10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,222 miles

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problem #65

Oct 172014

Corvette

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and a warning light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #64

Jun 162014

Corvette

  • 129,469 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact indicated that when driving over a bump, the low beams and high beams shorted intermittently. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, only the running lights and the fog lights would work properly. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V251000 (electrical system and exterior lighting). However, the parts needed were not available for several months. The dealer was unable to provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The contact replaced the battery twice due to the intermittent failure. Also, the contact mentioned that a clicking noise emitted from the keyless ignition and the vehicle failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that the TPMS sensor illuminated after replacing the front two tires and noticed. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who diagnosed that there was an intermittent electrical short and the alternator may need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 129,469.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #63

Nov 102014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 71,580 miles
Accelerated quickly to 35 mph and when I reached the end of the block I attempted to slow and make a right hand turn. At that time I got a warning to check the charging system and noticed I had no power steering. Managed to muscle the wheel to complete the turn (had it been my wife there is no way she would have been able to turn the wheel) and continue slowly down the street to my driveway where I again muscled the car into the driveway. Discovered that the motor was running but the serpentine belt was not moving. Thus no alternator, power steering etc. I had my independent mechanic check it out, discovered that the bolt that holds the harmonic balancer pulley on the crank shaft stripped and the crank shaft was turning and not moving the pulley. He called the dealership to inquire about the parts and they said they have plenty in stock. He thought this was surprising and that it was not a special order part. The service manager told him that they have had a number of similar incidents. Both my mechanic and I think this should qualify for some type of recall if it is happening with frequency. Obviously some kind of design flaw and/or material flaw, plus they didn't key the pulley so if the bolt strips you would not loose the power steering, etc. If this had happened at high speed or during the action of turning I believe a serious accident and/or injury could have occurred. Cost of the parts and repair were $2300.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #62

Feb 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Beginning in Feb, 2014, my '05 Corvette began exhibiting loss of low beam headlights due to a problem identified by GM. May of 2014, a GM recall # 13146 was assigned to the problem with a commitment from GM that the underhood bussing electric center (ubec) would be modified for vehicle owners at no cost (see NHTSA campaign number 14V251000). I have contacted Chevrolet a few times since then, the last contact being yesterday (10/29/14). I was issued a case number by Chevrolet/GM (not included in this description as it could lead to personal information). Despite being aware of the need to correct this safety issue, I was informed 10/29/14 that Chevrolet/GM still has not provided the re-worked ubec for replacement. Lack of low-beams is a real problem as I am unable to knowingly drive at night due to lack of sufficient illumination when using only the fog lights, or over-illumination using just the high beams (this causes other vehicles to "flash" me to let me know my brights are on). Occasionally, I will be caught after sundown and forced to drive with either only fog lights or high beams. I am frustrated and disappointed by GM's lack of movement on correcting this problem, which is why I am contacting the NHTSA.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #61

Jan 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Corvette - automatic transmission frequently sticks in the park position. Turning the ignition off and back on will eventually clear the situation but may have to be done several times to get the shifter to come out of park. These malfunctions are well documented in on-line forums relating to Corvettes. In many cases, a costly repair is only a temporary fix as the new components (shifter assembly) eventually fail as well. Come on GM step up and take care of these issues as they have the potential of putting the safety of operators at risk.

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #60

Aug 252014

Corvette

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #59

May 162014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
I received the following notice, but GM has not contacted me about fixing the problem: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ you are receiving this message because you have requested to be notified if there is a safety recall regarding vehicles from NHTSA's Office Of Defects Investigation. Please click on the following NHTSA campaign id links to view the recall information. NHTSA campaign id number :14V251 manufacturer :General Motors llc make / model years :Chevrolet / 2005-2007 subject : loss of low beam headlights.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #58

Sep 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
I am having the exact same issues as described in NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000. Brake lights are staying on when not depressing the brake pedal.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #57

Aug 192014

Corvette

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the low beam headlamp stop working. The problem occurred numerous times. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). However, the part needed to remedy the recall was unavailable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that there was an electrical short in the fuse box. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Upper Marlboro , MD, USA

problem #56

Jul 202014

Corvette

  • 100,846 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the headlights dimmed. The high beams were engaged in order to continue driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed that there was not a remedy for the recall under NHTSA campaign id number:14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,846.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #55

May 132013

Corvette

  • 110,000 miles
I was driving on the highway service handling traction system light came on and car went to right and L ran in a ditch 11000 dollars in damage and not one air open.

- Poplar Bluff, MO, USA

problem #54

Jul 052011

Corvette

  • 30,000 miles
I have owned the car for 4 years and the car has had starting issues over the course of all 4 years. To get the car to start I often have to disconnect the connection from the negative battery post wait a moment and reconnect. This re-sets something in the starting sequence and the car starts "sometimes."

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #53

Jun 122014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Driving on highway at 60 mph and the low beam head lights went off without me turning them off. Car dash displayed " head lights suggested". they did not come back on.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #52

Jun 022014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 89,125 miles
I am driving at night all of a sudden my lights go out and will not come back on..... come to find out the fuse box gets to hot and the wires inside are affected causing it to fail the dealer says its not under warranty and I think this should be a recall.this almost caused me to crash into someone. If I did get hurt because of this I would file a law suit.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #51

Apr 142014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
This is in regards to the recent recall on 2005-2007 Corvette head light assembly. I have a similar problem though the electric short in the light harness caused my right blink to not function. The GM dealership that I took it to stated the whole light assembly had to be replaced. My Corvette has not been recalled as of yet and when I contact GM they don't see to understand my claim. From my understanding the harness that is causing the low beams to not work is the same harness for the entire light assembly. I had this repaired already and looking to help to get some compensation back.

- Marne , MI, USA

problem #50

May 022011

Corvette

  • 30,000 miles
Car is stuck in park and wont go in gear.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #49

Mar 242010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Transmission is locking in park. Safety requires pressing the brake to start engine, then interlock should allow the car to be placed into drive or reverse. Instead the shifter lock is preventing the car from being placed into any gear. The shifter is locked in park.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #48

Nov 012012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Intermittent problem with the column lock. The lock will not register as disengaged and will not allow the engine to start. The only thing that will rectify it is pulling a battery cable for sever seconds and reattaching it. This resets the lock and allows the engine to start. The problem occurs regularly (approx 2 to 3 weeks).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #47

Mar 212014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
In my 2005 Chevy Corvette, driving North on highway I55 near the Louisiana/ Mississippi line at 10 pm my lowbeam headlights stopped working. Used hi beams to return home. When car sits for several hours and engine compartment cools off low beams work normally. When engine compartment heats up during normal operation lights extinguish again. Researched on the Corvette forum and found this to be a common problem. The issue is in the fuse box located in the engine compartment. A wire in the box breaks at a bend. I have made the suggested repair as per the forum but felt it important to report the problem as it put me in a dangerous situation.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #46

Mar 222014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle will not shift from park to drive. Vehicle shift lever will not allow movement from park. Vehicle is unable to move. Repeating the following procedure, repeatedly, will eventually allow shift lever to move from the park position to drive: Exit / re-enter vehicle, wait 10 seconds, place foot on brake pedal, press ignition switch, move shift lever, repeatedly until shift lever moves or place vehicle in "accessory" mode and attempt to move shift lever. All steps may be need repeated attempts. No force, beyond typical use or pressure to move shift lever, is applied. Problem is present in any type of weather, time of day. Surface is flat and level. Vehicle not parked on incline surface. Vehicle is not abused, raced, or driven in high-performance manner. Vehicle is not driven on a daily basis.

- Moncks Corner , SC, USA

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