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  • @johnmancuso5863
    @johnmancuso5863 Жыл бұрын

    I have been a car dealer for 40 years, and in my humble opinion, 1985 to 1996 are among the best values and most dependable vehicles ever produced. Very well made, and ahead of the times as far as suspension, frame, and tire size.

  • @cozyblackstar2374


    9 ай бұрын

    More then a Miata

  • @michaelgorman4229


    7 ай бұрын

    I agree since I own a 1985 C4 Corvette bought it in spring of 2008 took care of mechanic parts put it new interior and 2010 I took the first road trip to Carlisle Fairgrounds for Corvette National and very good gas ⛽️ mileage it’s keeper always garage kelp now 108000 miles with still run and drive

  • @sumofl


    7 ай бұрын

    @@cozyblackstar2374 I've owned a miata now for two years, now I'm looking at these instead of looking at a motor swap. That tell you enough?

  • @mauser8515


    6 ай бұрын

    Lmao, Miata’s are dead freaking reliable. Non interference motors are very hard to kill.

  • @JKinLVN


    5 ай бұрын

    Reliable and Corvette in the same sentence? My brother owned 3 of them and loved them. But he told my they are not for everyone because they aren't the most reliable. I like vettes, but I like NOT fixing them even more. I'll stick with Honda.

  • @MarksKicksOnRoute66
    @MarksKicksOnRoute66 Жыл бұрын

    Kase the world needs more young people like you. Nice to see the appreciation of these classics. Your a great part of the TFL team!

  • @Jangocat


    Жыл бұрын

    I know I'm getting old when someone refers to an 88 as a classic lol. You're obviously correct, I just never thought of these Corvettes as classics. My old man was a GM master mechanic when this gen was introduced in 84, they were like spaceships to us at the time. When they came out with the ZR1 dealerships couldn't even get one unless they had a ZR1 certified mechanic, which my old man was.

  • @gd6349


    Жыл бұрын

    Mark I Couldn't Agree MORE!!!! This youngman is a One in a Million in his generation 👍👏👏 And Hes ,We Could use Alot More Like Him!!!

  • @rodferguson3515


    Жыл бұрын

    @@Jangocat What's great about this young man Is that he Respects the Engineering and the Overall design and aesthetics of this car for the period in which it was made ( 1980's ) Instead of complaining about the car's technology "Shortcomings" He kept the car pretty much stock, didn't Frankenstein -ized the car into a rolling Halloween horror Show, and Maintain the original look and style of this C4 model .. as It should look . This Young guy knowledgeable and is a classic true car enthusiast. .. kudos to him!!!

  • @Johnnysmithy24


    Жыл бұрын

    I don’t really know anything about cars, I want to learn, but I love how old cars look and sound. I’m thinking of getting this one as my first car

  • @diogenescompres6829


    Жыл бұрын

    Hola un placer verle,soy un fiebru de los autos clásicos,he tenido varios, ahora tengo el C4 1985,todo una joya de autos,muy bueno sus video, desde rep.dominicana

  • @TheUrbanAlien247
    @TheUrbanAlien247 Жыл бұрын

    Just scored an 88 Corvette automatic with 9,000 miles from an auction for $4900 in love 💕

  • @lucagigante491


    2 ай бұрын

    wow that's impressive

  • @gordocarbo


    2 ай бұрын

    Great deal if its in good shape Dont know the mileage on this guys C4 but unless its real low he overpaid.

  • @donoven5562


    Ай бұрын

    @@gordocarbocould be 10k Canadian dollar

  • @daddydonut1165


    29 күн бұрын

    @@gordocarbo what would you say is a good price for it with like 100k miles. Im 16 and i found one on facebook marketplace for around 6 grand with 100k miles.

  • @gordocarbo


    27 күн бұрын

    @@daddydonut1165 Thats not bad but for 6k it should be in pretty good shape not a beat up fixer. THose cars...a cheap fixer is the worst one to pick they can bankrupt you. Look for long term owners that took care of them. THey arent collector cars dont let any seller tell you that.

  • @ahhamartin
    @ahhamartin Жыл бұрын

    Interesting. As a TVA field machinist, I drove my '87 (same as your's but an automatic with the saddle interior) all over Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama. It had 427,000 on the od when it was totaled, and even then was driven onto the rollback. My mother called it "KITT" not just because of the resemblance but also because of the damage it survived on numerous occasions. One winter I drove it 300+ miles home with a shattered alternator brace; the alternator was just sitting on the engine. The whole drive I kept thinking about old war movies, with crippled B-17 bombers being nursed back to base by their anxious crews. It made it!

  • @KevinJames-yg9eu
    @KevinJames-yg9eu Жыл бұрын

    You don't need to beat on the headlight to get it to go. There is a knob on the end of the motor to manually raise or lower it if it the motor dies. Since your motor obviously works, give it a little twist, and it will go. Just be careful that it doesn't bite you. Both of mine occasionally stick open, so I have to do this to get them to close.

  • @robertschoolfield1869


    9 күн бұрын

    More likely a loose wire connection than a motor.

  • @paulfagan2964
    @paulfagan2964 Жыл бұрын

    Great to see a young person driving a Corvette and on top of that , one with a manual transmission! I appreciate your respect for the classics. Nice looking ride! Congrats! Thanks for the content.

  • @doctorfeinstone6524


    Жыл бұрын

    Corvettes are expensive. Only doctors and lawyers and retired old men can afford them. That's why it's rare to see a young person in one

  • @austinnelson5529


    Жыл бұрын

    ​@@doctorfeinstone6524 I had a C4 when I was young and I can tell you from firsthand experience, older people do not like seeing a young person in a Corvette

  • @REXae86


    Жыл бұрын

    @@doctorfeinstone6524 vettes are pretty cheap. I bought mines a few months ago for a little over $8k

  • @BigMexicanCookie


    Жыл бұрын

    @@doctorfeinstone6524you can get a corvette like this for like 5k

  • @Ice-tz8jd


    9 ай бұрын

    @@BigMexicanCookiein shitty ass condition if you want a nice one your gonna spend at least 8500-10,000 dollars

  • @pritylo9293
    @pritylo92939 ай бұрын

    This generation of corvette style wise is the best they’ve ever done for me, I absolutely LOVE 80s futuristic vision, the interior is the coolest I’ve ever seen in a car

  • @CommonsenseMK


    5 ай бұрын

    It's the worst body style Corvette ever made. It's like a wedge of cheese on wheels. There are no body lines or style lines to it. Just a wedge. Terrible lazy engineering design. Even DeLorean looks much better than this.

