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If you read all the forums enough you can get the impression that if you don't have mag ride, z51 and the 7 speed tranny, you have less than a corvette and in some really off beat posts, you are less of a man. That's just plain wrong.

Nothing could be further from the truth. On the MRC, here is what a friend of mine wrote on one of the other boards, he has driven all of them (as have I and I concur)


My Z51 has no MSRC.... had it since late Oct. No regrets... as stated, it's blown out of proportion. Heck, even Harlan Charles and John Fitzgerald personally told me that I wouldn't miss MSRC. They're both absolutely correct. I drove all 3 types of Stingrays too (FE1, FE3, and FE4). FE3 is a good middle ground... sporty & firm handling yet your Stingray is still liveable as a DD. Obviously having MSRC is the ultimate option for suspension control but it doesn't mean that without it, the Z51 would be much less compliant on urban & rural driving. If you can get it, then get it... if not then not a big issue nor a deal breaker... nor a big mistake. The Stingray even in base trim is an excellent handling and well-balanced sports car that you can easily drive everyday in comfort and in confidence.

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Options are personal choice, no matter how you slice it. Is NPP a must? Is 3LT trim a must? Is MRC a must? You can get a bone stock corvette and it will still be a good ride. My point is if you're going to shell out $60-70K for a vehicle that you may keep for the rest of your life AND if you can afford it, get it. Thats what it all comes down to. Your budget, taste and how you're going to use your vette.
 
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It's personal choice and I agree, the name calling and threats to your manhood are utter BS.

Personally, my ideal C7 is a 2LT, 7 Speed, NPP, FE4, NAV. None of the other options do a thing for me but these 4 (2LT, NPP, FE4, NAV) are what will make ME happy and ultimately, that's all that matters.
 

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I agree that for some specialized circumstances, MSRC is not a must. However, it depends on the type of driving you are doing, as well as the types of roads you are driving on, and that MSRC can almost become a must as follows in certain circumstances:

Having driven a Z-51 with MSRC on smooth, almost-all-straight roads , there was no need for MSRC. However, if you "track", "canyon carve," and/or drive on bumpy/irregular roads, you will be much happier with MSRC -- both in terms of your comfort level and your speed around the curves. The key is determining what type of driving you will be doing and what types of roads you will be driving on. If you are using your StingRay as a daily driver on nice roads, you do not need MSRC. If you live where the vast majority of us do -- marginal to poor roads, and you like to drive fast around curves on that irregular, bumpy pavement, you will be much happier with MSRC.

I personally have attended four days of GM StingRay sessions with not just Harlan and John, but also Tadge, Jim Mero and Mike Bailey and the answers they give you are honest, but, as always, depends how you phrase the question. If you ask them, "must I have MSRC for my daily driver," you will get the same answer from all five of them, "no, you do not." Conversely, if you ask all five, separately one-to-one in a hallway, or in front of a large GM seminar, "for irregular, bumpy roads, when I am either exercising my car around curves, or on a track, will MSRC make the car handle better and faster," you will get one consistent answer, "YES!" Getting MSRC for that type of driving in the immediate, preceding question is not, "a crock of unmitigated crap," but a very useful option.

This 2005 GM's promotional MSRC video will help. And while watching how it improves ride over irregular surfaces, note that this promo video was about the 1st generation MSRC -- which was hugely improved for the second gen C6's, and again significantly improved for the 3rd gen C7's MSRC system.


As always, you get to choose what is important for you.
 

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The only reason I considered the Z51 package for my wife's new convertible was to get the MRC. Otherwise, she has no need for super sticky tires, extra coolers, etc. if MRC had been available on the standard vette, we would have it, for all the reasons elegant mentioned. When the Z51 went on constraint, it was an easy decision to drop it. The standard Stingray is still a better sports car than 99.9% of the vehicles on the road.

The MRC system is a great addition to the vette, and I hope it goes back to being a standalone option. It's the only thing that makes my 427 convertible useable as a daily driver, at least in the warmer seasons.
 

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I've enjoyed the MRC for a number of years on a much heavier ride and I can tell you that car handles like it's on rails for a car of it's weight and the Nurb time compared to it's peers proves that. I agree though that if you don't push the car to the limits through the curves or even do it rarely, it's not a necessity and anyone weighing their options should take that into consideration if they can save a couple G's. Everything comes at a price and really for some with as rare as these cars still are, it can also be a choice of whether it's worth waiting to find or not. My C7 will be gone for the Z06 so it wasn't a must for me but it was preferred. I did want silver and a couple of options on it but wasn't going to be picky. Luckily for me, I was able to get a silver Z51 a couple G's under MSRP and had the glass top and 2LT.
 

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We have been driving cars fine for how many years without it? nuff said
 

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I ordered and got what I wanted. I'd imagine must people went after what they wanted as well whether it's with MSRC or without.
 

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To me Z51 and 7 speed manual were requirements, the MSRC is a very good option with Z51. As mentioned above I like the adjustability of it, it just depends on personal preference.
 

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I did get the MSRC and I love it. I bought it due to handling the bad roads and for the small cost of the opinion I feel it well worth it.

Do I need it, no! Am I glad I bought it, yes!
 
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