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I'm really gettin the itch for a vette and I've been comparing some prices. I can get a nice C-5 Z06 for about the same price as an 05-06 C-6. They have close to the same power output......

What do you guys think?
 

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I am living your problem.

Here's what I came up with.

C5 Z06 is more on par with the straightline performance of the LS3 C6. The LS2 C6 is about a 1/2 second slower.

The C5 Z06 is about equal with the C6 with the Z51 for handling and braking with a slight edge to the C5 Z06.

I just took a trip in my C5 and got 31 mpg driving 80 mph on the FL turnpike to Ft. Lauderdale. I came back rt 27 and it's a nice 4 lane with 55-65 mph speed limits and I ran about 5 over and got 34 mpg. My C6 would get about 30 hwy so the C5 gets better fuel economy.

The C6 looks much better. The interior of the C6 is nicer. The seats are a bit better in the C6. The C6 has run flats. The C5 Z06 has a bottle of fix a flat stuff and a compressor and no run flats. If you take trips you'll miss the run flats. A GTO spare will work as a spare tire. in a pinch. I carry a hole repair kit and a small jack to lift the car so I can plug a hole in an emergency.

The console of the C5 Z06 has no insulation so you cook your right leg. I used a dynamat and reduced the noise and the heat but it's still a bit warm on long trips. Also the C5 is definately noisier. I have an interior blocker that is blocking noise from the rear and as previously mentioned I dynamated a bunch of areas, but it is still noisier than the C6.

I got my C5 Z06 with, I think it was 36 or 37,000 miles and it was a one owner car for 24k. You can find them now for about the same price. I haven't found any C6's that cheap unless they have a bunch more miles.

You really need to watch the C5 Z06. A lot of people bought them for racing. I found one with 24,000 miles and it had EBC green stuff brake pads and the rotors were changed. The tires were the second set at least and they were a good bit of the way through. It was a track day car and scared the heck out of me.

Look for the clutch on the C5 Z06 to be an issue. If you drive it hard for a bit and the clutch pedal starts sticking you will need a clutch soon. Mine is still stock original, but the guy that owned mine didn't race it at all. 40-50k is about all for a C5 Z06 clutch that has seen some racing action.

All in all I'm happier with the C5 Z06, but it's so close that I could say it's half a dozen of one and 6 of the other.
 

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The LS-3 has a better powerband then the C-5 Z06, C-5 is a higher RPM power range motor. Also, the C-5 Z06 only comes as an FRC-fixed roof coupe, and 6 speed manual. While you can get a 430 HP LS-3 with an auto in a convertible. I prefer the look of the C-5, because I have one, 99 Coupe, LS-1. A C-5 Z06 was probably driven pretty hard, unless you get it from an enthusiast, while you can find a pampered C-6 easier.
Mods on Vettes don't increase value, so if you want one with bolt ons, you won't really have to pay much more to get all the good stuff, but it may be hurt. I like auto cars because you don't have to buy clutches, and the trans is pretty bullet proof.
My car gets 28 MPG highway at 70, 25 at 90.
 

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Thanks guys,
I've been thinking about this for a while and I have noticed how many vettes I see. C-5 and C-6's
I do like the fact that you do not see as many goats....

I guess I'll spend some more time researching for the "right one" if that exists.
 

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I would get the C5 Z06. That was next on my list to buy because I wanted a track car. Plans changed I'm looking to get a truck.
 

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I would get the C5 Z06. That was next on my list to buy because I wanted a track car. Plans changed I'm looking to get a truck.
Why in the heck would you buy a Charger SRT8??????


Oh wait I get it a real truck not one of those Chrysler ones.
 

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I might have decided to wait on an affordable C6 Z06.

So now I'm serching for some rims, I want to stay with 17's so I can use my new tires I just bought plus I keep a little more grip.

Do you guys know of any good sites for GTO rims? Everywhere I go I can't find anything for it.

Yea I know I change my mind like a woman.....but I don't want to give up a car that I love and regret it later.
 

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I wouldn't do a Vette unless it had the LS7, personally. I know they's 'spensive, but that would be the powerplant I'd want to move up to if I were to get another muscle car. Those heads are amazing.
 

