I have a 95 ZR-1 with 52k miles. There are little problems, but overall it has been a great car. Finding a dealer with the personnel can be a tough task. In Northern California there are two dealers with outstanding Corvette techs. Mike Daugherty in Sacramento and Anderson in the San Francisco.
I had a 928 S4 before this car. The first tune up was $2300. The ZR-1 tune ups are $600.
The demographics for the ZR1 are white males in their mid 50's. As such, the cars were fitted with a *soft* suspension. Much softer than would have been used if demographics hadn't been a factor. So, if you think it rides harsh, bring along a pillow and go for a ride in my 84 Z51! I don't notice the harshness, but driving with the top out is like handling a shoe box minus it's top.
You own a Corvette and you're COMPLAINING? I wouldn't mind these problems if I owned a car like that. Besides, most people who own the same car as you have had no such problems. I even know a guy with the exact same car and he has had absolutely NO problems and he uses it as a commuter, racer, and a show car.
Your average Joe shouldn't try fixing a car, let alone a Corvette. You have to know what you're are doing or you will have problems. And what is up with Corvette owners who are obsessed with their car?
You can tell that the comment above me is very informed and has a lot of thought put into it lol, as for the original reviewer, I get the distinct feeling that this person has no idea what they are doing while working on this car, IMO.
The original reviewer must realize that any high performance sports car is high maintenance and has every right to be.
I have had my '92 ZR-1 for eight years and I've had zero problems. The LT5 is amazing and very durable. As stated previously, it's a high performance car, so repairs are going to be part of the territory.
I think our friend is unlucky with his ZR, a pity.
I own two a 90 and a 91 and I live in Lebanon where there are no other ZR-1 cars and where the dealer has no time to try and work on my cars. So far the cars are being taken care by a mechanic who lived in the US. The 90 is running fine with no issues. I bought the 91 in a very poor shape and I am having it fixed slowly. However I can enjoy driving it without major problems.
To have ZR-1 running fine in my country means the cars are really good and reliable. Plus what a feeling when you open up in fourth gear. The speed limits were not being enforced until yesterday Sept 1, 08.
I am a 31 yr. old guy, I have just now achieved my goal in buying a vette period, let alone a new one. I am a life long fan, even though I never had the luxury to own till now.
I looked at over 30 vettes, and ran into issues either good body, bad motor, or the other way around.
I entered into the vette world knowing it takes money to maintain them. I put new flow master exhaust, Z06 rims, drilled & slotted rotors, overall motor was strong, I changed the intake to K & N induction, new custom paint. I have interior, and weather stripping to work on.
I have clearly approaching the point where I won't see back what I invested, but for the love of my vette I don't care. So anyone that cries about owning a vette, and what goes wrong with them. Then buy a Hyundai with the crazy 100000 mile warranty. But your date would enjoy the vette if you can keep up with all that goes with ownership. I bought a good used, but love it like any other.