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Old 02-01-2019, 06:09 PM
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just paid the Corvette tax to replace 1 battery. Cost ; towing , cab fare , parts and labor -- $455.00 . I swore on this forum I would Never purchase another Corvette(have owned 5 starting with 66 427) after I had to replace brake booster #5 in one year. MY cost of ownership of Barrett-Jackson CE LT4 has been an ASTOUNDING $700 per month for 23 months, this cost is documented .soooo........I just purchased a 2005 MB SL500 with 17,400 miles . If any one wants a $ 25k CA car with 99k miles for $10k send me a pm. thanks John
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just paid the Corvette tax to replace 1 battery. Cost ; towing , cab fare , parts and labor -- $455.00 . I swore on this forum I would Never purchase another Corvette(have owned 5 starting with 66 427) after I had to replace brake booster #5 in one year. MY cost of ownership of Barrett-Jackson CE LT4 has been an ASTOUNDING $700 per month for 23 months, this cost is documented .soooo........I just purchased a 2005 MB SL500 with 17,400 miles . If any one wants a $ 25k CA car with 99k miles for $10k send me a pm. thanks John
Iím sorry I really try not to take the bait on stuff like this anymore but Iíve read enough of your garbage to be sick of it. Paying $455 for a battery isnít ďcorvette taxĒ itís just friggin stupid no matter what the circumstances. Thereís no possible way you couldnít have found a cheaper way to do it. I swear you enjoy sinking stupid amounts of money into that car just to complain about it. That is of course if itís all even true but Iím giving you the benefit of the doubt on that one. And youíre sick of high maintenance costs so you buy a 14 year old German luxury car? Yep, thatíll work out well.

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Old 02-01-2019, 06:32 PM
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If you think a Corvette is going to suck you dry, wait til you get repair bills on that MB. They are a shocker!
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just paid the Corvette tax to replace 1 battery. Cost ; towing , cab fare , parts and labor -- $455.00 . I swore on this forum I would Never purchase another Corvette(have owned 5 starting with 66 427) after I had to replace brake booster #5 in one year. MY cost of ownership of Barrett-Jackson CE LT4 has been an ASTOUNDING $700 per month for 23 months, this cost is documented .soooo........I just purchased a 2005 MB SL500 with 17,400 miles . If any one wants a $ 25k CA car with 99k miles for $10k send me a pm. thanks John

How is towing and cab fare part of the Corvette Tax? You would have paid that in any vehicle. And if you canít do the work of changing a battery, donít complain about the cost of paying somebody to do it.

Good luck with the German luxo barge. First repair bill of 2k for an oil change and headlight bulb and Iím sure you will be complaining on the MB forums.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:35 PM
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And 10k for 100k mike 96, hard pass.
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My friend bought a battery from OíReillyís Auto Parts for around $150 and we put it into his C4 in about 5 minutes. Itís a lot cheaper if you do it yourself.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:29 PM
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So if I read your post right and did the math right you have spent 16,100 dollars on what?
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thanks for the support gentlemen . I am at the end of an 8 year battle with bone cancer , that's why I CAN'T fix the car my self. I had the ability to change the clutch in the C2 BB in my driveway, using my chest as a transmission jack. .Not any longer . I own oil AND gas wells, paying for repairs is not an issue , just sick of pouring money down the Silver Devil rat hole. have been blessed to own some of the finest performance cars, it's been good run.... peace, john
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:52 PM
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on what ? 25 % of the car has been replace @106.00 per hour.. the list of items Not changed is shorter than the pm and repair work done .no one would want a stunning CE that has had 15k in professional work in 23 months, would they .
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Good luck with the German luxo barge. First repair bill of 2k for an oil change and headlight bulb and Iím sure you will be complaining on the MB forums.
I don't know about his class but the W210, W220 and W140 have been very economical to own. Best part? Not having to go to the parts counter and hearing the guy say "Obsolete. What are you looking for again?" as a joke.
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Ya know what.... my first instinct was to pile on.... but Im gonna take a different path here. Cancer is a fekked up disease and I wish it on no one. I just lost a wonderful sister in law to it after a valiant fight.

So, I say this.... some have better luck than others on all kinds of cars. Ive owned 8 Vettes and 6 BMW's. NONE of the cars have ever given me more than an inconvenience as far as repairs. I guess Im lucky... whatever... In fact, I have a ZR-1 and a 528 in the garage right now.... both of which are great cars and haven't broken down on me once...

If your choice is a Benzo.... the SL is a wonderful car and way ahead of its time... Good luck to you on the cancer battle and your new ride!