  • @ukestudio3002


    3 ай бұрын

    It is a beautiful design. Still turns heads and draws looks at the gas station.

  • @cacaswag1724


    2 ай бұрын

    @@CommonsenseMKlooks like your the only one who thinks that

  • @gordocarbo


    2 ай бұрын

    @@CommonsenseMK So why even watch it. Ever owned one?

  • @jayanthkasarla


    Ай бұрын

    ​@@CommonsenseMK I disagree. I like the boxy look to it

  • @deadlybladesmith3093
    @deadlybladesmith309310 ай бұрын

    Great video!! Just a quick tip about C4s, make sure to shut the doors before shutting the hood. If the alignment is off it can crack the door and/or hood. 😬

  • @velocity5918


    9 ай бұрын


  • @grantman64
    @grantman64 Жыл бұрын

    That's a really cool C4! Love the black over red interior, the 80's starship Enterprise dash, and the super-slick body. And a stick! The C4 doesn't get the love it deserves. It was as big a departure from the C3 as the C7 was from the C6, and frankly the C4 set the stage for the modern front-engine Corvette.

  • @flavioc5389


    Жыл бұрын

    How’s the handling of the C4?

  • @rexgratteaux8655


    Жыл бұрын

    So true I loved these cars growing up , and they have the Ferrari Daytona look to them , TPI FEVER

  • @havyn9999


    Жыл бұрын

    @@flavioc5389 i have an ‘84 C4 which comes with an extra stiff suspension and it handles like a dream!

  • @josephblow6654


    Жыл бұрын

    @@flavioc5389 .93Gs on the skid pad. I used to scare the crap out of my friends while cornering in mine.

  • @windycitywarrior71


    Жыл бұрын

    More like c8 was a big departure from c7 not c6 from c7. Got your generations off there.

  • @edwardepps1513
    @edwardepps1513 Жыл бұрын

    Whomever was the last owner truly took care of this Vette. 1988 was was the 35th anniversary for Corvette. This color combo is to die for. Your the first person to really explain the 4+3 transmission. For $10,000 you got a good deal with 47,000 miles for a 34 year old car. I had an '85 that was beat within an inch of its life. Like I said it's a great deal...

  • @modus_operandi2508


    Жыл бұрын

    U really believe 47,ooo miles on a 34 yr. Old car ....yer delusional

  • @oneslackr


    Жыл бұрын

    @@modus_operandi2508 : You didn't pay attention to the video did you? The odometer at the time this video was filmed reads 47,273.9 miles & it's an old mechanical odometer that can read 6 figures plus 1/10s. You can see it has not rolled over at 8:45 . Yes, 47K on a regular 34 yr. old car would be unusual but there are plenty of low mileage Vettes in the world & some with extra low mileage such as this car. They're weekend toys for most people & some barely get driven at all.

  • @brinleynicholson4588


    Жыл бұрын

    @@oneslackr I agree. Its too nice inside to appear to be rolled back.

  • @BlacksheepLSX


    Жыл бұрын

    @@modus_operandi2508 why not, my 92 Zr1 has 29,000 miles

  • @whatta7793


    Жыл бұрын


  • @Ladco77
    @Ladco77 Жыл бұрын

    The plastic headlight gears are a feature. They're designed to be the failure point should anything seize up in the system (ice, etc.). It's supposed to be the fuse to be an easily replaceable part that fails. I know at first glance it seems like cheapness making them out of plastic, but there was purpose behind that idea. I love that you view the gauge cluster as "old school charm" when it was the most futuristic "space-age" looking dashboard of it's day. It really does scream everything that was high tech in the 80's. I do love the C4. Everything they did was well done given the technology of the day. Sure, newer cars perform better, but for what they had to work with it was pushing the envelope of the day and it did so while keeping an eye on the styling as well. The clamshell hood and sculpted suspension pieces are still part of one of the most attractive engine bays of it's era.

  • @KevinJames-yg9eu


    Жыл бұрын

    I don't know that I would say "everything" they did was well done given the technology of the day. It's like they put all of the money and effort into the suspension, steering, and gauge cluster, and a good portion of the rest of the car was an afterthought. It may have been done as well as feasible with marketing dictating design changes and timing and with the bean-counters dictating that everything be extra cheap.

  • @TheOzthewiz


    4 ай бұрын

    Yeah, COST!

  • @smoothbraindetainer


    Ай бұрын

    If you're driving this car in a sheet of ice should should not be allowed to own this car

  • @peterconnor4193
    @peterconnor4193 Жыл бұрын

    I never used to like this model corvette but the last few years it's really grown on me , it looks great and I love that interior ❤️

  • @richardnottelmann58
    @richardnottelmann58 Жыл бұрын

    Excellent smooth camera work. I don't think a lot of people know how hard it is to get in and out of a car that is sitting on the ground and keep a smooth camera. Very well done. 👏

  • @samholdsworth420


    Жыл бұрын


  • @khashayarrabbanian2747


    Жыл бұрын

    I have a Zhiyun Smooth 3 as my phone gimbal and it work wonders in these situations.

  • @apj341


    Жыл бұрын

    Getting in and out of a car that is sitting on the ground minimizes the number of 50+ year olds using a Corvette as a daily driver. 💡

  • @ChrisEbz


    Жыл бұрын

    @@apj341 😂😅

  • @tedosmundson5620


    Жыл бұрын

    @@apj341 Its really not that hard if you hook your left foot under the door and rise up to get your center of gravity on the door sill. After 7 C4s and 68 years old I found it is still pretty easy to do. Do not use the steering wheel as a place to muscle yourself out of a C4. it will damage the mounting points that holds the column. Looking for a newer C6 if prices come back down to earth with the inflation spike of the last couple years. Otherwise it will be another ZR-1 like the last one that ran good for 17 years.

