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  • Order convertible now, or wait for 2021?

    If the convertible is not going to be released until the summer, as some think, wouldn't it make more sense to wait a couple of months for the 2021's? Or do we anticipate that there will be a delayed release for the 2021 convertibles as well?

  • #2
    Originally posted by sraj View Post
    If the convertible is not going to be released until the summer, as some think, wouldn't it make more sense to wait a couple of months for the 2021's? Or do we anticipate that there will be a delayed release for the 2021 convertibles as well?
    So far, my expectation is that convertible deliveries may start a couple of months after the coupe, so maybe in March 2020.

    Any other opinions?
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    • #3
      All I can say is this. My father always said you should never buy any car on its initial release. Too many possibilities for flaws that will be re[engineered by the second year.

      He always wanted a diesel car, but could not afford a Mercedes. Then the 1978 Oldsmobile diesel came on the market. He broke his own rule, ran down to the Oldsmobile dealer in September 1977 with his order. He had his car by November 1977, The car came with no water separator on the fuel system, nor any anti-gelling system. He was keeping the car overnight outdoors on chilly nights in Western Massachusetts, and often had to put a charcoal grill under the fuel tank to get the fuel up to temperature.

      Most of these issues were addressed by GM by the second model year. But they did not recall the early cars to retrofit them with the upgrades.

      I am also looking for a convertible, but intend to hold off until at least 2021 and possibly 2022, so that GM has an opportunity to correct early flaws, and after the initial pent up demand is satisfied, to get better pricing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Milliwatt Rob View Post
        I am also looking for a convertible, but intend to hold off until at least 2021 and possibly 2022, so that GM has an opportunity to correct early flaws, and after the initial pent up demand is satisfied, to get better pricing.
        Not sure I can wait until 2022, but I am starting to think that going for a 2021 is the smart play. Waiting a few months to get the second year fixes would be worth it, even if dealers are still charging MSRP.

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        • #5
          For the C7, convertible deliveries began about 3 months after the coupe. For the C8, the reveal of the convertible seems as if it's going to be about 3 month after the coupe, so I expect production and deliveries will follow a similar schedule. No one here knows for sure, though.

          But I'm not going to buy the first year model regardless. The car is so new, with so much new technology, that I think it safer to wait at least until model year 2, and see what real world owners encounter in the first year. My opinion only, YMMV.
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          • #6
            It may kill me, but I'm going to TRY and wait for the second year Z06 model. Like MilliWat Rob said, completely new technology for Chevrolet, new transmission (although Trimatic typically has their products well sorted), and a new twin turbo overhead cam (we think) engine for the Z06. So many variables!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by freeman1215 View Post
              It may kill me, but I'm going to TRY and wait for the second year Z06 model. Like MilliWat Rob said, completely new technology for Chevrolet, new transmission (although Trimatic typically has their products well sorted), and a new twin turbo overhead cam (we think) engine for the Z06. So many variables!
              I was going to do the same but have decided to jump on the first year of the Z06. So second model year of C8.
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              • #8
                Just couldn't take the pressure Sigmon? I'm getting there!!!
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                • #9
                  The HT convertible will be out way before next summer. Let’s us focus on past history time interval — as meyerweb noted. That will get us close to what we will be seeing.
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                  • #10
                    If you're gonna wait then you may as well wait for the ZO6 'Vert.

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                    • #11
                      On a side note, Corvette enthusiasts have to be some of the most respectful and self controlling car enthusiasts in the world! Otherwise these unattended C8 Spiders we are seeing would have that camouflage ripped back in not time. Respect to all you in person posters!
                      Lord Help Me Be The Person My Dog Thinks I Am.

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                      • #12
                        The vert will be out before summer 2020. Having said that, I plan on getting a 2021 vert.
                        2022 HTC on order with 2LT, front lift, msrc, npp, elb with two tone seats, and CF int. Pre halloween delivery??

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by electroVette View Post
                          If you're gonna wait then you may as well wait for the ZO6 'Vert.
                          I think the base Stingray vert will be plenty for me, coming out of an M4 convertible. No plans to track it, so don't need the extra performance. In fact, I don't even need Z51. I will be glad to have the all-season tires, more compliant suspension, and no ugly spoiler.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by freeman1215 View Post
                            On a side note, Corvette enthusiasts have to be some of the most respectful and self controlling car enthusiasts in the world! Otherwise these unattended C8 Spiders we are seeing would have that camouflage ripped back in not time. Respect to all you in person posters!
                            If I happen to run across one parked, I might have to peel back just a teeny tiny bit of camo.
                            Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                            Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                            Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                            Never grow up - It's a trap.

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