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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
45,908 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 012015


  • 66,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving at an unknown speed, the service steering column lock warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact mentioned that an error message advising to "wait ten seconds and pull key" displayed on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column lock needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the error message displayed again. The technician stated that an unknown computer module related to the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 032014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Car stopped running on interstate at 70 mph, lost all power. Happen 3 times on a 700 mile trip home from business trip.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #12

May 032012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
This vehicle often would not start. Then the next morning it would start fine. Occasionally it would shut off while driving - turning off all power. It happened once at 70 mph: The car lost all power, and only by the grace of god was I able to restart it and regain control. Eventually it would not start at all, and I finally had to have it towed to the dealership. It took two weeks for them to determine it was the ignition switch shutting off all power to the engine, and charged me $520 to replace it. They told me to remove the car key from my keyring and keep it separate because it was causing a problem with the switch. I would like to recover the money that this cost me since we can now see it is related to the pervasive ignition switch recall. I have asked them and they have refused.

- Lynnfield, MA, USA

problem #11

Apr 172013


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated while driving 45 mph up a hill, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that he had to shake the key in order for the vehicle to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #10

May 252013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. Upon driving the steering column locked preventing the car from being controlled at speed. After researching the issue and investigating the matter with Chevrolet customer service I found that this steering lock antitheft device was found to be dangerous as I described. The NHTSA forced GM to recall vehicles, mine in 2003, recall number 4006. Subsequently GM concluded that this recall was not effective and issued two more recalls however customers were never notified by mail. Recall number 4006C issued in Feb 08 2006 supersedes all previous recalls instructing dealers and service technicians to remove the locking mechanism. However GM fails to take responsibility to assure that this latter recall is provided to my vehicle. After numerous calls to customer service 866 790 5700 they will not authorize repair of my vehicle. After $1700 out of pocket expenses my car is still in a situation that the steering column can lock while being driven and GM fails to respond. I have been bounced around to 8 to 9 representatives in customer service from peru, Texas and detroit all with no action. All owners of 1999 to 2004 Corvettes whose theft deterrent system is still in operation, meaning the steering column locks when the key is removed should be aware that the car may lock when driving and crash. This is from GM's own service recall number 4006C. These vehicle should not be driven.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #9

Sep 102006


  • 45,000 miles
2001 Corvette. 2 years ago (1)engine check light always on (2)traction control warning lights on (3)ABS warning lights on (4)low fuel warning light goes on if under 1/2 tank and gauge drops to zero fuel (5)driver side headlight will not open up (6)lights do not work on heating, A/C directional flow these complaints from what I have read on blog sites from hundreds of other Corvette owners are very commonplace problem lies in the fact that when my warning lights are lit up I have no antilock brakes working on my car nor do I have traction control. This is extremely dangerous. Some time the lights work sometimes they go off well I am in motion. This can cause a dangerous situation if I am just hitting throttle and this occurs causing me to lose control and risking a collision. These are powerful cars even when driven in a safe manner. I own an automatic transmission and it does not take much throttle for the engine to gear down and accelerate. I stop at gen. Motors dealer frequently hoping for a campaign. To correct this problem. The same story always is that it is a defective computer board and that I am looking at approx $4000 dollars to repair. Reading blog site it is the same. Some would say that if one can afford a Corvette then this should not be an issue. I say it is a serious safety issue and should not have to pay out of pocket. Am only an employee at a daycare and saved for years to purchase this car. The other common complaint is the fuel gauge but understand that with computer board replaced this will eliminate problem. Pop up headlight cost to repair $300.

- Greely, CO, USA

problem #8

Mar 012006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


2001 Corvette convertible, the ABS/traction control system has failed twice, once at 40,000 miles then after having it replaced it failed again at approximately 75,000 miles. It is the ABS module and control valve, the code is C1214, which states set current-solenoid relay coil open. It's failure causes complete and total loss of the ABS safety features as well as the safety features of the traction control lost. These failures can lead to loss of traction while turning or on slippery surface as well loss of control of vehicle during emergency braking or attempting to stop quickly or on wet or icy surfaces. This could lead to accidents resulting in serious injury or even death. The first defective ABS module and valve were replaced and I no longer have them, however the current defective ABS module and valve are still in the car and available.

