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

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problem #85

Jul 092020


  • 35,000 miles
35000 miles.. trans occasionally sticks in park. If you "mess" with it it will fix itself, till next time. Very dangerous if you are in a position to have to start the car in a emergency. Thanks fred carr

- Wallnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #84

Jul 052020


  • 25,150 miles
While driving the car in the busy road on July 5, 2005 the dic showed service active handling system, and the engine ABS and tcs warning lighted up in the dashboard, suddenly the car slowed down and have difficulty accelerating.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #83

May 042020


  • 1,500 miles
Vehicle often stuck in park ( automatic ), will not move to other gears. Known issue with brake solenoid ( part of shifter in 2005 model ). it is unreliable and allows for dangerous situations - would not move despite numerous attempts after sitting on a highway due to an accident traffic jam. Symptom has no standard occurances - cold, warmed up, flat ground, up/down hill. Remedy sheer luck that is unlocks. The situation is worsening, making the car unsafe to drive. This condition has continued since I purchased the car in June 2006, continues to worsen. GM apparently addressed this early after release in 2005, has ignored it since. GM has a repair option - a new shifter without the solenoid ( knows the problem ) for approx a $1000 repair.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #82

Apr 072019


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle was at stand still and was unable to start the ignition. The contact stated that the ABS warning light was illuminated. Additionally, the steering wheel ceased. The contact also stated the door unlock button was inoperable. The vehicle was not drivable. The vehicle was towed to moss bros Chevrolet (12625 auto mall dr, moreno valley, ca 92555), to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the fuel pump and fuse box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was informed of failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #81

Jan 032019


  • 50,000 miles
Frequently unable to shift out of park once the car is started. Shift interlock solenoid seems to be faulty. Vehicle is always stationary in a parking space. Sometimes I turn it off and try again and it works. Very annoying.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #80

Jan 012017


  • 147,000 miles
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette dim headlight recall is a scam. Chevrolet does not fix dim headlight failure then demands over $750 to repair dim headlight failure. From time of dim headlights coming on they fail after about 10 minutes and do not function again for hours after car is shut down. (moving car has no headlights until bright lights or for lights are manually turned on)

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #79

Mar 192018


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. On two different occasions, while attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to crank. The contact stated that the electronic signal malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to wally edgar Chevrolet Inc (3805 S lapeer rd, lake orion, mi 48360), but no diagnostic failure codes were found and the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to jefferson Chevrolet (2130 E jefferson ave, detroit, mi 48207) where the dealer confirmed that no recalls were associated with the VIN. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided case number: 8-1941692497. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #78

Jan 012007


  • 50,000 miles
Column lock failure (4 times). Convertible top 5+ times rib in top broken, top will not raise or lower or will move and stop. Plastic interior parts dry up and break visor.all before 50K miles.car is in the dealer shop (30+ days at this time)

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #77

Jul 272016


  • 40,786 miles
Service active handling system message appears intermittingly, vehicle was in motion. Didn't notice any handling issue but I am concerned that the car will behave in an unsafe manor.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #76

Jul 012008

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette the contact stated that the vehicle experienced excessive battery drain. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the lo jack system had caused the battery to drain and it needed to be disconnected. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the battery had been replaced numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 14,000. Updated 02/03/17

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #75

May 162016


  • miles
It has been reported numerous times of the excessive battery drainage of these vehicles. GM decided that the car would need to be placed in reverse with the parking brake engaged for the car to be totally turned off. This causes the battery to drain excessively, I have replaced 4 batteries in a year. You will be stranded wherever you're at. GM has not tried to resolve this matter. What they did was in 2006 took the function off the car, so they wouldn't have to deal with it. This needs to be resolved by GM, or does it take a dead battery, a jump, and a half charged car to shut down in the middle of the road causing an accident.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #74

May 052015


  • 6,500 miles
Automatic transmission shifter will lock in park, cannot shift from park to reverse or drive. Referred to operators manual but no resolve. Condition began with less than 6,500 miles on the car. Will shift out of park sometimes; and is unpredictable; will occur anywhere at anytime which is a safety issue without regard as to where the driver may be located. Extensive research has proven this is a design flaw with the shift interlock solenoid that was corrected by GM for the 2006 models. Urgent to recall for all 2005 models with this shifter design.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #73

