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    Thread: Jrod's rental experience, OR; I bought a Corvette ZHZ

    1. 09-03-2011 08:39 PM #1
      Down in FL for a week. Decided it was time to step up to a newer / nicer class of cars for re-sale. Got a 2009 Corvette Convertible ZHZ (That's the yellow and black Hertz rentals) #344 of 375. 40k miles, 6 speed auto, 436 HP, dual mode exhaust, magnetic control suspension, high polish wheels (nicest stock C6 wheels I've seen, short of a ZR1, IMO). I usually only go to the Highline auction in West Palm, but I had never been to Fort Lauderdale so wanted to check it out. Turned out to be an expensive day.

      This thing makes the C5 I bought back in the spring seem asthmatic and it makes my '96 Cobra feel like it's powered by a D16 Civic motor.

      Build quality is as awful as ever; it is a Corvette and this is something that demands attention with the C7. The apologists can say whatever they want but the fit and finish, build quality, and materials are all second rate at best. But be that as it may, I'm stuck in So.Florida with a yellow cruise missile. I like the power top, and the keyless go system works very well. Highway mileage is superb, and the powertrain is phenomenal.

      For the dealers that lurk on here I already have a dummy listing up on OVE with photos to come in a day or so.
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      09-03-2011 09:39 PM #2
      Pics? Ugly wheels but I'm sure it's really fun to drive.

      rynodyno312: Just curious, but what makes it a "controversial" engine?
      Fritz27: The LS7 made some anti-Semitic remarks back in 2008. Look it up.

    3. 09-03-2011 09:45 PM #3
      Thats a 2008 coupe, I got a 2009 droptop.

      Pics prob tomorrow if weather cooperates.
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      09-03-2011 09:49 PM #4
      Auto, Yawn...
      I do not understand why some coupes make the grade and others do not. Everyone knows, for instance, that the Corrado was as tasty as an East End prize fighter with the looks of a Benetti super-yacht. The four-cylinder was good, but the VR6 was about as close as you could get to Ferraridom without buying a Ferrari. And what happened? You all went to the pub instead. -Jeremy Clarkson-

    5. 09-03-2011 09:52 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by NoCYet View Post
      Auto, Yawn...
      With 436 HP i'll silently suffer
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      09-03-2011 10:02 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      With 436 HP i'll silently suffer
      Well said!
      I do not understand why some coupes make the grade and others do not. Everyone knows, for instance, that the Corrado was as tasty as an East End prize fighter with the looks of a Benetti super-yacht. The four-cylinder was good, but the VR6 was about as close as you could get to Ferraridom without buying a Ferrari. And what happened? You all went to the pub instead. -Jeremy Clarkson-

    7. 09-03-2011 10:09 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by NoCYet View Post
      Auto, Yawn...
      Actually, the use of paddle shifters for downshifting makes it VERY entertaining, especially with that exhaust...lots of pretty overruns!

      I hope you took out the fuse for the exhaust so its always loud!

    8. 09-03-2011 10:11 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      With 436 HP i'll silently suffer
      Screw the transmission snobs. Good on you.

    9. 09-03-2011 10:12 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Eg2Driver View Post
      Actually, the use of paddle shifters for downshifting makes it VERY entertaining, especially with that exhaust...lots of pretty overruns!

      I hope you took out the fuse for the exhaust so its always loud!
      Location and fuse number?
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    10. 09-03-2011 10:22 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by DJMRDARK View Post
      Screw the transmission snobs. Good on you.
      I was on the hunt for an 07 or newer convertible. Chevy commissioned 375 of these to be made in 2009. No real performance upgrades, just a set of specific wheels, all yellow w black stripe, some chicken wire mesh inserts, and a grouping of options in a 2LT trim level car. Everyone built is an automatic, and the VIN corresponds to the ZHZ package as well as build sequence number.

      These cars just started coming up to auction as Hertz unloads them as they are reaching out of warranty miles. I was not on the hunt for a ZHZ and find the looks a bit garish, but the deal was right.

      Heres info on the exhaust mod.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEi6_KxjeO4

      I may try it to tool around town for a day, but I really like the quiet highway ride. It's actually room, comfortable, cool, and exceptionally smooth riding on the highway with a minimum of mechanical or road noise.
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      09-03-2011 10:26 PM #11


      Drive it like a .... nevermind.

    12. 09-03-2011 10:41 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Shomegrown View Post


      Drive it like a .... nevermind.


      Congrats - looking forward to the pics and more stories.

      Are you keeping the other toys or the fleet is getting bigger?

    13. 09-03-2011 10:46 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      Location and fuse number?
      Don't have any, i can tell you this: pull the carpet (from the top) of your passenger side floor. You'll see fuses, and you'll also see a diagram with what each one does.

      I think its the bottom right-most section.



      Have fun!

    14. 09-03-2011 10:46 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Hufeisen View Post


      Congrats - looking forward to the pics and more stories.

      Are you keeping the other toys or the fleet is getting bigger?
      Getting rid of everything, fleet is too big now; it will be a Battle Royale between my E39 Wagon (Best all around car I have ever owned) and my '96 Cobra (about the cleanest 15 year old Mustang in existence) over which one I keep. Having driven a few E60's lately, and liking them, I think the Mustang will win.
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      ship." nm+

    15. 09-03-2011 11:18 PM #15
      Are you keeping the Vette as is, or are you going to mod it?

      Also, what is the collectibility on those?

    16. 09-03-2011 11:45 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by DJMRDARK View Post
      Are you keeping the Vette as is, or are you going to mod it?

      Also, what is the collectibility on those?
      I just yanked out that fuse for the rest of the weekend, but other than that (and the fuse IS going back in) it will be 100% stock.

