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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,687 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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2000 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Sep 032009


  • 79,500 miles


1) steering column lock issue 2) fuel cut off ** was driving with my 12 year old daughter. Stopped for gas 65 miles from home and at 11pm. After getting gas I went to start car would not turn over / start. After several tries it finally started but information center above steering column said "service steering column lock" and would not allow me to drive more than 2 mph before shutting off fuel and killing the motor from running. Had Corvette towed to my office. Finally got home at 2:30 am. Called Chevy dealer, was told that it had a recall that pertained to the problem, recall done in 2007 and that even though it was the same problem the Chevy dealer would not fix it again even though I told them the recall had not been completed because the steering lock plate was still installed and the recall specifically stated the dealer was to remove the steering lock plate. Said nothing they could do and estimated it to be $900 to $1200 to fix. Said to call recall center which said "tuff luck" car still not running. I don't know why they said the recall fixed the problem just to have the same problem and say " I " have to pay to fix this time even though it is the same problem as before the recall " are they kidding me " help !!!

- Santa Rosa , CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 152008


  • 62,500 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device). Two years later, when the contact inserted the key into the ignition, he noticed that the steering warning indicator was illuminated on the instrument panel. Afterwards, the vehicle became inoperative and was towed to a dealer. A technician stated that the failure referenced in the recall had resurfaced; however, the dealer refused to assume financial responsibility for the repair. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure and current mileages were 62,500.

- Woodland, TX, USA

problem #14

Nov 232008


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving less than 55 mph, the steering column failed. The vehicle was taken to the nearest dealer and they stated that the vehicle had been previously repaired incorrectly according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device). Upon further investigation by the dealer, it was discovered that the initial recall remedy was surpassed and the pieces needed to complete the recall were missing. The dealer from where the vehicle was purchased informed the contact that he could return the vehicle for a full refund. The failure and current mileages were less than 53,000.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #13

Oct 122008


  • 60,800 miles


I own a 2000 Corvette. I stopped to fuel up the vehicle. When I got back in and started the vehicle I received a warning on my dash to service the steering column lock. This of course locked the steering wheel so it could not be turned at all. I had to have it towed to a dealer. I researched this problem and found there have been several recalls on this issue. The dealer claims the item shows it has been repaired in 2004. However the fix in 2004 did not actual repair the problem so in 2006 another recall was issued for this same complaint on the vette. I have only had the vehicle for two years so the repair was supposedly done before I purchased it. If the recall had been repaired properly I would not be having this problem again. The dealer and Chevy are telling me that since this repair has already been done the recall no longer exists for my vehicle. Yet the problem still exists. This is a safety issue the Chevy is more than aware of. If this would have occurred while driving I or someone I hit could have been seriously injured. How can they close a recall that has never been repaired properly.

- Festus, MO, USA

problem #12

Aug 142008


  • 145,000 miles
2000 Chevrolet Corvette the steering column lock feature is malfunctioning. The car will start but immediately dies if moved. The message displayed reads :service steering column lock. This same problem arose approx. 10 days ago, but re-set. Approx. 2 years ago, following the same problems, GM performed a re-call, and installed some kind of 'fix'. it's doing exactly what it was recalled for. The fix doesn't work, at least for long. I love the car, but with this problem, it is unreliable and dangerous. GM should be made to permanently fix this problem. My research indicates that this problem was wide-spread over a number of years with the Corvette.

- Antlers, OK, USA

problem #11

Aug 082008


  • 31,600 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. When the contact turned the ignition switch, the electronic column lock systems caused the steering column to lock. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device), although the failures were identical. The contact would be responsible for the repair costs. He is in the process of having the vehicle repaired and is awaiting a response from the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 31,600.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #10

Jul 182008


  • miles


There was a recall on the steering lock column on my 2000 Chevy Corvette. I purchased my car in 2003 and the car had 10,000 miles. I still had the warranty on it. In 2005 my steering column locked up and would not start. I had it towed in to kelley chevorlet. They told me there was a recall on the lock system. They replaced the harness and loke plate and actuator. Few months down the road it happened again. I had it towed again they fixed it again and did the same thing. It happened again and they replaced the same parts again...the last time it was there. But this time they took the lock plate out completely, they said that GM told them to do it to fix the its July 08 and again it had to be towed in and they replaced the same parts again and now they want me too pay they had it there 4 times in the past 4 years... I purchased this ar with a lok system in it nd I don't understand what gives them the right to rig it bye taken the whole loks system out. I paid 32,000 for my car when I purchased it. I don't understand how they get away with charging me $1100 dollars that they changed the recall part 4 times. I put this on my credit card because they would not give me my car until I paid for it, this was a recall problem to begin with and they never fixed it properly, so why do I have to pay for it now.

- Ft.Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 252008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving 15 mph, the steering wheel locked unexpectedly in a parking lot. Through research, the contact discovered a recall for an identical failure. The manufacturer stated that the recall was previously repaired by its previous owner and they would not repair it for free. The vehicle is currently still in the parking lot. The recall number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 55,000.

- Delouse, MT, USA

problem #8

Apr 092002


  • miles
GM Corvette 2000 steering wheel and column locked. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repair. About two years later the problem recurred. The consumer contacted the dealer and was told at that time that his vehicle was not included in the steering recall. The consumer had to pay for the repair.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

Aug 272003


  • miles
The consumer noticed after the vehicle was started that the steering wheel would not turn left or right. After the engine ran for a few seconds it would stall.

- Atkinson, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 172002

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,500 miles


Consumer states steering column locked while driving. As a result vehicle was involved in a crash. Dealer notified. While driving the vehicle steering wheel locked up. As a result the vehicle crossed the median and hit a Jeep head on. The Jeep caught fire and the consumer's Corvette was totaled. The air bags didn't deploy causing consumer to sustain injuries to the head and a sprained ankle for 3 weeks. Consumer lost consciousness for approx. 20 minutes. Duplicate voq. See ODI# 10031977 for other details. Cat

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 012003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The steering wheel locked up after starting the vehicle. This had only occurred at start up. The consumer was concerned about this occurring while in motion.

- Smithtown, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 312003

(reported on)


  • miles
The convertible top squealed, the driver side door exterior door handle had come loose, the right front turn signal had gone out, the vehicle excessively used oil, the vehicle had a recall on the steering ignition lock, ultimately the steering locked and the engine shut down while being backed out of the driveway, the gas guage malfunctioned, the traction control light had come on, the vehicle stalled, and the battery leaked acid. The consumer requested to be compensated for the inconvenience. Scc ref. In EA02-031

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 102003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated while driving at any speed, the steering wheel locked, dealer has been notified. Ref. In EA02-031

- Adel, IA, USA

problem #2

Apr 192002


  • miles
In reverse steering locked up.vehicle was taken to dealer for repairs. Feel free to provide any further information. Ref. In EA02-031

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 102001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering locked up while driving 65-70 mph, vehicle struck pole in median and spun out. No injuries, damage to vehicle was $ $1000.

- Sherman, TX, USA

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