  • @coryernewein
    @coryernewein Жыл бұрын

    Nice car, but your footwear needs to be a bit more "dad-like"...perhaps a nice New Balance, or Saucony lmao

  • @jamesbowman7841


    Жыл бұрын

    IDC what he's wearing I'd call him daddy either way 🥵

  • @loogi_if


    Жыл бұрын

    @@jamesbowman7841 😐

  • @bldontmatter5319


    Жыл бұрын

    @@jamesbowman7841 you're what's wrong with western society.

  • @scootermann83


    Жыл бұрын

    Needs a corvette hat and jean shorts too haha

  • @CurtisL8.3066


    Жыл бұрын

    Or some Hey Dudes

  • @Timman57
    @Timman57 Жыл бұрын

    I daily drove an 89 for 5 years, winter too. Intake manifold gasket, headlight motor gears twice until I switched to the bronze gears, I did Bosch upgraded injectors after a few of the multechs failed. Also did a battery and alternator as well as tires. Everything else worked great and got great fuel mileage too!

  • @larylhuntington5398
    @larylhuntington5398 Жыл бұрын

    Dude, for a get around town car, your Vette is perfect. Nice looking, runs great and it's manual! I say you've got a great car. I bought my 79 to restore and just be a fun "summer daily driver." These cars are a lot of fun to drive. Keep up the great work. Love the video.

  • @OrionRoen
    @OrionRoen Жыл бұрын

    We need more Kase! He’s awesome and I love his chilled mode of presenting. Keep it up!

  • @nickycarts
    @nickycarts Жыл бұрын

    Flip up headlights, retractable antennae, the digital instrument cluster, the center fuel tank cap, blade wheels, and plush bolstered seats are just some of the reasons I love the C4. Proud C5 owner but one day I'll get a C4 as well.



    Жыл бұрын

    I have a c4 for sale 😅 86000 miles 7000 dollars 💸

  • @mb13972


    Жыл бұрын

    The retractable antennae apparently isn't working

  • @christianjensen2831


    11 ай бұрын

    Also a proud c5 owner (2003), but last month was able to pull the trigger on a beautiful 1994 which the intention of doing some minor restoration and selling it for profit. Long story short, I'm begging the missus to let me keep both! I didn't think I would fall in love the with c4 as hard as I have! It's a joy to drive, and plush with those fun "retro" features!

  • @robertbeck5101


    11 ай бұрын

    @@RICARDOALARCOif you are in Florida, we should talk

  • @theronteagle


    11 ай бұрын

    That center gas cap will burn you if the drain holes ever get clogged

  • @d.s7741
    @d.s7741 Жыл бұрын

    I think you did a fine job of picking out a cool car. It reminds me when I was your age and bought a 1970 Roadrunner that had four and a quarter horse and hiway gears making it go over a buck fifty and able to idle down the hiway at 16 mpg. I'm glad you get to experience a slice of what's left of the big three, before we all go electric.

  • @94SexyStang
    @94SexyStang9 ай бұрын

    I daily drove my 95 z28 for over 6 Years! Sold it with a 178k....never touched Anything on that engine or trans! Man I really miss the fun.

  • @oneqwickbird
    @oneqwickbird Жыл бұрын

    You're really under appreciating that L98. Dead nuts reliable and all the torque you need down low to make every day driving fun.

  • @joshkrause2977


    Жыл бұрын

    Exactly, plus a few mods around 2k in parts and it’s a 400+hp engine.

  • @panchosspeedshop8576


    Жыл бұрын

    @@joshkrause2977 What mods would those be?

  • @joshkrause2977


    Жыл бұрын

    @@panchosspeedshop8576 cam not super wild the heads don’t flow for that, headers, Wieland stealth ram intake, tune, gasket matching etc. sbc parts are cheap. The intake alone adds about 60hp.

  • @BlackRam17


    Жыл бұрын

    Then falls on its face after 4500 rpm

  • @BlackRam17


    Жыл бұрын

    @@joshkrause2977 good luck finding an aftermarket intake under 1k plus having to find someone that can burn a chip. The 700R4 is also pretty weak

  • @LS1LE
    @LS1LE Жыл бұрын

    You did good with that car. The aftermarket support is insane!!! The L98 is as reliable as it gets. Swap in a ZF 6speed and you are gold!

  • @DWH300


    Жыл бұрын

    I enjoyed my 1989 vette I purchased new. The 245 horsepower L98 was underpowered for a sports car. I Never had any service issues during my 4 years of ownership. Wasn't my favorite Vette I've owned, but far from the worst

  • @LS1LE


    Жыл бұрын

    @Milo Jones I think you mean LS1 buddy. And your wrong, coolant was routed through the throttle body, and just about everyone bypassed that.

  • @BlackRam17


    Жыл бұрын

    The aftermarket support was great 20 years ago. Good luck finding a better intake for under $1k now, not to mention someone who will tune a chip.

  • @BlackRam17


    Жыл бұрын

    @Milo Jones that’s easy to bypass and the C5 has the LS1, the LT1 died in the vette in ‘96.

  • @JohannGambolputty22


    Жыл бұрын

    @@BlackRam17 Amen about the tuning. Once the LS1 came out everyone abandoned tuning for the LT cars.

  • @peaceforlife.2896
    @peaceforlife.2896 Жыл бұрын

    Super cool and appreciating man. I was about 12 years old when these cars came out in 88 and just remember one of my dad‘s friends driving up and showing him and I was most impressed with the sound system. It was playing Dire Straits money for nothing.

  • @Chris-qv5mc
    @Chris-qv5mc Жыл бұрын

    Very nice vette…especially for 10k! I had the same idea to get something fun but affordable to get around in that I can beat on. Found an 87 Formula for $2500. I whipped the 305 till it started to knock then I pulled it for a 350 crate motor with an L82 camshaft. Now running errands are never boring!

  • @shmac96
    @shmac96 Жыл бұрын

    Those hoods especially on the C4 were just so sleek, smooth and elegant even. I can see Corvettes going up in price in the coming years. Great review man! Thanks!

  • @TheOzthewiz


    4 ай бұрын

    These "C4s" will never ever go up in price!

