For all of our members waiting for their SPRING
TIME Convertible to arrive the following information will be of interest.
The Maximum number of Convertibles that the Bowling Green plant can
produce is 45% of production and they are now producing 44.9% of
They are MAXED !!!!!
March 29, 2000
does not a Sports Car make.....what does makes it, is all the components
added together to achieve a single goal. That goal becomes a
complete package of High Performance. All the HP in the world
doesn't matter if you can't control it on the pavement. The
"RUMORED ONE" is a integrated package which will make use of
every ounce of HP the engine delivers by turning it into
Performance. It appears the old adage "don't believe everything
you read", applies to the recent GM Press Release regarding the Features
& Benefits 5.7L V8 (LS6) Car Engine "Corvette" Model Year
2001 located on the GM Power train and Camaro-SS/LS6data web sites.
Our email and telephone has been overwhelmed with membership comments
of, "Is that all the HP we're going to get?". Well,
as the Registry has been saying, the "RUMORED ONE" is a COMPLETE
PACKAGE and every COMPONENT works to benefit each other to create a BAD TO
THE BONE upcoming C5 Corvette. Items of interest includes a
completely re-designed GYMKHANA Performance Handling Suspension
Package. This suspension is so completely modified that it has been
assigned its own RPO Code. A VERY HEAVY DUTY 6-Speed Transmission
(again with its own special RPO code) has been specifically designed for
use in this C5. We have not even begun to touch on all the other
improvements and performance enhancements which will be included in this
package. But in order to keep your hopes high, we are advising you,
our members, that the HP is HIGHER than has been posted by other web sites
noted above. In an effort to be ready to advise C5 Registry Members
first, we are announcing on July 1st, at 12:01AM we will post a complete
web page dedicated to the RUMORED ONE. With all the OFFICIAL GM
specs and information, as well as pictures for our members. Stay
tuned for future developments!
March 26, 2000
WHO IS THE C5 CUSTOMER??? According to the Vette Gazette, Bowling Green's
Corvette plant newsletter, the people most likely to buy Corvettes are 48
years old, 80% male, 79% married and has a household income of $125,000.
March 25, 2000
DEMAND FOR THE C5 HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER.... Beginning Monday, April 10th
the Adult Toy Workshop increases the hourly shifts by 3 additional hours
per week which equates to 40 additional C5 toys. This great news means
that from this point until the end of the 2000 production year (June), 360
units have been added to Corvette's production schedule due to the
continuing demand of the C5 in the marketplace.
March 24, 2000
For all C5 owners
who have always wanted a factory installed CD Changer - - We have music to
your ears! We have just been notified by Registry Dealer Bruce Glueck (Bruce
Glueck Chevrolet VC001) of the upcoming release of a FACTORY OEM CD
INSTALLATION KIT Part # 12496743 (available mid-April). Bruce said he
would order for C5 Registry members for the price of $89.00 including UPS
shipping to any of the continuous 48 states. The factory 12 DISC CD PLAYER
Part # 25685332 is also available to C5 Registry members for the price of
$549.00 including shipping to the above mentioned areas. Of course Florida
residents will have to pay the state. Please contact Ken Bassett, Parts
Director, Bruce Glueck Chevrolet at 1-904-792-1111 to place your order.
March 16, 2000
Benefits 5.7L V8 (LS6) Car Engine "Corvette" Model Year 2001 The
information is announced on the internet......click
here for more info http://www.camaro-ss.com/ls6data.html
Thanks to Scott Payne for brining it to the attention of the C5 Net and
the Registry....And thanks to the CSSOA and Rick Mast for posting this
info ....It sure looks 2001 is going to get EXCITING......"
March 11, 2000
The C5 Registry is going to Le Mans,
France for the famous 24hrs of Le Mans June 11-21,2000. It will be a 10
day trip and we will be shipping our C5s to Europe with us. We will be
leading the famous Le Mans Parade on Friday June 16th,2000. CLICK
HERE for more info. We only have room for 20 C5s so get back to
the Registry if plan on attending.
