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Old 01-10-2018, 03:40 PM
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Good - the white Z06 was much better than the red Stingray. The door gaps on both cars were better than my 2014 and the bumper to quarters were perfect (mine isn't).

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Lots of orange peel

Same ripple in passenger base quarter as my car

Bumper paint peeling

Horrible headlight/bumper fit on the red car. White car about like mine.
























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Old 01-10-2018, 03:48 PM
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Must've been a 'Monday' car....
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were these built before/after the new paint facility?
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It's possible that the red one was painted in the old paint shop. I think any Stingray or GS with a serial number over # 4512 and ZO6 # 1959 was done in the new shop..

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Gees, the red Stingray orange peel and body panel fit is pretty bad. That would have been out of the new paint shop, correct?
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Without knowing when these were built, we don't know if they are before plant upgrade or after.
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It's possible that the red one was painted in the old paint shop. I think any Stingray or GS with a serial number over 4250 was done in the new shop..
Not sure if it makes a difference but both cars has the little thin black plastic strips between the bumper and fender inboard of the headlight. No strip between fender and bumper at the outer seam.
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Without knowing when these were built, we don't know if they are before plant upgrade or after.
Even if before the fact that the quarter is rippled, the paint peeling, and horrible headlight and bumper fit shows little ongoing improvement from the early C7s.
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Yep.....every time I fire up my 'Vette, I agonize over the orange peel and paint imperfections. The panel gaps really disappoint me when I roll on the gas and listen to the engine scream as the tach swings past 4,000 RPM. Every time a group of kids wave at me and shout, "NICE CORVETTE!!", all I can think about is how much nicer the paint and body work would have been had I bought a Mercedes E350.

EDIT: Of course, before buying that red one, I'd make sure it went back to the body shop for some point up. Then the regret and agonizing would begin..........with tire smoke billowing out of the rear wheel wells!!

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This would be news if either of those (especially the red one) were built after the plant/paint shop upgrades. If built before, it is not at all surprising.
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Even if before the fact that the quarter is rippled, the paint peeling, and horrible headlight and bumper fit shows little ongoing improvement from the early C7s.

I have to agree. The red car is a very poor example. Would be nice to know the last 5 digits of the serial number.
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All-in-All, I'm happy with my '17 Blade Silver panel fit and paint, however I did see some bad ones when I was shopping for mine.
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I too was a bit disappointed after living with my brand new 16 for a few weeks. But I decided that as much as these little things bothered me, I bought an animal capable of the same performance as cars twice its price or more. Luckily, I enjoy working on cars and spent time correcting anything I was unhappy with. Bang for buck, nothing else comes close in my eyes, but if you're the type who notices these things, it's a good idea to take the time and address them all.
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Production sequence number on the red car is 2362 or earlier. The Z06 sequence number is 1321.
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Originally Posted by Anton Chigurh View Post
Must've been a 'Monday' car....
Paint robots don't know which day of the week it is.

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Yep.....every time I fire up my 'Vette, I agonize over the orange peel and paint imperfections. The panel gaps really disappoint me when I roll on the gas and listen to the engine scream as the tach swings past 4,000 RPM. Every time a group of kids wave at me and shout, "NICE CORVETTE!!", all I can think about is how much nicer the paint and body work would have been had I bought a Mercedes E350.

EDIT: Of course, before buying that red one, I'd make sure it went back to the body shop for some point up. Then the regret and agonizing would begin..........with tire smoke billowing out of the rear wheel wells!!
I agree, yep it could be better fit and finish, but geees what do you want for the money invested, come on get over it.
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Yep, old plant builds before the lengthy shut-down.
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Yep, old plant builds before the lengthy shut-down.
any word on your ride. mine still holding for the 15th.
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Yep.....every time I fire up my 'Vette, I agonize over the orange peel and paint imperfections. The panel gaps really disappoint me when I roll on the gas and listen to the engine scream as the tach swings past 4,000 RPM. Every time a group of kids wave at me and shout, "NICE CORVETTE!!", all I can think about is how much nicer the paint and body work would have been had I bought a Mercedes E350.

EDIT: Of course, before buying that red one, I'd make sure it went back to the body shop for some point up. Then the regret and agonizing would begin..........with tire smoke billowing out of the rear wheel wells!!
I would agree with you if not for:

1. None of my 4 C5s had defects or orange peel this bad. Body panel gaps and paint falling off were unheard of.

2. GM touted the amazing attention to detail and tighter fit and finish of the C7 model. If you're specifically going to sell on an attribute, you'd better deliver. They promised 911 quality for 50-70% of the price. Car is a huge step up interior design wise and gadget wise from any C5, but there a lot of things subpar as well.
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