The 2020 C8 Corvette May Cost Much Less To Maintain Than We Originally Thought
I don't think I've ever seen a car draw as much attention or create as much hype as the C8 Corvette seems to be. Every time I read something new I'm more and more blown away at the marvel that is the C8 Corvette. The only drawback of the brand new Corvette is the fact that mid engine cars are typically more costly to maintain.
A lot of the service on a car with the engine in the rear requires an "engine out" procedure which is exactly what it sounds like. The engine would have to be dropped out to do some otherwise simple maintenance. Luckily, this isn't the case for the C8 Corvette.
The 2020 C8 Corvette Has Access Holes For Oil Changes
Yup. You read that right. There were recently some pictures taken of the underside of the C8 that seem to suggest a pretty easy oil change procedure. For the most part, the underside is all covered up with aero panels to keep drag and turbulent air to a minimum but that added to the fact that this is a mid engine car usually means certain things are closed off to the end user. Thankfully it looks like there is a cutout for the oil filter and possibly the drain plug as well which would prevent you from having to remove all of that under paneling to just do a simple oil change. This also means that at least one of the cars maintenance items can still be done in your garage and that's fantastic. These under panels also help aid in better fuel economy and while I know no one buys their Corvettes for Prius like fuel economy it is still nice to see they are squeezing every last possible drop out of this 6.2L V8.
The undercarriage paneling of the C8 Corvette has access holes for the oil filter as well as the oil drain plug(s) to give the owner the ability to change the oil himself and those who aren't familiar with the mid engine rigamarole are probably saying "why is that a big deal?" Well, because there are some mid engine cars (we're looking at you McLaren) that don't allow the owner to even access the engine bay much less change their own oil. This means an expensive trip to the dealership to have them do simple maintenance. In short, it's a fantastic win for anyone interested in a mid engine Corvette.
Most Mid Engine Cars Don't Have Easy Access To Oil Changes
The 2020 C8 Corvette had big shoes to fill all while maintaining that "American sports car" feeling and going mid engine meant certain things were going to have to change. I, for one, was worried that this was going to mean the end of the DIY garage mechanic and was going to be more of a "dealership queen" but that's not the case with the C8 Corvette.
Many of the McLaren models require dealership servicing at specific intervals for oil changes which is definitely pricey. Thankfully, GM didn't go this route with this car and they easily could have. Maintaining an MSRP of under 60k and giving the owner the ability to do his or her own simple maintenance is fantastic. I don't know about you, but I've had enough bad experiences at dealerships to keep me away from any dealership maintenance for a long time.
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