Z06 for sale a few years back, and that started the turning of the gears. It took trading in a car I fell out of love with in on a car that I still love, but was a lemon(If you haven’t seen the story, it’s a fun one). The excuse arrived when that went downhill. I realized I didn’t need a practical car anymore. I’m young, I don’t have kids, and worst case scenario I can convince people not to ride with me by saying the 4Runner has enough room.

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Things I do not like about it:

Obviously the interior is a really weak point. It looks quite dated, and some of the materials are, bad. That all being said about the quality of the interior, it still has less squeaks and rattles than my 2018 GTI had. It’s held up well for as bad as I’ve heard it was. The worst part is the seats, which I have replaced, but that leads to a new issue: The actual seat space. Much to the surprise of me, the fat mans sports car has less seat width than a Miata. Yes, there are less seat options due to width than a tiny little Miata. So, adding a seat is a compromise. That compromise for me is that it sits ever so slightly higher, and distorts the HUD.

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Things that I do like about it:

Pretty much everything else. Driving it every day is a blast. It has plenty of room for groceries and tons of luggage. The gas mileage isn’t awful considering it’s a 5.7 V8 designed in the 90's and how I drive it.

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Things I absolutely love about it:

It is an absolute joy to drive! It’s unrefined, everything makes noise, it has almost no sound deadening, the suspension is stiff, but all of that means that it’s a 3100lb car with over 400hp. It’s a visceral experience on a mountain road. Both the GTI and the FiST had tighter steering, but neither of those cars had nearly as much feel or grip. It goes as fast as you want it to go, and it feels like there is way more to give. In that way, it’s surprisingly forgiving if you leave at least stability control on. The stock titanium exhaust starts out quiet but quickly screams from 3500 rpm to the 6500rpm redline. It’s always making noise. It’s the first LS that I actually like the sound of, and I don’t just like it, I love it.

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RIP Triumph
RIP Triumph
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Things that have gone wrong:

Some bulbs and the headlight motors are going out. That’s it. It’s the first car that I’ve had(and the past two have been new) that hasn’t had major issues in the first 10k miles.

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Why Corvette owners install Gimp Masks:

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Would I buy 0ne to daily drive again?

Absolutely yes, it’s been the best car I’ve ever owned, and while I still love my trusty old 4Runner, it’s no longer my favorite by a long shot. This has been the first car I’ve ever had that I’ve had absolutely no regrets about. So heres to trying to mile out a Z06!

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So, AMA I guess.

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