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C5's for C3's?

Old 10-13-2018, 09:40 AM
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I think they are great cars, but completely different driving experiences. They do everything a C3 can and can double as a DD. I had a Lingenfelter C4 in the 90's, and while it was a great car, the C3 was my go to for the weekend car. I sold it after a couple years for lack of use. The C3 stimulates the senses differently, it makes you a better driver and in more control of the car.

So I've somewhat been there, and would be the C3 if I could only chose one.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:56 AM
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I love pretty much the entire Corvette line, but never would trade my C3 for C5,.....maybe C6. Thing is, the C3's were the cars I loved as a teenager, and that feeling does not go away. My 77 is a dream come true.

People say a C3 cannot be a daily driver, I disagree......they were daily drivers when new in the 70's, so what makes 2018 any different? Of course, you have to build and maintain them. Modern cars have spoiled people into redefining reliability. We are just spoiled. I would drive my 77 to California from Pennsylvania tomorrow without any concern.
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I’ve got both, a ‘69 and a ‘99. I really don’t enjoy driving the ‘69. There are just so many bad, uninsured drivers around here, it really makes me nervous. Had a friend rear ended by in his neighborhood by a texting driver. My survivor ‘69 would be ruined if that happened, so I rarely drive it. The C5 I don’t worry about. It’s easily replaced or repaired.
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Is have a C3 and a C5. They're both great but different.The C5 I drive when I want comfort, quiet, and a/c and the C3 for when I'm feeling old school. If I was forced to choose I'd keep the C3 because it's sexier and I can always make it more civilized if I wanted.

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Completely different cars and completely different uses. I loved my C5Z, I modded it to the extreme, it was fast(low 9s), fun, comfortable. My 71' C3 is also fast (mid 10s), fun and comfortable(it has cold AC, nice stereo, lots of insulation etc)...but fun in different ways. I eventually sold my C5Z for a new C7Z which I also love, its ultra modern, fast (mid 10s), fun, comfortable.....but in no way, shape or form would I get rid of my C3 for either the C5Z or C7Z......Nothing compares to driving my C3. Yes, it doesn't handle, doesn't stop, it has some squeaks, creaks, rattles, steers like an old station wagon etc....and I love everything about all of that. There is nothing like the driving experience of an old, classic car.

If I could only keep one, it would be the 71' C3 for sure.

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I had an '03... Throw some C5Z sway bars and C6Z shocks on your C5, it'll transform the ride. (keep the stock springs) C5's collect a lot of crap between the radiator and AC compressor.....loosen the brackets and spray it out with a garden hose. Seats are much more comfortable if you raise them up just tick so they're not bottomed out on the motors.
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I bought my '76 over buying an '18 700hp dealer Mustang... sure it's a new car, sounds great, and has a warrenty…buuuuuuuuuuut

it's not a C3 and never will be... stay with the C3!

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Thanks for all the replies, guys. Now I just have to find that PERFECT for me C 3
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dawson where did you get those tires? Car looks good in that color!
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I love my C3, but I gotta admit the drivetrain out of the C5Z is fun. I've never driven an actual C5, but my grocery getter 1st gen CTS-V has the same engine, 6 speed, and brakes.
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