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I've been an avid VR4 owner since '96. First a '93 and now a '97 since '99. The extensive mod list has produced a seriously fast, but quiet, excellent handling car.

So the dilemma is I have just put a deposit/order in for the new Corvette. As much as I love the VR4 I really can't justify to my wife the Corvette and the VR4 (I don't think). I have no problems getting rid of the E60, but the VR4 is a special case in many ways.

Over the years I have painstakingly upgraded, modded, added so much that the VR4 performs very closely to a high-end modern-day GT/Sports car.

So, is there a market today for a carefully modded VR4? Would it be appreciated? Or should I find a way to justify keeping it?

Opinions/ideas are most appreciated.
 

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I've been an avid VR4 owner since '96. First a '93 and now a '97 since '99. The extensive mod list has produced a seriously fast, but quiet, excellent handling car.

So the dilemma is I have just put a deposit/order in for the new Corvette. As much as I love the VR4 I really can't justify to my wife the Corvette and the VR4 (I don't think). I have no problems getting rid of the E60, but the VR4 is a special case in many ways.

Over the years I have painstakingly upgraded, modded, added so much that the VR4 performs very closely to a high-end modern-day GT/Sports car.

So, is there a market today for a carefully modded VR4? Would it be appreciated? Or should I find a way to justify keeping it?

Opinions/ideas are most appreciated.
Carefully modded may mean different things to different people. What are you realistically looking to get out of it? Generally a 97 with under 80k should be able to pull 12k+ in today's market, albeit it will take some time to sell...so long as the mods are minimal. 12k is on the low end.

Anything more than 70k miles and more mods and passing that 12k barrier becomes a lot more tougher.
 

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Dennis, Dennis, Dennis....where have I gone wrong?

Kidding!

If you're ready to part with it, let it go....I think a new Corvette would make anyone happy and make them think twice about not selling an aging model sports (touring) car.

Be proud of what you've done, share it with someone will appreciate it as much as you did.

That said, I have no thoughts on selling either of mine, even though the Stealth needs some work (A/C is out atm, not sure why..). I haven't driven either for 3 months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, and will really appreciate when I can again!

Good Luck and don't stress, they are just CARS after all...

Bob. :)
 

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I would find a way to just keep it. I have had my VR4 from new in '94. Its been 2nd fiddle to a series of newer and faster cars on my driveway (EVO IX, AMG etc) but after 25 years I always find myself coming back to the VR4.
 

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My car appraised for 25k and has 115k on the clock. That's what it's now insured for. The only way the value will EVER go up is if people quit fire selling they're cars...lol

All because it appraised high doesn't mean I'll get that for it if I sell it.
 

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You can always list it for what you want. If it sells, it sells. If it doesn't, you get to keep it and you've covered your bases with the wife. I view that as a win-win.
 

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You can always list it for what you want. If it sells, it sells. If it doesn't, you get to keep it and you've covered your bases with the wife. I view that as a win-win.
Winner winner chicken dinner

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I've been an avid VR4 owner since '96. First a '93 and now a '97 since '99. The extensive mod list has produced a seriously fast, but quiet, excellent handling car.

So the dilemma is I have just put a deposit/order in for the new Corvette. As much as I love the VR4 I really can't justify to my wife the Corvette and the VR4 (I don't think). I have no problems getting rid of the E60, but the VR4 is a special case in many ways.

Over the years I have painstakingly upgraded, modded, added so much that the VR4 performs very closely to a high-end modern-day GT/Sports car.

So, is there a market today for a carefully modded VR4? Would it be appreciated? Or should I find a way to justify keeping it?
Opinions/ideas are most appreciated.
Carefully modded may mean different things to different people. What are you realistically looking to get out of it? Generally a 97 with under 80k should be able to pull 12k+ in today's market, albeit it will take some time to sell...so long as the mods are minimal. 12k is on the low end.
Anything more than 70k miles and more mods and passing that 12k barrier becomes a lot more tougher.
I quess regardless of what descriptor was used it would mean different things to different people. But the list of changes is extensive and meant to keep my car the equal to 90% of factory cars today (acceleration, handling, interior, NVH). The real intent of my post was to hear from all of you about the reality of owning both the C8 and the VR4, not really to evaluate my mods. I REALLY LIKE HOW THE VR4 HAS TURNED OUT. Within the past ~10yrs I've been fortunate to drive driven a 360, M3s-M5s, S2000s, tracked 911TT, 430, last gen Ford GT, C6Z06, Gallardo, Exige. So, I do have a wide baseline from which to compare my VR4. It compares VERY favorably. Its not a race car, just a very competent road car, a real 7-8/10's car. That's why I'm like a kid in a candy store every time I get in it. And the dilemma starts right there. What is your sage advice for keeping versus finding a caring home?
 

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I don't think I'd buy the first model of a new gen, especially a radical update like conversion to mid-engine. That being said, I do like the look and price of the c8 <img src="http://www.3si.org/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
Absolutely. Seeing as the first run is already taken and second is well on its way to be gone, mine is for the 2021. Despite warranties sometimes new models have demons that are only exorcised in the next model year. That happened when we were one of the first buyers of the Sable wagon in its very first model year. Loved that car. It really wasn't a lemon as much as it was a whole lemon tree! Loved that car, though!
 

