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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,728 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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2008 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 152014


  • 18,000 miles


Vehicle is completely stock with only 18,000 miles on it. It has never been on a track or used for anything other than a weekend toy. Complete engine failure as a result of a valve breaking off inside the engine while driving casually at 50 mph. As a result the engine stopped running taking with it the power steering and power assisted brakes. I was on a country road approximately 45 miles from the nearest gas station or service facility of any kind. There was also no cell phone service and was left stranded. I have since had a brand new engine put in at a total cost of over $ 16,000.

- Shenandoah, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 162015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 14,200 miles
Driving normal citystreets 25mph when engine noise started, went another 2 blocks, engine stopped running, towed to Chevy dealer. If this had happened on major highway, possible catastrophic power steering, brakes, engine oil on roadway, steering wheel lock, wrecks, injuries or possible fatalities. Engine head poor workmanship in these LS7 engines.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 232013


  • 20,000 miles
This is the second time the engine has stalled while she was driving. The first time the vehicle was only going about 5 mph. The second time it was gong 35 mph. The car will restart. No malfunction were detected by an obd 2 tester. No computer malf. Indications no ck eng lights. The car now is completely dead in the garage. Requires towing. Battery is only 2 to 3 months old.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 162015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 13,500 miles


I was concerned about excessive valve train noise and after reading several Corvette forum threads about improperly machined heads by GM's supplier linamar, and that numerous vehicles have had valves drop and ruin the engines, loosing a valve while driving will result in loss of power assist for steering and breaking while on the road. I took my car with 13500 miles on it to a Corvette specialty shop to have my valve guide clearance tested. I had (8) exhaust valve guide and (3) intake valve guides outside of service specifications, and a combination of (5) other intake valve guides at or near the maximum outside of service specifications. The car is being repaired with proper re-machining of the heads to make the valve guides concentric, new intake and exhaust valve guides installed, as well as new seals, valves, springs, etc. I can provide data on the failed guides for documentation 88% of the Corvette forum members who have had their cylinder heads tested for excessive valve guide wear, were out of service specifications. Source: GM needs to issue a recall on this issue, there have been numerous engine failures as a result of a dropped valve into a cylinder which can cause accidents and fires. 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.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 062014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 9,730 miles
C6 Corvettes have electrically operated doors so it is impossible to open a door when the battery is dead. Having a dead battery, I placed the car in my driveway to jump start it. As I went to my truck to start it and connect the jumper cables the Corvette began to slowly roll backwards - apparently the hand brake was not quite set enough (manual transmission). I was unable to open the door to apply the brakes or handbrake because of the lack of battery power. The car continued to roll backwards, accelerating, with me unable to hold or stop it. It rolled across the street, down my neighbor's driveway, and through his closed garage door coming to a stop at the rear of his garage with a heavy impact (over $11 thousand in damages). My neighbor's 2 small girls often play in that garage with the doors closed or in the driveway. If they had been playing or anyone or any vehicle had been in the street at that time there would likely have been one or more fatalities due to the runaway driver-less vehicle. Only luck prevented a serious accident with possible fatalities or serious injuries. This is obviously an unacceptable and unnecessary design defect for C6 Corvettes (and possibly other vehicles with key-less entry and electrically operated doors). I believe that Chevrolet should recall these vehicles and add a mechanical way to quickly open the door from the outside in event of a runaway situation (there is a mechanical backup if one is in the car or if one has the time to manually open the trunk - a slow procedure).

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 312014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
On this day, I was driving on the highway going about 100 mph (german autobahn) when the vehicle for no apparent reason decided to lock up the brakes. I also lost power steering. Luckily there were no cars around me. The "service active handling" sensor has been on and off since then and I am looking at getting it looked at tomorrow. I have just read forums of other 2005-2008 Corvettes having this similar problem. Is there anything I can do about getting this car serviced? I am in germany and I have yet to find a Corvette mechanic. Would appreciate any advice. Thank you

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #3

Feb 152014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 68,200 miles


Traveling at 65 mph with the cruise control on driving on a straight 4 lane divided highway, I brake and pressed the clutch pedal to down shift to make an exit. I exited, made the turn and started accelerating. I notice a loss of power and the steering wheel shook. There was no message that the active handling was engaged. I stopped and turned off the engine. All was fine when I drove again. However, it keeps happening sporadically without any cause. Once the service active handling system lit on the control panel but after turning off the engine it has not appeared again. Yet, the active handling system(or something) keep tapping the brakes making the car lose power and the steering shake.

- Heber Springs, AR, USA

problem #2

May 132013


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal independently engaged and the service active handing system warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle veered to the right. The contact was able to regain control and resumed driving. The failure occurred three times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- West Dundee, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 302012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 53,924 miles
At various speeds, the computer display panel reads, "service active handling system" accompanied by a swerving car icon and an alerting ding sound. The message comes on periodically, lasting up to 15 or 20 minutes at a time, then shutting off. Sometimes upon starting the engine the message will appear and other times the message will be off for days at a time. It always reappears. Over the years the brake light switch and brake sensors have been replaced (4/18/11; 10/8/11; 12/4/12) as well as replacement of the fob (12/18/12). Although this display message has appeared numerous times over the years, the most recent occurrences are as follows: 5/1/13; 4/30/13; 4/25/13; 3/28/13; 10/30/12. Two Chevrolet dealerships have been unable to resolve this malfunction to date (5/2/13). Since 10/30/12, this car has been seen six times for the same problem at two different Chevrolet dealerships. There was a recall in 2005 for this problem: "steering recall 2005-2006" "... in rare cases, repeated movement of the steering column may cause a signal interruption within the column. If this occurs, the message, "service active handling system" will appear... and one or more of the brakes may apply...". there have also been display messages on my car reading, "press brake to start engine", so this problem, in my mind, is related to the "active handling system" issue.

- Brentwood, Ca 94513, CA, USA

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