All of our European Members are invited to
join us at Le Mans, where we will have a parking corral for Corvettes
only. For our European members please invite any Corvettes (no matter what
the year) to join us. We need to get the word out through out Europe that
there will be a gathering of Corvettes at Le Mans and all European
Corvette owner are invited to attend.
February 29, 2000
C5'ers, have you seen the April 2000
issue of Motor Trend? Let me call an interesting article to your
attention. On page 54, John Coletti makes some pretty strong boasts about
his new baby, the Mustang Cobra R. To make things worse, and what really
got our danders up, the article's author, Jack Keebler, snidely insinuates
that the Viper GTS would make a more worthy competitor for the Cobra than
would our beloved C5. Well... Of course, we
couldn't let this go unchallenged...so... Below is the letter we have sent
to Motor Trend by email as well as snail mail. I think the gauntlet has
been dropped, don't you? Members, if they take the challenge and invite to
a shootout, are you with us? Will you be there in the Corvette's
hour of need? ARE YOU FAITHFUL WHEN OUR BELOVED HAS BEEN BERATED????? . We
will stand ready to back up our letter at any time or any place... more to
Jake and Dan
Dear C. Van Tune, Editor-In-Chief,
It has come to our attention here at the C5 Registry that some Ford
manager with "unbridled Mustang enthusiasm" (no doubt after
consuming a few adult beverages) has made some pretty bold comments about
his new Mustang Cobra R. As a long time reader (>25 years) of Motor
Trend, I have always found your articles to be of the highest standards,
and full of useful consumer information. But Mr. Coletti has gone too far,
especially when his suggestion that his pony would benefit from being on
the same racetrack with America's sports car was countered with the
article's author's suggestion that a Viper would be a worthier opponent.
Corvette is, and has always been, the only true American sports car worthy
of the name, and we are confident of the C5's abilities to withstand any
challenge from this new and limited edition so-called competitor. In fact,
on behalf of over 4000 C5 Registry members ( www.c5registry.com
), and the million-plus owners of Corvettes (almost all of whom, by
the way, have air-conditioning and stereo systems), we accept John
Coletti's "BOLD" challenge. To prove our point, I think it would
only be fair for me to bring my personal, right off the showroom floor,
2001 Special Edition C5 to any place of Motor Trend's choosing at any time
that is convenient for Mr. Coletti. I invite him to bring his best Cobra R
driver to the shootout, and I will cajole some of my friends to help me
with the driving, as well.
Let me emphasize that,
while I have no official connection with General Motors in any way, as a
Director of the C5 Registry, and as a loyal Corvette owner and driver, I
will make every effort to defend the Corvette in this proposed challenge.
I see no need to bother General Motors with this insignificant skirmish
with Ford. In fact, to be fair (and since your writer, Mr. Jack
Keebler stated that a "fairer matchup" would be with a Viper
GTS,) I suggest that you contact the Viper Club of America and
invite them to bring to this "shootout" any factory fresh, right
off the showroom floor GTS that they can find. (Preferably one that can
last at least a day without breaking down-I realize this may be
difficult...) Please know that while Mr. Coletti is waiting for my arrival
in his non-airconditioned, no-radio, no back seat Cobra, I'll be tooling
to the rendezvous with my AC on and my Bose CD player blasting, grooving
to "Radar Love" and basking in the knowledge that I have spent
$5000 less than him. Oh, by the way, my C5 won't be red-I haven't yet
decided which one of the five available colors I will order, but I'm
leaning towards Millennium Yellow...I want to make sure that Mr. Coletti
won't have any problems seeing the Corvette out front.
Now that Mr. Coletti's adult beverages have worn off, and he's grabbing
for the aspirin bottle after reading his comments in the cold light of
day, please let him know that I will bring a case of Tums to the track to
relieve the gargantuan case of indigestion that he will have from eating
all that crow...
You can reach me at the address below, or by contacting me through our web
Or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My new Corvette will be delivered in early August, and I will be ready any
time, any place.
