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  • Inspected 1st ZR1

    Saw my first ZR1 in person at my local dealer 146,000. MSRP. It is an Orange one and the paint with the orange peel is still an issue. Very surprised this 2019 ZR1 had more OP than anyone one of my 3 Z06's

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    Having seen several ZR1’s, I remain blown away by the beauty of its centerline-matched, visible carbon fiber. Absolutely stunning, a feature typically found on super-expensive exotics.

    The paint on the ones I have seen is good. More important to me, is that the panel waviness we fairly often saw in dark colored C7’s especially on their door panels, is consistently so much less. Clearly the new, three times longer, paint ovens with their having a 100 degree lower curing temperature than the older ones, is having a nice consequence in that regard.
    So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

    Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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    • #3
      It's unfortunate that their quality control on a $150k car isn't any better than a $50k one.

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      • #4
        I will use as my point of reference the comments of Mike Furman@Criswell, who has received over 300 new 2018 and 2019’s painted in the new paint shop. He has concluded that their paint jobs are much better than those painted in the old paint shop.
        So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

        Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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        • #5
          I have had 4 C7's, a 2014 Z51 and 3 Z06's , Still have the 3 Z's a 2015, 2017. and a 2018 out of the new plant. The 2018 was built on 1-25-2018 and could be the last 2018 off the line.
          Each car varies in different ways. The 2015 had defective factory Silver paint and GM paid my local shop's estimate to repaint it. After hearing the stories of other C7 owner's.

          I feel very lucky to get that. The 2017 has the best panel fit all perfect panels and seams. WGG beautiful paint slight Orange peel. Very sweet well made car. The 2018 has equal paint and panel fit. Slightly less OP but 2 front seems have good fit but not the perfect fit of the 2017.

          New plant or old it still is somewhat like the roll of the dice. Have seen 2019's with lessor paint than either on my 2017 or 2018 totally happy with both of those cars.
          Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 02-09-2019, 12:43 PM.

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          • #6
            I seen this one and it also showed some signs of OP. Are these done at the new paint shop?
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              • #8
                All of the above cars have 500 or less original miles on them.
                Rocket City Florida

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by John View Post
                  I will use as my point of reference the comments of Mike Furman@Criswell, who has received over 300 new 2018 and 2019’s painted in the new paint shop. He has concluded that their paint jobs are much better than those painted in the old paint shop.
                  John---yes I have seen at least 10 cars now from the new paint facility and looked at closely. Some are better and some are not that much different than the old plant being inconsistent the operative word here. This means a problem in the actual process somewhere in painting the parts. GM spent a lot of money and there were great expectations which were not realized bottom line. The vehicles coming out of there do not have world class paint jobs. Do not know if the C8 will be any different but it will be a shame to have them looking like oranges with 4 wheels.

                  My wife's new BMW M series made here in the US paint job makes the new state of the art paint facility in BG seem vastly inferior from just visual observation and that is sad.

                  Better is good because it Was Dismal now it is about average imho no matter what spin is put on it. GM has a ways to go in Bowling Green they need to get it fixed. GM is GM and $$$$'s are the bottom line and they need to spend a few more to get it right imho.

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                  • #10
                    I think it is easier to get quality paint on metallic body parts than plastic parts. With metallic parts, you can use cathodic methods to attract paint to the surfaces.

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