  • @josefrobinson4843
    @josefrobinson4843 Жыл бұрын

    I think you made an awesome purchase! With the C8 being released recently, its bring all the attention back to almost all Corvettes and the C4 is the most forgotten and ignored vette of all. And its approaching 40 years of existence in an era where the same cars of that era aren't running anymore, with styling that would suggest only 20 years old. Styling that hasn't really changed until the C8. And since the C8's intro, C4 are climbing in price. The C4 and C8 are the revolutionary change of corvettes while the 5, 6 and 7's were more evolutions.

  • @MrKnutriis
    @MrKnutriis Жыл бұрын

    "Driving a pick-up truck from the back seat" is the funniest ever. Now I know why I don't need one of these.

  • @gordocarbo


    2 ай бұрын

    They do ride stiff, its a low slung sports car, just the way they are. Many raved about them pulling a G or better on the skidpad but complained it didnt ride like a caddy.

  • @ScrawnyRonnie89
    @ScrawnyRonnie8910 ай бұрын

    I love these. Such a beautiful design. Mid-late 80s Gms are awesome. Can you imagine being a dealership in 86/87 seeing The Corvette, The Pontiac T/A, Pontiac Fiero, and The Buick GNX? Thats the perfect dream IMO!

  • @DuaneCaldwell
    @DuaneCaldwell Жыл бұрын

    Nice video guys! I'd love to see a follow up with Toby giving it the once over like he does with the clunkers in your comparison videos. Even if he doesn't find anything major like he usually does with Roman's buys, Toby is fun to see and hear in action.

  • @banditone7896
    @banditone7896 Жыл бұрын

    I have been looking at these lately because they are mostly undervalued. Sounds like you got a great deal here. If you can get something that makes you happy for under 10k, that is a win.

  • @gooney0
    @gooney0 Жыл бұрын

    I own an early C3. You're absolutely right about them. They are more "classic" but they are less refined, have fewer features, and don't perform nearly as well. As time goes on, the weird features of old cars change from annoyances to entertainment. The 80's dash is hilarious. It's both futuristic, and backwards. Likewise with the passenger side bumper on the dash. C4's are now judged by NCRS and are collectable. You might think about keeping this car stock rather than upgrading it and regretting it later. If you want to go fast you probably shouldn't buy a car from the 80's! Have fun!

  • @1stshepherd
    @1stshepherd Жыл бұрын

    A well kept corvette never looks old. I love the black and red combination. Wow! A manual shift. Great video. Thanks for sharing ⚘️

  • @rubyred93chev
    @rubyred93chev Жыл бұрын

    _Absolutely great price for a 47,000 mile 1988 Chevy Corvette coupe. Plus you touched on some very decent points about the C4 Corvette. (For 1988: there were 4,282 manual cars produced out of 30,632 total production units). And you're 100 percent correct about the coolness of the dash(through the 1989 model year). I do think the ZF-6 speed that was introduced for the '89 model year is just a tad better for a manual car. The L98 is definitely a low end torque monster whereas the LT1(1992 through 1996 model years) has a more even torque curve and seems a little more robust, especially with a manual transmission car. Overall great video with some honest highlights about a car that is super easy to drive/enjoy/daily. etc._

  • @imkwuzn
    @imkwuzn Жыл бұрын

    Great choice Cole. I am the original owner of a ‘88 C4 Coupe. Mine is white with black interior and the factory chrome one year only ‘88 wheels. (Although I like the ‘90 turbines on yours also). Yours is loaded, like mine. Dual sport seats with multi adjustable air bladders and full power, auto climate control, Bose, etc. Contrary to some who have never owned one, it was my one and only daily driver for many years here in SoCal. I’ve literally hauled a Christmas tree home sticking out of the back hatch. Plenty of cargo capacity unlike most sports cars and awesome with the targa roof stored in the back. Mine has been absolutely rock solid and has 75k miles on it. It’s not driven as much these days as I also have a C5 convertible and a couple of SUV’s. But it still brings a smile to my face every time I get in it. And for the record, I was 25 when I bought it so contrary to popular opinion, not all Corvette owners are old geezers like I am now at 60! 😉Enjoy it and be well. PS. Ecklers, Mid America and Corvette Central are all excellent sources for parts and accessories. 👍🏻

  • @jimstephens9491
    @jimstephens9491 Жыл бұрын

    I have a 1994 polo green which is fun to drive and gets my zest for speed and acceleration out of my system. Have had the 94 for 25 years and it is still worth $10,000. The car has cost me $1,000 a year to operate--insurance, normal maintenance, and a few repairs. It's been worth the cost. I'll keep it for many more years.

  • @DG-sf9ei
    @DG-sf9ei6 ай бұрын

    Smart kid. This was my dream car growing up in the 80s, tho back then I didn't know the engine was nothing out of the ordinary, thought they looked cool, and it still appears modern and sporty to this day.

  • @bradwilliams4921
    @bradwilliams4921 Жыл бұрын

    Looks like a nice purchase to me. I am a big fan of the later model C4. I really like that low, smooth V8 sound.

  • @RandyBarton
    @RandyBarton Жыл бұрын

    Great video, perhaps one of the best driver reviews I've seen; filled with very practical, real life perspective. I personally have an 87. Thanks for sharing!

  • @w-dad4040
    @w-dad40403 ай бұрын

    Thus exact car reminds me of just after high school. My buddy's Dad let him take it out and we'd cruise all over the place. Kept giving us cooling problems and a million memories

  • @barco581
    @barco581 Жыл бұрын

    Even the chief Corvette engineer called the L98 motor a "tractor motor." Things really changed in '92 with the LT1. Go back and read the auto press from when the C4 was introduced in 1984. It was one of the six fastest production cars in the world back then-even with the carry over L83 Crossfire motor for that one year.

  • @schrodingersmechanic7622


    Жыл бұрын

    My first vette was a 92 that I bought in 2003. I test drove an 88 convertible. The difference between the L88 and the LT1 was night and day.

  • @rapid13


    Жыл бұрын

    I’ve read _Corvette from the Inside_ a couple of times, I don’t recall McLellan saying anything like that?

