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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,038 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Corvette drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Aug 252016


  • 57,000 miles


When starting my car would not shift out of park. Service center said shifter went out completely my car only has 57,000 miles. I told them I had been having a hard time getting it out of park to reverse to even put it in drive. This has happen several times.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #21

Sep 012011


  • 8,000 miles
Transmission sometimes sticks in park & will not come out. The solenoide sticks & will not release.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #20

Jan 052016


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette. While the vehicle was parked, the gear shifter failed to shift out of gear. In addition, while driving, the gear shifter failed to shift back into park and prevented the doors from opening. The failure recurred a few times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 122016


  • 38,000 miles


Arrived home after a short drive, automatic shifter button would not depress so I was locked out of reverse and park, only have neutral and drive. Also was unable to turn car off, had to remove negative battery cable to keep from draining battery. With battery reconnected the accessories are still on and can't be turned off unless negative is removed. Also the car will not start in neutral.

- Rolling Hills Estates, CA, USA

problem #18

Apr 022016


  • 6,000 miles
Shifter at times is stuck in park, 2007 Corvette auto-transmission shifter at times is stuck in park. Have to restart engine and press down on brakes several times or shut off engine press access. Mode repeatedly to get it out of park. You can hear when the solenoid energizes and finally unlocks the shifter. Just started this year after 6,000 miles on car. Request research help

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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problem #17

Jun 122016


  • 49,000 miles
Vehicle gets stuck in park. It will take numerous attempts at pushing the shift knob and pressing the brake pedal before vehicle will finally release and shifts out of park.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #16

Mar 012016


  • 41,000 miles


Transmission shifter at times is stuck in park. Have to restart engine and press down on brakes several times to get it out of park. You can hear when the solenoid energizes and finally unlocks the shifter. Just started this year after 41,000 miles on car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #15

May 012016


  • 98,000 miles
Transmission selector safety lockout fails. Transmission will stay locked in park or can not be returned to park.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #14

Mar 232016


  • 43,357 miles
Can not shift out of park on my 2007 Corvette automatic transmission. Solenoid not releasing park lock. Car was stationary in my garage

- State College, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 152015


  • 52,000 miles
After starting vehicle, it will not shift out of park. It is locked into park. Vehicle could leave you stranded and in danger due to this failure.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 102014


  • 43,000 miles


2007 Corvette Z06 with LS7 engine E. valve train began making usual noises. Factory valve guides found to be out of specifications. Heads removed and factory valve guides and exhaust valves removed and replaced.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #11

May 082015


  • 37,530 miles
Transmission will not shift out of park. Dealer replaced brake switch. Still have same issue.

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #10

Jun 162014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
When I had the motor checked proactively the exhaust valve guides were outside of GM specifications. This defect can cause the head of a valve to snap off and destroy the engine. The engine will stop working immediately, causing the power steering and power brakes systems to fail. The valve failure can cause an oil spill onto the road if the engine is compromised. There have been numerous documented cases of engine failure as a result of a dropped valve into a cylinder. This can cause a catastrophic accident or fire. GM is very aware of this issue, but refuses to do anything about this huge safety risk to drivers, passengers, and nearby vehicles if the engine fails going down the road. I was forced to spend in excess of $3K to insure I did not harm anyone or myself. Best regards

- Auburn, NH, USA

problem #9

Jan 012015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Car will not shift out of park after starting. This has now happened several times. Internet search reveals that this is a common problem with solenoid.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #8

