really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,058 miles

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problem #12

Jul 102003

(reported on)


  • 34,000 miles
Consumer states that there is a recall or a manufacturer's notification for the steering column locking up. Consumer's vehicle not included due to VIN; although, has experienced the same defect.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 142003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,260 miles
Anti-theft steering column lock. Ref. In EA02-031

- Ft. Pierce, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 032003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering column locked while the vehicle was parked. I spoke w/4 different sales persons, customer service reps, and mechanics at dealership and no one knew why, and all they could tell me was to have the vehicle towed. 1 little problem, the vehicle was parked in a parking space, and it took two tow trucks and 3 hours of my time to get the vehicle on a flat bed, that is after knocking on all the neighbor's doors to findout who owns which car, and having move their cars, so the tow guys can access the vehicle by placed the front of it on a free wheel and read of it on a free wheel, turning the vehicle 180 degrees, and then placing it on a flat bed. Ref. In EA02-031

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 252003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Steering column locked up. I was lucky that it was in my garage. I had it towed to the dealer to get it fixed. This is a very frightening problem, what would have happened if I was going 70 mph on the highway. Ref. In EA02-031

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #8

Mar 192003

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle had the following problems; removable top squeaked, driver's side exterior door handle was loose, right front turn signal failed, excess oil, and steering/ignition interlock recall. Also delco battery cable leaked acid, control light malfunctioned.

- Sun City Center , FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 152001

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The steering column lockup occurred on start up. GM's fix for this condition was performed by the dealer and there has been no further occurrence. However, two of my friends have had the "dealer fix" performed, only to have the failure happen a second time. I am worried that this lockup will happen at speed. Ref. In EA02-031

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 212003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,650 miles
The vehicle's steering column had locked while starting and would also lock up while driving. The dealer had been notified. Ts scc ref. In EA02-031

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #5

Jan 012002

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
2000 Corvette steering lock problem. I received a note from GM saying that they would disconnect the lock and if I did not have it done in a timely manner they would wash their hands of the problem. I paid $45M for the car and the solution was to disarm a safety feature. I complied because I was afraid the lock would engage while driving. I felt I had no choice. Ts ref. In EA02-031

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 132002

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,518 miles
Consumer stated the steering column failed to unlock, the vehicle had to be towed. Ref. In EA02-031

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 202001


  • miles
Column lock on the C5 Corvette is all to common and a recurring issue stranding car and passengers in remote locations putting them at risk. Car must be towed to be repaired.

- Setauket, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 102001


  • miles
This car is equipped with a motorized column lock which will send an error code and disable the car requiring a tow. While I have only gotten an error code, I will eventually receive a lock up and require a costly and inconvenient tow job. I am told that there is no occurance of a lock up during movement of the car. Many others have purchased a kit which negates this devise but it would most likely void my warranty, for this reason I'm reporting this condition.

- Adelpi, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 042000


  • miles
"service column lock" indication came up on the digital driver's information center (dic). This has been an extremely common problem with 1997-2000 Corvettes. Although the incident with my car took place upon start-up, meaning the car was not in motion, if it happened while the vehicle was in operation, it could be catastrophic. You simply cannot steer the car, since the steering wheel locks. Ref. In EA02-031

- Fayetteville, NC, USA