  • @franzvanjulio5523
    @franzvanjulio5523 Жыл бұрын

    Sweet car. It looks great. The wheels are to die for. Enjoy it and thanks for sharing it.

  • @snowman2834
    @snowman2834 Жыл бұрын

    I enjoyed listening to your insights, I have to say you're pretty spot on with it. I hope you enjoy many miles in it, and that was a good review, looking forward to many more.

  • @Matt-xv2cp
    @Matt-xv2cp Жыл бұрын

    I had an '88, paid $4500 for it in 2000. Everything started falling apart not soon after; headlight motor, power window motors, digital gauge cluster, peeling clear coat, lots of little things. However, it drove great, no drive train issues, and was very fun. Interior is a bit janky, but passable. Ended up totaling it in a pretty bad accident, wasn't my fault, but insurance paid me $9500, so I actually mad out on the deal.

  • @user-sp3te3rm1e
    @user-sp3te3rm1e4 ай бұрын

    Having owned 2 C4s over the years, one tip I can give you is for that roof panel tool. Get a cheap power screwdriver and adapt the bit to it. Way better than that cheap ratchet thing...

  • @mikeholmes1313
    @mikeholmes1313 Жыл бұрын

    I had a 95 Convertible back in 2013 thru 2015 and drove it every day in spring and summer and LOVED it. I am more partial to the later C4 models because of this but I found all the downtalking people made about C4s to be unfounded. It is a great car! I miss it! I have a modified 1978 vette now which is faster, but I miss my C4. Bose sound system was great too!!!! Nice buy!

  • @georgehgordy1690


    Жыл бұрын

    There was no one more than me that defended the C4 to anybody that talked crap about it even when it was sitting on jack stands in my driveway. And this wasn't a C4 that was ragged out it had 79,000 miles on it in one year I had already invested as much in the car as what I gave for the car which was $7,000. I'm not a balls to the wall every time I leave the driveway driver I'm almost 50 years old but the breakdowns and repairs rides home on a rollback just kept adding up I mean it was like they never friggin stopped that along with the accumulated maintenance hours were just unreal. It seemed like when I wasn't working I was working on the car and small details and preventative maintenance I love to do but three top of the line Opti Sparks in one year and no leaking water pump. Always an issue with the cooling system. Warped aluminum heads because of a fan controller from Summit Racing that cost me $300 dollars decided it wanted to take a permanent break about a month and a half or 2 months after purchasing it. fans that don't kick on till 230° is rough on that engine even if you have synthetic oil and coolant with a boiling point of 260°, it's still 230° before it gets any relief. I know there are ways to bypass that but you really shouldn't have to and when you do put a fan controller on it they last Maybe 2 months annd they are under warranty but you're the one that has to take it off and put it back on and I know the 230° is for emissions. I had to get rid of it because it was eating my bank account and my free time alive. I always wanted a C4 lt4 but you Couldn't run fast enough to give me one today. I am forever not a fan of that Corvette. And that's sad to say because one with 79,000 Mi really burnt me on them

  • @ranbymonkeys2384


    Жыл бұрын

    @@georgehgordy1690 Sounds like you had a Summit racing problem not a Corvette problem.

  • @georgehgordy1690


    Жыл бұрын

    @RanByMonkeys My friend that was just one of many things and And those were not summit problems those were Corvette the optitspark didn't get from summit.. GM doesn't make A dual mass fly wheell anymore And neither do aftermarket companies you've got to convert it to a standard clutch And fly wheel And the gear rattle you get from that is ungodly . I definitely had a Corvette problem And i dumped too much money into it That I knew I would never get out of it But that's not why I dumped the money into it I dumped the money into it because I wanted to fix it and keep it but it just made it impossible for me to do that . And I would have Expected that out of a Corvette with a 140 150000 miles on it But it was in the low 70000 mile category Which theoretically should give you a good base to work with But not in my case . 70000 miles being the category not the miles it had 79000 miles on it.. Which for a 1996 LT4 It's pretty low

  • @ranbymonkeys2384


    Жыл бұрын

    @@georgehgordy1690 Everything starts going wrong with every car around 80,000 miles that isnt a new car haha no its not a "good base"

  • @georgehgordy1690


    Жыл бұрын

    @@ranbymonkeys2384 then we'll just have to agree to disagree and I won't throw out the haha.. I can only speak for my personal experience with other cars and with that one I can't speak for yours

  • @lokerola
    @lokerola Жыл бұрын

    Price seems about right. New tires aren't going to be cheap - but such is the auto enthusiast lifestyle. Would like to see it with the engine mods and exhaust.

  • @jfruser


    Жыл бұрын

    I recall reading about recap vette tires some years back.

  • @shitloveaduck


    Жыл бұрын

    @@jfruser - Don’t do recaps!!! They will handle poorly and I would never put them on the front. I sold tires out of my shop for 39 years. For highway trucks, gravel trucks, farm heavy trucks 3 ton & up, sure!! Not for car tires or really even LT tires. I wouldn’t sell what I wouldn’t run myself, even when I was strapped for cash.

  • @richardstoffel6585
    @richardstoffel65859 ай бұрын

    Imo, the C4 is the best Corvette year ❤❤ big hood, center fuel door, e-brake, I remember it just fit like a glove / fighter jet.

  • @aerynlovell4754
    @aerynlovell4754 Жыл бұрын

    I prefer analog gauges, but the digital gauges and interior in that car are very interesting. As long as you like it and it's reliable, that's all that matters. I had a 1988 Chevy Cavalier Z24 as my daily driver for several years, and I really liked that car. I even drove the Z24 through a ditch to get on the main road when my shortcut home was blocked by road construction. You buy what you can afford, and sometimes the car will surprise you in a good way.

  • @georgepelton5645
    @georgepelton5645 Жыл бұрын

    Nice Vette! I would stick with the 4+3 transmission, and keep the car mostly stock or easily restorable to stock. That should be a better investment than swapping in a 6-speed, which I predict will hurt resale value down the road.

  • @rlmach1


    11 ай бұрын

    I beleive that one should make a vehicle his or her own vehicle not necessarily save it for someone else. That being said I typically strike somewhere in the middle. Make personal changes that you enjoy and clean and preserve the original parts so that the next guy/gal can put them back if they desire.

