ZR-1 owner looking for car with backseat for kids...
My name is Tom and I owned Mustangs most of my life until 1999 when I traded my 1993 Cobra for a 2000 Corvette with the handling package. A couple of years later I bought a 2002 Z06. I drove it and in 2005 I purchased a C6. I ended up liking the 02 Z06 better (better handling) and unloaded the C5.
In 2008 I bought a 2007 C6 Z06 and thought I would own that car for quite some time. Then GM had some barn sales on ZR-1's and I ended up with a brand new 2010 ZR-1.
That is my current ride and I simply love it!
My dilemma is this, I have two kids that are starting elementary school. I have been able to get by with our other car being a minivan up to now, but I'm starting to REALLY need to look into a car with a back seat...
Other than the KR 500, I'm not sure there is anything out there that would keep me from feeling like I had made a big step down in performance. I do live in the mountains so handling is a big deal to me, but I also want to plant the throttle and hang on for dear life.
I could buy a cheap used explorer sport trac and have a five seater and a truck, and keep my ZR-1 but the truck would have to be parked outside, my wife isn't thrilled about that.
I bought the car with zero down and zero percent financing, so I am fairly right side up on the loan, probably 20k up on the car, but I also know the ZR-1 might be hard to unload. I have dealer friends that'll can probably sell it at auction and get a fair, but less than retail, price for it.
So my questions are as follows.
1. Have any of you driven both or have any experience with the ZR-1 and KR-500 to know if I will be miserable in the mustang? I'm fairly open to observations here...
2. On corvette forum, there is a list of dealers who usually are offering extremely GOOD deals on Corvettes. I bought my ZR-1 from a dealer on the site for about $107k out the door. Because there are several dealers there that compete aggressively. Is there a place like that in this forum and do you have any suggestions on dealers you have purchased a maxed out KR-500 from with great pricing, great service and no hassles?
I appreciate any and all help. One last wildcard question I'll throw out, since this is a group of car guys/gals... Are there any cars I'm overlooking that I should consider as a nearly ZR-1 replacement?
P.S. The reason for my background was to try and give you an idea of the kind of person I am and what is important to me in a car. I would add that brand means nothing to me. I don't look down on Fords or any other car now and I am open to ANY car that will give me the performance and handling that I would like for a good price. Thanks!