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Anyone paying $6k to build their own engine? This seems like a fantastic one-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

I heard that they're moving it from Wixom MI to BG. Anyone heard any details?
 

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Anyone paying $6k to build their own engine? This seems like a fantastic one-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

I heard that they're moving it from Wixom MI to BG. Anyone heard any details?
When taking the tour of the BG assembly plant in April we were shown the engine build area that will used with that option. Should be an exciting option. We were told that the engine will also be warranted just like any other.

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My landscaper offered a slight charge of $500 for me to help his workers do my landscaping.........Just kidding, I'm sure it would be an exciting experience.
 

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This sounds ugh...... LAME. $6000 to build your own engine, should be included in the price of the car that you pay $75000. If anything they should give you a discount on the car for helping GM out. WTF?


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I would imagine they want to offer that once in a lifetime option but want to keep the numbers WAYYYYYY down. $7000 will keep the numbers WAYYYYY down.


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I would imagine they want to offer that once in a lifetime option but want to keep the numbers WAYYYYYY down. $7000 will keep the numbers WAYYYYY down.


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Yes wayyyyy down...... I think if I had the cash to spend on that I would rather donate more then what I normally do to my favorite charity.


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More Details: BGAP Engine Build Experience

A little more news about the Bowling Green Assembly Plant "Engine Build" experience.


gmauthority said:
The seventh-generation Corvette continues to generate good economic news for Bowling Green, KY!

General Motors said this week it’s started hiring workers at its Corvette assembly plant there. For the first time since the plant opened in 1981, Bowling Green will be tasked with the assembly of engines, but not just any engines. These are the high-performance motors that will power the company’s latest rocket ships, the 2015 Corvette Z06 and the 2014 Camaro Z/28.

It’s all part of a plan by GM to move its Performance Build Center, where the special engines had been assembled in Wixom, Mich., to the Corvette plant in Kentucky.

They’ve already hired 13 new workers, and three others have transferred from Michigan. In all, there could be as many as 17 more new employees, most being hired in the Bowling Green area, needed to run the new engine facility.

“These are new hires, whereas we transferred in almost 400 employees last year for the new (Corvette) C7, who were current GM hourly employees,” plant spokeswoman Andrea Hales said.

They’ll be making some of GM’s most powerful engines ever, including the 6.2-liter LT4 engine that will provide 650 horsepower and 650 ft-lb of torque for the 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible models that will go on sale late this year or in early 2015.

Bowling Green workers have already started producing the 7.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 505 horsepower and 481 ft-lb of torque for the Z/28. In fact, the first engine shipments left Bowling Green in April, and the Z/28 went on sale the next month at a price of $75,000.

The Bowling Green plant has room for the Performance Build Center in the old body shop, which was vacated when a new body shop was built to make the aluminum frame for the C7.

Customers also can look forward to the day when they can pay extra to actually build their own engine with the help of GM workers.

“We haven’t yet decided when that program will start,” said Monte Doran, GM’s Corvette and Camaro product specialist. “The intention is there; we just haven’t announced the details yet.”

The standard LT1 V8 that is used in the Corvette Stingray will continue to be built at GM’s engine facility in Tonawanda, N.Y. Tonawanda will also build some of the Z06 engines
 

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More Details: BGAP Engine Build Experience

So John, do you want a Bowling Green or Tonawanda engine :)

I wonder if Tonawanda is overflow in case they up production numbers?

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I want to win the lottery so I can do the $5,000 Engine Build Experience. Darn good question, for with all the machine testing assembly procedures along the line, believe you would get a really well built one either place.

However, having worked in many different jobs including on an automotive assembly line (brand "X"), would prefer a BG motor just to avoid all handling/shipping procedures. Seen too much jolting/damage especially with fork lifts, shipping etc.

Interesting the above article again does not address the "often repeated, but never-confirmed rumor" that all Z07 motors will be built at BGAP. If that is ever confirmed, the answer to your question is "BG please," not that I am getting a Z07, but that would say that GM has a little more faith in BG assembled LT4's.

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Honestly, I don't think it will matter and I bet all of the early builds will come out of BG.


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At some risk and I don't want to start rumors. I can only tell you what my wife and I were told by the docent that was with us at the assembly plant when we took delivery of Star. When he was showing us the area where the engines will be assembled he stated the option will be $1500. All I can say is that is what we were told while we stopped to observe engines being built. That's right, they were being built. The docent took time to share with us the process and the option.
I'm no insider, just passing along what we were told. ;)

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For $1500 I'd consider the build experience. For $5000 I'd buy a lift for my garage!

My gut says there is no reason what-so-ever to build "Z07 motors" any different, including location, than the "non-Z07 motor".
 

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The docent said the $1500 option was to cover the new owner having a private technician all day to assist and instruct in the build. Other techs are building multiple engines a day. It seem to make sense. Let's face it, the new owner is already paying for the engine. This is about taking a technician's time for a day.

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Does the option include a museum delivery and the Ron Fellow driving school too? At least that's what I read on the previous gen offer. If so, that's worth about $2,500 right? So it's more like a $3,200 option if my ball park numbers are correct.
 

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If this will be happening in A couple of years I could see myself doing it.I mean I think it would be great to say you helped build your engine.
 

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And I want to pay $7000 to a new hire to let me build my own engine? If anything they should give me the $7000 in added options for training the new hire. Just my humble opinion.
 

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People, let's stop throwing around numbers, no one knows what the program will cost so please don't think ANY number posted in this thread is accurate.


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