Dec 012015


  • 39,000 miles
This car will drain the battery after three days of sitting and sometimes after one day of sitting. This a a manual shift car and thousand of fellow C-6 Corvette owners are experiencing this problem and the dealer does not know how to solve the issue. Every thing has been check in my car and is listed as working correctly from the dealership. My car only has 39,000 mile and is factory original. Carfax has documentation of all repairs and issues. As stated this is a 6 speed manual shift car. The automatic cars are not experiencing this problem. I had to have this car jump started 6 times within 30 days. Help please!!!!

- Scott, AR, USA

problem #72

Dec 012015


  • 39,000 miles
There is a battery draining issue which the dealership and thousands of C-6 Corvette owners are experiencing, particularly the 2005 year. I have owned this car for one month and have had to have it jumped numerous times.. carfax has documentation on file.

- Scott, AR, USA

problem #71

Nov 262015


  • 85,000 miles
My problem is very similar to below. My 2005 Chevy Corvette will run fine for a while. Then for no particular reason, the dic will flash - check traction control, check ABS, etc. If I shut off the car, then restart, this message will stop, but the security lamp will stay on. The time between instances will decrease until the car will not start periodically. I have had the BCM and ECM changed. This fixes the problem for a while, but the problem comes back. I have also seen the error "no fob" even when a new battery has been put in the fob and it worked just fine an hour ago. This is getting expensive. I have put new batteries in, nothing seems to prevent this from eventually happening. The Corvette forum has many posts on this issue. From another post: I have had several incidents of dead battery syndrome (dbs) since I bought my 2005 Corvette in October 2008. The battery has been replaced at least 4 times. I have bought this to the dealers and GM's attention and they say that there is nothing wrong with the car. They refuse to acknowledge that this condition affects very many 2005 manual transmission cars with much data on the internet on forums and blogs. Many of us have found alternative methods to keep the car operable. GM needs to finally acknowledge this condition and issue a fix.

- Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA

problem #70

Sep 132013


  • 24,000 miles
The automatic shift lever locks in the park position. The vehicle cannot be shifted from park to reverse or drive. The owners manual lists a procedure to follow in the event of this happening. It may or may not solve the problem on every occasion. There are reports of total failure with the vehicle needing a tow to the dealership for repair. The ultimate solution is a complete shifter replacement due to a faulty solenoid not available as separate part in the shifter assembly. There is a GM service procedure for this problem but the ultimate cost to the owner is in the $800 to $1200 range with many owners reporting issues for the 2005-06 model years. A design change was instituted after the 2006 build year. There has been no participation from GM for the failures.

- Ishpeming, MI, USA

problem #69

Oct 312014


  • 44,310 miles
A strong fume odor enter my house as if something was burning, my Corvette was in my garage it hasnt been used in more than 3days.....I noticed it was coming from the bottom of the car, and in effect it was! contacted my mechanic and he advised me that it was the ABS system caught on fire damaging the conector, module and regulator. He found a leak of brake fluid thru the modulator that cause the modules cables burned the connector. Had to change all the ABS system since Chevrolet modified the previous ABS system cause it was defective. However no recall has been made to this system. An aprox $3500. In repairs for a system that they know is defective. We were lucky nothing else in our garage/house got damage it was an scary situation.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #68

Jan 132015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
Around 1-13-15, spoke with "[xxx]" about recall I received on my 2005 Corvette, which stated the parts were available and I should contact the dealer to schedule an appointment. [xxx] said they did not have the parts, but would call when they were available. Today is February 23, 2015, and I still have heard nothing from watson Chevrolet regarding the recall on my 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. How long should one be expected to wait for a recall repair? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #67

Jul 162014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) however, the part 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 a failure.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #66

Apr 172013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Automatic shifter gets stuck in park. Following the manual procedure does not help. Pushing release button does not help, pushing shifter forward does not help. This has happened at least 25 to 30 times. Dealer says replace shifter to fix. What's to stop this from recurring? this appears to be a safety problem.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

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