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  • Anybody else thinking of going from year one to second year of production?

    am i the only one thinking of going to second year of prodiction rather than forst year?

    my three past new corvettes Ive always bought third year of production and now Im considering switching from first year of prodiction to second...

    anybody else thinking not the forst year?

    what say you?

  • #2
    Very fair question. I always get a second year, but this time I am going the opposite direction you are now thinking, instead this time getting a first year C8.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      I'd be lying if I said that thought didn't cross my mind for obvious reasons but I will stick to my guns and move forward with it anyway. As someone who was actually going to design cars I never thought the ME would happen in my lifetime so its kind of a big deal for me. Also I have every intention on trading up to a higher spec Z06 equivalent in 2-3 years when available. Assuming no major gremlins I believe the market will be hungry for pre-owned first gen C8's and they should hold a descent value.
      2020 C8 | 2LT | GKZ Torch Red | Z51 Performance Pckg | FE4 Mag Ride | J6F Red Caliper | C2Z Carbon Roof | AE4 Competition Seats | FA5 Carbon Interior | E60 Front Lift | ZZ3 Engine Appearance Pckg | 5ZU High Wing Spoiler | SPY Black Lug Nuts | 5JR Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps | VQK Front/Rear Splash Guards | RCC Red Engine Cover

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      • #4
        There are very few Corvettes around these parts. An elderly fellow across town has a C6, and I thought he was going to jump out of his skin when I showed up at the Post Office in a c7 roadster. (anyone older than me is an "elderly fellow")

        If I ever got a C8, it would probably kill him. So for humanitarian reasons, I am postponing,, likely to 2022 (or when the initial pent up demand abates and the product has been evaluated by owners). I learned a lot on stingrayforum from the first year buyers, and placed a "no buyer regrets" order on my C7.
        Last edited by Milliwatt Rob; 06-27-2019, 05:20 PM.

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        • #5
          I have a pre order refundable deposit. I can back off if choose. I am at this time going forward but am weighing all options. I have been mixed about what to do and at this point feel as some. I am not getting any younger and may trade up as performance options arise.

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          • #6
            I am going with first year HT Vert with every possible option. If that number works out to around 90K and it looks great and is comfortable. If the price is going to be over that, There are many other vehicles which would have to be considered. Hopefully it's in the ballpark.
            Rocket City Florida- 2001 ZO6 - 2013 427 Vert - 2020 Stingray

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            • #7
              You can always wait for the economy to tank, then there should be some good deals. 😎
              Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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              • #8
                I don't want to wait for the 2nd year of production, although as we all know Corvettes can be fully expected to receive additional features and refinements that were not available on the 1st year models as the years progress, for a given Corvette Generation.

                With the C7, these incremental improvements were never substantial enough for me to regret my decision to buy a 1st year C7, or to consider trading-up to a later C7.
                My C8:
                '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

                Current Vettes:
                '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
                '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
                '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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                • #9
                  I'm with you frenzy ... I'd like to get a 1st year HT vert ... not sure about options, but expect quite a few I have a 2014 C7 and glad I got it

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mobius View Post
                    I don't want to wait for the 2nd year of production, although as we all know Corvettes can be fully expected to receive additional features and refinements that were not available on the 1st year models as the years progress, for a given Corvette Generation.

                    With the C7, these incremental improvements were never substantial enough for me to regret my decision to buy a 1st year C7, or to consider trading-up to a later C7.
                    I ordered an early production roadster, 2015 model year, ordered in late September 2014.

                    By waiting, I was able to get the PDR, the 8 speed AT (mine has been trouble free), and a GM pricing promotion discount. Plus, I learned from the early adapters that the black painted wheels easily chipped, so I avoided that option. Instead, I had the silver wheels black powder coated for the same cost as what GM wanted for a different color paint.

                    The early cars seem to have had some torque tube issues, which subsided as production went forward. I remember, on the other web site, lots of pictures of early C7 cars on dealer lifts with substantial parts of their drive trains removed.

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                    • #11
                      Unless the car at the reveal is an absolute disappointment, I am totally committed to a first year 'vert'..... No doubts at all.

                      My back up plan is to flip the C7 for a new BMW i8 Roadster just for fun until the HIPO version of the C8 comes out, but that's really a long shot.
                      2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

                      Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tooold2race View Post
                        Unless the car at the reveal is an absolute disappointment, I am totally committed to a first year 'vert'..... No doubts at all.

                        My back up plan is to flip the C7 for a new BMW i8 Roadster just for fun until the HIPO version of the C8 comes out, but that's really a long shot.
                        Beware. Early depreciation on new BMW cars can be outrageous. Which is why I bought my BMW as a CPO.

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                        • #13
                          I have no problem with ordering a 1st year model since GM has done such extensive testing on the C8 and (from all I have read) has solved many early production problems. Not getting any younger and want to enjoy a sport car as long as I/we can. Buying 2nd and beyond year models does not guarantee a problem free car (i.e. the 8A in C7 and trucks). I'm willing to take a chance the first year and tackle potential problems as they occur. That's what warranty is for. Just hope GM will continue with the 3 yrs. bumper to bumper factory warranty and 5 yrs./60K mile powertrain.
                          Heidi
                          Save the Wave
                          2021 TR HTC 2LT (HTM DTH D86 E60 FE2 Q8T J6F NPP VQK AH2 SQU AH2)

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                          • #14
                            Of course someone again just offered to buy my beautiful corvette whenever the c8 comes in...

                            i have a lot of people who want to buy it...the car has been so utterly reliable and looks so good...its hard to wave my good friend goodbye...

                            my trusted service dealership is 5 or 6 hours round trip with typical traffic situations ..as great as service and warranties are...if I end up with a vehicle that needs repeated service...im going to be quite blind from so much traveling back and forth ...although usually the first year issues are just fine tuning service recalls...

                            who the hell knows...maybe ill buy the first year...

                            i know a lot of guys here are flipping their cars in a year or two as the c8 z06 comes out and thats quite a bit different than I who tends to keep my cars for a long time..

                            im guardian of a severly handicapped 24 year old son and a newly appointed guardian of an 87 year old dementia mother who is combative and aggressive...i have her in the rolls royces of senior memory care at ten grand a month and its better if not still challenging.,,...and its not like tv where they say...oh johnny i cant find my keys....lol

                            its killing me having two wards of severe incapacitation ..meanwhile ...

                            thanks Heidi for your insight...i guess I could use a couple of laughs..

                            you are right how many times we go around in this world...

                            enjoy the moments we can right...

                            i have some time to see the vehicle , hear the details etc then decide...
                            Last edited by JB; 06-28-2019, 05:29 PM.

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                            • #15
                              I love this thread. I’m older than a baby boomer, I don’t know what to call myself but old guy. I’ve talked to a lot of people in my Corvette club that are in the same age range as I am. Many of them say don’t buy first year. I think that comes from when we were young and cars with brand new high-performance engines had trouble. I am not much of a warranty. I’m very happy with my 2015 stingray convertible. I know what I want as far as Corvette. Again a convertible. I know I want almost every option. I’d like for horse power that I have now, 460. I want to see what’s available in colors and combinations. I factory ordered my last car and it turns out to be one of one. I don’t have to have one of one but I want a pretty car that isn’t the same as every one else has. I do club Corvette shows but I drive it (38k). I want to walk have a lot of C8’s before I put my money down. I think it will take me a year before I know what I want.

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