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Old 07-02-2018, 05:35 PM
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Does anyone have experience with high mileage C4ís? Iím looking at one that appears to be in great shape but has over 270k miles. Seriously, this looks like a well taken care of 70k mile Corvette. Iím tempted to buy it because itís a great deal but in the back of my mind, I canít recall seeing any C4 with that many miles.
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Mines got 183k. Great car, I love it.

As for the ENGINE, I had a '96 Silverado that I sold with 296k still running like new...and a guarantee you that motor got beat way, WAY harder than any 'Vette motor ever will. I would be afraid of it if it looks good, drives right and the price is commensurate.
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How much for the c4?
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Mines got 183k. Great car, I love it.

As for the ENGINE, I had a '96 Silverado that I sold with 296k still running like new...and a guarantee you that motor got beat way, WAY harder than any 'Vette motor ever will. I would be afraid of it if it looks good, drives right and the price is commensurate.
If I'm serious, I can pick it up for $4,000
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How much for the c4?
If I'm serious, I can pick it up for $4,000
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If I'm serious, I can pick it up for $4,000
I dunno. Is this car a target of opportunity or is $4k your budget max? Almost 300k is a LOT of miles and I worry about all the things that go wrong. Most will focus on the engine, but please consider all the other wear items; suspension, brakes, any rotating accessory, heater cores.... the list goes on.

One decent sized repair and your sunk cost can go from 4 to 6 instantly. My suggestion is to keep looking as there is a lot in the 8-9k range that you can get another 100k miles.

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If I'm serious, I can pick it up for $4,000
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I dunno.
I bought mine with 130k for $5000. I think you could do better.
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Are you buying it from a previous owner who has maintenance records on the car or is this off a used car lot?
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Are you buying it from a previous owner who has maintenance records on the car or is this off a used car lot?
It's a 4 owner car, the last owner is semi-local and had it for a majority of it's life and I'm guessing used it for commuting. It was sold to an auction and now for sale from a small dealer in the Bay Area. In other words, no records come with the car other than what's found on Carfax.
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I bought mine with 130k for $5000. I think you could do better.
I think you're right. I'm going to pass and wait for something with a lot more life left in it. Thanks!
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My prior '88 had over 200k on the clock when the number 8 hole cam lobe failed. That said it came to me with 94k and a weak engine (low oil pressure and well under the advertised 240chp). Plus it saw MANY passes down the 1/4 mile.

Recently I got a bit of a nip from the "bug" and looked for an '89, 6-speed rag-top. The one that seemed sort of appealing (~1hr away) had ~40k miles with the owner asking $10k, which I thought was a reasonable price to begin negotiations.
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Had a motor go at 117,000 would not touch any car with more than 50,000 . That would only be the 92-96 vettes.
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got my 84 corvette with 70 k for 5500 runs well, no regrets at all put almost 900 miles on it

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Sorry but 270k that thing is headed towards its grave lol.
Dealer probably doesnt know if anythings ever been rebuilt or not. 4k can get you a nice MUCH lower mile car.
Condition trumps all...it may be a looker but would you feel comfortable romping on something with that many miles? I wouldnt.

Its tough selling a very hi mi car, tried myself for a long time have to practically give them away.

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Sorry but 270k that thing is headed towards its grave lol.
Dealer probably doesnt know if anythings ever been rebuilt or not. 4k can get you a nice MUCH lower mile car.
Condition trumps all...it may be a looker but would you feel comfortable romping on something with that many miles? I wouldnt.

Its tough selling a very hi mi car, tried myself for a long time have to practically give them away.
I agree 100%. I'm going to wait and find something much better.
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Originally Posted by courtjcooper View Post
I agree 100%. I'm going to wait and find something much better.
Good choice, but in all my years on the forum, I would have to say that is the highest mileage C4 I've heard of.
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Originally Posted by courtjcooper
I agree 100%. I'm going to wait and find something much better.
C4's are still a bargain. Keep looking and you will find the right one. Try to find one from a private sale. One that someone has owned for a while and may have maintenance records. Stay away from small dealers and definitely steer clear of auction cars. They are at those places for a reason.
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keep looking. you can get a better one for less.

94 with 171K $3,750
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...637964722.html
93 with 130K $4,000
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...633858011.html
95 with 137K $5,700 OBO
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...636519103.html

keep searching

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Originally Posted by CVG323 View Post
keep looking. you can get a better one for less.

94 with 171K $3,750
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...637964722.html
93 with 130K $4,000
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...633858011.html
95 with 137K $5,700 OBO
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sf...636519103.html

keep searching
Awesome! Thanks for the CL posts. THe black 9 for $3750 looks pretty tempting.

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I have 184xxx on my 94, oil pressure was great. I just tore it down due to a leaking fuel injector that hydro locked and popped a head gasket. Upon inspection there was zero ridge on any of the cylinder bores, The cam and pistons were like new. There was only 1/100000 taper in one cylinder! Needless to say it is going back together as it was taken apart on standard bearings. It is one of the cleanest high mileage engines I have ever experienced. The rebuild should cure the couple of annoying oil leaks this had. Check compression and carry on is what I say.
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