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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,884 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

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2004 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #18

Sep 022016


  • 6,100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. While attempting to restart the vehicle, the engine shut off and a "service steering column" message displayed. The vehicle continued to stall. The contact also observed a second message that read "take the key out for 10 second and reinsert". after following the instructions, the vehicle operated normally. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V06000 (steering), although the failures were identical. The failure mileage was 6,100.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #17

Aug 242016


  • 61,000 miles
The vehicle's electronic column locking system was having intermittent severe failure. When trying to steer the car after ignition and moving down the road the wheel would lock in certain positions and to prevent a crash I would have to stop the car and hope the locking system released. I found that this issue was covered by #04006C product safety recall. When I contacted the service department at nucar Chevrolet; they indicated that the recall was not still open. Thus I was forced to have my mechanic repair this before a serious crash occurred. I also called the Chevrolet product recall line and was told that my vehicle was not one of the affected VIN's. that is not the case if you review document id#1761087 or the attached documentation I have found. On 8/24/16 I paid $215.46 plus my time and talent to research and bring this forward. I believe GM needs to reimburse me for this issue. Please advise how best to proceed. Thank you

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #16

May 302016


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. Within two miles of driving the vehicle, the steering wheel seized without warning. In addition, while in reverse, the steering wheel would seize without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 282016


  • 72,504 miles


This request involves a safety bulletin [#0400C6], dated 2/8/2006 relating to the electronic column lock (ecl) for approximately 96% of all 220,000+ C-5 generation Corvettes. 2004 was the last year of production for the C-5 generation. Total production in 2004 is estimated to have been about 35,000: Out of this, 20,861 vehicles were covered by the above service bulletin, but as mine was assembled after VIN #45120862 until assembly began for the 2005 model year (C-6 generation), my VIN number was not included on page 2 of the bulletin. Prior to the steering column on my car locking on 6/28/2016 I had not been made aware that this perilous condition existed. GM has indicated that it will not provide any funds to offset the cost of repairing this fault because it was not included on any service bulletin. I believe that service bulletin #04006C was intended for (or should apply to) the entire C-5 production -- unless there is some reasonable explanation as to why my vehicle has been excluded (such as a different ecl configuration was used, etc.) in either event, I feel the company should honor my request for a full reimbursement for funds expended to replace the faulty ecl. I have written a letter to GM explaining the facts surrounding this request and have attached a copy of that letter for your review.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #14

Mar 242015


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. While backing out of a parking space, the steering wheel suddenly locked up and a message indicating a steering lock failure was displayed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who indicated that the electronic column locking system failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #13

Aug 262014


  • 92,900 miles
The contact owns 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the power steering failed causing the contact to crash. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle turned off. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was totaled and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,900.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 142014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Going 80 on freeway cruise disingaged active handling warning came on car pulled to the left very scary contacted chevorolet no help there are many more of these same problems reported recall for 2005 for exact same problem.

- North Salt Lake, UT, USA

problem #11

Sep 122012


  • miles
I was driving South, on I-25, in albuquerque, nm, when I bumped the ignition key with my hand and the engine shut off. This occurred a couple of more times since then. When I heard of this happening with other Chevrolet, I called a dealer, in albuquerque, reported that it had also happened in my 2004 Corvette C5. The service manager told me there were no recalls, orders, or tech orders for that model car. Have other occurrences been reported? I haven't seen any on the Corvette blogs.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #10

Jun 012012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
While driving my 2004 Corvette the active handling message come on at the dash and while driving this causes the brakes to pull the car from one side or the other suddenly and this happens very often. I am afraid this could cause the car to have a serious accident.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #9

Aug 312004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 8,370 miles
Steering column lock recall: Dealer inspected vehicle and reprogrammed and performance test. Date accomplished - August 31, 2004. Approximately 6 months ago, this vehicle began displaying column lock error message "remove key for 10 seconds" which causes the vehicle to stall if you should try to start it. The vehicle will start without having removed the key for 10 seconds, however, it will stall upon beginning driving. This message occurs every time vehicle is started and may recur several times before car can be driven. Dealer informs us that General Motors will not perform necessary repair at their cost. We strongly disagree with this as it is a recurring recalled safety condition. Please advise on NHTSA's position with regard to this matter.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Jul 212012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,020 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, the steering seized and the vehicle pulled severely to the left. The contact had to use extreme bodily force to position the vehicle to remain in one lane. The contact service active handling system warning light illuminated on the instrument panel at the time of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V172000 (steering: Column), but was advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The failure and the current mileages were 17,020. Updated 09/06/12 updated 09/10/2012

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #7

Oct 232010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
This first happened last year and it has now happened several times this past month. Chevrolet says there is no problem but I am living the problem. When using the tilt and telescoping steering at highway speed, the following message appears in the driver information center "service active handling system". the car then acts like one of the brakes lock up. Further this just happened when I was using the cruise control at a speed of 65 mph. The jerking of the vehicle is very dangerous. Even with two hands on the wheel this unexpected breaking of the vehicle scares the daylights out of you.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 192011


  • 80,221 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact was driving 65 mph when the steering wheel failed to turn in any direction. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,221 and the current mileage was 80, 331.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 172010


  • 36,317 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated while driving 10 mph, the active handling system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and where the vehicle was diagnosed as a faulty steering wheel position sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 36,317.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 142010


  • 1,700 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact started the ignition and when the gear was shifted into "drive" the steering column locked without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the wiring harness kit, and steering column lock were replaced at the owner's expense. The failure occurred after a previous repair under NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering: Column locking: Anti-theft device). The failure mileage was 1,700.

- Saint Rose, LA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012007


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving approximately 60 mph the vehicle pulled towards the left and a service active handling system light illuminated on the dashboard. The failure continued to recur intermittently, but the vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 21,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #2

Apr 282009


  • 27,786 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. The steering column locked up as the vehicle was being backed out of the driveway at 5 mph. The contact was unable to steer the vehicle. Through online research, he discovered NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device ). he called several different dealers and the manufacturer and was informed that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The vehicle is still in the contact's driveway and has not been repaired. He believes that the dealer should repair his vehicle according to the recall. The current and failure mileages were 27,786.

- Maynardville, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 212008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving at various speeds, the service column indicator would illuminate. The contact has not driven the vehicle since this occurrence. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device). The vehicle will be repaired at the contact's expense for $400. The failure and current mileages were 30,000.

- Woodfield, OH, USA

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