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My car appraised for 25k and has 115k on the clock. That's what it's now insured for. The only way the value will EVER go up is if people quit fire selling they're cars...lol

All because it appraised high doesn't mean I'll get that for it if I sell it.
What a great point ..... 'fire selling their cars.' These VR4s can still perform and be trouble free. Maybe I'm just the lucky one, but I haven't had any unusual maintenance issues even with the engine mods which will be 10yrs this October. Only other big ticket items were wheel bearings, steering rack, and radio antenna. not bad for 22yo and 150Kmi.

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Dennis, Dennis, Dennis....where have I gone wrong?

Kidding!

If you're ready to part with it, let it go....I think a new Corvette would make anyone happy and make them think twice about not selling an aging model sports (touring) car.

Be proud of what you've done, share it with someone will appreciate it as much as you did.

That said, I have no thoughts on selling either of mine, even though the Stealth needs some work (A/C is out atm, not sure why..). I haven't driven either for 3 months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, and will really appreciate when I can again!

Good Luck and don't stress, they are just CARS after all...

Bob. <img src="http://www.3si.org/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
Bob, Bob, Bob ? Practical advice as usual! Like so many of us old timers (of course not in age), we poured our heart and soul into these cars. They may all be differently modded, but, in a sense, are our individual creations. The ties that bind, right? But, alas, you're correct these are cars after all .... even if they seem like old friends (friends that are always borrowing money from you)!
 

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I am pretty much in the same boat. I have a 93 Stealth RT/TT that I have owned since 1999. I have it modded but nothing crazy. The car has 103,000 miles on the chassis but I have replaced just about everything except the driveshaft and rear end.
The car runs and drives great.
I wanted to try a Corvette so 2 years ago I bought a 2005 with 18,500 miles. Only mod is intake and exhaust. I told the wife I would sell the Stealth but I just can't do it yet and that is partly due to the market for these cars. I think they can be somewhat hard to find a good home for plus I would like to see the market go up on these.
I guess my take is if you can afford to insure and store both, the VR-4 is worth keeping until a good offer comes along. If I were to get a decent offer on my Stealth, I would seriously consider selling but for now I will keep on enjoying both of these cars.

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I am pretty much in the same boat. I have a 93 Stealth RT/TT that I have owned since 1999. I have it modded but nothing crazy. The car has 103,000 miles on the chassis but I have replaced just about everything except the driveshaft and rear end.
The car runs and drives great.
I wanted to try a Corvette so 2 years ago I bought a 2005 with 18,500 miles. Only mod is intake and exhaust. I told the wife I would sell the Stealth but I just can't do it yet and that is partly due to the market for these cars. I think they can be somewhat hard to find a good home for plus I would like to see the market go up on these.
I guess my take is if you can afford to insure and store both, the VR-4 is worth keeping until a good offer comes along. If I were to get a decent offer on my Stealth, I would seriously consider selling but for now I will keep on enjoying both of these cars.

Bob-
Man. we ARE in the same boat. I've got some time to think. The Vette will be a 2021.
 

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Man. we ARE in the same boat. I've got some time to think. The Vette will be a 2021.
IMHO, the 2 cars are different enough to enjoy having both. The new vette will
not have a manual, and while the new DCT trans will make for quick shifts,
you may miss rowing your own gears. Also the American Muscle torque is
immediate and gratifying; but the feeling you get from the turbos spooling
up is damn sweet as well. Not to mention the AWD vs RWD driving experience
can be quite different. Keep them both, you will be happier.
I made the mistake of selling a '93 Stealth TT I had modified to suit me back
in 2008. Regretted selling it even though I replaced it with a 720whp Z06.
The same car with the mods still intact came back up for sale 2 years ago so
I bought it back.
My current vette is a stock power level C5Z and I really enjoy the car, but the
Stealth has become my daily driver and I would have a hard time saying which
one I prefer driving. Apples and oranges.
My issue is garage space. My garage only has room for 2 cars and when I
bought the Stealth, I "temporarily" put my wife's car in the driveway. That
was 2 years ago and her car is still outside. :D
Again, keep both. You will be glad you did.
Wayne
 

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This the same Dennis VR97 - 19t that broke into 10s in Vegas a while back? Nice car man.

I bought a C6 and sold both my 97 VR4 and 96 Stealth. I actually kinda regret it, especially now that the 97-99 VR4s have appreciated into NSX territory:

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT 2dr GT VR-4 Twin Turbo Manual
7,246 miles
$79,995

https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/782596613/overview/

Kidding aside. While I love my C6 which can roast my old 3s's, for some reason I still pine for one. I've been keeping my eye open for a deal.

I think you may regret dumping your VR4.

Side note: C8, neat car, like the C7, something odd about the shape that doesn't do it for me...
 

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Strange to think the technology on your 25-year old car is right up there with that new C8, but IMHO it is. These cars were amazing at the time. That said, anything this old starts to niggle trouble you to death, I've been down that road too many times, fully restored a 1974 Karmann Ghia convertible, metal work, paint, top, new engine, trans, suspension, steering, gas tank, and on and on...but still, there'd be something new to fix every couple of months. And with parts going NLA...It gets old.
 
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