Director C5 Registry
PO Box 541023
Merritt Island, FL 32954-1023
(321) 452 2743
February 29, 2000
The 1999 Nassau Blue C5 Registry
show car has been sold. We are waiting the delivery of our new 2000
Millennium Yellow - Courtesy of Steve Moore Chevrolet.
February 28, 2000
One can find
"HOT NEWS" in the strangest places! The just released Year
"2001 GM Product Preview Fleet and Commercial" Vehicle Guide
lists the following: There will be two new colors for Corvette in model
year 2001 - a new (REGISTRY we can hope ! ) WHITE(40U) and
QUICKSILVER Metallic (13U).Neither of these colors are premium
paint, but they come at the expense of three deletes, (10U) Arctic White,
(12U) Sebring Silver and (23U) Nassau Blue. BUT the BIG NEWS is the NEW
and IMPROVED LS1 for 2001. GM has rated the horsepower at 350 at
5,600 rpm with no change to torque listed. This was accomplished with a
NEW CAM and INTAKE Manifold. Not to be left out the F-Body SS & WS6
LS1 will also benefit from the new CHANGES as they will be rated at 345
hp. Under the Guides heading "MAJOR CHANGES for 2001" they list
a "New Generation ABS/TCS/AH Systems" and "NEW CHROME
EXHAUST TIPS". Active Handling (JL4) will become a standard
"Safety Feature", for all models (adding an est. $325.00 to the
base MSRP for 2001). It appears 2001 is starting to look "VERY
February 21, 2000
There have been
several discussions on the C5Net regarding adjusting the steering effort.
There has even been a posting on the internet advising that this is
available through the use of a Tech2 diagnostic tool. The 1999 and 2000
model year service manuals even have a reference advising that this is
possible. We have done some research into this and it is NOT possible to
adjust the steering effort on a Corvette. The service manuals are
incorrect and a bulletin will be published advising dealers and
technicians of this fact. Chevrolet would like to get this information out
to as many C5 owners as possible so that any confusion regarding this can
February 18, 2000
On February 3, 2000 The plant began
installing a passenger side air bag switch
on all new 2000 C5s. The switch is located in the glove compartment
and is operated with the ignition key.
The indicator lamp is located on the center
console near the active handling switch and the F45 selector switch
(if equipped) .....Because of the
addition of the switch in the glove compartment
Corvette has changed the pouch for the owners manual from a zippered
pouch to a non zippered pouch which closes with Velcro. They also
had to change the owners manual (2nd
edition) because of this air bag change
(See pages 1-24 of the new owners manual) .......Thanks to member
Ross Kuala C5R# X2260 for this
We've just received a call from Lisa Stanick,
Assistant Brand Manager-Corvette, she stated: "The Bowling Green
Assembly Plant will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC from Monday March 6th through
Friday March 17th due to product build tryouts. We apologize for any
inconvenience this has caused." Translation: this means
that that they will be running a large number of 2001 prototype C5
Corvettes. Lisa requested the C5 Registry get this information out to the
public in case you are planning a trip.
It is our speculation that
these 01's will be Press Corvettes used in the advanced press introduction
scheduled for mid-May 2000. At this event all of the car magazine editors
and their staff have the opportunity to test drive the upcoming model year
Corvette. Of course, they will be under a strict embargo agreement until
July 1, 2000 (they cannot publish or say anything about what they see,
hear, or touch). We speculate that Chevy will have all types of C5's there
including.....the most RUMORED one.
So if you're planning a
plant trip in March because you wanted to see your C5 being built, you
will not be able to get in between March 6th and the 17th.
But Dan's Say's, if you
still want to go, bring your camera and a zillion rolls of film and start
shooting everything that comes out the door !!
Jake and Dan
The Cadillac Evoq will be on display at
the Bowling Green Corvette Plant on February 14 & 15 so that employees
can get a close-up look at what may possibly be built in the BG
plant. Not only will plant employees get a chance to see the
car, but they will get a chance to ask questions to Dave Leone, Evoq chief
engineer; and Renee Conneally, assistant brand manager, who will be
accompanying the Evoq. They will distribute Evoq flyers and show a
video that explains the features of the car.
