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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
42,847 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette body / paint problems

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #12

May 052016


  • 62,835 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving 50 mph, the roof panel separated without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V491000 (structure). In addition, the contact mentioned that the anti lock brakes engaged independently and pulled the vehicle to the right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the steering reposition sensor, calipers, and rotors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 62,835.

- 4303 Melissa Way, AK, USA

problem #11

Dec 152013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Corvette coupe started making popping and cracking noises at any and all rates of speed some time ago. At a higher rate of speed, the wind noise and whistling sounds are almost unbearable as the noises are so loud. I consulted with youman's Chevrolet in macon, ga as they are the only Chevrolet dealership in our are and they advised me that the top had stated to separate from the lower part and that we would have to purchase a entire new top. Once again, they did not even consider checking to see if there was a recall on this problem. Naturally, our greatest concern is the potential of the upper portion flying off while we are traveling at highway speeds and causing a potential accident to other vehicles or injuries. I recently starting taking the Corvette magazine and much to my surprise, I read that there is a recall on the top. I am disappointed that the Chevrolet dealership did not bother to check on this recall or to advise us of the recall if they were aware of it as we are regular customers and have spent a substantial amount of with them on this Corvette over the last seven years.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 252012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,918 miles
Water leak in 2005 Chevrolet Corvette caused very strong mold/mildew odor in the car and destroyed the passenger carpet and insulation, which were removed by technician 122 at sun Chevrolet in mcmurray, pa on 1/25/2012. Since driving the car without carpet or insulation, the metal on the passenger side does get extremely hot and could cause serious burns. This problem should be remedied immediately. Recently a rain storm caused more water to leak inside and collect under the passenger seat and almost damaged the electrical components located on the passenger floor while driving. Luckily I had a towel with me and quickly absorbed all of the water and returned back home to vacuum the remaining water before anything electric was damaged. This problem is still occurring and has been determined by a Chevrolet dealership that it may be a faulty weather strip causing the water leak. If I had been going faster at highway speeds this could have caused major damage to the cars electronics and may have even caused the car to shut off which can lead to a traffic accident and cause major injuries or death. The weather strip should be recalled and/or replaced and the leak repaired by General Motors llc at no cost because this is a safety hazard and a factory defect. I spent a lot of hard earned money on this car and did not expect any problems like this. This issue alone has already cost me $235.85 and hours of my life that I will noT get back. The problem was never resolved in 2012 and only got worse. The cost of the carpet and insulation, that were damaged and removed, is almost $1,000 for replacements and labor. General Motors llc is responsible for the leak and should provide these items at no cost as well as a replacement weather strip that does not leak as the original is a factory defect. This water leak has been documented and diagnosed by sun Chevrolet on 10/8/2013.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 022012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that he was only unable to enter the vehicle through the trunk by using the emergency latch and could not enter through the doors. The contact had taken the vehicle to the dealer and was told that nothing was wrong with the doors. The contact stated that the failure only occurred during the morning. The contact allowed the dealer to hold the vehicle overnight however, the dealer was unable to recreate the failure. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 72,966.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 052012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Roof laminate was replaced as part of a manufacturer recall a few years ago. But cracking noise continued until today after a loud knock, the driver side of the roof started leaking air badly. Pulled over and noticed the roof body and not just the laminate had separated from its frame. Opened roof latches and while removing the detachable roof, both rear metal pins that mechanically hold the roof to the frame fell to the ground. Threaded section of both pins had sheared off and roof was only held in place by the rear center hook. Apparently material and pin design is not appropriate for the torque that the roof goes through against the frame during normal driving resulting in complete separation of the roof.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #7

Oct 102011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 77,210 miles
When any water gets on the window buttons they wash off in seconds. It does cause night blindness. Whatever they are painted will not stand up to water replaced 3 times in 2 years..unsatisfactory to paint cheap wash off paint on clear buttons.

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 012011


  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the roof panel was separating from the frame of the vehicle. An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that since the vehicle was not equipped with the factory roof, they would not honor the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 06V181000 (structure:body:roof and pillars). The manufacturer was then made aware, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 28,000.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #5

Feb 012011


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the service active handling system warning light was illuminated in the vehicle. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V172000 (steering:column) and was awaiting a service appointment. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormal pop from the roof. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V491000 (structure:body:roof and pillars) and was advised by both the dealer and manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 47,000 and the failure mileage was 46,000.

- Angels Camp, CA, USA

problem #4

May 252010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Snapping sound coming from transparent roof top on 2005 Chevrolet Corvette.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 102010


  • 13,200 miles
Car went to GM Chevrolet substitute dealer big island Toyota kona for annual service. Discussed wind noise through roof. Weather stripping ordered through dealer. Top blew off at 40 mph on way home. Chevrolet Corvette 13,200 miles. Dealer failed to notify of recall. GM island Chevrolet where car had annual service shut down last year. Many calls and emails to GM Chevrolet no response to alerted safety alarm..T top roof retrieved no damage to other vehicles or individuals or property just critical safety problem. Blew my top.

- Kamuela, HI, USA

problem #2

May 302009


  • 37,000 miles
A recall exists for all 05-07 C6 oem Corvette removable targa tops. The glue bond holding the removable top to its frame breaks with temperature changes, and the tops break away and fly off the car. Over time, air at highway speeds air eventually blows under the top and pulls it off the frame. As part of the recall repair, GM injected foam under the thin plastic top into the roof frame to prevent the air from entering and ripping the top off. They did not address the real problem with the glue not holding the top on. They only addressed a symptom of the real problem to avoid the cost of replacement. My top had months of air leaking under it, a lot of noise over that period, and the foam inject recall had been performed with a previous owner. GM denied my safety recall claim stating they injected the foam, but in reality they only treated a symptom. GM used a legal run-around to avoid having to replace the top, saying they corrected the problem and met the NHTSA recall. All they did was inject some foam. They did not correct the glue problem and meet the burden of correction according to the recall. I was able to grab onto the top through my drivers window to hold it down when it unexpectedly started to rip off, or it would have hit traffic behind me, and caused wreck(s). Thanks you for your help and consideration in addressing gms reluctance to correct their recall problem.

- Paris, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 022008


  • 48,000 miles
While driving at 68 mph on a two highway, the roof section from a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette separated from the vehicle and went airborne. Prevailing winds blue the panel to the side of the road, keeping out of following or oncoming traffic flow which could have caused a serious accident. The 102 degree temperature appears to have caused the failure of the adhesive holding the roof panel to the roof frame. Vehicle was recalled in 2006 for the same problem and the roof was replaced at that time.

- Pleasant View, UT, USA

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