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Old 06-10-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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After driving Z/28...bought ZL1 (again)

So this is not a slam on the Z/28...I love the idea of the car and for those that get one, you are getting a fantastic car.

I have had my 2013 IOM M6 ZL1 for 23 months and went to the dealer to buy the black Z/28 they had on the floor. I put $10K down and filled all the paperwork, got the financing I wanted and agreed to buy the car if they would let me drive it for an agreed upon 3 miles prior to finalizing the deal.

The car does everything it is hyped to do. It turns, accelerates, and stops like nothing I have ever driven. I loved the Recaro....simply loved them. With that said, I could not get over the feeling that I was missing the power I had grown to love in my ZL1. The Z/28 was giving away about 150HP and I could feel it. I mean, I could really feel it.

But I wanted black, I wanted the Recaro's, I wanted the new tail lights (yes, I actually like them), and I was experiencing the coupler rattle in my 2013 so I was 100% going to buy the Z/28. But I missed the power and simply could not get over it enough to pay $25K more for a car with less amenities, less power, and one that I would never use enough to justify the reason it was built.

So...I got my color, my Recaros, and my taillights....but I got them in a 2014 ZL1. The dealer gave me a week to get my IOM back to stock which I just completed and I am now going to put the stuff on my new sweetheart.

All in all, I just could not justify the cost of the Z/28 when compare to what you get in the ZL1 and that is not to say it is not worth it...but it was not worth it to ME.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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Awesome ride. Looks just like my 12 did. I had to move off black this time as the upkeep was overwhelming and i was going nuts over every mark, bug, scratch fingerprints, pollen aaaggghhh. What number is it just for kicks?
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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Where are you in sanford? Im in winter springs.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:01 PM   #4
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Um the Z28 is giving up 75hp to the ZL1 not 150. But, congrats on the new ZL1! It looks like a beast.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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Um the Z28 is giving up 75hp to the ZL1 not 150. But, congrats on the new ZL1! It looks like a beast.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:13 PM   #6
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Being a person that will never track his car I completely sympathize with your decision. The ZL1 is IMHO the perfect drivers car, plenty of power with all the creature comforts. If I could afford the z/28 I wouldn't purchase it simply because I wouldn't do it justice. Im patiently waiting to see what the 6th gen variation of the zl1 brings, if it doesn't blow my socks off, I think in a few years I may be trading my SS for a used 2014 ZL1...
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:53 PM   #7
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Where are you in sanford? Im in winter springs.
Markham Forest (Corner of SR46 and Markham Woods Rd.)
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:55 PM   #8
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Um the Z28 is giving up 75hp to the ZL1 not 150. But, congrats on the new ZL1! It looks like a beast.
Pulleys, CAI, and MAF mod's...plus tune. Nothing that can't easily move to the new ride as I kept all the original equipment for just such a day.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:57 PM   #9
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Markham Forest (Corner of SR46 and Markham Woods Rd.)
Cool. Seems to be alot of zl1s in that area. You should come out to a show. Hooters sanford was this past weekend but I think church street longwood is next weekend. The mid florida camaro thread in the florida section usually has up to date shows and track nights when people are going and what not.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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You are absolutely making the correct decision for many reasons. I guess since you are posting it, you expect feedback. The new Z/28 is not street friendly from a suspension or height standpoint and, after all, the ZL1 is the most technologically advanced and highest Horsepower (even the 75 HP over the Z/28 in stock form) ever produced. Getting a Z/28 for the street is actually a downgrade. Those who attempt to "street" them will quickly reduce their street exposure. Now, for track purposes ONLY, and I mean ONLY, it can't be beat. But 99% of Camaro buyers are street warriors IMHO.

Not to mention the heavy duty drag differential and axles in the ZL1. Likely, with a few tweaks, the ZL1 will be close the the Z/28 on the track as well. So... I have to concur with your decision you made for YOU!
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Great decision, I love the Z28 for its purpose. The ZL1 does everything great. Now, about those 14 tail lights.

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:16 PM   #12
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Can I get a 2 page review of your 3 mile test please........

