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4.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,727 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette electrical problems

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 114,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving approximately 20 mph, the headlights shut off independently. The failure occurred multiple times at various speeds. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 114,000..updated 09/30/14 the consumer stated the incident happened when the vehicles temperature was over 100 degrees. The consumer could no longer drive the vehicle when the headlights were on. Updated 10/07/14

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 042014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 13,442 miles
I was driving the car through a residential area when the red air bag warning light in the instrument panel went on. I pulled the car to the side of the road and shut it off. Upon restarting the car, the light stayed on after the lamp tests completed. I then moved the driver's seat forward a bit (the car has power memory seats) and the light went off. I continued driving the car on a couple of errands w/O the light coming back on.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 122013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 9,800 miles
My remote control would not activate the door locks. I took the battery out of the remote and tapped it on the ground a few times and the remote worked. Upon entering the vehicle, the remote stopped working again. This means that the car would not recognize me being in the vehicle. I was trapped for several minutes with no air in the vehicle. I kept hitting the remote and the vehicle recognized my remote again. I immediately took the remote and had the battery changed. Upon getting the remote changed, the vehicle failed to recognize my remote control again. This is very dangerous and could cause someone to suffocate if they were not able to climb through the back hatch of a Z06 Corvette to pull the hatch release. I am not sure as to whether or not the emergency lever would work, as technically the vehicle still had battery power. I still do not know if this is a battery issue, electrical issue, or remote control issue. Again, this is extremely dangerous, especially in a hot car with no air due to everything being electronic.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag lights intermittently. Can elicit light by just moving seat around. It will spontaneously come on and turn off.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #3

May 112012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 30,500 miles
While driving on I-275 I first experienced a muffled noise in the car that sounded like wind. The car was not holding the road as it usually does and the rear swayed a bit. Next, there was a sound like a thump. My dashboard lit up like a christmas tree with a warning that traction control was not working and that I should seek immediate repair. Next, the vehicle lost a lot of its power and decelerated rather suddenly form 70 to approx 45 mph. Car had no energy or pep and light said engine power loss. Fortunately nobody was behind me when the deceleration occurred. I exited the expressway and was just few miles from hotel and parked it. Had it towed the next day to a dealer in tampa. Do not yet know diagnosis on the car. Will probably hear tomorrow. But it was a real shock to have this happen so suddenly and the deceleration was sudden and if car had been behind me it could have been a problem.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 052010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 2,900 miles
The power in my car (2009 Chevrolet Corvette) turned off after I entered the car and shut the door. Since the doors are operated electrically I could not open the doors to get out. In order to exit the car I had to remove the removable hardtop and climb out of the car. If I did not have a removable hardtop I would not have been able to exit the car without assistance. This is the first time that the car has lost electrical power/shut down after I have entered the car. I have not taken the car to the dealer to fix the problem.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #1

Nov 112009

Corvette

  • 450 miles
2009 C6 Chevrolet Corvette coupe 1. my wife & I got into acr to back out of garage. The battery failed when I pressed ignition button. We were locked in car which has no manual door handles. 2. we escaped vehicle by removing roof panel and climbing out of roof. 3. car towed to dealer who informed us of emergency driver side door release in the back hatch on rear wheel well that must be pulled toward back of car. If inside car, passenger must crawl between seats to access the release. Was not informed of this release at time of purchase. This vehicle is a death trap if the battery or electrical system fails or if the driver side door release cable snaps or jams in an accident. Emergency escape requires climbing through roof or into back hatch - elderly people could not do what we had to do to exit the car. There should be manual release for both doors on the doors. The batteries used by GM for these cars are notorious for quick drawdown & should be replaced at GM's expense with quality batteries such as Odyssey PC1200.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

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