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I was wondering if anyone has had a C5 Vette and traded in on a Goat. Do you regret it? I've had my 1998 Vette 6-speed for 3 years now, and I really like the GTO. Haven't driven one to compare yet though. :)
 

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I did not have a C5 vette, but I did have a 2003 Svt Cobra vert.

I do not miss the cobra at all, even though it was a faster car. The 04 Gto suits my needs much better. The fit and finish is in another league.
 

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Turned in my '02 C5 MN6 (early lease turn-in) on my current '04 Goat (also M6) in Oct., and have put almost 5K miles on the GTO since. There are times when I miss the vette (e.g., looking back at it in a parking lot), but most times, I'm glad I made the switch. My short lists of pros & cons regarding the switch:

Pro:
- Driving this baby year-round, not just in the summer. Stock tires, while not great in the snow, are a world better than a vette could ever hope to be.
- Exhaust note is better than a stock vette's (I had Stingers on the vette, and that made up for it).
- Seats are more comfy and better leather than the vette's.
- Interior quality WAY better than the vette's.
- Stereo better than the Blose in the vette.
- Back seat when needed.
- Near-vette acceleration.
- STEALTH :cool

Con:
- Stealth :(
- While handling is pretty good, it's no vette - the vette handled like it was on rails.
- Actually more interior amenities on the vette (dual-zone HVAC, memory seats, better DIC, tire pressure monitors).
- No active handling (made me feel like a better driver than I actually was in the vette).
- Less luggage room than the vette.
- No removable top.

The last advantage of the GTO vs. Vette is the fact that I'm paying less $$ per month to BUY the goat than I was paying to LEASE the vette. I will eventually get myself back into a vette as a summer driver, but I don't miss having to jockey 3 cars around at home for the time being.

Hope this helps a little with your decision - pros & cons to both, but both excellent cars in their own ways. :cheers
 

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MidLifeinMI said:
Turned in my '02 C5 MN6 (early lease turn-in) on my current '04 Goat (also M6) in Oct., and have put almost 5K miles on the GTO since. There are times when I miss the vette (e.g., looking back at it in a parking lot), but most times, I'm glad I made the switch. My short lists of pros & cons regarding the switch:

Pro:
- Driving this baby year-round, not just in the summer. Stock tires, while not great in the snow, are a world better than a vette could ever hope to be.
- Exhaust note is better than a stock vette's (I had Stingers on the vette, and that made up for it).
- Seats are more comfy and better leather than the vette's.
- Interior quality WAY better than the vette's.
- Stereo better than the Blose in the vette.
- Back seat when needed.
- Near-vette acceleration.
- STEALTH :cool

Con:
- Stealth :(
- While handling is pretty good, it's no vette - the vette handled like it was on rails.
- Actually more interior amenities on the vette (dual-zone HVAC, memory seats, better DIC, tire pressure monitors).
- No active handling (made me feel like a better driver than I actually was in the vette).
- Less luggage room than the vette.
- No removable top.

The last advantage of the GTO vs. Vette is the fact that I'm paying less $$ per month to BUY the goat than I was paying to LEASE the vette. I will eventually get myself back into a vette as a summer driver, but I don't miss having to jockey 3 cars around at home for the time being.

Hope this helps a little with your decision - pros & cons to both, but both excellent cars in their own ways. :cheers
I sold my 2002 Z06 not long before getting the GTO and I previously had a '99 C5, and I agree with MidlifeinMI's evaluation.

I would add that the GTO could use better brakes. Also, you do notice the extra weight as you give up some agility.

On the plus side, it is a fantastic cruiser with extremely comfortable seats and a quiet ride. Very stable.

Overall, I am really enjoying the car, especially considering what I paid for it.
 

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jeffthunbird said:
How did you get that much off MSRP?
I have an '04 CE C5 vert and am thinking about a GTO.
I would do everything in my power to keep the vette but my wife may force a decision between the two.
decision between her and the vette? I lay odds on the vette staying.
 