In May, GM's Strategy Board will decide if and when the Evoq will be
built. Bowling Green was one of the plant's given the opportunity to
propose a business case for the Evoq. This includes the structural,
manufacturing, labor and planning costs associated with the
production. The goal being to present the lowest cost business case
that works best.
February 6, 2000 - The
Corvette proved to be a tremendous
challenge to the Viper!
The C5 Registry congratulates Corvette
Racing on a tremendous and exciting race. There were 20 Sports Racers
entered in the 80-car field. None of them escaped without some sort of
mechanical problem. The best of them, the Dyson Racings No. 20 Riley
& Scott/Ford which won here in 1997 and 99, was leading until there
were two hours left in the race. However, their new 5.5-liter Lozano
Brothers Lincoln V8 gradually lost power, leaving them helpless to defend
against the onslaught of a furious GTO class battle between the three Team
Oreca Vipers and two Chevrolet Corvette C5-Rs. The Vipers and Corvettes
put on a show that will not soon be forgotten by those who witnessed it.
One of each make fell by the wayside near the end, but it was a chase to
the finish, as Ron Fellows pushed the Number 3 Corvette hard in pursuit of
the Viper, but came up 30.879 seconds short, a very-very small
amount after 24 hours of hard racing. The closest finish in 24 Hours of
Daytona history! The C5 Registry has never been more proud to be
associated with Corvette, and the Corvette Racing effort! Corvette Racing
has a tremendous team this year. Drivers for the 2000 C5-R's are:
5 Finishers Overall:
1. Olivier Beretta/Karl Wendlinger/Dominique Dupuy,
No. 91 GTO Viper Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R, 723 laps/107.207mph
2. Justin Bell/Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel,
No. 3 GTO Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, -30.879sec
3. David Donohue/Jean-Philippe Belloc/Ni Amorin,
No. 93 GTO Viper Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R, -4 laps
4. James Weaver/Rob Dyson/Max Papis/Elliott Forbes-Robinson,
No. 20 SR Dyson Racing R&S/Ford, -6 laps
5. Tommy Archer/Marc Duez/Vincent Vosse/Jean-Philippe Belloc,
No. 92 GTO Viper Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R, -32 laps
Dave Hill Comments C5
Registry Dinner 24 Hours At Rolex 24 Hours of Datona:
"Thrill to be with you
celebrate partnership with Jim Campbell. Recognize Henry Iovino unsung
hero in creation of C5 Corvette. Human Factors Development Engineer.
Pledged to take the C5 to the best human factors. Responsible for the long
lasting relationship we have with these cars.
One year ago that we initiated
C5 Factory racing. What we have accomplished in the past 12 months is
amazing. Corvette won Mid Ohio SCCA runoffs. John Heinricy, the World
Challenge Winner. Motorola Cup - Corvette won today and there will be more
C5s competing and likely successful.
We are proud car is doing
extremely well with inaugural year. Chances for tomorrow are better than
expected and quite good. Competing on equal footing with Viper. 1200 kg
both running at. Outlook for this weekend is very good a
"delicious" day in the history of racing for Corvette.
Fundamentals of the car that
make it a streetcar also make it a great racecar. Looking forward to
introducing 2001 to the press in early May. Worked 2002 early Beta
vehicles through winter test program and preparing to build prototype test
vehicles. Our 50th anniversary is starting to crystallize. C6
intensely involved in the planning of the C6. Daunting challenge to come
up with a Corvette better than the one we have now. Going to CA to test
some ideas on potential customers. The 2005 model year preparing
experimental mules. Simultaneous preparations continue on all model years
2001 2005. We want to understand the customer as an enthusiast and a
friend. Lots of wonderful things coming from Team Corvette. Thanks for a
great turn out! "
Question: How soon will be see an
engine that smokes the LS1?