  • @blkferrari355
    @blkferrari355 Жыл бұрын

    That's a really cool car and well worth the money spent in my opinion. I love the way those look and have always wondered what would it be like to own and drive. Great video and awesome narration. I found the video to be entertaining and informative without any of the annoyance I typically suffer through from other car videos. Great job keep up the good work!

  • @fattwin3802
    @fattwin3802 Жыл бұрын

    Great video, love the colors. I'm a C4 owner as well with a completely stock 87 Convertible with the Z51 suspension package and 37K miles, it drives like a dream. If you ever have to change the fuel pump you'll love how easy it is :)

  • @trumpwon8147
    @trumpwon8147 Жыл бұрын

    Dude as a auto mechanic with 28 years experience and just a all around car guy . One of the funnest cars I’ve ever driven and one that gets the most attention of any car I’ve ever driven. Is the Pontiac Fiero I got my son a few years ago

  • @palebeachbum
    @palebeachbum Жыл бұрын

    I'm amazed at how clean it is. This had to be someone's weekend toy. $10k seems fair for such a nice old car. That transmission is so odd. Based on your description of how it operates, it sounds like it's basically two different driving modes. Your regular gears 1-4 and your Overdrive 1-4. So shifting through the overdrive gear set is essentially like driving the car in Eco mode, like many modern cars have where they keep engine revs lower.

  • @bldontmatter5319


    Жыл бұрын

    Look up "old truck 3 speed on the tree with overdrive unit" This kinda overdrive "gear splitter" unit was much more common on very old trucks to make them effective 6 speeds

  • @johnross6314


    Жыл бұрын

    Actually, I own Z51 coupe with the 4+3. Very cool combo. I can push a button to engage OD at any forward gear except first gear. J Zoe’s for a cool set of gear options for every situation. Plus OD can be set to auto downshift like the old ATs kick down based on throttle position. There are other settings too. My motor is always tuned. It will get real life 30+ mpg on highway at 75-80 on level and rolling hills. Even for today, that is crazy efficient. The classis is solid as block of hard forged metal. Sure the inside has some plastic on plastic squeaks over rough roads. The Z51 overall rides well for the cars intended use. One of these days, it needs to have the original motor pickled, and put a modern 427 small block ZO6 motor that is tweaked. The C4 is so light +smaller compared to C5 and above. Would be a real screamer in the straights. In the corners, Z51 is as better IMO than a C7. The 4 speed and OD could easily handle the extra power. They were way over built for the stock motor. The digital gauges, once used to them, are very good. Not some goofy Tokyo by night set up.

  • @blueridge8992


    Жыл бұрын

    After seeing this car and the SN95 Mustang GT they bought, I’m convinced that I need to start shopping for my project cars in Colorado. Both of those cars were incredible examples for great prices.

  • @davidhillbrand2302
    @davidhillbrand2302 Жыл бұрын

    Looks really nice for a 34 year old car! Inexpensive V8 Fun!

  • @williamwhite9767
    @williamwhite9767 Жыл бұрын

    In 1963 I bought a 59 Chevy Impala 2 door hardtop that had the 283 V8 230hp and a 3 speed manual with electric overdrive. The stock rear had 4.10 gears with the OD. Over 45 mph in any gear when I let up on the gas pedal, the OD would come in. I loved that car!

  • @AccordionJoe1
    @AccordionJoe1 Жыл бұрын

    I owned a 1991 Corvette, midnight green metallic with saddle tan leather interior. Gorgeous car, handled great, lots of grunt. I sold it after one year because my wife and I both had trouble getting into and out of the car. The seats were actually several inches below the rocket panels.

  • @williammodlin2621
    @williammodlin2621 Жыл бұрын

    I don’t think you made a mistake at all. You’ll have a lot of fun with this car. I have a friend who (in the 80s) drove his Corvette year round here in Snow Hampshire. Wouldn’t recommend that though. I do have to say that all the rattles would drive me crazy. I guess you will always know that it’s a Chevy.

  • @vincentspencer3699
    @vincentspencer3699 Жыл бұрын

    Good looking C4 at a nice price!! I would love to see a series with a tune up and restoring it back to factory condition with some upgrades too

  • @randyrush9856
    @randyrush9856 Жыл бұрын

    Without a closer inspection, I would guess you headlight trouble was the result of a poor ground wire or the hot wire connection wasn't solid. Anyway, that would be my first inspection before going any further. The car looks great for the price, and congrats on ownership of an instant classic. And great find on a less common, very collectable 4+3. 👌

  • @brockobama257
    @brockobama25711 ай бұрын

    im getting into cars and i love this video. no cuts, just good audio and speaking to the camera.

  • @karlismierins2908
    @karlismierins2908 Жыл бұрын

    Always loved the C4 corvettes. Never liked the C3's at all. Glad the C4's are still so affordable. The digital dash is one of its best features.

  • @lunabouch
    @lunabouch Жыл бұрын

    For the price it looks like a smart choice for your needs. New tires should be a priority.

  • @kylebolt1951
    @kylebolt195110 ай бұрын

    Just picked up a 96 special edition with a lingenfelter 383. Cant wait to clean it up a bit. Fatty 315s on the back. Only down side its an auto, but John took care of that to and upgraded the whole trans,drive and rear end..little paint and it will be a head turner agian. Atm its a sleeper.. 450 hp 450tq primered up .. give yeah a smile from ear to ear..

  • @authenthuse5165
    @authenthuse5165 Жыл бұрын

    Case is getting more and more comfortable in presenting, especially while driving! Great video!

  • @frh-freerangehuman
    @frh-freerangehuman Жыл бұрын

    Nice buy! I’m not a Chevy guy but corvette is one I would buy , especially a 1978. I worked in a chev dealer in the early 90’s (funny enough for being a dodge guy back then) we had a 78 model on the lot that got to go fill with gas occasionally or take it out to get lunch. Loved that car

  • @MountainMan.
    @MountainMan.10 ай бұрын

    The digital instrument cluster was actually impressive. Pretty good technology for 1988

  • @MrMRMatthewMateo
    @MrMRMatthewMateo Жыл бұрын

    Great video dude. Love your love for the car, and you know exactly what you got. Keep it up!