Congrats on the new car , looks great
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #13
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Good decision not to get the z/28. It is too one dimensional IMHO.
I just don't understand why you didn't just keep your ZL1. I'm sure you took a nice hit, paying the bid-offer spread on both sides. The only way that I would take the hit would be if I traded up. I may be doing the upgrade to the Stingray this winter.

By the way, black is miserable to keep looking good. Anyone with OCD should stay away.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:47 PM   #14
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While I haven't had the chance to drive a Z/28 I would have to believe that it wouldn't be for me either over my ZL1. I like straight line speed more than being fast in a corner. Plus the ZL1 is no slouch in the handling department either. It's just a more friendly car to live with everyday. To those that have them, they are an awesome car for sure, and you are very lucky to own one.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:49 PM   #15
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Good decision not to get the z/28. It is too one dimensional IMHO.
I just don't understand why you didn't just keep your ZL1. I'm sure you took a nice hit, paying the bid-offer spread on both sides. The only way that I would take the hit would be if I traded up. I may be doing the upgrade to the Stingray this winter.

By the way, black is miserable to keep looking good. Anyone with OCD should stay away.
GM has $2K in incentive on the ZL1 plus I got the car at TRUE invoice so I made out ok. I wanted the Recaro seats bad and was looking at least $3K for those installed in my '13 so I put that down on the '14 actually lowered my payments after it was all over due to low mileage and high equity. I have always had black cars/trucks so I am used to the cleaning part. The good thing is I don't have to drive it as my primary car so that helps.

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Old 06-10-2014, 07:03 PM   #16
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Good choice mkorgan! I would rather have a ZL1 myself.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:38 PM   #17
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Good choice I don't understand the whole z28 thing to me for $75,000 it should blow the ZL out of the water but doesn't so you did make the best choice just saying.Looks bad ass to love the black but I am to ocd lol.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:40 PM   #18
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Good decision, Awesome looking car. For the $$$ I would buy the new Vet before I would drop 75k on a Z28
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:54 PM   #19
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Great decision, I love the Z28 for its purpose. The ZL1 does everything great. Now, about those 14 tail lights.

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GM has $2K in incentive on the ZL1 plus I got the car at TRUE invoice so I made out ok. I wanted the Recaro seats bad and was looking at least $3K for those installed in my '13 so I put that down on the '14 actually lowered my payments after it was all over due to low mileage and high equity. I have always had black cars/trucks so I am used to the cleaning part. The good thing is I don't have to drive it as my primary car so that helps.
Cool. Congrats and good luck!!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:44 PM   #21
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Awesome ride. Looks just like my 12 did. I had to move off black this time as the upkeep was overwhelming and i was going nuts over every mark, bug, scratch fingerprints, pollen aaaggghhh. What number is it just for kicks?
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:31 PM   #22
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I dunno how you did it. I would have left with that Z in 2 seconds flat. A couple of easy minor bolt ons and a proper tune and you would be very close in power to a stock ZL1. I know that car had no AC as i considered it myself. We are thinking of selling our house and upgrading so i decided not to dive in. It was going to be my DD even without AC. I had planned to put a stereo in it though along with some dynomat after the mods. Kudos to you i guess for having the willpower i don't lol
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #23
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Great to hear of this. I've seen a couple of people defect over to the z/28 side, but this is a first for me hearing someone coming back. It says a lot about what went into the planning of the ZL1. As I've said before, the ZL1 is the car that set the standard for high performance and handling in the Pony Car segment; Thus it will be difficult to beat a ZL1.

Congrats....the Recaros and the new styling are icing on the cake.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:04 PM   #24
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You made the right choice. I have both and if I could only have one it would be the ZL1

The best part of the Z28 is the brakes.
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You made the right choice. I have both and if I could only have one it would be the ZL1

The best part of the Z28 is the brakes.
The z28 looks awesome but couple things I didnt like are the very square lower front chin spoiler (it would never clear my driveway), 19s look tiny in the wheel wells, brakes are simply too much money for my budget when its time for brake job and last thing is that I dont have one nor will I anytime soon. Love my zl1 though!
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