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thank you 81c3. the folding hard top sold me, Chevy can't match that....plus the fact the car has lived it's entire life 4 blocks from the house.
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Sorry to hear about your health issues and hope you have won that battle. Since your first post was vague I was curious if it was restoration or actual repairs that's all.
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As the cars age we continue to see odd issues rear their ugly head. This is inevitable with any car you will buy to be honest. I'm sorry that you're seeing some of these issues with compiling health issues. If we were closer, I would happily lend you a hand at no charge. A favor from one Corvette owner to another. People helping people. That's the way it should be. If I were in a better financial position I would happily make you an offer on the car. I wish you the best John. If I can be of any help with the Corvette, please feel free to send me a message.
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John, I completely understand ... there comes a point when you need to cut it loose. And, the SL is a nice replacement. Good luck fighting the cancer.


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Thanks for the kind responses. An example of money spent, changed out the opti and electric water pump as a PM, this was want and not a need after $900 nightmare with MSD box. This example alone was $1,800 . a lot of the money spent was elective PM. 5 booster failures left a $2,500 hole in my pocket was NOT elective . I would rather spend $1,000 on PM in a shop rather than $100 on the side of the road. I pay to play. this second C4 has been more expensive than a 34ft Cigarette boat , go figure...... will try to get one of my kids to post pics in for sale shortly. 2 days ago stopped by a Chevy dealer and 3 mechanics came out of the shop to ogle the CE, it's that kind of beautiful, but I can't stand the sight of it now. SAD but the car has to go .
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Lots and lots of people donít work on their own cars for any number of reasons, whether it be health, ability, or just personal choice. Iím sorry about your health issues, but you really canít keep throwing that around as a reason to flush money down the toilet. And, if itís just that you are lucky enough to have a lot of money to spend and therefore donít bother to shop around, then thatís your choice but donít choose to spend money like that and then bitch about it. Iíve read all of your posts about this car, and none of the money you spend ever makes sense and it is waaay out of the realm of normal even for people who donít do their own work. The SL500 is an absolutely beautiful car and will be a dream when everything is working. But that particular generation of SLís have horrendous reliability records. They were way ahead of their time with technology and electronics, and they have many systems that are prone to failure and costly to fix. With the way you approach repairs, there is no doubt you will sink a small fortune into it. Or, maybe you will be lucky this time and get a good roll of the dice on the SL after the horrendous luck with the 96. Letís hope for that. They really are beautiful cars and the current market price makes them very tempting. Iíve looked at them, but havenít been willing to risk it yet.
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Lots and lots of people donít work on their own cars for any number of reasons, whether it be health, ability, or just personal choice. Iím sorry about your health issues, but you really canít keep throwing that around as a reason to flush money down the toilet. And, if itís just that you are lucky enough to have a lot of money to spend and therefore donít bother to shop around, then thatís your choice but donít choose to spend money like that and then bitch about it. Iíve read all of your posts about this car, and none of the money you spend ever makes sense and it is waaay out of the realm of normal even for people who donít do their own work. The SL500 is an absolutely beautiful car and will be a dream when everything is working. But that particular generation of SLís have horrendous reliability records. They were way ahead of their time with technology and electronics, and they have many systems that are prone to failure and costly to fix. With the way you approach repairs, there is no doubt you will sink a small fortune into it. Or, maybe you will be lucky this time and get a good roll of the dice on the SL after the horrendous luck with the 96. Letís hope for that. They really are beautiful cars and the current market price makes them very tempting. Iíve looked at them, but havenít been willing to risk it yet.
Depends. If you had listened to the C2 people, wouldn't you have concluded that the C4 was going to be a disaster? I mean, all that electronics to fail. Who knows how much it will cost and all that. According to the 80s people, I need another 2 jobs to pay for my car repairs too. I wouldn't be too worried. Sure, they can break like any other car. I got my W220 cheaper because of the $$ failure scares. Most of the stuff I have done is simply maintenance. In fact, I can't remember an electrical failure for the last couple of years. Mechanical, yes. One of the shocks had an Arnott label on it. The rest were still from the factory. Now if you didn't maintain it and let it go to hell and then try to get it to all work together, well, good luck. YOU must do your part. They are NOT engineered to be neglected. Consider this. My W210 has about 480 on the clock and I got it at 55K. Most of the expense has been things like glow plug getting stuck (in which case, like I advise people with the Ford pencil style spark plug, R&R on an annual basis). Another big expense is the AC died and rust ate the spring perches (one covered by MB). The WORST was the body rusting because of the salt on the streets. If the trans lasted me for about 430K, the 722.6 trans is solid since I beat on it hard but change fluid and filter every 60K.

So if he gets a poorly maintained car, all bets are off. If the ABC fluid is black, good luck. I would take the car for a PDI before laying down any cash.
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CBPC4, can't argue with what you state. I do what I do ,knowing that the end is in sight for me shortly. Aklim, the SL has 17,400 miles and Every single function works .the car looks like it came off the showroom today. the folding top is a work of art, silver with cream leather ,I plan to go out in style as every good gear head should.
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