2008 Corvette totally maxes out the fun:cost ratio.
Buy the car. Skip all this thread's BS about clothing choices and spend every last dollar on tires and gas.
I had a 2008 c6 z51 manual. Great car with a couple things to consider
1. Interior plastics had this strange white tingle over time, like they were leaching something. Used enzit interior detailer and it would clean up, come back in a few months, clean up. Seems to be a known issue on the corvette forum
2. Rear end comes around abruptly. Ask me how I know
3. If you get a sick speed you have to perform some clutch fluid maintenance. Look it up, somehow clutch dust/shaving contaminates the fluid over time. Twice a year I would suck out the clutch fluid, add some, pump the clutch, suck it out. Repeat until the fluid is clear
4. I added an intake, full longtube headers, exhaust, and a tune and the car made 440 to the wheels. More than enough fun. These parts can be had cheap used on the corvette forum....
To sum it up these cars are great, fast, affordable and great used car buys....
They are very capable track cars, but consumables get very expensive fast, because you end up eating tires, brake pads and rotors (with the stock stuff), and fuel.
Oh- a couple other items-
Valve springs should be upgraded for track use- the stock springs don't like to live at 6000 rpm for a long period of time.
Power steering pump needs to be under-driven and replaced with a Turn One or similar pump that can handle high RPM, probably needs more cooling than stock (Z51 cars have an oil cooler, trans cooler and power steering cooler stock).
'08 and newer have an upgraded shifter and steering rack, makes them drive a little better than the '05-07 cars.
You need to be pretty fast before any of these "issues" become real - most guys are not anywhere near that skill level.
Throw a big front sway bar on it (OEM C6 ZR1), a proper alignment, and some good tires and brake pads plus the obvious fresh fluids (M1 0w40 is fine) and up to date maintenance... That's all you need for most drivers.
If I still had a garage, an LS3 C6 would be on my short list for sure. There is no better car for the money.
The issues discussed aren't going to present themselves at all on the street, regardless of how good of a driver you are. On the track? Sure, if you're capable of pushing the car that hard. I know there are drivers in TCL that are certainly capable of this, but I'd say 90% of us aren't going to be running into this stuff. Also worth noting, consumables are expensive, but how often are you realistically going to take it to the track? Two, three, maybe four times in a year? The cost at that level wouldn't be anything to scare you off.
Consumables also don't have to be expensive on a C5/C6 at track days. You can run OEM C5Z 17x9.5 wheels all around and keep tire costs quite reasonable. There is no need for 18+" tires or crazy expensive brake parts. The cars are pretty forgiving and easy on parts once they're set up and driven at 9/10.
Racing them is, of course, another story.
Damn OP, if you're serious you need to jump on that thing, lots of 'nice' car for the money. Plus the '08 cars have the better steering wheel compared to the early C6's. I see nothing wrong with this thing, and a new set of wheels/tires will do wonders so you won't have to go buy some NB shoes.
'14 F-150 FX4 (bread and butter)
'11 GTI (wifeys)
'13 MIATA (dumb modified weekend thrasher)
I already had a look on Tuesday. Decent shape, not a garage queen. Drives well, stops well. After a little back and forth, we're at $16k. I'm suppose to see him either tomorrow after work or on Saturday to pick it up. Already checking pricing of Kooks long tubes and a procharger...
Looks like the dash could use some more high-shine Armor All.
Seriously though, it's a good buy
My '05 would see oil temps around 240F and coolant temps around 230F just running briskly through the countryside on a hot summer day. It would do the same sitting in heavy traffic in hot weather. After the Dewitts, it would be right around boiling for the coolant- 210-215F and oil temps around 200-210F, never get any hotter. Stock thermostat. Doesn't sound like much, but that was not running the car hard.