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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,058 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

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2000 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

May 222013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 77,900 miles


Was getting in vehicle too drive N steering wheel locked up after engine was cranked N running. Vehicle has a recall from NHTSA 04V060000 dealership said recall has been fixed before, N they have too charge me 600 dollars to fix problem again. Just wanting too let someone know GM is still having issues with steering wheel locking up when vehicle will crank up N run N you cant steer vehicle, may cause death or injury if it keeps up not fixing problem.

- Biscoe, NC, USA

problem #71

Aug 112011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. While parked the steering wheel seized and the contact was unable to maneuver the steering wheel. The vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device) and was repaired before the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the repairs would not be covered because the recall repairs had previously been performed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repairs. The approximate failure mileage 38,000...updated 09/29/11 the consumer stated the steering column problem had to be repaired twice. Updated 10/11/11

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #70

Aug 082011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 106,111 miles
Called Chevrolet about campaign NHTSA id # 04V060000, action # EA02031 involving steering column locks up due to malfunction in anti theft device. Chevrolet indicated they performed recall already by reprogram of module controlling that problem and would take no further action even though the exact same problem is occurring. I indicated that a simple additional reprogramming of the said module would more than likely solve the problem and they indicated it had been done and would not be able to help.

- Wildomar, CA, USA

problem #69

Oct 122010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. The steering wheel would lock immediately after the vehicle was turned on. The contact could not turn the steering wheel to the left or right. The vehicle was repaired approximately four to five years ago per NHTSA recall number 04V060000, steering column locking, anti-theft device. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the failure recurred and would cost her $600 to $800. The contact stated that the failure continued to occur at least three times within one week and the dealer would not repair it under the warranty. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 01/31/11 the dealer repaired the vehicle at no cost to the consumer. Updated 02/03/11

- Villarica, GA, USA

problem #68

Jul 262010


  • 130,068 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated he previously had issues with the steering wheel independently locking while driving. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V060000 (steering: Column locking: Anti-theft device). The contact stated that the failure recurred within five years. The vehicle was not further repaired nor diagnosed for the failure. The contact was concerned with the steering wheel locking while driving and the failure potentially causing a crash. The failure and current mileages were 130,068.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #67

Jun 172010


  • 46,494 miles
On 6/17/10, my wife attempted to drive our 2000 Chevy Corvette mileage 46,494, when service security column came on and pull key wait for 10 seconds was displayed. Several attempts were made to comply with this so she could drive off, but each time she started in 1st gear the vehicle would shut off. Vehicle was towed to a repair shop where they have certified GM mechanics and they advised me of a safety recall that was put out reference this issue and my VIN fell within the series of vehicles recalled. I contacted a Chevy dealership in annapolis, md and gave them my VIN. They advised that all recalls had been completed on that vehicle, specifically recall#04V06000. They could not advise when it was performed and what dealership did the recall. I have read several different solutions that seem to have been done and currently in the process of some how finding out who did the recall on my vehicle.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #66

Oct 302007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


Steering column lock issue - had latest 2006 recall work performed by dealer. Did not solve problem, same error code reads on dash and car shuts itself off when try to move it more than 2 mph. Dealer says GM is not covering it. Want to charge me to replace same part they put in as a part of the recall!!! also, we had to pay for the flat bed tow for this same problem twice now! we have had recall work done 4 times on this same problem! now they say its not covered" how can they get away with this" they are dragging the Corvette name into the dirt!

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #65

Sep 232007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,634 miles
I have a 2000 Corvette that I purchased in Oct 2003 and I have had to repair the steering column lock 4 times. This last incident I was 30 miles from home and paid $100 for a tow. Koons Chevrolet replaced the wiring harness again at no cost to myself-again.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #64

Aug 182006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 10,339 miles
2000 Chevrolet Corvette steering wheel would not turn. Upon inspection consumer was informed there was a recall for this problem. The recall (04V060000) was on the steering anti-theft device.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #63

