Saturday, June 18, 2016

Worth a Look?: 1988 Chevrolet Corvette 4+3

When it comes to cars, image can be everything. Face it. Even the most single-minded performance enthusiasts among us are keenly aware of how our cars look. As demonstrated by this C4 Corvette, a car's image can be its downfall. Find this 1988 Chevrolet Corvette for sale in Liberty, MO for $4,500 via craigslist.


A decent, common V8.  A low-slung aerodynamic body. 2 doors. RWD. Seats with good lateral support. Acceptable handling. A 4-speed manual transmission. 65K on the clock. Cheap to own. Taken together, these ingredients usually point to a car appreciating right out of the Daily Turismo price range. Instead, this car is valued somewhere between a 2008 Chevy Aveo and a 2009 Hyundai Elantra.  


Over the years this car's value has sunken like a middle-aged man in a waterbed weighed down with gold chains.  As if the C4 did not have enough of an image problem, this one has been hit by hurricane Chachi. The white exterior plus white seats on brown carpet equal a perfect storm of rapey vibes and this is reflected in the car's subterranean asking price.


Who knows when or if the C4 will become collectable. Don't hold your breath. For now, however, it looks like a real bargain and a chance for those truly passionate drivers to walk the walk. Impressions be damned.  


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12 comments:

  1. I don't remember the 4+3 OD transmission. How does that work? I remember the irritating one that would shift you straight to fourth if you were driving gently. Who ever asked for that?

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    1. Nobody likes that feature, it's a cheat by the factory that allows the Vette to test better for CAFE ratings and avoid a gas-guzzler surcharge.

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  2. Here's a basic video (watch his left leg): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuMvb46dPlc

    It's a 4 speed with overdrive. The interesting part is that the overdrive is available on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th... hence the +3 part of the equation.

    Really, most of the time you would use this as a standard 4 speed with an overdrive to simulate 5th on the highway. Who needs OD in 2nd?

    To properly get into any of the +gears, you disengage the clutch, push down the button on top of the shifter, then re-engage the clutch. It's a cool feature, but not really a better alternative to a standard 5 speed. What I don't know is, if you're in OD driving in 4th let's say, what happens when you drop all the way back to 1st at a stop? When you get going again and hit 2nd on up, does it stay in OD or does it revert to non-OD? Anyone know? Basically, once you engage OD, does it stay engaged until you disengage?

    I have no direct experience with one, but supposedly, the ones that have been abused or not been used properly end up being a money pit. The solution for most of these is a 5 or 6 speed swap.

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    1. Thanks for the explanation, I never understood how these worked. Funny concept

      I remember my dads Volvo 240 had an overdrive button on the shifter, we use to pretend that it was for warp speed : )

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    2. the way the Volvo one works is if you shift out of 4th gear position it automatically comes out of overdrive to protect the trans. I would hope the vette has the same feature

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  3. Hey that's a nice, new, matching steering wheel cover.

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  5. I don't mind the white seats. They probably don't get as hot on a sunny day. But isn't this the dreaded "crossfire" V8?

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  6. We had the 240 wagon with a 4 speed +overdrive thingy....stopped working after awhile, and 3 grand to fix it didn't sit to well with me, so we just lived without it....seems pretty stupid to me, after all...why not just build a 5 speed overdrive tranny, and forget all the hydraulic od crap that will just break after awhile....I figured out down the road why it probably gave it up...the po had installed a huge trailer hitch...had probably towed something heavy, while in od...duh

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  7. Are the wheels on backweirds?

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  8. This was known in the day as The Doug Nash Overdrive - see http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum/bangshift/tech-section/46565-doug-nash-enterprises-overdrive-dne2-us-gear-dual-range-revival for description and pics. We, Gear Vendors (modified Laycock de Normanville constant mesh planetary overdrive system) put Doug Nash and Advanced Adapters out of business

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  9. Not the crossfire. This is a much better Tuned port injection engine. Very torquey.

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