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Old 21st November 2012, 08:26   #16
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Nice car, congrats again.
Forgot to mention about the HUD?? Or is this 1LT??
Thanks. It is a 1LT with premium wheels and connectivity package i guess.

I am gonna add-on the HUD which is the only thing i miss. But it will take time as i am still doing some groundwork for same.

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Congratulations, she sure looks awesome, and the red color makes it look even better. Not sure if any other color choice would have been this good.

Why bother about Kitna Deti Hai? Gas prices in US do not make you sweat ($3.5 per Gallon, i.e. approx INR 55 per Lt). The pleasure of driving will be priceless.
Thanks a lot. This is one of the best color for Corvette. Another one being Yellow.

As for kitna deti hai? To an extent, one has to worry has it should make financial sense too otherwise everybody would have been driving a vette. For premium, it is $3.75 a gallon which is quite high by US standards. I have seen better prices but who am i to complain. Driving two fuel guzzlers is a big task in itself.

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Woah! Good one. Congrats. This is a sweet looking car and i would surely have been in love with this car.

Looking forward to some video of a drive in this car.

The pics are drool worthy!
Thanks Maddy. I have been in love with this car for a long time. Its a special feeling to own it.

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Looking good buddy. Congratulations. There is something simplistic about the old school corvette which makes it endearing even today . Drive Hard , Drive Safe.
Some interior pictures would do good too !
Thanks Bigron. Yes, simple yet powerful enough to emote well through the lucrative v8. will post pics soon. It gets dark very early so by the time i come back from work, its too late to get some pics.

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Congrats on the V8. The sounds from the V8 must be intoxicating.

Enjoy many more happy miles with the V8 revving it harder.
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WOW this is a drool car, something that dreams are made up of! Though my personal favourite is Ferrari, have driven the Corvette the most (albeit on screen in the NFS avataar).

But seriously congrats on the super buy and completely that RED it is for the Corvette as for the Ferrari.

Nothing ELSE will do!
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Simply superb. looks beautiful in red color.
apart from purchasing a good car, important is to live your dream. it gives you a different feeling altogether whenever you are inside the car.
engine sound note is what makes heart pumping.
Hearty congratulations for possession of this beauty. please oblige us with some interior pics.
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Congrats buddy ! Its really a dream come true and I know how it feels when you can live your dream (rather DRIVE in this case). It looks amazing and is drool worthy in red
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Enjoy your new car buddy! It truly looks awesome and am pretty sure it is a great car to drive too. I'm sure had there been a 6 speed manual, you could be doing 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds with the beast. How is the ride? I'm sure the suspension is very taut for the sports car like handling. Are you planning to goto track events, now that you have a car that can do such things? How is the weather over at your place? Does it let you drive a car with such low ground clearance and lot of power on the rear wheels through the year (especially winter ?
If only my better half agreed to such aspirations of mine :P
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Congrats on the V8. The sounds from the V8 must be intoxicating.

Enjoy many more happy miles with the V8 revving it harder.
Thanks Krishna. Yes, the sound is very addictive. The good thing is the sound is not very intrusive when cruising. When revving it hard, its pure nirvana.

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WOW this is a drool car, something that dreams are made up of! Though my personal favourite is Ferrari, have driven the Corvette the most (albeit on screen in the NFS avataar).

But seriously congrats on the super buy and completely that RED it is for the Corvette as for the Ferrari.

Nothing ELSE will do!
Thanks. I drool over it everyday. I also drove this in NFS and other games a lot. Its a surreal experience to do it in real life. Somehow, red and sports car goes together always.

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Enjoy your new car buddy! It truly looks awesome and am pretty sure it is a great car to drive too. I'm sure had there been a 6 speed manual, you could be doing 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds with the beast. How is the ride? I'm sure the suspension is very taut for the sports car like handling. Are you planning to goto track events, now that you have a car that can do such things? How is the weather over at your place? Does it let you drive a car with such low ground clearance and lot of power on the rear wheels through the year (especially winter ?
If only my better half agreed to such aspirations of mine :P
I wanted the 6-speed manual, but I had to consider that this will be driven by my wife too who is not a fan of manual since it requires lots of effort and in stop and go traffic it wears us down. Automatic is better since one can worry about driving rather than shifting.

The ride is a little stiff but at times it soft enough to glide over small potholes and cracks on the road. It gets disturbed only when there is a big pothole. The firmness does help in handling a lot which is pretty awesome so far considering i don't race.

I don't plan to go to any track events for now. May be in future i may do an autocross or something just to get some experience. I guess once i am used to driving this car daily, i will do engine and suspension mods and take it to the track. That would be more fun rather than doing it with stock.

