10 Things to Remember When Shopping for a C5 Corvette Z06

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Thinking of buying a C5 Corvette Z06?

Well, there are probably a few things you should consider, according to a Road & Track report. The trusted auto source has pulled together an informative overview with a gang of tips to ensure you get the most out of your C5 Z06 purchase.

We’ve highlighted ten of the biggest takeaways below, which are interesting whether you’re in the market or not. But the entire report is a must-read if you’re actually considering buying a C5 Z06 anytime soon.

1. The first-year cars for the C5 Z06 might be the best deal, even though it’s also the year the car had the least amount of power.

2. In the second year of production, the C5 Z06’s power jumped to 405 hp and 400 lb-ft. of torque with a 0 – 60 mph time of less than 4 seconds.

3. Keep in mind, a true gem could be the 2004 C5 Z06 with the option code Z16, which features a lighter carbon fiber hood, special Le Mans blue paint, and an enhanced suspension for better performance.

4. Look for signs of extreme wear and tear like body damage, overspray, and worn screws.


5. Be sure to check the Z06’s onboard diagnostic system for past errors.

6. Expect a pretty shoddy interior.

7. Ask the current owner if the lockout issue with the steering wheel has been dealt with.

8. Don’t be surprised to find a few aftermarket parts on the C5 Z06, as that’s pretty standard fare for the model.


9. In the 2002 and 2003 models, valve-springs can be an issue due to a lighter valvetrain.

10. If possible, elicit the help of a Corvette expert to give the car an all-around check before buying.

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Via [Road & Track]

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