1996 Chevrolet Corvette Review

1996 Chevrolet Corvette LT-4 Coupe 5.7L V8 (330hp) from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.7L V8 (330hp) Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

This rocket is worth every nickel I paid

Faults:

The tires needed to be replaced for about $1000, but this was no surprise.

Some of the wheels show dings and even minor cracking as a result of the limited protection offered by low profile tires. Drive carefully over irregularities.

The passenger window switch doesn't like putting the window up. The drivers side control works both fine.

General Comments:

This car is a fantastic performance bargain. I have taken it to two racetracks (road course and 1/4 mile) and had a blast. In the 1/4, I beat a friends 440 Six Pack Cuda by over a half second (13.4 sec @ 106.5 mph). On the road course, I was hunting other cars (they started spacing me out further).

The ride is firm, but comfortable for long trips. I switched to Bridgestone RE730 tires and have been delighted with them.

It goes from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds, runs under 13.5 in the quarter and still gets 17 mpg around town and 25 on the highway.

I had a 1993 LT-1 Vette before this one. The LT-4 engine (only offered in 1996 with the 6 speed) is a substantial upgrade and well worth seeking out if competitive performance is a factor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2002

13th Feb 2005, 12:19

I'd stick with the LT-1 or TPI before I would get an OBDII equipped engine, especially a '96. I am sure it runs great, but God help you if your check engine light starts coming on for no reason. All makes/models are effected '96 and later, no reflection on the Vette. That is what happens when we elect liberals.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review