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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,327 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #76

Jul 202007


  • 37,000 miles


Service active traction control alarm appears after accelerating. It began with roughly 38,000 miles at high speeds (accelerating past 90mph. Then began appearing at less speeds. Now appears at 45mph. After warning appears, the transmission seams to slam when gear changes

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #75

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 #74

Mar 142016


  • 75,000 miles
While driving through a parking lot at roughly 10mph, my car jammed on the front left, then both front brakes, bringing me to a sudden stop. Active handling was showing in the driver information cluster just like when your car loses traction for any reason... I thought this was very odd as it wasn't raining, no sand or fluids were present on the road in front of me, and I was barely touching the gas pedal. I then checked to see if I had run something over or if anything was jammed in the wheels/brakes.... nothing visible. I get back in, reverse just fine, but as soon as I shift back to first and attempt forward motion boom it jams the brakes on again. I then re-clutched, tried again with a little more gas, thinking maybe I do have something stuck under the car.... nope, it still brings me to a stop immediately. At this point, I was freaked out....(needless to say) I held the active handling (traction control) button down until the system was fully disabled, after doing this I was able to drive the car back to work. I then found out about the recall and called the dealer. They told me that this recall for active handling had been completed in 2010. I asked them to please verify this as I had a headlight recall to do anyways and scheduled an appointment. Long story short... the service adviser told me that the previous repair had failed and that it needed to be done again. He then tells me that they do not have to fix my car because they already repaired it back in 2010 and that it would be up to me to cover the cost. After trying for over a week to convince them to do the right thing, I gave up and paid them for the repair. Im very worried that this will also not hold up. If this repair failed in the past, who is to say that it wont happen again, and this time it could cause a crash, even death. Please help, someone has to hold these people accountable.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #73

Nov 192015


  • 30,600 miles


I purchased my car used with 29000 miles on it in July 2015. GM dealer stated that all recalls were incorporated. After having my vehicle serviced months later, the message : service active handling system appears on my display after readjusting my steering column. Car was not in motion. I turned off the ignition and restarted the car. The message has not reappeared since, however the steering column has not been readjusted since either. Is this possibly a faulty incorporation of the NHTSA recall notice 10V172000? I currently have 31450 miles on the odometer.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #72

Nov 252015


  • 26,500 miles
I was driving on the freeway and active handling come on and the car swerve to the left almost causing a accident.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #71

Jun 122015


  • 50,000 miles
First occurrance was a month or two ago. We were exiting a parking lotat about 5mph when the car's active handling locked the right side brakes to where I could not keep the car straight. I could not accelerate without a heavy throttle to overcome the brakes. Service active handling icon lit. I had to shut the car down for a minute then restart to clear the brakes. This has happened several times since, almost identically. The car was checked by the dealer but there were no stored codes for them to follow up on. Apparently the "mechanics" cannot physically inspect cars anymore. Recently and after the dealer serviced the car, it has happened several more times with my wife driving. It is back at the dealer as we speak. We are both beginning to be worried about our safety and that of other motorists.

- Upland , CA, USA

problem #70

Jul 122015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 42,100 miles


I was nearly involved in 2 accidents in the past week and I no longer feel safe driving my car. I have a 2005 Chevy Corvette which has very low mileage on it (~42,000) for how old it is. The problem I am experiencing exactly matches a recall listed for 2005 Chevy Corvettes however because my VIN number does not list that recall Chevy refuses to honor it. This recall: below are brief summaries of the near accidents that occurred: 1. I was switching lanes in the city and the car locked the steering wheel, applied the breaks, did does not let me accelerate such that I was stuck in the middle of two lane and a car in the lane I was trying to change into nearly hit me and had to swerve around me. 2. I pulled out of the grocery store parking lot and the car did the same thing (locked the steering wheel /applied the breaks/reduced throttle). Oncoming traffic turning onto the street once again nearly hit me as I could not accelerate or move the car without restarting it. This has also happened a few times to me while in the parking lot. The message, "service active handling system" appears on the dashboard when this happens. I would like to go on record stating that this is a problem in case future problem causes an accident.

- Pacifica, CA, 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

Nov 272014


  • 41,577 miles
My car starts starts beeping rapidly, my heads up display says to check gauges, my driver information center says "service active handling system". this has happened approximately 6 times since the first time in November. I just started hearing stories about this in the online forums, and that there have been systems that have caused accidents. Is it safe to drive this car? I have scheduled an appointment with my local dealer for this and another recall notice about my low beam headlights failing.

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #67

Jun 052015


  • 14,000 miles
This incident happened 4 or more times. However, this last time, I was traveling at 75 miles per hour on the I95. The traction control system light came on and then the car engine died on me as has happened on a number of other occasions. I was in the left lane on the highway. Lucky for me there were no vehicles behind or to the right of me so I was able to coast to a dead stop on the safe side of the road shoulder (right). The car normally would start again after this system failure. This time it did not and I had to have it towed to the nearest garage which was a Ford dealership. This could have been very serious had it not been for light traffic. I have had the vehicle service a number of times at GM dealerships for the engine light being on. The issue is still unresolved. I no longer have confidence in the vehicle as to its drivability and safety.

- Presque Isle, ME, USA

problem #66

Mar 122014


  • 118,000 miles


About every day while driving my Corvette. The service active handling light will come. And my brakes will start jerking. Also the air bag light keeps coming on and going off the whole time I drive it. I have seen many other people having the same problems with there 05 Corvettes. Something needs done about this. GM needs to step up and recall for these problems before someone really gets hurt.. please help.