      Collector value is hard to say really, it's only 2 years old. 20 years down the line it may have a strong draw to it. It seems like special edition Vettes have their followers and bring a mild premium in price.

      For some reason 35th Anniversary Vettes seem to bring people out of the wood work. 40th Anniversary Corvettes all seem to have been beaten to death. 50th Anniversary Corvettes seem not to move the meter one way or the other really (maybe too new still). I'd guess it's value somewhere along the lines of the Mustang GT-H; which also took a few years to show up used on the retail market. 375 is pretty limited as far as limited goes really. It's not a unicorn, but it's certainly a rare bird.
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    17. 09-04-2011 10:36 AM #17
      How'd you like the noise with the fuse removed? I love starting her up with the fuse out...it roars to life, especially when its really cold (high idle!)

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      09-04-2011 11:50 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Shomegrown View Post


      Drive it like a .... nevermind.


      I don't know if I would feel comfortable buying an ex-performance rental car with 40k on it. I had a bit of sneaky fun with a rental Mustang V6 (who doesn't, amirite?), I can't even imagine what more irresponsible people might have done with it...or a C6 Vette for that matter

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      09-04-2011 12:25 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      I just yanked out that fuse for the rest of the weekend, but other than that (and the fuse IS going back in) it will be 100% stock.

      Collector value is hard to say really, it's only 2 years old. 20 years down the line it may have a strong draw to it. It seems like special edition Vettes have their followers and bring a mild premium in price.

      For some reason 35th Anniversary Vettes seem to bring people out of the wood work. 40th Anniversary Corvettes all seem to have been beaten to death. 50th Anniversary Corvettes seem not to move the meter one way or the other really (maybe too new still). I'd guess it's value somewhere along the lines of the Mustang GT-H; which also took a few years to show up used on the retail market. 375 is pretty limited as far as limited goes really. It's not a unicorn, but it's certainly a rare bird.
      Buddy of mine inherited a 35th coupe. It sat garaged for a few years, and he's going through it mechanically right now. Cosmeticly, its in nice shape too. What's the value range on these, if you don't mind?

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      09-04-2011 01:28 PM #20
      Wait a second. You bought a Vette that lived the first 40K miles of its life as a rental?

      That makes as much sense as buying a C55 just out of warranty.
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    21. 09-04-2011 01:38 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      I just yanked out that fuse for the rest of the weekend, but other than that (and the fuse IS going back in) it will be 100% stock.
      If it were a car I were to keep then I'd replace the fuse with a switch. Loud exhaust on command rather than triggered by RPM.

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      09-04-2011 01:57 PM #22
      I rented one in Vegas last year. Super ****ty quality on the inside, felt like I was driving a Cavalier with a big engine. Felt quick, but not fast. The car did get a lot of looks though. Drove it to Flagstaff and then to the Grand Canyon and back. Hertz upgraded me at the airport for $100 for the weekend, on top of my $23/day full size priceline win.



    23. 09-04-2011 03:43 PM #23
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    24. 09-04-2011 04:24 PM #24
      Looks good, JRod! I don't get why everyone is knocking the Vette for its interior...you drive a Vette for its performance, not how the dash looks. I love the C6!

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      09-04-2011 04:28 PM #25
      One of my least favorite C6s when it comes to looks, but it's still a C6. Enjoy it.
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    26. 10-16-2011 09:08 PM #26
      i rented a few ZHZ vettes last year, for a total of 5 weeks. the things i've done to those cars... i sincerely hope yours was never in my hands.

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      10-16-2011 09:11 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Eg2Driver View Post
      Looks good, JRod! I don't get why everyone is knocking the Vette for its interior...you drive a Vette for its performance, not how the dash looks. I love the C6!
      But is it really too much to ask for a cockpit that small to be made with nice materials? The car new was, what, $60K+?

      Somehow Audi, BMW and, heck, even Honda manage to put decent interiors in vehicles that cost less than half of what this does.

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      10-16-2011 09:19 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post
      But is it really too much to ask for a cockpit that small to be made with nice materials? The car new was, what, $60K+?

      Somehow Audi, BMW and, heck, even Honda manage to put decent interiors in vehicles that cost less than half of what this does.
      Yes but those cars can't do half of what the Corvette does.

      /fanboyish blanket statement.

      Seriously though, there's very little (if anything) in the price range that's comparable performance-wise with a better interior.
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      10-16-2011 09:20 PM #29
      The materials in the Vette's interior are fine for all but the most sensitive of metrosexuals. Like I always say, there are a few legitimate complaints to be had with the C6 (steering feel, Chevy dealerships, turning radius, reliability-at least in the case of my example although they generally tend to be pretty reliable) but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the interior (actually there are a few small things wrong like no power seat recline but that's minor)

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      10-16-2011 09:26 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post
      But is it really too much to ask for a cockpit that small to be made with nice materials? The car new was, what, $60K+?

      Somehow Audi, BMW and, heck, even Honda manage to put decent interiors in vehicles that cost less than half of what this does.
      The reverse could be said about those cars, why do they not have 400+hp at that price?

      I am not a Corvette fanboy by any means, but to get that kind of power for that price, something is going to be neglected. and i could live with that

      I would be wary about buying a used rental, but, as long as you keep up with the maintenance then it should be ok. It isn't a Kia, this car is slightly higher profile so hopefully the rental company kept a closer eye on it.
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      10-16-2011 09:52 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by jettafan[atic] View Post
      Yes but those cars can't do half of what the Corvette does.

      /fanboyish blanket statement.

      Seriously though, there's very little (if anything) in the price range that's comparable performance-wise with a better interior.
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      (I realize Subarus don't have incredible interior, but still nicer than Corvette interiors-- in my experience at least.)

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