Dave Hill: "We have some good stuff
coming in the 2001 model year. Speculation is incorrect that all Corvettes
will not be improved next year. All of the Corvettes performance and
acceleration will be improved in the 2001 year."
the new 8100 Engine that was mentioned in recent Magazine articles, be put
in the upcoming Model Corvette?
think that it is right to keep the existing excellent mass efficiency and
mass distribution. We will continue to make the engine we have better and
faster. No, we will not change the engine configuration in a big way, it
is not in the plans. It would take away from the car and its great
attributes. Ordering information will be in dealerships the first of July.
Come to the Birthday Bash!!"
February 3, 2000
Is our C5 gaining weight? And losing fuel capacity? In reviewing some
recent technical bulletins, it came to our attention that the stated
weight for a C5 Coupe from 1997 to 1999 was 3245 lbs. In 2000, the C5
Coupe weighs in at 3246 lbs. Along the same lines, the 2000 Convertible
has increased from 3246 lbs. to 3248 lbs. The 2000 FRC (supposedly the
light-weight of the bunch) went up 21 pounds from 3152 in 1999 to 3173 in
2000!!! And besides this,. . . don't plan on going as far on fill ups! The
stated gas tank size has dropped from 19.1 gallons (1997-1999) to 18.5
gallons in all 2000 C5s. Again, this is just published materials and there
is always room for error. We are going to ask some of the experts at
the C5 Registry Dinner
(February 4) in Daytona at the 24 Hours of Rolex.
Look for another update soon!
February 1, 2000
Some of you have reported an up-and-down "wobble" in your (AQ9)
Sports Seat - primarily on the driver's side (and with low mileage). Some
reports indicate that the wobble is as much as 1/4 inch most noticeable
during acceleration and deceleration. The information that we have
received is that the problem appears to be with the adjuster mechanism.
There is no "home fix" for this problem and GM is aware of the
problem and working on it. If we receive additional information on this
topic, we will be sure and pass it on.
January 31, 2000
Corvette Gets New Base Wheel! Chevrolet
Sales Information Bulletin Y-00-1 provides all the latest details on the
wheel change. Here is the bulletin in it's entirety:
"The Corvette Brand Team is pleased to
announce that starting with the January 24th production week, a new
5-spoke aluminum wheel has been made standard on all 2000 models. This
wheel, identified with the RPO code of QG1, has painted surfaces and comes
in the following sizes: 17" x 8.5" for the front and 18" x
9.5" for the rear. The QG1 wheel replaces the previously standard
5-spoke wheel (QD4). This new wheel will be produced by a different
supplier. By making this change, we are enabling the previous supplier to
concentrate their efforts on providing us with greater quantities of the
QF5 high-polished wheel. As this new wheel will be standard, there will be
no change in price. The high-polished aluminum wheel (QF5) and the
magnesium wheel (N73) remain unchanged and are available on all models at
an additional cost. No action is required on your part as future generated
orders will reflect this change."
on the wheels at the left for a larger
view of the new wheel styles.
There has been quite a bit of discussion floating
around on the C5 Net about a Base QD4 Painted Wheel change. As some have
already heard and brought to our attention, it is true that a new and
improved Base QG1 Wheel has gone into production (effective 1/24). As
mentioned on the C5 Net, the wheel is coming from a new supplier. Initial
feedback from those who have seen it is that the paint job on the new
wheel is a lot slicker! And the design is the same basic look at the
Magnesium (N73) wheel. But in painted aluminum instead of magnesium. As a
point of information, the RPO Code QD4 will refer to the Base Wheel for
model year 2000 produced in 1999 and the RPO Code QG1 will refer to the
Base Wheel for model Year 2000 produced in the second half (after 1/24/00)
of the production year. You guys are good! . . . as questions have risen
regarding forged vs. non-forged . . . we are still investigating that
information. We believe each change made to the C5 is designed to make the
C5 even better and lighter and are sure this decision fits with that same
The Registry has learned that Active
Handling (RPO JL4) will become a standard
item on the 2001 Model Year. We expect the base price of the
Corvette to raise accordingly. We know
that Active Handling is a great safety
related feature and we applaud GM's Corvette management for this
decision. The information on the 2001 is
starting to trickle in, so you may
want to start a 2001 file for all the information.