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MidLifeinMI said:
Turned in my '02 C5 MN6 (early lease turn-in) on my current '04 Goat (also M6) in Oct., and have put almost 5K miles on the GTO since. There are times when I miss the vette (e.g., looking back at it in a parking lot), but most times, I'm glad I made the switch. My short lists of pros & cons regarding the switch:

Pro:
- Driving this baby year-round, not just in the summer. Stock tires, while not great in the snow, are a world better than a vette could ever hope to be.
- Exhaust note is better than a stock vette's (I had Stingers on the vette, and that made up for it).
- Seats are more comfy and better leather than the vette's.
- Interior quality WAY better than the vette's.
- Stereo better than the Blose in the vette.
- Back seat when needed.
- Near-vette acceleration.
- STEALTH :cool

Con:
- Stealth :(
- While handling is pretty good, it's no vette - the vette handled like it was on rails.
- Actually more interior amenities on the vette (dual-zone HVAC, memory seats, better DIC, tire pressure monitors).
- No active handling (made me feel like a better driver than I actually was in the vette).
- Less luggage room than the vette.
- No removable top.

The last advantage of the GTO vs. Vette is the fact that I'm paying less $$ per month to BUY the goat than I was paying to LEASE the vette. I will eventually get myself back into a vette as a summer driver, but I don't miss having to jockey 3 cars around at home for the time being.

Hope this helps a little with your decision - pros & cons to both, but both excellent cars in their own ways. :cheers
As the owner of a 00 Vet and an 04 GTO, I could not have said that better myself. :cheers
 

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MidLifeinMI said:
Turned in my '02 C5 MN6 (early lease turn-in) on my current '04 Goat (also M6) in Oct., and have put almost 5K miles on the GTO since. There are times when I miss the vette (e.g., looking back at it in a parking lot), but most times, I'm glad I made the switch. My short lists of pros & cons regarding the switch:

Pro:
- Driving this baby year-round, not just in the summer. Stock tires, while not great in the snow, are a world better than a vette could ever hope to be.
- Exhaust note is better than a stock vette's (I had Stingers on the vette, and that made up for it).
- Seats are more comfy and better leather than the vette's.
- Interior quality WAY better than the vette's.
- Stereo better than the Blose in the vette.
- Back seat when needed.
- Near-vette acceleration.
- STEALTH :cool

Con:
- Stealth :(
- While handling is pretty good, it's no vette - the vette handled like it was on rails.
- Actually more interior amenities on the vette (dual-zone HVAC, memory seats, better DIC, tire pressure monitors).
- No active handling (made me feel like a better driver than I actually was in the vette).
- Less luggage room than the vette.
- No removable top.

The last advantage of the GTO vs. Vette is the fact that I'm paying less $$ per month to BUY the goat than I was paying to LEASE the vette. I will eventually get myself back into a vette as a summer driver, but I don't miss having to jockey 3 cars around at home for the time being.

Hope this helps a little with your decision - pros & cons to both, but both excellent cars in their own ways. :cheers
Just wondering what was the change in your insurance rates?
 

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jeffthunbird said:
How did you get that much off MSRP?
I have an '04 CE C5 vert and am thinking about a GTO.
I would do everything in my power to keep the vette but my wife may force a decision between the two (cars, not her). Oops.

How did cuspid get so much $ off? Is that true?
I doubt it's true. Maybe it was aused one! :rolleyes:
 

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TulsaGTO said:
As the owner of a 00 Vet and an 04 GTO, I could not have said that better myself. :cheers
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Sold an 03 Z06, had an 03 Coupe, and 01 Coupe and an 00 Vert before that. Everything said above sums it up! But....I am planning on having a C6 when my 23 month Smart Buy is done ;)
 

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I am still waiting for prices to bottom out on the 2004 GTO's in my area. Bay area in California still has alot of 04's to pick from. Did a GM search of the area and came up with 25 or so(50 mile radius) still on the lots.

I think(hope) GM will send the west coast the 5500 rebate the everyone else has.

Time will tell.

GTO-TO-GO
 

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We turned in my wife's (leased) 2001 Z06 in October, and had her new Cosmos Purple GTO 6-sp delivered to our new house in KS yesterday. Have not had a chance to drive it yet, but will be out there next weekend. Gotta love the current rebates & discounts!
 
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