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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
900 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 222002

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,300 miles


Tilt steering wheel inoperative. Drove car home with the steering wheel in the up position to avoid being stranded. Have had multiple occasions where the service active handling comes on. This problem has occured since the vehicle was new. The car has been into two seperate dealers and has not been repaired.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #6

May 202002


  • miles
Steering column locked up. If you go to & do a search for column lock you will see this is a widespread problem. A lot of people on this forum have removed the lock & installed a column lock bypass instead of pressing the issue with GM. To me GM does not have a proper & correct fix for it as they have removed the locking mechanism on the cars with automatic transmissions but due to federal law can not remove it from the manual transmission. GM just put their hands up & gave up as it shows they have no answer otherwise they would not have removed the lock from the automatic cars. I have heard it locks up while moving & that is on the back of my mind while driving, very dangerous. Please get GM to correct this unsafe condition & if they tell you they have a fix ask them why they removed the lock from the automatic cars.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #5

May 172002


  • miles
Steering column locked up while backing out of my garage preventing me from turning steering wheel. Car was towed to my nearest dealership, palm Chevrolet who replaced the locking mechanism. My car supposedly had the latest improved fix by GM from the factory. This is an ongoing problem with all Corvettes since 1997. GM has taken the locking mechanism out of all automatic transmission Corvette which shows they do not have confidence in any of their fixes. They cannot remove them from manual transmission since that would be against federal law. On the forums this is a big topic of steeriing columns locking up & I have heard it has been doing so on moving vehicles. Mine locked up while backing out of my garage. Being locked up while parked is an inconvenience but it happening while moving is deadly. Ts ref. In EA02-031

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 142002


  • miles


Consumer states that while driving at 60 mph the steering wheel on the vehicle locked up and the consumer could not steer the vehicle at all. Contacted dealer and the dealer is not willing to do anything. Nlm

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 172002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states while driving 60 mph without warning the steering wheel locked resulting in consumer loss of steering this problem has occurred three times dealership has been notified mechanic states vehicle is safe to drive. GM not willing to do nothing. Ref. In EA02-031

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 212001


  • miles
Steering column locked, brand new car stranded. Ref. In EA02-031

- Rowley, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 072000


  • miles
All 1997-2001 Corvettes are being shipped with a defective column lock, causing steering wheel to lock and leave owners of $50,000 sports cars stranded! GM will not address this issue. Please investigate this situation. You will find numerous cases of failure and fixes by GM with the origional defective part. These things fail repeatedly! thank you. Ref. In EA02-031

- Vienna, VA, USA

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