  • @robmcelrath875
    @robmcelrath875 Жыл бұрын

    Had an 85 and the issues are always consistent at least! If you replace the headlight motor…do yourself a favor and just do both. Also watch your head gasket.

  • @robmcelrath875


    Жыл бұрын

    80s vettes all have oxidation because the paint formula changed at that time for environmental regulation…most need repainting

  • @scottstephens8300
    @scottstephens8300 Жыл бұрын

    Sweet ride! What a great find Kase, a steal imo! I thought those wheels were not stock, I had this exact car framed on my bedroom wall back in '88… know this car well…Awesome review!

  • @macd3346
    @macd3346 Жыл бұрын

    Excellent, fair review. I owned a 1996 and a 2000. I really like to get a 89 or 90 model. They really are fantastic. For the money, can't beat that ear to ear grin every time u get it going! Yours looks stellar, btw. 👌🏻

  • @zackkorth2410
    @zackkorth2410 Жыл бұрын

    i have an 87 trans am with that engine and they did not get much from those V8 engines, lazy is a great way to describe it. it isn't slow like you say but it's not an efficient use of potential either. it was probably a bit different in the 80's though, compared to buicks or ford tempos or whatever people with families were driving.

  • @Danny-ju2ip
    @Danny-ju2ip Жыл бұрын

    The sweet spot for c4 is the 94 to 96 years they fixed some of the recurring issues by then. But thats a great deal you got

  • @michaelbrown5980
    @michaelbrown5980 Жыл бұрын

    This was great! Definitely not a big mistake in my opinion. I think you found a cool old car to really enjoy and put some work into that will be satisfying to you. Thanks for sharing!

  • @notfuckingdrewmaria
    @notfuckingdrewmaria Жыл бұрын

    Don't usually like a C4, but sure like this one. Didn't know that about the trans. I have an LT1 optispark 1994 Z28... got it for 4500 bucks! love it and this reminds me of it.

  • @bigkev10101
    @bigkev10101 Жыл бұрын

    Beautiful 1988 C4. I had one as a daily from 1988 to 1993. I kept it for 12 years and it was a great car. My son and I just bought an 88 for a daily for him. He just graduated from VT.

  • @bobparker3215
    @bobparker3215 Жыл бұрын

    Good find and great overview Kase! Good to see you in front of the camera again. Price sounds about right for that spec having the manual. I used to want a C4 but I could never find a nice manual one so I got a Z28 instead. I always liked the later C4 "salad shooter" wheels better. I used my '88 Camaro as a summer daily for years; kept up the maintenance and it never left me stranded.

  • @cmdrdarwin3682
    @cmdrdarwin3682 Жыл бұрын

    Nice! I would skip that overly complicated manual transmission, but that’s probably why it gets such great highway mpg. That’s a great low mileage find for $10k!

  • @Skysmeller1
    @Skysmeller1 Жыл бұрын

    I had an 87, that L98 engine is fantastic and has great low end torque. Because the door windows are frameless take a look at all the rubber seals that contact the window. A good way to check is to hose the car.

  • @RollerCam
    @RollerCam Жыл бұрын

    Really well done video. Your cameraman did an excellent job at being steady and in focus.

  • @dpfitforlife81
    @dpfitforlife81 Жыл бұрын

    That is awesome! I am currently looking to buy a Corvette and would love to own a C4 but currently have some financial issues that need to be worked out. For me I am looking more toward the 1991 to 1996. I prefer the newer dash and styling of those years. If I get a manual I want it to be the 6 speed.

  • @GrandCamino6
    @GrandCamino6 Жыл бұрын

    Looks like you got a pretty nice example. The wheels modernize just a bit. I noticed that some 88’s had wheels that were a slightly different design from the 84-87 wheels. I never cared for them. The tires should be your top priority for safety although they do look pretty decent. I didn’t realize you had the ability to change everything to metric. That’s really cool for overseas buyers. Great review! 👍🏼 Ok ok who’s Apex Silver Evo VIII did you park next to?

  • @kasevr


    Жыл бұрын

    That one belongs to our racing driver Paul Gerrard

  • @Mike.Macmyazka


    Жыл бұрын

    @@kasevr I came to ask that same question initially but saw this response before adding it to my comment. Very nice. Both vehicles. Good luck on your updates and maintenance and I hope it is a great vehicle for you. Please share updates from time to time with it.

  • @wwd4534


    Жыл бұрын

    The wheels on this car are factory standard base model only in ' 88

  • @GrandCamino6


    Жыл бұрын

    @@wwd4534 These wheels mounted on his car are 92-96 wheels. 91 wheels were the same too but the finish was different. I know which 88 wheels you’re talking about. I don’t care for the style but these aren’t them.

  • @GrandCamino6


    Жыл бұрын

    @@wwd4534 Wow I didn’t actually realize that the base model wheels you mentioned are actually 16” wheels instead of 17’s. The ride is probably a little smoother with the extra sidewall. Maybe they’re not so bad after all lol

  • @greggguajardo2522
    @greggguajardo2522 Жыл бұрын

    Truly enjoyed the video and in 1000% agreement! I just purchased a 92C4 an I'm having a blast with it! My 74 was a blast as well!!

  • @christophermelrose8935
    @christophermelrose8935 Жыл бұрын

    Welcome to the Corvette Club, Bro;)) I just got a 1972 c3 corvette back in April and I am in the process of exporting the car back to the US from UAE. I understand what you are going through with previous owners that neglected the car. So, congratulations to you;))

  • @MrBillsfishin
    @MrBillsfishin Жыл бұрын

    Think you did ok. A few simple mods to the engine to add a few hp and it will be a good fun daily.

  • @samthecat8829
    @samthecat8829 Жыл бұрын

    Beautiful car, I've always loved Corvettes and the C4 was a huge leap forward in technology. Also the platform for the 250+ mph Callaway Twin Turbo Sledgehammer. Clamshell hood is an awesome feature, sadly not found on later cars. The black on red looks sharp too. I love GM, have had a V8 91 Firebird for 20 years now, still going strong. Well done video, and great deal on that very clean Vette. Still a head turner, and a great sports car.