- Marianna, FL, USA

problem #65

Apr 012008

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 18,700 miles
Receive "service active handling" message intermittently causing deactivation of active handling. Had local Chevy dealership fix the problem which was a faulty swps sensor. Called GM to see about coverage for this issue but they said my VIN number isn't affected in the recall for this problem.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #64

Mar 282015


  • 66,249 miles
I purchased my 2005 Corvette C6 convertible used last year. The service active handling light and message comes up often when I drive the car. The code goes away if I turn the car on and off. If I hit a bump in the road the service active handling comes on again. I have not noticed any handling issues. I read the Corvette forum and a thread sent me to this site. Is there a recall that GM should have fixed on my Corvette" if yes, will the recall hold up considering the age of the vehicle" please advise how I should proceed. Thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saldida, CO, USA

problem #63

Mar 162015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
2005 C6 service active handling failures repeatedly. Multiple previous activation of active handling but always at low parking lot speeds never created a real safety issue until today it activated driving 45 mph in a straight line, front right brake was activated causing a hard pull to the right and nearly put me up onto a busy pedestrian sidewalk. Fortunately, no one was walking at the time. Dealer serviced car 3 times and unable to correct. Car unsafe to drive until corrected. Please advise of options and corrections.

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #62

Feb 192015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 48,123 miles
Just as leaving dealership for low beam recall, 2 miles, used cruise to 35 mph, 10 clicks of button to 45, then again to 55. When car reached 55, I felt the car nose forward like I cut cruise w/ tap of brake. I did not. Warning light/ cruise disengaged, still looking at dic car nosed down and squatted with warning light reduced power, this caused the car to slow to 35 and feel as though I was pumping the gas and brake alternately like when we were kids and used to watch the wife's head go back and forth. Before getting off road more lights and warnings. Its hard to say which came first, it all was happening fast and as a surprise. I know service active handling, traction control and ABS messages came on. Don't think they took priority over the reduced engine power though. I remember seeing it, all the way back to the dealer. Slowed and pulled into huge lot. Now it was my head doing the back and forth dance with the car @ idle, it sounded like the main bearings weren't getting any oil and wanted out of that engine at any cost. So upset with the bearing noise, I got back on the road (picking up rpms) headed back to dealer in a limp mode (35 mph) even when the posted speed went down to 25 mph, the car did not lower rps as I pressed harder on the brakes. There is more to complain about but that will remain between the service manager, GM, and myself to resolution. Stayed at dealership approx. 10 minutes. Car started fine and I left.I always drive the same, and when the car reached 55 mph at the exact same place, it all happened again the exact same way! had to bring the car home in limp mode, about 10 miles from home. Again @ 35 mph. Car remains parked, put away, and covered, until the dealership contacts me to return with it, by Tuesday of this coming week, so sayeth the GM rep. If not he wants me to call him back.

- Cottonport, LA, USA

problem #61

Jul 222014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Turned the steering wheel completely. "service stability control" message appeared. Brakes applied automatically and pulled hard to the right. I could not steer. Turned car off the middle of the street. Car was "normal" until the steering wheel get turned completely. Scared it will happen at highway speeds.

- Minot , ND, USA

problem #60

Nov 252013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 58,321 miles
Service active handling system warning comes on brakes randomly lock.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #59

Oct 162014


  • 116,000 miles
Traction system error on dic, shut off traction control and reset it to on. Error went away. I have had the steering wheel position switch changed and problem still exists. Defect investigations summary make: Chevrolet model: Corvette year: 2005-2008 NHTSA action number: PE08056 summary: On September 17, 2008, ODI opened preliminary evaluation PE08-056 to investigate allegations of inappropriate activation of the electronic stability control (ESC) system in model year (my) 2005 and 2006 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles. Some reports received by ODI and some reports to General Motors (GM) contained in GM's response to PE08-056 allege that the ESC system malfunctioned causing a sudden and inappropriate braking action without illumination of the brake lights and causing the vehicle to swerve left or right unexpectedly. GM issued a technical service bulletin in January 2006, later revised in October 2007 (bulletin no. 06-02-35-002B) concerning ESC problems in my 2005 and 2006 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles with the telescoping steering wheel option. The bulletin was intended to correct a fretting corrosion problem with the steering wheel position sensor connector C202. An engineering analysis has been opened (EA09-002) to continue to asses the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #58

Sep 072014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Taking a freeway exit ramp, turning right, warning light came on displaying "service active handling system.

- Selbyville, DE, USA

problem #57

Aug 262013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
I have been experiencing the "service active handling system" error message for more than 2 years. Serpentini Chevrolet in strongsville Ohio has looked at the problem numerous times and have been unable to resolve it. This is very frustrating, the recall service was performed for the telescopic steering wheel years ago! when the accelerator is depressed to the floor the vehicle throws the "service active handling system" message. This only occurs during rapid acceleration when high speed driving is experienced. Please note the below data and help me resolve this. 2005-2008: Service bulletin: Stabilitrak/active handling light on, service stabilitrak/active handling message on dic subject: Stabilitrak/active handling light on, service stabilitrak/active handling message on dic, dtc C0710 steering wheel position sensor (swps) signal set (install clip in swps connector) #06-02-35-002B - (10/19/2007) models: 2004-2008 Cadillac xlr 2005-2008 Chevrolet Corvette with steering wheel - tilt, telescoping (RPO N37 or N38) condition: Some customers may comment on a stabilitrak® or active handling system light being illuminated. Also, this warning light will be accompanied by a service stabilitrak or service active hndlg message on the dic. Diagnosis with a scan tool may reveal a dtc C0710.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

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