Go Back  CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion > C5 Corvettes, 1997 - 2004 > C5 General
Reload this Page >

Help for buying a C5 and also some technical information files

Notices
C5 General General C5 Corvette and C5 Z06 Discussion not covered in Tech
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:
Old 03-06-2015, 05:33 PM
How-Tos on this Topic
Last edit by: IB Advertising
See related guides and technical advice from our community experts:

Browse all: General How-Tos
Print Wikipost

Help for buying a C5 and also some technical information files

 
Old 07-20-2013, 04:25 AM
  #21  
asna
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Jul 2013
Posts: 20
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

it is a very useful thread. I got a lot from that thread. HATS OFF!!
asna is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 10:51 AM
  #22  
jaffa12
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Jul 2013
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default help

Hello dear gentlemen

I am writing to you from Europe to Hungary

It would be two problems


* have a nice c5 95 silver, beautiful factory LED taillights do not work but I changed the megfellelöen and Electrical drawings would be needed and the entire electric car drawings are well done and I would like to renew

* the other is that I want to revive the factory red and black seats I would not change her plain black dye if someone needs it I want it to black mail I think can be solved
This reminds me of the sudden capita email address Jaffa [email protected]

Thank you for your help in their accident-free way for everyone
jaffa12 is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 11:00 AM
  #23  
calvins
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
calvins's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2002
Location: Rotonda West, Florida '03 Elec. Blue M6 Coupe
Posts: 4,177
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
Oldtimer
Default

Originally Posted by jaffa12 View Post
Hello dear gentlemen

I am writing to you from Europe to Hungary

It would be two problems


* have a nice c5 95 silver, beautiful factory LED taillights do not work but I changed the megfellelöen and Electrical drawings would be needed and the entire electric car drawings are well done and I would like to renew

* the other is that I want to revive the factory red and black seats I would not change her plain black dye if someone needs it I want it to black mail I think can be solved
This reminds me of the sudden capita email address Jaffa [email protected]

Thank you for your help in their accident-free way for everyone
Hello and welcome. Sorry about your issues but I don't think this is the best place to ask for help.

I'd suggest that you post a question about the lights in either the C5 Tech forum or the General
Forum (link below)

The seat question would probably be best in the C5 General forum.

Good luck

Last edited by calvins; 07-25-2013 at 12:47 PM.
calvins is offline  
Old 07-25-2013, 12:36 PM
  #24  
jaffa12
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Jul 2013
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by calvins View Post
Hello and welcome. Sorry about your issues but I don't think this is the best place to ask for help.

I'd suggest that you post a question about the lights in either the C5 Tech forum

The seat question would probably be best in the C5 General forum.

Good luck
thank you
jaffa12 is offline  
Old 07-30-2013, 08:16 AM
  #25  
Vetteman Jack
Moderator
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Vetteman Jack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Missouri. Currently own 2014 Stingray Coupe.
Posts: 270,020
Received 4,249 Likes on 3,690 Posts
MO Events Coordinator
St. Jude Co-Organizer
St. Jude Donor '03-'04-'05-'06-'07-'08-'09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18-'19
NCM Sinkhole Donor
CI 5, 8 & 11 Veteran

Default

Here is some good information that bikeriderga posted on the forum in another thread on what to look for in a higher mileage car. Thought it would be good to include it here also.

The larger problems with the Corvettes are the electrical systems. The drive trains are pretty much bulletproof.

At 130K, you should look at the following:

1. Grounding Straps: Look for corrosion and/or frayed straps or wires.
2. Pull the battery. See if any acid has leaked on the wiring or look for wears or corrosion of the wiring harness.
3. The internal lights: Specifically the HVAC display, the bulbs for Speedo, Radio, etc.
4. The air conditioning. The HVAC actuators are known to go bad after time. Make sure all vents blow cold and hot air. Check to make sure that if the change the MODE on the HVAC head unit, it actually changes the air flow to the correct position.
5. Clutch: Should have been replaced. Does the owner have the repair order and replacement bill?
6. Service records: Oil changes, differential, and transmission fluid changes.
7. Tires and Wheels. How old, what shape are they in?
8. Weatherstripping: Not as big a problem on the Z06s or FRC as coupes and convertibles.
9. Sensors: Make sure to check for codes on the DIC. Look for current codes and history. The DIC is easy to clear, so once you take it for a test drive of five or more miles, stop and check.
10. Window actuators: Make sure all windows function as they should. Window actuators are a known problem.
11. Rattles: A 130K mile car is going to be loose. Listen for rattles. Where do they come from?
12. Oil Pressure: See if the pressure is in the good range.
13. Engine compression: If possible, have a compression check performed.
14. Exhaust and undercarriage: Check for rust, holes, etc.
15. Interior: Check seats, dash board, etc. Check for cracks, discoloration, etc.
16. Air Dam: Check to make sure it has not been damaged.
17. Air Filter: Has it been maintained? How clean/Not clean?
18. Vacuum Leaks: Again age on the hoses. These will cause issues with HVAC as well.
19. Body damage. See if you can spot any differences in paint or cracks. Normal stone chips expected to fender wells, noise, etc.
20. CarFax: Not always reliable, but a good precaution.
21. Steering: Is it tight or too much play? Could indicate worn ball joints, steering head, etc.
22. Suspension: Normal items, shocks, dust boots, bushings, etc.
23. Shifting transmission: Zs are a little tight, but run through the gears and listen for pinging and noise.
24. Oil Leaks. Check for oil leaks.
25. Coolant leaks. Check for coolant leaks.
26. Fuel Pump: Listen for fuel pump noise and smell of gasoline.
27. Tune up records: When were plugs and wires changed?
28. Brake pads and rotors. Brake jobs not too bad, but if the rotors are warped, it will be an added expense. Check for leaks.
29. Valve Spring changes. Known issue.