I am in Northern California. The weather is great throughout the year. No snow so its easier to drive. Right now its winter so lots of rain. Its fun as even with rain, the tires grip well and i am not trying any funny antics since i am still getting used to the power.

I know its important for better half to agree. She has become just as passionate as me and this wouldn't have been possible without her support. Its always good to have someone who shares some passion if not all.


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Simply superb. looks beautiful in red color.
apart from purchasing a good car, important is to live your dream. it gives you a different feeling altogether whenever you are inside the car.
engine sound note is what makes heart pumping.
Hearty congratulations for possession of this beauty. please oblige us with some interior pics.
Thanks. I agree, its important to live the dream. And once it is realized it occurs what pleasure it brings to you and your family. I will try to post pictures today if the weather Gods help me. Its been raining cats and dogs past couple of days.
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So i guess front number plates are not mandatory in California? Lucky you.

And how many people so far have warned you about red cars getting more tickets?

I've had only 3 such people so far.

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Congrats for the Corvetter. It sure is a looker in red. I am really envious, why can't we have some of these beauties in India, albeit how it will manage the roads is anybody's guess.
Happy mile crunching with the beast.
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I am gonna add-on the HUD which is the only thing i miss. But it will take time as i am still doing some groundwork for same.


Ok,here you go.
The retrofit parts are $370

http://www.partstaxi.com/partlocator...subcat1=167163

this is how you do it
http://www.smokinvette.com/corvettef...ad.php?t=43675

It seems it is an easy install, But since most of us are not mechaniacally inclined, I don't know how it'll work out.
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Ok,here you go.
The retrofit parts are $370

http://www.partstaxi.com/partlocator...subcat1=167163

this is how you do it
http://www.smokinvette.com/corvettef...ad.php?t=43675

It seems it is an easy install, But since most of us are not mechaniacally inclined, I don't know how it'll work out.
Thanks. I will bookmark it. I am not technically inclined to do all this DIY so mostly i will get it done outside and it will be around $600-$700 with parts and labor. Since its about $370+tax+shipping, $200 for labor seems about right for the kind of things it needs to be done to get it working. I don't see this happening atleast until next year summer till i am done with other simple mods.
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Finding a Corvette specialist should be priority. Other than warranty work, I stay from st(d)ealerships. I've been lucky to find couple of places, here in Vegas. The one I've decided on is a father and son shop, been in business for 35 years, nothing but 'vettes.

Just got all fluids including engine, transmission, steering and brake, radiator hoses and serpentine belt replacement, coolant flushing, chassis lubrication and general check up done. Total bill - $530 (parts & labour). They also went thoroughly thru the engine bay and lubricated all hinges in the car, and cleaned the debris from the front of the radiator (crud accumulates there, common problem for 'vettes) - really nice work. These kind of details you can forget at the dealers. Differential oil is next. GM in its infinite wisdom, does not provide a drain plug for the differential. I intend to drill and install a drain plug for the differential.

I supplied all the oils except, steering and brake. I am an AMSOIL preferred costumer, gets 25% off all purchases above $100. Membership cost- $20 per year. They deliver the oil to your door. Lot of GM dealers have started using Pennzoil and other cheaper oils even though GM (and most other manufacturers) specifies Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W-30 for all its high performance vehicles. No thanks.

Although GM has a longer transmission oil replacement schedule, I would replace it every 30,000 miles with full synthetic. It's cheap insurance and keeps the tranny bullet proof.

Keep her in top shape. It'll last you for years. I'm lucky to own such an example. Not a twitch or creak in the old '96, with the engine as smooth, fresh and invigorating as ever.
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Finding a Corvette specialist should be priority.

Keep her in top shape. It'll last you for years. I'm lucky to own such an example. Not a twitch or creak in the old '96, with the engine as smooth, fresh and invigorating as ever.
Thanks. I have a year's bumper to bumper protection and 3 more years of engine/powertrain warranty. So for now, i will stick to dealership. Once i am done with the warranty, i will move to corvette specialist which i already found even before i had the corvette.

I need to do something similar for the infiniti too but they are very hard to come by.
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That's a lovely car you have there Chevelle. Congrats on the wonderful choice of car and color. Looks brilliant in this shade of red.

I love the older gen corevette for the pop-up headlights. Looks so cool.

Do try and take her to a race track for a couple of laps. That grin on your face after a few laps will stay for quite some time

Wishing you many happy and safe miles and years with this beauty.
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Beautiful ride! Congratulations.

This shade of red is exactly the same as a friend's 2011 Cayman S. I am sure the pictures don't do justice because I know it looks a whole lot more awesome in person. I cannot comprehend a 6.2L under the hood - that's even more power than all of our four cars combined :P

Let's get some interior shots please?!
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