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Hello! I'm new to this forum and looking forward to be a future vette owner. I do have a dilemma which i'm hoping to get some insight/advice from your precious experience regarding these remarkable vehicles. Since the C7 came out, the 2013 GS has some unbelievable bargains, I had two potential opportunities to get 1 below 44k brand new. From your previous experience (specially GS owners), is there value in going this route first for a first time future vette owner or should you rather skip this and order a C7? This would just be a weekend car with occasional track use and so the interior appointments in the C7 is not a priority. I do understand that in terms of performance the C7 is ahead but I believe ordering the C7 now would be at MSRP so in terms a better financial decision, is there value in ordering 2013 GS as a weekend car with occasional track use now for below 44k and trading it in 3 to 4 years down the road when the C7 prices stabilize? Any insight would be really helpful and thank you in advance!
 

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There is nothing wrong with the GS it's a great car and as you saw there are some great deals out there. Also you might want to look for a used GS that has been well cared for. As for pricing the C7 will drop from MSRP after the first year.
 

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You are absolutely correct that there are screaming bargains on 2013 Corvettes. At the same time, and I must admit that I am biased, there are literally hundreds of engineering improvements in the C7. I'm sure you have seen the approximate 20 great reviews by car magazines regarding the StingRay; more than a few of these magazines had some pretty severe criticisms of the C6 including it seats, which I mention because you're talking about tracking your Corvette, and those same magazines are now universal in talking about the C7's seat and its many, many other improvements. Yes, you can get aftermarket Sparco's or other seats and put them in a C6 and still be thousands and thousands of dollars ahead. Most importantly you're going to have to make your own decision based on, of course, financial considerations. The bargains on the C6 are going to become even better as the C7 start to appear on dealer showrooms in the next month or two, so I believe you have plenty of time to learn more about the C7 and decide for yourself which of the two options is better for you.
 

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I "was" in the same position at one point however my mind was changed once seeing the C7. For me, it was worth the $15K extra to order one to my spec that looks better, sounds better, rides better and more importantly is faster on track day.

With that being said, I don't think you can go wrong either way.

Good Luck!
 

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I love the GS and it's hard to pass up the deals that are going around for those right now, but I hate the interior and how it doesn't last and that's why I never bought a C6. The C7 should be finally to the quality that vettes should have been at a decade ago. IMO vettes have always been a Performance based car and chevy never addressed the lacking interior until now.

My long winded point is that even with what I started above the GS is a beautiful car and a good value at 44k new. However, I still would rather the C7 because its a "drivers" car and not just a value performance car. If you do choose to buy a GS, buy new. The new car discounts make the car a better value them used GS.
 

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Thank you everyone! Your insights are really helpful and I agree with all your posts which makes it a harder decision =) ! I may just take more time to think about this further and advanced congratulations to all of you C7 owners!
 

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One last point, drive the GS then drive the C7 because in the end that is what really matters.
 

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My friend just bought a "new" 2013 427 convertible and got a fantastic deal. You might find his logic helpful in making up your mind. He told me that he had owned "first of" Corvettes before and had not been real happy with that experience. He figured that with all the new technology used in the C-7 that there was bound to be issues that would already be worked out in a couple of years. In the meantime he would enjoy this 427 rag top that he figured he got a great deal on, and move on into the new C-7 convertible in a couple of years.
 

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I haven't seen the invoice numbers but I'm guessing that the markup on the C7 is about 9%. If you're C7 config is around $65K, the markup may be about $6K. I doubt C7 price "stabilization" in a couple of years will result in more than $3-4K in discounted MSRP. Potential rebates at that time will be additional. I faced the same decision and test drove the exact C6 that I was looking for. Unlike you, however, I'm not a pure performance guy. The interior is important to me...along with the incredible new body style. Since I'm probably a lot older than you, I decided to go with the C7 while I still can! Now that I think about it, my two cents probably has little relevance for you! LOL.
 

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I know without a doubt the C7 will have issues due to being a first year model but I'm ok with it, Chevy will take can of it.

I have a first year model '05 mustang and '12 wrangler and both have had service bulletins and recalls but they were corrected. I would rather have a C7 then Z06 with the known uncorrected, non warranty valve train issues.
 

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I know the GM engineers at Carlisle emphasize quality on these cars more so than ever before they said they have taken it major league so I guess we'll see.
 

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I too had the opportunity to purchase a GS at a substantial savings below the 76K sticker price. The dealer offered it for the same price as the C7 with all the available options I wanted (all available performance goodies). I test drove it and wasn't impressed by the performance. The steering was inferior to the BMW M3 I was considering for one thing and it was a convertible and automatic (paddle shifter), two things I didn't want. I decided to wait for the C7 and hope I purchased the correct automobile. Can anyone shed any opinions on my choice?
 
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