The electrical items will cost the most, unless you have serious mechanical problems.

That's about it. If all checks out, you should be good. Remember it is a 130K car, so it is not going to be perfect, unless the owner replaced parts regularly.
Vetteman Jack is online now  
Old 07-30-2013, 08:22 AM
  #26  
calvins
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
calvins's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2002
Location: Rotonda West, Florida '03 Elec. Blue M6 Coupe
Posts: 4,177
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
Oldtimer
Default

Originally Posted by Vetteman Jack View Post
Here is some good information that bikeriderga posted on the forum in another thread on what to look for in a higher mileage car. Thought it would be good to include it here also.
Thanks Jack and bikeriderga! For completeness, I added this information to the main post.
calvins is offline  
Old 08-01-2013, 05:42 PM
  #27  
VETJAZZ
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
VETJAZZ's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2011
Location: Marana Arizona
Posts: 10,667
Received 157 Likes on 114 Posts
Default

Great resource guys. Thanks so much for taking the time to put it all together.
VETJAZZ is offline  
Old 08-14-2013, 03:36 PM
  #28  
garllo
CF Senior Member
 
garllo's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2006
Location: ct
Posts: 191
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by VIK TOY View Post
I have an '02Z that my husband gave me when he bought his '07. automatic. I haven't been able to drive for last 3mo (hopefully start again soon) because of medication. He drives mine off and on. Supposedly to "exercise her" but he did comments that if he gets a C7 it will be a stick. Stick shifts are part of the fun of driving our Vettes!!
Brother in law moving from Calif to Florida and just bought some rice burner. I told him he needs a Vette! I get about 29mpg and have over 85,000 miles on her. Nothing like a Vette for the price!!
garllo is offline  
Old 09-01-2013, 05:56 PM
  #29  
jans
CF Member
 
jans's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2013
Location: Cincinnati OH
Posts: 79
Received 11 Likes on 8 Posts
Default

Great information for those of us just starting our search for a C5, helpful to others as well I am sure. Thank you for all the effort in putting this together.
jans is offline  
Old 11-10-2013, 09:26 AM
  #30  
FVAN5
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2013
Location: savannah ga
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

thank everybody i am about to take my leap into vette hood lol. i got the money just looking for the right one. i am a newbie to this . the main issue i am having is that i am in savannah Ga. and most the vettes that i like are 400-500 miles away. so i have to find a way to seee them and get them checked out. i luv this forum.
FVAN5 is offline  
Old 12-14-2013, 05:32 PM
  #31  
wlean99
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,566
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
St Jude Donor '14
Default

Calvins, I have a 99 coupe m6 with ecbm 'V" code.I have not experienced any problems with either,am I just lucky or somewhere doomed in the future? p.s prev owner showed me repair of steering wheel lock recall on my m6.A little confused over that one.Any input?
wlean99 is offline  
Old 12-14-2013, 07:08 PM
  #32  
calvins
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
calvins's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2002
Location: Rotonda West, Florida '03 Elec. Blue M6 Coupe
Posts: 4,177
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
Oldtimer
Default

wlean; I really don't "play" here any longer but just monitor the map and help file thread for issues/problems.

this is really just a pointer thread to the help files. For questions you'd get many more, and better, replies if you posted your question to either the general or tech sections. Good luck.
calvins is offline  
Old 12-14-2013, 08:04 PM
  #33  
wlean99
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,566
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
St Jude Donor '14
Default

Thanks,for the reply,have used tech section w/excellent help from fellow members.peace-out,wl
wlean99 is offline  
Old 12-14-2013, 08:05 PM
  #34  
Vetteman Jack
Moderator
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Vetteman Jack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Missouri. Currently own 2014 Stingray Coupe.
Posts: 270,020
Received 4,249 Likes on 3,690 Posts
MO Events Coordinator
St. Jude Co-Organizer
St. Jude Donor '03-'04-'05-'06-'07-'08-'09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18-'19
NCM Sinkhole Donor
CI 5, 8 & 11 Veteran

Default

wlean99 - you may own the car for many years and never have a problem, but as with anything mechanical, things do happen eventually.

