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Old 07-12-2010, 12:32pm   #1
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Got an email today. For $5,800 you can help build the engine for your Z or ZR1. While it would be interesting...Firstly, I don't think the union is going to let you do anything meaningful. Secondly, why???

GM says Corvette buyers can build their own engine - Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive - USATODAY.com
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:48pm   #2
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If I had a few million to through around I would spend $5800 to see my ZR1 built, in the mean time I will have to live with my poor mans Vettes
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Got an email today. For $5,800 you can help build the engine for your Z or ZR1. While it would be interesting...Firstly, I don't think the union is going to let you do anything meaningful. Secondly, why???
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But GM promises the experience won't just mean you hang around watching while someone else builds the engine. The customer will build it under supervision and support from skilled technicians.
I think it's a cool, and definitely unique idea.

The Wixom, MI Performance Build Center only employs 26 people. I really doubt the "union-only" mentality is all that strong compared to the large manufacturing plants. They obviously already agreed to this deal, and is perhaps partly why the option price seems so expensive.

As for why, Some people just LIKE that kind of stuff, and even better than just seeing your new engine get built would be to say you built it.
I mean geez, look how many Corvette owners get a thrill out of just being the first person to start their new car at the end of the assembly line. I have little doubt more than a few will try this, just for the experience of it.

It will be interesting to see how many participate in this program, and see what they have to say about it. If I could afford a new ZR1, I'd sure consider doing it.


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I used to drive past the Build Center all the time when I lived there and it's not very exciting on the outside. If I had that kind of money to throw around I would go and watch them build the motor for my Z, they might even let me torque a few bolts or put on a plug wire. I bet you get a shirt and a pic with the builder and some exec too!

The shirt could say... "I paid 6K to handle nuts in Wixom, MI".
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an otion to help assemble the LS7 or LS9
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i'd do it if i had money to burn
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