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Old 11-04-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Question/Smartest way to buy ZL1

Hey guys I am 27 years old and a NYS corrections officer, I typically bring in 70-80k a year based on if I feel like working overtime or not..I basically write my own paycheck. I was interested in buying a ZL1 but cant decide if I want to wait and buy used to buy new. Whats the best way to go about this? Are most of you keeping your ZL1 for good and this is your last performance car or will you guys trade in? I was going to put 20k down. My live in gf will help with bills and other things or payments whichever. Im not worried if I can afford or not but I dont want to waste money. Have any of you ever though about getting a SS and putting a ZL1 front bumper on it? Or making it look like a ZL1 and then eventually dropping 8k and putting a much larger blower on it than what currently comes stock? That second option would cost less than a ZL1? Jw why nobody does this.



Just curious what most of you guys are doing?
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:11 PM   #2
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I would rather get a ZL1 new, I bet you won't find many used that are much less than new MSRP, especially with little mileage.

There are a lot of owners on here that have installed the ZL1 front end and it looks good, it's really a matter of what you want. I think for less you can hot rod an SS to be faster than a ZL1, but you won't have the fancy magnetic suspension. The plus side is have a unique Camaro built the way you like it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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I bought mine and plan on keeping it forever until someone or some external event makes me drop it.

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #4
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So if I took a SS 1LE and put the front end on and ZL1 hood..the only things im not getting are magnetic ride and SC right? Everything else I could install for a reasonable price right?
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:17 PM   #5
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I would buy new if you want something unmolested and original. I see a large percentage of the cars getting modded one way or another. I would never buy a used performance car seeing how most are treated.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:19 PM   #6
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If you can write your own paychecks , you may as well write the one for the ZL and be done with that . Why would you want to be a want to be , if you can really be it ?
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:23 PM   #7
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So if I took a SS 1LE and put the front end on and ZL1 hood..the only things im not getting are magnetic ride and SC right? Everything else I could install for a reasonable price right?
To answer your question, not quite.
There are upgades to the LSA over the LS3 for FI use.
The brakes are different too.
The SS has an aluminum rear end and the ZL1 has an iron case and huge axles although I'm not sure which one the 1LE is getting.
I do know the 1LE is 3.91 vs the ZL1's 3.73 ratio.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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I bought my ZL 1 as a place holder while waiting for the Gen 7 Vette to come available. I have my favorite Chevy peddler at the ready to let me know when preorders are going to be taken. I'm told this should be some time in March 2013. While I have the ZL, it won't be going to the track. There will always be somone faster. Neither will the car be driven like a "GD" Prius. But it will be properly maintained (oil and filter change at 1500 miles after break in as an example), garage kept and professionally detailed every 6 months. Mine will be on the market and would be a case for buying low mileage used.

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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Have to disagree to a point, just because they are used doesn't mean they were mistreated and molested. When I traded my SS is was immaculate and babied from day 1....my Z is no different. Buying used can save significant dollars down the road if the right opportunity presents itself. Personal preference, my daily driver luxury cars have been slightly used when purchased and I have had nothing but great luck.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #10
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So if I took a SS 1LE and put the front end on and ZL1 hood..the only things im not getting are magnetic ride and SC right? Everything else I could install for a reasonable price right?
Not quite that simple. The ZL1 contains about 35% different parts than the SS. In addition to SC and mag ride (which should NOT be underestimated) the ZL1 has a much stronger Rear end diff, better brakes, engine cooler, tranny cooler, rear end cooler, PTM system, transmission, no lift shift, brake ducts, belly pan, aero package etc.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #11
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If you want a ZL1, you will need to buy a ZL1...there are no shortcuts. Now you can certainly build a clone..(please don't badge it as a ZL1) that would look like a Z, but you wouldn't be able to add, the magnetic suspension or performance traction management. You certainly could add all the other components, but in the end you would spend more money than just buying one...and you would have no warranty. I see no problem with buying a used one, as long as you get it checked out. I was surprised to see a few online already and it may be an option to save a few dollars. If you are more interested in having the looks of the Z, and want to save some dollars, certainly do a clone. I think you could do the front end for probably $2500.00. That wouldn't cover the cost the hood, and that puppy is pretty pricey from what I was told. I was quoted over 2k for the carbon fiber hood insert alone.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:34 PM   #12
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:51 PM   #13
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Im just going to buy a ZL1. The only reason I debated this is because I got excited about it and made the mistake of talking about it to non car enthusiasts who proceeded to tell me that 52-55k was too much for a car and others said to just supercharge a SS and smoke a ZL1 but truthfully id be much happier with a ZL1 so im just going to go that route and enjoy it ..ill prolly keep it for a lifetime or possibly upgrade it when im in my 50's.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:58 PM   #14
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Im just going to buy a ZL1. The only reason I debated this is because I got excited about it and made the mistake of talking about it to non car enthusiasts who proceeded to tell me that 52-55k was too much for a car and others said to just supercharge a SS and smoke a ZL1 but truthfully id be much happier with a ZL1 so im just going to go that route and enjoy it ..ill prolly keep it for a lifetime or possibly upgrade it when im in my 50's.
There you go , converted , next case
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