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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,144 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 122011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and he noticed that the rear driver?S side tire was flat. In addition, both rear wheels were cracked. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileages were 27,000. The consumer noticed the left rear tire was losing air. He took the vehicle to a local shop, to see if there was a hole in the tire. The technician did not see a hole. However, a closer examination revealed, air was leaking through cracks in the wheel, where the spindle attached tot he rim. More cracks were found and both rear rims were cracking in the same fashion. Updated 09/06/12

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #14

Dec 132011


  • miles
Lr tire began loosing air (overnight while sitting in my garage), I filled the tire only to find it low again the next day. I took the car to the tire shop expecting to find a nail in the tread, no holes were found in the tire so the technician sprayed his solution on the rim only to find air leaking from a crack in the chrome rim. Further investigation uncovered multiple cracks on the rims at the rear of the car where the spokes attached to the rim. I thought if these rims are in this condition there must be more. This car is in brand new condition 27,000 miles garage kept and well cared for. The manager at palmen's Chevrolet sent pictures to Chevrolet with an explanation no bruises on the rim no idea of how it happened. I am guessing bad heat treatment, Chevrolet told me I am on my own.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #13

Dec 102005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Wheels on my 2002 Chevy Corvette are cracked and it is a widespread problem. Failure of this wheel while driving can have disastrous results.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 172007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles


Vehicle (2002 Chevrolet Corvette) rim cracking, needed to replace all rims.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #11

Mar 142007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 C5 Corvette, the rear rim has a crack in the spoke. I went on Corvette forum to see if others have had this problem. There where several other people that had the same issue. Several had taken there cars to the dealers, some under warranty some not and GM would not replace the rims. This link was actually on the Corvette forum asking people to write to you and possibly get a safety recall started. I only have 39000 miles 0N the car. I feel this is a big safety issue, I didn't notice it until I had new tires put on and the mechanic told me. This could be a very dangerous issue should the rims come apart on the highway. Can you please see if others have reported similar issues, I don't know what it takes for a recall to be issued, but I feel obligated to report it.

- Ashburn , VA, USA

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problem #10

Apr 152007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,565 miles
Right rear stock rim on a 2002 Corvette coupe is cracked. Car only has 33,000 miles on it. I will have to get a new rim in order to fix the issue.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 262007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles


The chromed wheels on my 2002 Chevrolet Corvette are cracked. All 4 whees are cracked and on one wheel 3 out of five spokes are cracked almost completely through.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 012006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
The driver side rear wheel on my 2002 Corvette coupe has a crack in 2 of the spokes. I took it in to my Chevy dealer (crest Chevrolet), they took pictures and submitted a claim to GM. The GM rep. Had the dealer take the tire off the wheel and see if the cracks go through to the inside and get the factory number off the inside & verify it was a GM wheel. The dealer service rep called me and said GM agreed to pay for half the cost of the wheel. I told the service manager that GM's offer was not satisfactory and I would proceed in filing formal complaints. They fact that these wheels are a problem that GM is aware of has been discussed and documented on the website.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

May 062006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,883 miles
Found stress cracks in rear wheels of 2004 Chevrolet Corvette waiting for dealer to correct the problem don't want to wait for injury, property damage, or death.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #6

Apr 102006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,118 miles
2002 Chevrolet Corvette with cracked wheels.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 152005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Stock GM high polished right rear Corvette C5 18" X 9.5" wheel cracked. Tire went flat, discovered cracks at 2 spokes, leaking air through cracks replaced wheel with atermarket. Updated 05/01/06

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Problem: O.E.M. rear wheels on my 2002 Chevrolet Corvette coupe have developed hairline cracks. I recently noticed hairline cracks each about an inch long on the outer spokes near the edges on both rear wheels. The wheels are stock GM high polished 5 spoke wheels that have not been altered. This vehicle's suspension, wheels or brakes have not been modified. The two front 17 inch O.E.M. wheels have not developed any cracks. Nothing has been done to correct the failure. Original parts are available but have not yet been replaced.

- W. Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 172006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,500 miles
I have a 2002 Corvette I recently purchased from a friend of mine. While cleaning the car recently I noticed a small crack at the base of one of the spokes on my left rear rim. This crack had not been there previously. Worried about the structure I went to a local tire shop to order a replacement. While there I noticed a 2000 Corvette on the rack for tires. I went over to look at its rims and saw that the left rear had 3 spokes cracked. I ordered a new aftermarket rim, mine are GM and went home. When I got home I rechecked the vehicle and now saw that the left had more fractures coming from the original crack, and now the right rear also had a crack at the base of the spoke. The car has 46,000 miles. The wheels have never been curbed and only one new set of tires has been put on at a reputable tire company. I checked on a Corvette web site and got many responses of additional Corvettes with the same problem.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 172005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,600 miles
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette it has 31,000 miles on it I was going to have tires put on it for the first time and noticed both rear wheels are cracked I did not have the tires replaced yet but the dealer center Chevrolet got ahold of the GM rep and they will only buy one rim if I buy the other rim.this car is my wife's and has been very well taken care of, does this sound like there may be a problem with these wheels ( it is both back wheels)?? please let me know if I need to report this elsewhere.

- Devore, CA, USA

problem #1

May 152004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
When driving at any speed, the consumer felt a vibration coming from the vehicle. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and the mechanic determined that all four rims were bent. The rims were bent from normal driving conditions.

- Lexington, MA, USA

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