Buying a used car sucks. There’s normally no guarantee of its future capabilities, and it requires a lot of owner profiling. Thankfully, the internet has come to the rescue to help perspective owners ease the process a bit.
Road & Track has put together its nearly definitive list of what to look for when purchasing a C5 Corvette Z06. Because cheap speed doesn’t get much better than the 5.7-liter LS6 V8 engine. Or easier, for that matter.
The C5 Corvette is a perfect vehicle to start graduating into more advanced track days or autocross events, and it’s cheap maintenance records help a lot, too.
So, when going to look for your new-ish C5 Z06, R&T says to keep a few things in mind. Foremost, The 2001 C5 Z06 is a great starting point, since they made the least power, making them less desirable. But, if aftermarket modifications are in the car’s future, this really isn’t much of a problem.
What to avoid is more cut and dry. Look for body damages, replaced panels and mediocre paint jobs. It provides a lot of insight. Check for major scraping underneath, too, since the Z06 sits pretty dang low to the ground. A final, fun tip is to go through the onboard diagnostics systems.
Turn the key, but don’t start the car. Then, press the reset button followed by holding the option button. Simultaneously, press the fuel button four times. Then, you can scroll through any codes in the vehicle. An “A C” after the listed code means it was thrown at some point.
With R&T‘s tips in mind, you could be smoking Hellcats for dinner in a matter of no time.