Oct 222005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,806 miles
Steering column locks up on 2000 my Chevrolet Corvette. I had never experienced any issue until I had a dealer, (marty feldman Chevrolet; novi, mi), perform a recall initiative on June 20, 2005 for the problem at General Motors' request. After the recall was performed, the steering column locked up while I was backing the vehicle out of my garage to prepare it for winter storage in October '05. Please note: The engine did not shut off when the steering column locked. I returned the vehicle to the dealer in April 2006 to investigate after which they informed me that they were able to duplicate the problem and re-performed the recall initiative. I picked up the vehicle upon completion, it worked fine for two weeks. I then experienced the service steering column lock warning on the vehicle monitoring system on 5/22/2006 while driving down the road, however, the steering column did not lock up. Upon leaving that destination once again, the steering locked up while exiting a parking lot and, once again, the engine did not shut off. I immediately returned the car to the dealer. The dealer informed me the problem was due to the battery being low because the vehicle was in storage from October '05 to April '06. The problem with that scenario is 1) the problem first occurred prior to the vehicle being stored in October, and, 2) I replaced the battery in August of 2005 with a new one. After having my vehicle for 9 days, the dealer informed me that there was nothing else they could do and to come get the car. When I picked it up I was advised that if the warning appears again to disconnect the positive battery cable from the battery to enable the system to reset...totally ignoring the potential safety hazard of the steering wheel locking up and was charged for their services. I am now afraid to drive the car and consider it rendered useless until General Motors can assure me that they are capable of fixing their problem.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #62

Oct 312005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. He stated that he parked, went into the grocery store, and when he came back out turned the vehicle on and the steering column would not unlock. He was told that there was recall 04V060000 on this type of vehicle. But the recall did not include his vehicle. The dealership told him that after doing the diagnostic test it was evident that it had nothing to do with driver's error. It may have been an electrical failure. The recall stated that it could lock up while driving. The dealership told him now that this vehicle was no longer under warranty. The contact will have to pay for the repairs to be done.

- Coronado , CA, USA

problem #61

Sep 102005


  • miles
Consumer steering column locked and was undriveable. There was a recall regarding the issue, however the recall had already been performed 90 days prior and the manufacturer refused to diagnose or repair the vehicle at their expense, even though the dealership service manager stated twice that the recall had been performed improperly by the first dealer. He stated further, that had the recall been performed properly, the steering would not have locked up on the vehicle. Cheverolet customer service denied the recall repair as well as the GM extended warranty even though the failure was identical.

- Sleepy Hollow, NY, USA

problem #60

Sep 102005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,500 miles
The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette became undrivable with a locked steering column Saturday morning 9/10/05 in scarsdale, NY and was flat bedded under GM roadside assistance warranty to curry Chevrolet, the closest open Chevrolet dealer. The steering column lock issue is subject to a recall issued by GM/Chevrolet (#04006A). In addition to the recall, the car is also covered under an extended warranty by GM. The recall was performed by another dealer this summer (less than 90 days), and Chevrolet now refuses to diagnose or repair the car at its expense, even though the dealership service manager stated twice (2), including in a conference call to GM executive offices, that the recall had been performed improperly by the first dealer. He further stated that, had this recall been performed properly, the steering would not have locked up on the vehicle. This was confirmed by the local Chevrolet zone manager as well. GM records all customer calls and the recorded call is on record. This was confirmed. Chevrolet customer service (request 1-361874832 cynthia capps 866-952-4368 X57879) has denied the recall repair, as has GM extended warranty, and the GM executive offices, even though the failure is identical, and exactly as listed in the recall bulletin. GM executive offices and Chevrolet customer service have stated that the customer must pay for the recall repairs on his own, since the recall was "performed, " even though it may have been performed improperly, as was confirmed by the second dealer. In summary, the car is covered under a GM warranty and the problem disabling the car is the subject of a NHTSA recall, yet Chevrolet refuses to properly repair the car (as confirmed by their own dealer) without expense to the customer.