  • @davidparrishproductions5082
    @davidparrishproductions5082 Жыл бұрын

    I think you got a real nice one. I have a real emotional attachment to the C4- it was just… the FUTURE man! Makes me happy seeing you appreciate yours .

  • @Havanorange
    @Havanorange Жыл бұрын

    It's a good looking car, for sure. I wouldn't change anything about the engine or exhaust. Tires, maintenance, and the speakers. Thanks for sharing through the video. Enjoy that beautiful ride.

  • @RegsChannel
    @RegsChannel Жыл бұрын

    Great job Kase! For 10k I would have been looking for a 4th gen Fbody personally as the LS1 is hard to turn down, and the "modern" conveniences are nice, but at the end of the day it's still a Vette! I'd be glad to volunteer my Trans am for a shootout if you are ever interested!

  • @panchosspeedshop8576


    Жыл бұрын

    I was cross shopping C4s and 4th gens. After driving a few, I settled for a nice LT4 96 C4 for less than the average nice 4th gen. Ive had two 4th gens before and the C4 is much more fun to drive.

  • @Lambykin


    Жыл бұрын

    Depends on the year - early 4th generation Camaros and Firebirds used the LT1. Later models (believe 1998 and newer) used the LS engine. My '95 Firebird has the LT1 engine, producing more power than the engine in the '88 Corvette. It's not the same engine as the Corvette - there are differences that can be found easily by searching, but the basics are the same. To compare fairly, you need to look at same model year Corvette to same model year Camaro/Firebird. The Corvette had different tuning & hardware that always allowed it to produce more power. There's no denying the capability and utility of the LS series engines. However, you can't go wrong with an LT1, either. Modern conveniences? You'd have to define what that is to you - I know of many, myself included, that are simply happy with the modern convenience of power windows, A/C, power brakes, and a working radio. I don't need cup holders, touch screens, or bluetooth in a vehicle.

  • @anthonysgarage
    @anthonysgarage Жыл бұрын

    I like it! Honestly, I prefer the C4 over the C3, especially the late C4's. (The later wheels are a nice touch👌🏻)The C3's just hung around too long. My only pet peeve about the C4 is that driver side floor area, but I'm sure once you get used to it, it's no big deal. Nice car! Look forward to seeing your upgrades.

  • @BearInThePhillipines


    Жыл бұрын

    At 6ft 2 I dont fit in these cars. Not sure when Chevrolet made a vet for big guys

  • @RetiredJEFF


    Жыл бұрын

    ​@@BearInThePhillipines I'm 6'5" and I fit.

  • @banditdarval9401
    @banditdarval9401 Жыл бұрын

    I love the classic colors of interior that they had.

  • @chrislee3414
    @chrislee341421 күн бұрын

    I love these. At 51, when I started getting into cars, the C4 was the new big thing, and I still love the turbine wheels in the early ones. And at 15-25+ mpg, that's better than my '08 Mazda CX9 v6.

  • @kennethstoia3857
    @kennethstoia3857 Жыл бұрын

    Your wheels are backwards. Those rims are designed to scoop air and direct it to the brakes.

  • @tinkeringtrucker5196


    Жыл бұрын

    They are not backward. They extract air

  • @dwbiggly6907


    Жыл бұрын


  • @towtruckdavid


    Жыл бұрын


  • @ckelley63


    Жыл бұрын

    Your brain is backwards lmao 😂😂😂

  • @ChicanoOne760


    Жыл бұрын

    @@tinkeringtrucker5196 that's how bar fights start

  • @originalscottfree
    @originalscottfree Жыл бұрын

    Wow, a kid that can drive a stick?!?!?!? That is less common than those old C4s with manual transmissions. I'm glad to see the younger crowd digging on the old C4s, I went through that phase a while ago and while I can't say I miss it I can say I had a lot of fun in mine. Just remember to collect the screws on the floor board that will accumulate while driving, you will need them to fasten the bottom of the dash board when you pull over; BLUE loc-tite helps with this. ;) Also order some bulbs for that cluster, you will need them soon OR you can do an LED swap...Lastly don't try to pull on just about anything, those L98s are pigs, absolute trash so save yourself some embarrassment. Just a heads up.... Enjoy your new whip! :)

  • @Native_don98
    @Native_don98 Жыл бұрын

    Great review!, definitely can see the knowledge and compassion you have on vette, as long as you’re happy we’re happy bro, great purchase!

  • @imabeliever244
    @imabeliever2443 ай бұрын

    I've had my black '90 L98 auto for 18 years now and we paid the same amount for our cars! What that tells me is that they are finally starting to edge back up in value. 5 years after I bought mine, I was seeing them for as low as 4-5k with similar mileage. They don't get a lot of love among "Corvette guys" but if you know what you're looking at, you realize how far ahead they were in performance in an era that wasn't especially known for that. I'd say it was a good purchase.

  • @erinfreize4717
    @erinfreize4717 Жыл бұрын

    Congratulations! I prefer the 1991-96 interior and front clip, or one later year for the LT1, a much better engine, but you obviously had your eye on an earlier model for all the right reasons. Well bought!

  • @tuckerperry8622
    @tuckerperry8622 Жыл бұрын

    Love these classic corvette’s keep up the good work

  • @Joe-rx7ht
    @Joe-rx7ht Жыл бұрын

    Nice! 🖤 Looks like the KITT 2000. I have a 1999 SVT Cobra in black. I feel the same way about it’s lines, style, simplicity and toy car looks. I personally can’t stand modern cars with their over complicated features, push button everything and extensive use of plastics, and driving aides.

  • @arewefree
    @arewefree Жыл бұрын

    I bought an 85 with 31,000 miles on it last fall. Just bringing it out now for a spin. The only issue is the horn. Doesn't toot, lol. Having it looked at this week and hopefully not to bad a fix. Car runs like brand new, love it. Mine's an automatic but does chirp the tires going into 2nd. lol. Has lots of power, takes seconds to get up to speed.

  • @harlandurant7014
    @harlandurant7014 Жыл бұрын

    That's a good price for a manual hardtop