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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,015 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Sep 032008


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. After driving the vehicle approximately 5 mph into the garage and shutting off and restarting it, the steering wheel locked. The warning light message read, "pull key wait 10 seconds" followed by "service column locked". the vehicle restarted and shifted into gear; however, the steering wheel remained locked. During a scheduled appointment with the dealer on September 3, 2008, the contact was able to drive the vehicle, but the steering locked after driving home. The dealer stated at the appointment that there was a $135 diagnostic fee. GM advised the contact to pay the fee and they would notify her if there was a $100 deductible or a 50/50 split. The manufacturer also stated that the recall repair related to the steering was performed. When confirming the date that the recall was performed, the manufacturer stated that the recall was not performed and that the steering column was replaced on April 23, 2002. The contact has photos, which indicate the warning light messages on the instrument panel. The approximate current and failure mileages were 85,000.

- Dublin , CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 282008


  • 53,300 miles
Steering wheel locked permanent.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 252008


  • 52,000 miles
Got off work and try to turn the car to go home but the steering wheel wouldn't unlock and a message popped saying "service steering column lock", the car has been sitting at work ever since. Contact the Chevy dealership closes and they said that the VIN number was not associated with any recall, although my car appear to fall under recall # 04V06000

- Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 262006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


: the contact stated a recall notice #04V060000 was received on the 2002 model for one of the two vehicles of the same make and model regarding the steering. The 2002 was taken to the service dealer in 2004 for the remedy repair where a programming change was made to the vehicle. In September of 2006, when the 2002 vehicle was started, the driving information center displayed that the steering had locked. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact also owned a 2001 of the same make and model but a recall notice was not received for this vehicle. The contact was concerned that the steering may also lock on this vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and determined the 2001 vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 192006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,200 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 65 mph the steering wheel locked and caused the engine to stall. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and was towed home. The dealer has not been alerted and no repairs have been made.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jul 012005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
1999 Chevrolet Corvette. Contact took car to a dealership to have the steering fixed on July 15, 2005 and they did not fix it. The second time dealership worked on it, and then told contact the car locked again on they would come out and get the car. Contact took it to dealer the first time on July 1, 2005. He cited recall 04V060000 regarding the steering. Contactnever received a recall letter, bought the car used from a Chevrolet dealership.

- Oaklawn, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 102005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Active handling system malfunctions at highway speeds. When traveling on dry smooth highways, in a straight line, the active handling system will activate and randomly actuate individual brake calipers. When this occurs, the "driver information system" will flash "active handling". in every case, this causes momentary, unintended changes in direction and speed of the automobile. The event does not register any codes in the obd II. The problem can only be defeated by turning off the active handling system. The problem can be induced by making minute adjustments to the steering wheel while traveling in a straight line. This problem has been look at by the dealer several times, and they have been unable to diagnose or repair the problem. This is similar to complaint 757075.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 192003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,500 miles
Steering-jumping feeling when wheels are turned as far as possible-while moving forward or in reverse after being parked and as you move to leave. Tires feel as they are not just rolling but small hopping feeling.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #2

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 #1

May 172002

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,508 miles
While backing out of the driveway consumer attempted to turn the steering wheel, the steering wheel locked up, and the warning buzzer sounded. Vehicle was towed to dealer and the steering actuator was replaced.

- Puntagorda, FL, USA

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