C4 Vette Registry - The Best Resource on the Net for C4 Vettes! C4 Vette
Forums -> C4 General Discussion
Not Logged In! Login or Register!  Users Online: 10 / Help 
Features   CoolC4 Corvette Parts Auctions

Supporting Vendors
Bair's Corvettes
CorvetteClothing.com
VetteBookStore.com
Volunteer Vette Products
Mid America Motorworks

C4 of the Month
None Current
Enter Yours Today!
Vanity Plates
BIZARO
bizaro
Featured Links

Buy Now
Corvette Masterpieces: Dream Cars You'd Love to Own (Hardcover)
Corvette Masterpieces: Dream Cars You'd Love to Own (Hardcover)


Collector's Originality Guide Corvette C4 1984-1996 (Hardcover)
Collector's Originality Guide Corvette C4 1984-1996 (Hardcover)


Corvette: America's Sports Car Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Hardcover)
Corvette: America's Sports Car Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Hardcover)


Motor Trend - $5 for 12 issues.
Motor Trend
Only $5 for 12 issues.



| Hide Signatures and Profile Pics

 New Topic New Topic Post Reply Reply New Poll New Poll Search     Search Page [1]  
4/27/17 9:25am - Original Message: 'Average cost of maintaining a 1988 C4 by an HONEST mechanic?'
aldocar
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 12/3/2016
Posts: 34
The weather was good over the weekend and we put the top down on
Sunday and went for a ride the last time I was in my own convertible was in 1968 Satellite, 383 with a Hurst 4 speed. We had a great ride until I pulled into the garage the steering rack was leaking like hell. I took it to a mechanic that my friend uses for his 1981 corvette and he did check out my car when I bought it in Nov2016 and said the rack had leaked but since it sat for a while it was not leaking but would leak when I started using it, he was correct.

Got the estimate for a remanufactured or rebuilt rack, new starter as I was having issues, fuel filter parts and labor $1000 bucks. When I bought this car I expected to spend a minimum of between 500 to 1000 to keep it running in good condition it' s a 29 year old car.

I was curious what owners that use a mechanic spend on average a year to keep their C4 going. In a week the rack will be in and I hope this will be it for 2017. He was amazed of the condition of the under side no rust and he saw no other issues car was always garaged and has only 68000 miles on it.

My mechanical abilities were with old vw beetles, much simpler representing a much simpler life style maybe I should have bought the 1974 convertible I looked at, na I need the roar of a V8, the sticker shock at the pump, vacum hoses all over the place, and most of all I love the RIDE and it's a Corvette in all its beauty and faults.

Take care!!!!


____________________________________
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
 
Support C4VR!
Suport our advertisers
4/27/17 12:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Average cost of maintaining a 1988 C4 by an HONEST mechanic?'
Strats-N-Vettes
Standard Member
Moderator
- Send Private Message


Atchafalaya Basin, LA - USA

Vette(s):
Black 1979 L-82 Black 1996 LT1 Black 1999 Coupe

Joined: 3/20/2009
Posts: 428
I cannot help you much with an answer as I can turn my own wrenches.
 
 
I can offer this info as something to think about:
 
1- do you trust the diagnosis as what needs to be replaced?
 
if so:
2 - you can search the part online for pricing.
3 - you can search online for book time to R/R that part, then multiply it by the hourly labor rate in your area.
This formula gets you into the ball park of what a repair will cost.
 
 
Yearly maintenance is a car by car basis.
I spend about $30. a year on oil changes (don't drive it much).
 
 
 
More $$ if I need more power. Thumbs Up


____________________________________
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
4/28/17 4:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Average cost of maintaining a 1988 C4 by an HONEST mechanic?'
aldocar
Standard Member
- Send Private Message


Joined: 12/3/2016
Posts: 34
I did that looked up parts on different websites.  Thanks I did not look up time to repair thanks for that info.  I do trust the guy,  I was just curious as to what these cars run from what I gather they can be money pits even when they were new. thanks for your info.

____________________________________
 Reply Reply  Quote Reply w/Quote
 New Topic New Topic Post Reply Reply New Poll New Poll Search     Search Page [1]  
 Forums -> C4 General Discussion
(Moderator: Adams' Apple, Strats-N-Vettes, eddie20890)
 

 
Official C4 Vette Registry Community:
Home | Forums | Email | Who's Online | Clubs | Events | Member Stats

Other Official C4 Vette Registry Areas:
Members | Research | Shop | My Account | About C4VR
 

Corvette is a registered trademark of the General Motors Corporation(GM) & Chevrolet Motor Division. Vette Registries, LLC is responsible for all site content (except for member submitted content or where otherwise noted) and does not claim or imply that Chevrolet or GM is responsible for Official C4 Vette Registry content. Vette Registries, LLC is independent from GM and is not affiliated with, sponsored or supported by GM.  Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended, or implied and are in fact used to support GM, Chevrolet and Corvette

Official C4 Vette Registry content is Copyright 2001-2017, Vette Registries, LLC. Content may not be reused without written consent. All Rights Reserved. NS

Corvette (Vette) Model Years on this site: 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 30