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I have never owned a Corvette and have been quite excited to get the car I have always dreamed of having... but now I'm afraid I am going to have to bail when my car finally arrives.

At the outset, it was a risk committing a ton of dough to a vehicle I had yet to drive. All the cars I have been near so far are NOT available to drive... they are either already sold, or the dealer is too frightened to let them move off the lot in the hands of anyone but the owner.

So I have been content just to sit in a showroom car, and already have BIG concerns... because as I told the salesman, regardless of the splendor of having a Stingray, I intend to drive this thing into the ground and do not want it to ever be a burden.

First is entry / exit. The difficult angle is to be expected, but the trim inside the car at the door sill is poor. It is a soft plastic not designed for heavy wear. While getting in and out it is impossible not to clip this trim occasionally with your foot. The showroom car I was just in was already scratched up to hell, all the way up to under the dash. I guess this is where aftermarket steps in.

Then there's visibility. Not a heck of a lot in any direction. The outside mirrors are sexy and sleek, but way too small. And where I drive, avoiding stupid drivers around me is my foremost challenge to stay alive.

But the main thing is the seat. I know it was redesigned with great fanfare, yet EVERY time I have sat in a car for a period of time, I have gotten a slight backache. The lumbar bulge seems positioned too high, instead at the base of my back. Even with the lumbar adjustment-- which does not move it up/down as on other luxury vehicles-- I cannot get the seat to feel comfortable.

I was willing to put up with a lot to have a Corvette-- the terror of parking it in public, small cargo room, fitting it into my garage, the high cost of maintenance and insurance, etc. But the seat hurting? That is an absolute dealbreaker.
 

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But the main thing is the seat. I know it was redesigned with great fanfare, yet EVERY time I have sat in a car for a period of time, I have gotten a slight backache. The lumbar bulge seems positioned too high, instead at the base of my back. Even with the lumbar adjustment-- which does not move it up/down as on other luxury vehicles-- I cannot get the seat to feel comfortable.

But the seat hurting? That is an absolute dealbreaker.
I have felt the same way and the seat was hurting me in the same area. I tried for a month to get the seat adjustments in the right place with NO success! I would keep thinking they say these are better then the old seats, then they must have been REAL horrible. I love this car so much that I felt I could fix it somehow. You would not believe what fixed it. I bought a $4 towel and rolled it up so that it would fit and fill in the space at the bottom of the seat. The seat is now comfortable and does not hurt my back at all, even when sitting in it for a period of time. I got a black towel and it does not look out of place. I did have to cut part of the towel so it would fit to my back proper.
 
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I don't think those issues are deal breakers because you have not had enough time with the car to see if they are permanent issues. Also, there may be simple ways to fix those issues (i.e., see tj07rk's comment).

No doubt this is a huge investment but this car is badass. There is no other way to explain it. The mirrors can be addressed by adding some after-market mirror accessories to help see blind spots.

I would do more research about resolving the issues you have first before making a final decision.
 

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Driving the car into the ground?
I live where it's 30 and snow on the ground.
The dude across the street leaves his C6 outside on the driveway all the time...
Ouch!!!


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I wouldn't buy it if I found that many flaws in the design of the car. The seats seem fine to me so I think its probably a personal choice. I have not noticed any visibility issues other than the occassional vehicle getting into a blind spot, nothing any different from any other vehicle.
 

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I am looking at picking up a C7. Can you share your height and weight so I can get a perspective on how I might fit into the seat.
 

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Here is a good place to start:

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum/stingray-corvette-discussions/649-can-big-guy-fit.html

Folks at tall as 6'7" have said they fit, and folks as large as 300 pounds have said it was a "right fit," but they fit. Others as "small" as 6'2", 230 pounds have said it was not comfortable. It depends on inseam length, torso length, body proportions, and more. StingRays are starting to appear at many dealers, so I think you might find and try one on. Also, if you are willing to post where you live, probably another forum member lives not too far from you, and would welcome your coming over and trying their StingRay for size.
 

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I am 6'4" and weigh 240. I sit tall in cars as I only have a 32 inch inseam and sometimes have trouble with headroom.

I fir perfectly in my C7. No problem at all
 

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I have never owned a Corvette and have been quite excited to get the car I have always dreamed of having... but now I'm afraid I am going to have to bail when my car finally arrives.

At the outset, it was a risk committing a ton of dough to a vehicle I had yet to drive. All the cars I have been near so far are NOT available to drive... they are either already sold, or the dealer is too frightened to let them move off the lot in the hands of anyone but the owner.

So I have been content just to sit in a showroom car, and already have BIG concerns... because as I told the salesman, regardless of the splendor of having a Stingray, I intend to drive this thing into the ground and do not want it to ever be a burden.

First is entry / exit. The difficult angle is to be expected, but the trim inside the car at the door sill is poor. It is a soft plastic not designed for heavy wear. While getting in and out it is impossible not to clip this trim occasionally with your foot. The showroom car I was just in was already scratched up to hell, all the way up to under the dash. I guess this is where aftermarket steps in.

Then there's visibility. Not a heck of a lot in any direction. The outside mirrors are sexy and sleek, but way too small. And where I drive, avoiding stupid drivers around me is my foremost challenge to stay alive.

But the main thing is the seat. I know it was redesigned with great fanfare, yet EVERY time I have sat in a car for a period of time, I have gotten a slight backache. The lumbar bulge seems positioned too high, instead at the base of my back. Even with the lumbar adjustment-- which does not move it up/down as on other luxury vehicles-- I cannot get the seat to feel comfortable.

I was willing to put up with a lot to have a Corvette-- the terror of parking it in public, small cargo room, fitting it into my garage, the high cost of maintenance and insurance, etc. But the seat hurting? That is an absolute dealbreaker.
not to sound snarky like people on some other dorums complain about, but this does sound like a very fishy post.
ok, you may not fit in the seat, that's valid.
the other complaints are true of most sports cars. visiblilty=mirror adjustment. maintenance and insurance--i fail to see the corvette being high in either compared to other sports cars. fitting into the garage--getting into the disbelief zone for me. same with cargo area. the c7 has more room in the back than any porsche or other sports car.
i need more valid reasons to ''feel your pain'' otherwise it sounds like bs to me.
 

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I wouldn't buy it. If you feel that way now and you buy it, you will subconsciously look for confirmation that your first inclination was correct. Buy it and it will be one of the great disasters of the 21st century (and we will never hear the end of it).


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