January 24, 2000
According to some recent magazine articles,
there is an opinion that Arctic White (RPO 10U) may be discontinued as
well in favor for the "new" Pearlized White rumored to debut in
the 2001 model year. This Pearlized White will be a striking color if it
lives up to the color they have used on the Cadillac line. The paint, very
heavily inlaid with silver metallic, has a brilliant hue. This will be a
premium color option, with an additional cost. As the end of the model
year approaches, we will know more.
January 22, 2000
The word is out that Nassau Blue (RPO 23U), which has fallen to
a total production of 2% (562 total C5s through January 24, 2000) IS GOING
AWAY! For those of you who have Nassau Blue in the order banks, you should
be in good shape. For those of you who have been thinking about ordering
one, NOW IS THE TIME! Nassau Blue MAY be discontinued before the end of
the 2000 model year.
January 19, 2000
There has been some C5 Net discussion on the headlamp on/off operation. We
have recently learned from one of our Corporate Member Dealers that the
head lamp assembly opening and closing mechanism has been modified. The
old assembly was exclusive only to the C5 Corvette and consisted of
several parts that were metal. In an effort to "streamline"
parts acquisition, they "modified" the parts from the F-Body
(Firebird) vehicles to fit in the C5. One noticeable change is that most
of the entire assembly is plastic (ie: Corvette is always looking for ways
to save weight), as opposed to the previous metal assembly. This may help
explain why some C5 owners have not been able to locate parts for the
original head lamp assembly. We believe that GM is working on a Parts
package to replace any old metal assemblies with the newest design.
Chevrolet just last week identified the root cause of this
concern. It is a problem with the motor shaft being to long, this allows
the linkage to miss the down "stop" when the headlamp door
closes. Engineers are currently working to develop and publish a fix for
this condition. Replacing the electronic module will not correct the
Just In! Want to know how many
2000 C5's there are like yours? We now have the Mid-Year production
numbers for the 2000 Model Year Corvette listed by RPO. Click
Here to view the chart.
There have been a lot of "COMMENTS" regarding the RARE
Millennium Yellow C5s with Torch Red interior. I know all of you are
asking "How RARE are they?" As of December 15, 1999, there were
only 30 built: 23 coupes and 7 convertibles. The only details that we can
share at this time are: 13 of the 23 coupes have automatic transmission
and 10 are 6-speeds and 3 of the convertibles are automatics and the
remaining 4 are 6-speeds.
has been a lot of misinformation circulating about a recent Administrative
Message pertaining to Brake Rotor Pulsation.
We have received the most recent Administrative
Bulletin (#VSG19990282)"Click Here" which clarifies the
appropriate GM vehicles involved. The original Administrative Message did
not include the list of vehicles. Corvette is
NOT one of the affected vehicles.
We hear there is the possibility of
two new "premium tint coat" colors being considered for 2001
production. It is not clear if both colors will both be available but
certainly one of the two will. Dave Hill, Corvette's chief engineer, made
mention while in Las Vegas "There will be an additional tint coat in
the future" -Note: Many C5 Registry members
are looking for a new "silver" - rumored to be called
"sterling silver. "Special colors are more expensive
in part due to a shorter shelf life and a more time consuming paint
We have learned that the second color
option will be a "pearlized white" - called Pearl White. This
color is reported to be very close to the currently used Cadillac
exterior. Dan says, " A pearlized white with torch red interior would
bring back shades of '53!"
C5Net MEMBERS! ... The time
has come and today is the day, if all goes well. I'll be moving all of you
over to the new server for the C5Net. I ask that you don't post any
messages to the net until the conversion is over as the mail will not
transfer that is already there. Once you're all added to the new server,
I'll turn off your ability to post to the old server. The new address to
post to the C5Net is C5NET@LISTSRV.PALMNET.NET
Make SURE you change this in your address books in your e-mail program.
Once the server conversion is complete, and the existing archives are
downloaded, the old server will be history.
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