- Sleepy Hollow, NY, USA

problem #59

Feb 062004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that there was NHTSA recall, campaign 04V060000, regarding the steering column locking: Anti-theft device. The consumer stated that the remedy for this recall was not sufficient, and recommended that the vehicles be repaired as the european vehicles were instead of disabling the anti-theft device. The consumer has contacted the service dealer and the manufacturer, and they did offer to repair the vehicle under NHTSA's recall remedy.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #58

Jul 292005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2000 Corvette I received a GM recall notice to take the Corvette to a qualified dealer and have the recall work done. I had not had any trouble with the car up to that point. After the recall work on the steering column lock was done, I have had nothing but trouble. The digital information center will read, "service column lock", and although the car starts and runs, it will not go faster than 5 mph and the fuel pump shuts off. This defect has left me stranded four times. The first time it appeared, I took the car to tri-county Chevrolet, who indicated that mark heitz Chevrolet (who had done the re-call work) had not properly performed the recall. Within two weeks of tri-county's work, the car is again having the same steering column lock trouble. This is really strange, since the steering column isn't locked. This is aggravating; this car had a $ 47,514. Sticker price and can't be depended on. What's really maddening, I never had a bit of trouble out of the car until the recall work was done on it. The Corvette is now sitting on a trailer and on it's way to tri-county.

- Antlers, OK, USA

problem #57

May 072005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,850 miles
The consumer states that he had manufacturer's recall 040006 repairs performed on 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. Since the recall there was a light on the disc, bringing up a code that said to remove key for 10 seconds, the other one service column lock. The owner had not had any problems prior to the recall being performed. This problem was intermittent. The owner had taken the car back to the dealership, the dealer wanted to be paid for the use of the computer on the owner's car. The owner thought that the relay switch that was installed was faulty. The owner contacted the manufacturer and filed a complaint with them. GM said that they were aware that there is a problem, but there was no fix for it. Vehicle was shutting the fuel off when the disc displayed the remove key light for 10 seconds. After the light came on. Stopped and turned off the car, removed the key from the car and then restarted the car. The owner called the dealer again today. The dealer still wanted to charge for the correction on the car. Consumer maintained there should be no charge for recalls that were performed and did not work. Consumer stated that prior to recall the vehicle was more unsafe than before.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #56

Apr 042005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Steering wheel locked identical to Chevrolet recall campaign 04006. When to have it fixed and they forced me to pay $200 to replace lock actuator because that part was not listed on recall. The lock plate was covered. It is obvious that the lock actuator got damaged as a result of inability to un-lock the steering wheel as a result of the recall issue. Also Chevrolet said they had to replace the part because I had a manual transmission, if it was an automatic all of the parts would be removed and discarded. Therefore I should not of had to pay $200. Chevrolet case #1-325567474.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #55

Dec 142004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,810 miles
C5 Corvettes have a problem with the steering column lock malfunctioning and leaving owners stranded or locking the steering wheel while driving. I am one of several owners affected by these problems. I've had the steering column lock while making a slow turn in a residential area, fortunately not resulting in an accident, and was left stranded when the car refused to start because of a column lock malfunction. GM issued a recall to fix the problem and I had the recall performed on my car. However, I continue to experience steering column malufunctions. Most recently this week, my car failed to start after displaying error messages on the same steering lock malfunction. Was able to get the car to the same dealership which performed the recall, but they were unable to find a problem after running the diagnostics. A second dealership encountered the same result. However, I continue to have intermittent problems.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #54

Nov 122004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,911 miles
Steering column locked while car was in motion at approx 15 mph. The problem turned out to be a known issue and was repaired by GM under recall by colonial Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. Of talladega Alabama. Days later the same thing happened again, column locking while in motion, even though GM said the recall would prevent this dangerous malfunction from happening again. Furthermore in the process of performing the recall service, colonial Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. Damaged and replaced the car's radiator. Upon further inspection I found that the radiator was not reinstalled properly and its housing is broken. I am unaware of what possible dangers may be present due to the improperly positioned radiator, and have discontinued use of the vehicle pending further investigation in this matter and the column locking again. Following service, the car was driven to a tire shop at colonial's recommendation and then straight home. The car has not left the house since as the second instance of the column locking at speed occured on my home's driveway.

- Talladega, AL, USA

problem #53

Nov 042004

Corvette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling 75 mph on the highway and the steering wheel locked up. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, and it crashed into guard rail and flipped three times, landing in a ditch. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained head and neck injuries, and was transported to a hospital. Vehicle was towed and totaled.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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