- Fortson, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 122005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Same as complaint #'s 757075 & 10124963 "active handling system malfunction". while moving at speed (approx 75 mph) in a straight line on even pavement, the active handling system activates the left side brakes hard for about two seconds. This causes momentary loss of control of the vehicle. In my case the vehicle departed the right lane and forced me across the left lane onto the shoulder. No codes. Additional detail: I originally took the vehicle in for service because I was getting a fault in the ahs, "service active handling". the ahs would automatically disable itself at the time of the code warning. This happened once per driving cycle while moving at speed (exactly the same as above, only it didn't try to wreck the car). The dealer referenced a GM service bulletin and said the software for the ahs needed to be upgraded. After the upgrade, under the same circumstances it now activates the ahs and causes the vehicle to veer wildly. The dealer can find nothing wrong. This is a big safety issue. The ahs should not be able to cause loss of control.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #6

Feb 102005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After starting the vehicle and driving off the engines stalled. After the vehicle was repaired, the vehicle was driven for about 600 miles and it locked up again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership. When the vehicle was parked, a warning chime would sound. When starting the vehicle, it would only move several feet then the fuel will shut off, causing the vehicle to stall in traffic. The vehicle hadn't been able to be repaired. Other problems: The lock clyinder was not reading when the key was removed, then when the key was inserted, the vehicle read theft attempt and lock out, a column lock message appeared on the dash and there was a rattle in the drivers doors due to door speration.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 152004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Corvette with multiple electrical problems which have which have led to multiple trips to the dealer for repairs. Most recently, the steering wheel locks while the car is on. This occured three times. It was repaired twice by the dealer and currently the car is at the dealer again. The service manager said that there is nothing wrong with the car. I'm afraid to drive this car. If the steering wheel locks when I'm on the freeway someone could get injured. The steering wheel locking problem has been recalled on the vehicle. GM customer care will not address the problem. What should I do? they cannot fix the car nor will they replace it.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 282004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,716 miles


Loses power suddenly on freeway without warning. Engine dies quickly during driving without warning. Rydell Chevrolet (818)933-3000 unable to detect or fix problem after several visits. Problem persists.

- Valley Village, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 032003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I have a 2001 Corvette. Since I've owned it, several problems have occurred. The first being the drivers door lock. The car dealer replaced the module twice and then it switch itself. Then the electronic system defaulted where I couldn't start the car (twice). Had to have it towed back to the dealership. Then driving one day the fuel gauge went from showing half a tank all the way to zero. All the fuel warning lights came on. Took it into service and they reprogrammed the computer. The very next day I started the car and the steering wheel lock engaged after the car first started, (I haven't had it in gear yet). This problem concerned me and I stated that to the service manager who immediately stated it couldn't happen if I was driving the car. (really?) they repaired that. Then the gas gauge did it again. Took it in again and they replaced several items in the fuel system. Now, one tank of gas later, the gauge doesn't read properly. The low level light came on and it only took 10 gallons. Took it back into the dealer and they don't know how to fix it so they're talking with GM engineers. Also there were several other 2001 Corvette's in for the identical problem. Now (10/3/03) I have a rental car and don't have any idea when they will be able to fix mine.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #2

Jun 182003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We just purchased a 2001 Corvette coupe 2 months ago. I have had a problem when the signal lights (both) just quit operating--no lights, no clicking, nothing, in an instant. After a period of time, they will work again. Have taken the fuse out and reinstalled it in case it might have been loose. Seemed to work for about 2 weeks without a problem, then suddenly stopped working again. There is no logical sequence of events when this happens. GM dealership put it on the computer but could not detect anything. They indicated that the signals would have to be 'not working' when I brought it in for them to tell what was happening. This is a potentially dangerous situation, especially during highway driving.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sensor on driver's door has been replaced numerous times, intermittently drivers door will not respond to remote option. Customer stated that oil leaked from engine area. The driver door rattles while driving and was hard to close. The right door glass has wind noise due to door glass failure. Brakes failed to grab. There was a noise while driving due to left seat belt retractor failure. Consumer states cd charger would not eject cd cartridge, the steering tilt was inopartive, the door rattled, the seats would not hold programming.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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