As far as the column lock issue goes, you don't mention just what the previous owner had done to the car. If it was the GM fix, chances are that it will give you problems in the future. If you do not have either a column lock bypass or an LMC-5 kit installed on your car for the column lock issue, I would advise you to get either one of them and get it put on sooner rather than later. Either one will protect you much better than the GM solution. You can do a search on the forum for column lock issues and come up with a LOT of threads on it. In fact, the first post in this thread has some info on the column lock problem.
Vetteman Jack is online now  
Old 12-15-2013, 04:47 PM
  #35  
wlean99
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,566
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
St Jude Donor '14
Default

vetteman jack,when I purchased the car about 6+ years ago,the previous owner showed me receipts for recall work done by gm dealer,but would not actually give me any of the paperwork…yes odd.He was a comptroller for a big co and a bit paranoid about his personal information.However the car was low mileage and in really nice shape……so anyway I have to assume it was just the gm band-ade fix.I will do a search on forum for better fix,Thanks as always for helpful advice.
wlean99 is offline  
Old 12-15-2013, 05:40 PM
  #36  
wlean99
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,566
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
St Jude Donor '14
Default

Wow,holymoly!so much info on this problem going back last 10 years,don't know what the heck to do.Guess first thing is to check wiring under footwell and see what was or wasn't installed.secondly..sell car before ecbm and all these other problems hit me. Dont know if i could in good conscience. Wish I had joined the forum before I purchased the car thirdly park car under a tree that looks like it is about to fall down)fourth just get a good nites sleep and look at this stuff again in the morning.
wlean99 is offline  
Old 12-15-2013, 08:51 PM
  #37  
Vetteman Jack
Moderator
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Vetteman Jack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Missouri. Currently own 2014 Stingray Coupe.
Posts: 270,020
Received 4,249 Likes on 3,690 Posts
MO Events Coordinator
St. Jude Co-Organizer
St. Jude Donor '03-'04-'05-'06-'07-'08-'09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18-'19
NCM Sinkhole Donor
CI 5, 8 & 11 Veteran

Default

A forum member that knows a lot about the column lock issue is 8VETTE7. If you get confused on where to proceed, PM him and ask for some guidance.

If it were my car, I would look at to see if a column lock bypass was installed. You can also see if GM installed the K-Harness on the car. It would be in the same location that a column lock bypass goes.

Here is a file that might give you some valuable information on the column lock bypass and the K-harness.
Attached Files
Vetteman Jack is online now  
Old 12-17-2013, 05:12 PM
  #38  
wlean99
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,566
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
St Jude Donor '14
Default

Thanks, vettemanjack, my car is up on jacks for the winter,but come spring I will look into this situation,as usual you are a wealth of information
wlean99 is offline  
Old 12-18-2013, 01:43 AM
  #39  
QUIKSILVERZ
CF Senior Member
 
QUIKSILVERZ's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2008
Location: Lexington KY
Posts: 768
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Just picked up a 2004 a4 car. How can i tell which rear end gear it has? 2.73 or 3.15?
QUIKSILVERZ is offline  
Old 12-18-2013, 03:10 PM
  #40  
Vetteman Jack
Moderator
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Vetteman Jack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Missouri. Currently own 2014 Stingray Coupe.
Posts: 270,020
Received 4,249 Likes on 3,690 Posts
MO Events Coordinator
St. Jude Co-Organizer
St. Jude Donor '03-'04-'05-'06-'07-'08-'09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18-'19
NCM Sinkhole Donor
CI 5, 8 & 11 Veteran

Default

Originally Posted by QUIKSILVERZ View Post
Just picked up a 2004 a4 car. How can i tell which rear end gear it has? 2.73 or 3.15?
A quick, easy way is to just look at the option codes contained on a sticker on the inside of the glove box door. If it has a code of G92, you have the 3.15 gears. You could also look at the cover plate on the back of the rear differential - it should have a tag on there that says what the rear gearing is.
Vetteman Jack is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Help for buying a C5 and also some technical information files


Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory

Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: