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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,895 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 282010


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette with 35,000 miles. The previous owner had recall 04V060000 steering:column locking:anti-theft device performed on his vehicle. The problem has now recurred. The dealer was contacted about the failure and told the contact to bring the vehicle in. The dealer told the contact that he would have to pay for the failure. The contact is unable to drive the vehicle. When starting or driving the vehicle a message would display" service active handling". when this happened the brakes would automatically engage. The failure was identical to recall 10V172000 steering: Column. The vehicle was also taken to the dealer for water leaking into the trunk. The contact found recall 09V491000 structure:body:roof and pillars caused the failure to occur. The contact also has pictures of the failure. The dealer would not repair the vehicle.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 092009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. While attempting to drive the vehicle he noticed that the steering wheel locked; however, the contact was able to continue operating the vehicle. The dealer informed the contact that the column lock needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 80000.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #6

Jun 122008


  • 59,990 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving at any speed, the steering column locked, even while the key was in the ignition. The contact placed the vehicle into drive and began to accelerate, but the steering column remained locked. The vehicle was towed. She called the dealer and manufacturer and was informed that the recall involving her vehicle expired on February 29, 2008. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 60,000 and failure mileage was 59,990.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #5

May 232003


  • miles


Nar 06/19/2003. The consumers vehicle was in need of numerous repairs. Voluntary emission recall- reprogram the powertrain control module. Excessive engine oil consumption. Engine knocking noise. Fuel gauge dropped to empty, driver seat is coming apart, steering column lock. Air conditioner has a bad odor. Inability to lock car doors. Radio produces loud static, and speakers rattle. Headlights have a bad battery and the rear view mirror doesn't dim.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 122003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,168 miles
2001 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, parked at golf course, started car to leave and realized the steering wheel was locked. The dash display read "service steering column." The car sat at the golf course a couple days while I checked with mechanics, friends, internet and NHTSA (my son works for you). I discovered this is a frequent problem with Corvettes from 1997 and up (C5 body style). I tried all the "tricks" I was told by several people including shaking the steering wheel hard left to right with the key out of the ignition and in the ignition, plus using the key instead of the remote control to unlock the door. Nothing worked. I had it towed to a Chevrolet dealer. They had it several days and commented they could not unlock it with their special tool. They fixed it in the end by installing GM part number 26050960 which is the steering wheel lock assembly/theft deterrent actuator. The repair bill of $392 ($171 for the part) stated the steering wheel lock had an open circuit causing it not to release. They jump started vehicle & verified concern, removed and replaced the steering lock assembly/theft deterrent actuator. This car has 45000 miles on it, is a manual transmission.

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052001

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I was in a single car accident in my 2001 Corvette. I bought it brand new. The injuries I suffered were nearly fatal. I was air lifted to a shock trauma unit, in a coma and on a respirator for 21 days and rehabilitation for several months after. I have sustained some permanent injuries as a result of this accident. This was a single car accident involving only my vehicle. The evidence points to a possible steering column lock up which rendered me unable to steer the car. The vehicle right hand side went over a rock wall on a driveway and then went perfectly straight into tree which began tipping the car over. Next to the tree was a very large tree stump which caught the right side of the car's underside and finished rolling the car. I was thrown from the car as I wasn't belted in. (I had trouble with the driver's side seat belt in this car also.) the estimated speed at the time of the crash would be around 20 mph.

- Fairfield, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 162003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While pulling out of the drive way without prior warning the steering column locked up. Causing him to crash into the neighbor next door house. Please provide additional information dealer is aware of the problem. Ref. In EA02-031

- Milton, FL, 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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