Saturday, October 4, 2008

About my Vette

A couple pics and the order list for my 2008 Chevrolet Corvette....

This is what is listed on the 'window sticker' which, despite the federal warning on the sticker that says 'do not remove prior to delivery to ultimate purchaser', was not on the window at all. It was folded up with the rest of the 'day 1 info packets'. I was glad it wasn't on the window because it meant they washed the sticker goo off and I didn't have to worry about it.

2008 Corvette Coupe

  • Exterior: Black, Interior: Ebony
  • 6.2 Liter 436 HP Engine, 6-Speed Paddle
  • City MPG: 15, Highway MPG: 25, Average: 18
  • 77% of parts from US/Canadian sources, Engine and Transmission Country of Origin: United States
  • Final Assembly: Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
Standard Equipment (what every Vette coupe comes with this year)
  • Mechanical
    • LS3 6.2 Liter engine
    • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
    • Active Handling
    • Traction Control System
    • 4 wheel independent suspension system
    • Power speed sensitive rack and pinion steering
    • Differential limited slip
    • 5 spoke aluminum wheels
    • Extended mobility tires w/ tire pressure monitor (this means it shipped with run-flats)
    • Oil life monitoring system
  • Safety & Security
    • Airbags, frontal, passenger sensing system
    • 1 year OnStar Safe and Sound
    • Keyless access with push button start
    • Theft deterrent system and alarm
    • Antilock brake system
    • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Exterior
    • Power heated outside mirrors
    • Power driver outside mirror with auto-dimming
    • Roof panel, removable
    • Headlamps, xenon, high intensity discharge (fog and high beams are xenon, the regular ones are HID)
    • Fog lamps
    • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Interior
    • AM/FM, CD Player, MP3 Formatt, Input Jack, Radio Data System
    • XM Satellite Radio
    • Auto dual zone air conditioning
    • Floor mats, carpeted
    • Auto dimming rearview mirror with compass
    • Driver Information Center
    • Cruise control with resume
    • Windshield wipers, intermittent
    • Seats, bucket, leather seating surfaces
    • Power seat adjust-driver, 6 way
    • Leather wrap steering wheel
    • Power door locks and windows
    • Electric rear window defroster
    • Remote hatch and fuel door release
    • Power hatch pull down (this is a 'last inch' positive closure feature, it isn't a 'from full open' deal like some newer SUVs and minivans have)
Options (things I picked to have installed at the factory)
  • 3LT Preferred Equipment Group (they used to offer 3 'packages' of features, then for 2008 they added the 4LT group that just had a different type of leather that I didn't care for) includes:

    • AM/FM, 6 disc CD changer, MP3 format, Bose Premium 7 Speaker System (an unfortunate inclusion, I plan on ripping this stuff out, but didn't realize there was going to be a bose logo on the speaker grills for each of the doors, that is going to be an issue)
    • Heads-up display (speed, tach, and radio on the window, but also oil temp (well several temp options), gear, and a g-force meter, customizable of course so you only see what you need)
    • Power telescoping steering wheel
    • Heated Seats
    • Memory package (each key automatically recalls settings, including moving the seat and steering wheel, then when you shut the car off moves them to 'easy exit/entry position' which rocks)
    • Universal home remote (which GM decided to screw up by moving from HomeLink that everyone understands to Car2U which isn't as popular yet)
    • Side impact airbags, driver and passenger
    • Seats, adjustable sport bucket with perforated leather inserts
    • Power seat adjust passenger, 6-way
    • Luggage shade and parcel net (I put the shade on, it covers the trunk area, but did not put the net on. I haven't had trouble with things flying out of the luggage area and it doesn't look very nice)
  • Steering wheel radio controls
  • Magnetic selective ride control, includes driver selectable tour and sport settings, larger cross-drilled brake rotors
  • Dual roof package (instead of just the solid removable roof, I have the solid and a tinted glass one)
  • Transmission, 6-speed paddle shift automatic (has regular auto mode, sport-tuned auto mode, and paddle-shift mode with computer override so you can't blow the engine)
  • Dual mode exhaust (at low RPMs the exhaust is 'quiet' (it is still a Vette though) but when you hit 3500 it opens the exhaust up and it roars - one of my earliest mods was a manual override so I can turn off 'quiet mode' when i want)
  • Competition gray aluminum wheels (no dealers had these to look at, one dealer said he wouldn't 'let' me order them because they were ugly and only chrome was good. well, I bought them, and I've gotten complements from some other dealers, some service people, and a random guy in a parking lot, they look hot on a black car)
  • Front tire - P245/40ZR18
  • Rear tire - P285/35ZR19

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