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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,327 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #56

Jun 282014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


I was making a right turn into my neighborhood at approx. 20 mph when right front brake locked up and vehicle swerved to the right. Vehicle would lock up every time I tried to go therefore I had to cut ignition off and restart. This has occurred now three times and each time the brakes locked up and vehicle swerved to the right each time and would not go! I was traveling at a low rate of speed on each occurrence and was making a right turn on each occurrence. We took the car to youman's chevolet in macon, ga after the first incident and the charges to investigate the problem were going to be so outlandish that we did not pursue. They did not even consider checking to see if there could be a recall on this problem or any other problems we have gone to them with during the last seven years. At that point, we went to a car repair place that we use frequently on all of our vehicles and have a good relationship with. They ran a diagnostic test on the car to check for an error code on the computer but nothing showed up. The technician said that it has not done this enough times to register the problem yet. Since that time, we generally drive with the traction system off when driving in town as it is somewhat scary when the situation occurs. This has not happened to date when the traction system is off and has also not happened when traveling at a higher rate of speed.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #55

May 132013


  • 110,000 miles
I was driving on the highway service handling traction system light came on and car went to right and L ran in a ditch 11000 dollars in damage and not one air open.

- Poplar Bluff, MO, USA

problem #54

Jun 052014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
Was driving at highway speed and active handling message showed up in the dic on the instrument panel seconds later the antilock brakes seemed to lock on one side only and tried to pull steering wheel out of my hands I was able to get the vehicle off the road and after cycling the ignition switch the notice went away and the vehicle operated normally again.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #53

May 152014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 28,996 miles


While making a slow speed right turn, the right front brake grabbed and the "service active handling" warning was displayed on the dash. Turning off the engine and re-starting cleared the message.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #52

May 072014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 88,905 miles
While making a left hand turn from a stopped position the right front brakes started to pulse and grab not allowing me to accelerate more than a crawl. Warning light on dash traction control / active handling illuminates. I was able to limp out of the intersection and come to a stop in a parking lot. With the steering wheel and wheels straight, I again tried to accelerate but the brakes still grabbed. I put the car in park and tried turning off the traction control and active handling by pressing the button on the center arm rest area. Still showing the same message and still not driving correctly. I then shut off the car and restarted. Back to normal driving. Two days later while turning left again, but this time while going 10 mph, I felt the brakes again start to pulse and grab but it corrected itself without me having to restart the car. I do have power telescoping wheel that does retract every time I exit the car. I brought it in to van Chevy today but they found no codes and did say the clip that was installed as part of a recall was still in place. Other than replacing the steering wheel position sensor they do not know what to do or what is wrong. I have had many GM cars before but this issue really scares me.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #51

Apr 042014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 84,666 miles
Several times while I am driving the front tires will lock up, making my car turn sharply either to the left or the right, or when I am making turns, this brings me to a complete stop. The computer tells me to service the active handling system, well I looked into it and GM had a recall on this, the service bulletin number is tsb-06-02-35-002B. I contacted GM and they said that the recall on my vehicle was accomplished, well, (if it was) it is not working as it was intended to work. I cannot drive this vehicle because it is unsafe !!! do you think GM has said this was completed, but wasn't!! I do not want to tamper with my car, because if it was not corrected I would need proof, is there somewhere I can go to see if this sb was in fact completed? GM said to take it to a dealer, I called the dealer, but they we not aware of any problems like this, so I sure don't want to go back to them, just to have them charge $ me for something that they said that they have accomplished already, or if it was accomplished it did not correct the problem. Can you help, because I can not put the vehicle on the road, and take the chance of hurting someone!!

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #50

Mar 282014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,600 miles


I experienced symptoms similar to the service active handling recall. It was raining, and a "service active handling" message appeared on my driver information center (dic) display. The active handling trouble light illuminated on the dash. The car started missing and was running rough, like it wanted to stall. Then the service engine soon light illuminated and a "reduced engine power" message appeared on the dic. Both messages flashed alternatively and continued to do so until I pulled to the side of the road and stopped. I shut the car off and restarted it; the messages did not clear, the service engine soon light was still illuminated, and the car was still running rough. I was able to limp the car home (15 miles) safely. Once I pulled into my garage, I shut the car off and then restarted it. The engine idled smoothly then. The brakes did not activate as is common with other Corvettes covered under the recall. My VIN is also not one that is covered under the recall, but I seem to have many of the same symptoms, and my car is equipped with the tilt and telescoping steering column. I called GM and was told my car is not covered by the recall. How do I know that when I can find no publication of the vins included anywhere? your investigation number: EA09-002 GM recall number: 10118 Apr

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #49

Jan 282014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 65,400 miles
I was leaving a parking space when the front brakes applied own their own causing the car to completely stop. I also heard some grinding which I believe to be the brakes. I had the car towed to the local Chevy dealership, after two days they could not find anything wrong.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #48

