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Old 10-03-2017, 12:02 PM
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Default C4 Daily Driver: Bad Idea?

I know that a Corvette is not necessarily the best choice for a daily driver on a 100 mile round trip commute, but I am exploring the possibility. Before I proceed further, let me say the following:

1) I am in the Midwest, so snow tires are a foregone conclusion.
2) Yes, it's a RWD sports car, but at the end of the day it's just a RWD car, so I figure it can't be worse in the snow than a RWD truck given appropriate tires.
3) Gas mileage is not ideal for long drives. I get it.
4) I would purchase a foul weather beater ASAP, but would conscript the Corvette for one winter, maybe two.
5) This post is not for the collector types who will say that it is criminal to put a Corvette into high mileage four season daily driver duty.
6) Not even remotely considering a convertible.

My main concerns to assess are:

1) How good is the 6 speed manual transmission? I assume it is a T56.
2) What common failure/consumable/wear parts are NLA or notably expensive?
3) What are the common electrical problems that surface on C4s, especially late C4s? (say 1993-7)
4) Given that the rubber is in decent condition, does the cabin seal well enough to keep ice melt from finding its way inside?
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Old 10-04-2017, 11:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

FWIW, I drove my '73 daily for about 20 years on a 16 mile round trip. Never used snow tires in the KCMO area. Went thru up to six inches a couple of times. Usually the only problem was other drivers that didn't know how to drive in slick conditions.
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