Jan 072015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 20,243 miles
Abnormal valve guide wear in cylinder heads considering age and mileage of vehicle. Potential catastrophic engine failure from dropped valve if not addressed. Chevrolet should fix whether vehicle still in warranty or not as is believed to be poor quality control resulting in machining errors.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
My GM service request numberb is:[xxx].the automatic gear selector lever occasionally got stuck in park (P) and took a long dangerous time to get it worked loose and functioning properly. I lived with it for several months, but it got progressively much worse and more dangerous. I spoke to other Corvette owners and found out that I had a common safety problem for my model. I finally took the car to the dealer that sold it to me (mountain view Chevrolet) who said they had seen a lot of this defect and they then charged me nearly $600 to correct this dangerous defect. Not right!!!! it should have been recalled from the get-go and fixed promptly without charge. Unable to move in traffic, get out of the way of danger, or off of railway tracks is a potential killer. There should be a safety recall.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 152014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 65,450 miles
2007 Chevrolet Corvette began smelling of fuel upon fill-up on 8/15/2014. Chevrolet dealer in cary, nc claimed to have diagnosed the issue and charged for diagnostic fee, said end result was faulty fuel cap so it was replaced. Total for this was $42.08. Upon next fill-up, the smell persisted without any change from before diagnosis at Chevrolet dealer. Approximately 7 weeks later, fuel smell had worsened slightly and also the engine was making a "chattering" sound. Since Chevrolet dealer could not determine the fuel smell issue correctly, I chose a highly reputable independent shop and they immediately found the problems. The "chattering" sound was a faulty harmonic balancer, a known issue with the Chevrolet Corvette engines and cost ~$1,100 to repair using Chevrolet parts. The fuel smell was due to a cracked driver side fuel tank (Corvettes use two fuel tanks) which was easily found by this independent shop once the car was lifted. The factory-installed driver side fuel tank had shrunk and cracked, trapping the fuel pump inside, thus forcing the tank and pump to be replaced, along with all related seals and parts. Total to repair these fuel related issues was ~2,700, for a grand total of $3,803.27. Upon performing further research, many Corvette owners have had the exact same problem--driver side fuel tank cracks over time and every online reference found indicates that GM covers the issue. I contacted Chevrolet and was told that I only had a 2-year/24-month warranty on these issues. I find that to be ridiculous, especially since the same issue is occurring on cars of this type across the country. It seems as if Chevrolet and Chevrolet dealers pick and choose who they cover these items for, which is even more ridiculous because I don't think it should be necessary that I have to keep fighting just to be taken care of the way I should have been in the first place.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 182014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Transmission would not shift to reverse or park when I want to park the car. Chevy dealer did temp. Fix in April 2014 (out of town and extended period to get part). Problem happened again July 2014. I can drive the car and when parked I simply park where I can drive forward and apply the hand brake as it will restart in neutral.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 58,275 miles
After driving the car for approximately two miles I stopped the car to park. After stopping, the shifting control lever would not shift into reverse or park. The shifter safety system in the lever failed.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #3

May 292014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 31,969 miles
Following a high performance driver education event, my 2007 Corvette caught fire while traveling at low speed (approximately 10 mph) on a 2-lane county road, with the fire originating in the area surrounding the passenger rear (right rear) wheel well. As soon as I was aware of the fire, I stopped the car, shut down the engine, and observed the fire on the top of the transmission and gearbox from the rear of the car. I obtained a fire extinguisher and attempted to extinguish the fire by deploying the contents beneath the car on the area of visible flame. I was unable to extinguish the fire under the first attempt and I began to remove the rear carpeting from the vehicle in the rear hatch and trunk area as the carpet had began to smolder. A second fire extinguisher was brought to the scene and the fire was put out. The fire had consumed a 2" X 6" section of the hatch (trunk) floor, which had melted onto the rear exhaust pipe. After the car was towed home and put up on jack stands, it appears that the charcoal canister and sections of the emissions system were consumed in the fire. It is inconclusive in my observation if these components were causal to the fire or merely consumed in the flames. Much of the rear wiring surrounding the differential and transmission has been destroyed by the fire. There are also visible remnants of liquid "drips" on the right rear exhaust pipe travelling over the rear differential but no conclusive source of the liquid was found. I would like to ensure that this failure was not systemic to the vehicle design or manufacturer so that other owners may be protected from similar failures.

- Hudson, OH, USA

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