How well do LS1 Corvettes hold up?

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  1. Short Bus

    Short Bus Beep beep!

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    Since I just paid off the STi I'm trying to figure out what my next move will be. One possibility is that I purchase a second car, put a cage in it, and use it for time trials, hill climbs, and road rallys.

    Right now the two best candidates for this are the S2000 and the C5 Corvette. I know the S2000 can take a lot of punishment and remain inexpensive to operate at the same time... even with over 100k miles on the chassis and drivetrain.

    If I'm careful and choose a decent car, how dependable and durable is a high mileage C5? Assuming the engine makes good compression and the syncros aren't shot to begin with, can I expect it to be mostly reliable if I take care of it?
     
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    didn't someone on OT put 200,000 miles on a c5?

    This was like 3-5 years ago
     
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    ls1/t56 is pretty much bulletproof

    dunno about the rest of the car
     
  4. shiba kesaigi!

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    compare s2000 to a corvette. and you are comparing reliability? you dont deserve shit get a Camry and install a cage there.
     
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    Sentences! Fuck yeah!
     
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    man tell you what, buy merican that way ya'll be supportin merica.

    fuck them japs.
     
  7. Formula-95

    Formula-95 2:32 PM 5-13-09 Never Forget, Hamburglar OT Supporter

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    corvettes are very reliable. the trans is strong and not a lot on/in them go bad so long as you're not an idiot with it. it's an ls1 so...yea, that'll be good. the rear end can handle the power just fine, and then some. only when getting into high hp numbers will you need to worry about that.
     
  8. Short Bus

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    :confused:

    Yes, I am comparing reliability. I'm planning on installing a cage and a race bucket and driving the shit out of whatever I end up purchasing. Maintenance and reliability is an extremely important consideration since I don't have a money tree.

    As far as speed is concerned, that's not very important. Both cars are run in different classes no matter where I compete. So the fact that the S2000 is slower doesn't really matter.
     
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    :rofl: sentences? you are nuts you want people who post on this forum to have any grammar skill?::ugh:
     
  10. Dumbstixlars

    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    I would expect a Vette to hold up well. I think the only problems local guys had with them was trans trouble. But they were running slicks and 11's.
     
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    the LS1 is an amazing engine. easy to upgrade, tons of power, even more fun, very well built (pushrod, old design but reliable) and even capable of 30+ mpg :bowdown:
     
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    :cool:

    That's good to know. As far as the engine and drivetrain go, I'll likely run in classes that require these to remain mostly stock. So it just needs to be able to run hard at that level.
     
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    The corvette power train is extremely reliable...the only issues you may run into are those dealing with the electrical/electronic components in the car. Things like: Tire pressure sensors, heads up display, head unit/speakers ect...but if you are going to strip it down this shouldn't be of any concern.
     
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    If you want people to take you seriously, you should at least try to present yourself as literate.
     
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    what year did the LS1 come in the vettes?
     
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    Just as long as the engine runs the way it should, I don't give a shit. The TPMS would likely be ripped out and replaced with one that sends readouts to the interior of the car so I can keep an eye on them.

    I'm not even sure if the early C5's came with TPMS. I'm looking at Corvettes that cost about $15k. So that's about 100k miles and in the '97 to '00 range.

    The only reason I'd have a radio in it is so I can drive it to and from events. I don't want to buy a truck.
     
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    I think they came in all the non-Z06 C5 Corvettes.
     
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    i really don't like the 80s vettes they're junk
     
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    I'm not looking at C4's. :dunno:

    Although they do perform quite well considering the age of the chassis.
     
  21. Bona Fide

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    :werd: on the S2000. You can abuse the ever-living fuck out of it and it'll still run good as new.

    I've heard similar things about the LS1/T56 combo.
     
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    The strength of the S2000 is that I can get a decent one for about $10k. However...... I have to spend at least another $1000 to $1500 setting up a hard top for it. So the actual difference in price between an S2000 and a Corvette is roughly $3500.
     
  23. Bona Fide

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    AP1? $10k is cheap...80k miles or something?
     
  24. Short Bus

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    Yeah, I'm not looking for a nice car. I'm looking for one that I won't mind beating the fuck out of. The cars I'm looking at are in the 80k to 110k mile range.

    So basically I'll have to do a little work to the car. Rebuild or replace the brake calipers, new suspension bushings, new dampers, etc. Not really a big deal.
     
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