I owned an 84 C4 for 30 years and put over 100,000 miles on it. It was a proper Corvette in that it shook, rattled, and rolled. It would rearrange your kidneys on a rough road, but would eat Porche 928’s alive. It only let me down once 60 miles from nowhere when the fuel pump failed. A mile walk to a hilltop found cell phone reception and Hagerty services came to the rescue.
The fuel pump change was one of the easiest repairs I’ve ever done. The pump hangs on a rod from rear filler neck. One screw, remove the old pump, slide in the new one. All cars should be this way.
I liked the digital dash. I hated the 4+3 manual transmission. I disable the auto-shift feature. I’d run it through the first four gears, then hit the overdrive button inconveniently located on the console to cruise. I replaced the carpeting once, the OEM stuff went to pieces in about 10 years. The door panels were starting to come apart when I sold it. Other than that, it held together well. I drove that car to both coasts, the Gulf, and Canada. It was always fun in the curves.
The author is entirely correct, the C4 is a poor investment, but an inexpensive and fun way to own a Corvette. I keep an eye out for that 1996 convertible cream puff.