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I wouldn't do a Vette unless it had the LS7, personally.
I understand that, sure wouldn't want a car 1000 lbs lighter with a better suspension, that can handle 325s in the back of it for about the same money as a GTO. Sorry, but my 99 Vette ran a 8.6 stock 1/8th, 8.8 all day long, no issues, 28 MPG, handles like it's on rails and is a ball to drive. I am competitive with all stock LS-2 GTOs at the strip. 99-04 Z06s run very low 8's with a good driver. The modded GTO's are quicker than mine, but even with those it's hard to get the suspension to hook right, guy had all the mods and the pedder springs were to soft for his DRs and still wheel hopped. My other buddy has a GTO that runs 7.3s, it is damn fast after a **** pile of money. Just saying, drive a Vette you may like it. And no, a Vette and GTO are not at the same handling level. GTO is at Mustang level, Vette is beyond both. Vettes compete with Vipers.
Wow, I sound like an ass, sorry.
 

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I understand that, sure wouldn't want a car 1000 lbs lighter with a better suspension, that can handle 325s in the back of it for about the same money as a GTO. Sorry, but my 99 Vette ran a 8.6 stock 1/8th, 8.8 all day long, no issues, 28 MPG, handles like it's on rails and is a ball to drive. I am competitive with all stock LS-2 GTOs at the strip. 99-04 Z06s run very low 8's with a good driver. The modded GTO's are quicker than mine, but even with those it's hard to get the suspension to hook right, guy had all the mods and the pedder springs were to soft for his DRs and still wheel hopped. My other buddy has a GTO that runs 7.3s, it is damn fast after a **** pile of money. Just saying, drive a Vette you may like it. And no, a Vette and GTO are not at the same handling level. GTO is at Mustang level, Vette is beyond both. Vettes compete with Vipers.
Wow, I sound like an ass, sorry.
I actually got rid of a '98 Vette to get my GTO. I do miss the handling of my Vette and the better gas mileage but that's about it. I guess I just got tired of it and wanted to move on. One day I do hope to get a C6 Z06. If not, I don't think I'll slit my wrist. Now as far as the Vette competing with the Viper, that's true but it's not the standard Vette like yours that competes with 'em. The Z06 and ZR1 are the only ones to put in that class.
 

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I actually got rid of a '98 Vette to get my GTO. I do miss the handling of my Vette and the better gas mileage but that's about it. I guess I just got tired of it and wanted to move on. One day I do hope to get a C6 Z06. If not, I don't think I'll slit my wrist. Now as far as the Vette competing with the Viper, that's true but it's not the standard Vette like yours that competes with 'em. The Z06 and ZR1 are the only ones to put in that class.
I just read, the Z06 is the ONLY car that can replace a GTO... I would love a Z06 or ZR1 myself, I went to the Vette factory at Bowling green, drool was rolling. I am a Vette guy, so I am prejudiced towards it, sorry. I'll pull up on a Viper, but he'll have to beat on it to beat me, lol...
So, the Vette is between the GTO and Viper... That's fine.
 

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I just read, the Z06 is the ONLY car that can replace a GTO... I would love a Z06 or ZR1 myself, I went to the Vette factory at Bowling green, drool was rolling. I am a Vette guy, so I am prejudiced towards it, sorry. I'll pull up on a Viper, but he'll have to beat on it to beat me, lol...
So, the Vette is between the GTO and Viper... That's fine.
It's all good.

I used to be a big Vette guy too before I owned one. But since I've owned 2 the excitement has worn off a bit. I still have the outmost respect for them since I am a GM guy. Once my son graduates in 3 years, it's a very good chance a Z06 will be in my garage. Well that's if I don't purchase another home.
 

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I understand that, sure wouldn't want a car 1000 lbs lighter with a better suspension, that can handle 325s in the back of it for about the same money as a GTO. Sorry, but my 99 Vette ran a 8.6 stock 1/8th, 8.8 all day long, no issues, 28 MPG, handles like it's on rails and is a ball to drive. I am competitive with all stock LS-2 GTOs at the strip. 99-04 Z06s run very low 8's with a good driver. The modded GTO's are quicker than mine, but even with those it's hard to get the suspension to hook right, guy had all the mods and the pedder springs were to soft for his DRs and still wheel hopped. My other buddy has a GTO that runs 7.3s, it is damn fast after a **** pile of money. Just saying, drive a Vette you may like it. And no, a Vette and GTO are not at the same handling level. GTO is at Mustang level, Vette is beyond both. Vettes compete with Vipers.
Wow, I sound like an ass, sorry.
I thought (modern) Vettes were weighing in somewhere between 3,000 and 3,100...
 
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