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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,846 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #35

Aug 042014


  • 24,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the automatic transmission seized several times and would not shift out of park. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000. Updated 02/24/15

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #34

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 #33

Sep 052014


  • 52,000 miles
Shifter will not go into drive. Stuck in park. Put car in park at light and it sticks.

- Thousand Palms, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 032014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


Car experiences intermittent gear selector stuck in park.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #31

Sep 122010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 19,235 miles
After having the car for a couple of months start the Odyssey of getting out the park for reverse or drive, over the time and use has been complicated, also following directions on the owners manual have to turn off the car for couple times to resolve and continuous, have tried lots of recommendations and nothing better if not worse.

- Hormigueros, PR, USA

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problem #30

Jun 172011


  • 38,000 miles
A known GM defect exists on 2005 Chevrolet Corvettes. My automatic shift was stuck in park, hundreds of Corvette owners have suffered this exact defect preventing the vehicle to be moved, stranding the driver for hours in parking lots, garages etc. On a highway 215 beltway in las vegas Nevada my Corvette was stuck in park, I could not get it in drive to move to a safe place. This has happened over 10 times. I contacted GM. They did respond, now are ignoring my issue. They have made no admission nor offering a resolution in this matter. My Corvette is now being repaired at ed bozarth Chevrolet in las vegas Nevada at my expense for a bill of over $1,100. A defective shifter solenoid is part of the defect with a bending of the shifting cable & plastic shift assembly located under the center console. My Corvette is extremely well maintained by me. You may google-" 2005 Corvette automatic shifter defect" for further proof a serious defect common on this model creating a safety issue. You may view one of many blogs, photo links & detailed data on this defect here:

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #29

Jul 082009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


Brake shift lock fails to disengage and leaves gear shift stuck in park. Leaves vehicle unable to be driven. GM is aware of this wide spread problem but has done nothing to correct it. Charges unreasonable fees to fix because they will only replace entire shifter assembly when problem is only a much cheaper solenoid that can be replaced by itself. Car will leave you stranded with no warning.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #28

Mar 112013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Unable to get the automatic tranny shifter out of park sometimes.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #27

Dec 022013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
While the vehicle is in park, it will not move to drive, reverse, or neutral.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #26

Oct 122012


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the gear lever failed to shift out of park. The contact mentioned that had to attempt to shift gear several times before it change. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jun 122014


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph and shifting gears, the clutch pedal seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and current mileage was 32,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Zionsville, PA, USA

problem #24

Nov 052013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 42,311 miles
Automatic transmission shifter "stuck in park", unable to release.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #23

Dec 282012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 40,338 miles
While driving the automatic transmission 'shifter cable' broke.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 222009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Car sometimes won't shift out of park even though the brake is pressed. When this happens, repeated pumping of the brakes and shaking/hitting on the shift lever will eventually clear the problem. This is the same issue reported in these NHTSA id numbers for the 2005 Corvette: 10592630, 10592213, 10588824, 10586012, 10585827, 10579307, 10578116, 10577960, 10575060, 10573555, 10567037, 10561669, 10558088, 10513088. Chevrolet apparently has no tsb or recall for this common issue.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 022012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
2005 Corvette with automatic transmission. Shifter gets stuck in park and cannot be released. Has happened multiple times. Can only be released by following a series of steps as outlined in manual. Believe the cause is due to a defective solenoid in shifter control unit. Looking at different websites this seems to be a problem with many Corvette owners.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #20

Mar 182012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
My 2005 Corvette has an automatic transmission. At times after I start the car, the shifter gets stuck in park. It has happened when the engine is cold in the morning and also in evening after driving for a while. It feels like it is locked into park.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #19

May 172014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 39,800 miles
I am the original owner. My 2005 C6 Corvette has an issue that I have just found out hundreds of others with this year have experiencing. My automatic transmission shift lever is stuck in park, leaving me stranded. I tried to move the shifter and it is locked in park. I am experienced with this vehicle and did apply pressure to the brake pedal. Which is procedure to start the vehicle & then move the shifter into drive. It still is locked in park. I found blogs online related to : "my 2005 C6 Corvette is locked in park. GM issued a recall on Saturn for auto transmissions and shifter problems, I am seeing more complaints online. This is one of many blogs I found. Link: thank you for your attention & follow up on my issue. Updated 12/1/2014

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #18

Jun 142012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift from park into drive. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 14,000. Updated 8/28/14 updated 09/16/2014

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #17

May 022011


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

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #16

Jul 012013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
After starting car, transmission will not shift out of park. Repeated attempts to press brake lever and to shift from park, finally works. Problem is intermittent and it was reported to the dealer service department.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

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