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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,271 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 162014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles


2003 Chevrolet Corvette. Consumer writes in regards to the steering column lock recall and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The dealer informed the consumer, the recall was performed on July 13, 2005. However, the consumer stated if the problem was fixed, he shouldn't have had to pay $619.48 to have the wiring harness and relay replaced, due to the steering column locking up.

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 152009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact was driving 25 mph when the power steering failed as the contact attempted a slight turn. The contact crashed into the side of the road and the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 35,000. The consumer stated while driving, the steering completely shut down. Since he had no steering, so he applied the brakes, and soon after, the vehicle went from 25 mph to 60 mph. He hit a curb and the vehicle went airborne. The vehicle spun around and landed on the opposite side of the ditch. Three tire were blown out, the frame was bent and the air bags never deployed. The consumer stated he never received a recall regarding a problem with the steering. Also, the battery would go dead, if the vehicle was started on a regular basis. The consumer stated the vehicle had to be jump started on five occasions. Updated 07/19/12

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Dec 182009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel suddenly locked up. After applying the brake to stop the vehicle, it continued to accelerate at higher speeds when he then crashed into a ditch, went airborne and landed on the opposite side of the highway. The police were called and a report was available. The driver and passenger sustained no injuries. The vehicle was then towed to a independent mechanic and they were advised that a GM investigator would come and inspect the vehicle. They are waiting the outcome, but it was deemed destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000. Updated06/07/11 updated 08/17/11

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 242009


  • Manual transmission
  • 15,900 miles


2003 Corvette manual trans. I had the work done for the steering wheel lock recall program #04V060000 back in 2006. On Dec. 24th 2009, the vehicle would start but not move forward. Possible fuel shut off due to harness lock failure. When I took it to the GMC dealer in watsonville calif. They advised me that this item was no longer under warranty. My question if the recall item has failed again why isn't the dealer or GM responsible for replacement at no cost to the customer" I was told that it was only for the first 12,000 miles or 12 months. Seems odd that this part that was replaced in 2006 has already failed when the car has had only 7,000 miles approx. Put on the vehicle since the recall work was completed. The total miles for this vehicle is only 15,900 miles. Has there been any reports that the replacement part was defective as well"

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 202004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After recall was done on 2003 Chevrolet Corvette the steering wheel locked while in motion. The recall that was performed on 8/18/2004 was intended to prevent the steering wheel from locking up. There was no resulting accident or injury. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on 12/21/2004. The repair order showed that the programming did not take on recall repair.(recall number 04V060000, recall 04006).

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 182005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The steering locked while driving the vehicle. This happened on September 18, 2005 while going 30 mph, there was recall, and had the recall repairs performed on June 10, 2005. Contacted GM, and left a message with the general manager. This happened before while backing the vehicle out. Contacted the dealer, and that was when the consumer found out there was a recall.

- Schertz , TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 252004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer vehicle experienced the same problem as stated in the NHTSA recall 04V06000 concerning steering column locking. Passenger vehicles equipped with electronic column lock systems (ecl), when the ignition switch is turned to "lock, " the ecl prevents turning of the steering system. When the vehicle is started, the ecl unlocks the steering system. The vehicle is designed so that if the column fails to unlock when the vehicle is started and the customer tries to drive, the fuel supply will be shut off so that the vehicle cannot move when the vehicle cannot be steered. Manufacturer indicated this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Burlington, CT, USA

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