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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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Source: The Car Connection

 

2005 Chevy Corvette Convertible

The irony of the feat.

by Eric Peters

Third gear is good for 120 mph plus - and you've still got three more to go. Then it's 140, 150, no problem. In Chevrolet's newest Corvette convertible, the limits primarily are your own desire to keep your license.

How ironic that the best-ever Corvette has been produced by GM at its lowest ebb ever, amid one of the worst crises the company ever has faced. Back when GM was making money hand over fist, it was building disco Corvettes with 200 horsepower (if you were lucky: a few had as little as 165 hp), shag rugs, and Delco CB radios, as well as 125-mph top ends.

Ferrari killer

Now GM has produced a Ferrari-killer at an everyman price - just $43,710 for the hatchback coupe; $51,495 for the roadster. And it's armed with perhaps the finest pushrod V-8 engine ever designed, the 6.0-liter LS2, making a swift and sharp 400 horses. It boasts world class ft and finish, a brilliant suspension system featuring a state-of-the-art Magnetic Ride Control system that will outhandle just about anything on four wheels. And it's all snugged into the most striking composite/fiberglass shell a Corvette has worn since 1967.

For the money - even twice the money - nothing can touch it. A near-190 mph top speed is yours, as is the loin-stirring rumble from the big eight. Outfitted with the manual six-speed box the 'Vette throttles all it can from its fuel and smokes 60 mph in about four seconds. The dust doesn't have time to finish stirring, much less settling.

The 'Vette hammers through its gears, but it hustles around corners by the grace of incredible technology like its MRC suspension system, which uses a computer to "charge" electromagnetic particles held in suspension (rather than old-timey standard shock absorbers) and adjust damping/rebound forces in fractions of a second, continuously altering ride characteristics to conform to the road surface and the way the car is being driven. One step further down the evolutionary scale, the Active Handling system (AHS) is designed for enthusiasts who know what they're doing, allowing generous wheel slip before activating and is completely non-intrusive compared to the idiot-proofing electronics used in so many modern "perfomance" cars.

The body structure is light-years ahead of even the C5 Corvette. GM builds the frame with piece that are hydroformed - extruded and shaped with water pressure, rather than heat and welding. And clever packaging of the slightly-smaller-than-before 'Vette endows it with a usable, 22-cubic-foot trunk.

Rave scene

The delights of the Corvette are as subtle as the multi-layered soft top that holds tight in the triple-digit slipstream; all that incredible air pressure building up outside never pushes its way into the snug little pod that cocoons the lucky driver - even at silly illegal speeds that few civilians interested in preserving their DMV records will ever attempt.

Okay, we do have one medium-sized niggle. The interior of the Corvette is functionally fine, but the plastics used on the face of the dash, while far beyond the GM standard, won't send any Lexus SC430 owners running for their spot in the trade-in line.

By the way, this C6 'Vette is also the first beautiful Corvette since 1972. There isn't a single unattractive line or out-of-place proportion anywhere. The return to exposed (but clear-lens-covered) headlights works in sync with the tapered bodywork that conveys shark-like ferocity without hyermacho posing. Dipped in colors such as the burnt sienna shade of my test car, the 'Vette is aggressive, but composed.

We can't do anything but rave about the latest Corvette. It is among the quickest and fastest production cars available today, yet it unlike a Ferrari 460, most of us can seriously think about buying one. It delivers one of the most satisfying driving experiences an enthusiast could want and will test your abilities as a driver long before you come close to testing its limits. It is a 400-hp supercar that can be driven comfortably anytime, anywhere - and given its straightforward, two-valve pushrod V-8, will probably never require more in the way of routine service and maintenance than you typical grocery-getter. It is the sign of all that can go right at GM, given the resources and the right ideas.

Long after GM's current troubles have played out, for better or worse, memories of this Corvette will linger.


2005 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Base price: $51,445; as tested: $55,745
Engine: 6.0-liter V-8, 400 hp/400 lb-ft
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
Length x width x height: 174.6 x 72.6 x 49.1 in
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Curb weight: 3199 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 18/28 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control
Major standard features: 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performance tires; manual soft top with glass rear window and electric defroster; six-way power driver's seat; power windows/locks/mirrors; seven-speaker stereo w/MP3 capability
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Opt

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HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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