Dec 292013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 70,985 miles
Service active handling light came on the dash and brakes lights were stuck on and after a while they stopped turning on, which almost caused a truck to crash into my car on the highway, the braking system still worked however the lights are erratic, which also caused the car to be stuck in park every time I turn it on now.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #47

Feb 182013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 60,004 miles
Went out to drive my 2005 Corvette, turned into an office park to turn around and the front brake(s) applied on their own and the engine reduced power.I also heard some "grinding" which I believe were the brakes engaging, felt like I was driving thru "molasses".this is a known issue--NHTSA action number either PE08056 or EA09-002.I had the message "service active handling" on my dash before but no brake locking..very un-nerving.I shut the car down and turned off the traction control and it resolved for now.I will be contacting Chevrolet for recall considerations and hopefully some resolution.thank god for "Corvette forums" or I wouldn't of known about this.-thankyou. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #46

May 012010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles


On May 2010 I received a safety recall notice #10118 for my 2005 Chevy Corvette, that there was a problem with the active handling system. I brought it to the Chevy dealer and they put a plastic clip on a wire connection. Recently the service active in may ohandling system light will appear and the brakes will apply by themselves and the car does a involuntary nose dive. I shut the car off and it might not happen again for 2 more weeks or so. I contacted Chevy with my problem and spoke to [xxx] @ 866-790-5600 [xxx] he told me they needed to take the car to ed morse Chevrolet and have it checked out at my expense. They were only responsible to fix this problem one time! I told [xxx] that it was not fixed properly the first time and brought to Chevy ed morse sawgrass (954-514-3440) as the dealer requested. When I got there as per the appointment all they did was trying to sell me a new Corvette! please help...I don't feel safe to drive my car like this, and at this point I don't really know what to do anymore... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #45

Dec 122012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
During freeway travel the vehicles "service active handling" message appeared and the vehicle brakes seized and pulled to the left causing me to almost hit a concrete barrier. The dealership claims that the recall was performed but the car still has this very dangerous condition.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #44

Aug 162010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 36,800 miles
Upon complition of the recall servicing my car would not start the car's digital imformation center said service colume lock.....this problem was created by the dealership that performed the recall now for the last few months when ever I excellerate quickly I get an service active handling message and the brakes do apply and I get an unstable ride for a short period of time, after I come to a stop and cut the motor off the (dic) digital imformation center will no longer show the message. As a result of the recall servicing I have had constance errow messages stating....service colume lock, and service active handling. When the massage center reads service colume lock the car won't start, these problems started immeadily after the recall servicing. Please advised me of what can be done to correct this most distrubing problem....the dealership is not owning the problem they surely caused. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #43

Apr 222012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 41,130 miles
Service stability control system llights came on and off multiple times, when I got home the brakes were completely locked up. I have rebuilt the braking system, calipers, rotors and pads and re bled the system and cannot move the car. Keep getting message to servivce the system. The local dealer just recently put a clip inside the steering wheel under a GM callback. *duplicate to 10459099*smch

- Bow, NH, USA

problem #42

Aug 032011


  • 107,000 miles
I was driving my car on the freeway and was changing lanes and when I changed gears to accelerate, all of a sudden I got a "service active handling" message appear out of nowhere and I felt my car jerk a little bit while driving. I did take the car in before to have a clip (service recall) placed on my steering wheel to prevent the message from coming, but it now seems like it only comes when I accelerate too quickly at freeway speeds. Champion Chevrolet in houston (off beltway 8) has seen this car multiple times for this message in the past, yet I still get it occassionally. I just want my car to be safe.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #41

Jul 122011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 26,006 miles
Traveling on interstate highway with cruise control on at 68 mph the left front brake locked up causing car to turn left and rear end start to swing around. A moment later brake is released and I regain control of vehicle. Chime and light on dash go on and stated "service active handling". the next day I took vehicle to local dealer they advised I needed a steering wheel position sensor and a yaw sensor for a cost of $1100. My concern is after I replace these sensors what happens the next time they fail and a front brake locks up. Shouldn't this be a fail safe system. When it fails a light should come on to warn me but not try to wreck me. Contacted Chevrolet customer service and they then put me in touch with the local Chevrolet district office. All I got from them was they cut the estimate to $550. They would not address the safety factor of locking one front wheel. There was a recall last year with the same symptoms of one front brake locking. I had the car serviced last year for this. It dealt with wiring in the steering column. They put a clip on it to stop chaffing. Dealer said this is not related to my current problem.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #40

Jun 282010


  • 25,000 miles
Service active handling system light came on, system applied right front brake causing the car to swerve and turn abruptly to the right. Luckily there was no other car in the next lane.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #39

Jun 172011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 65,900 miles
Car spun the back tires when making a right hand turn in front of on coming traffic. What happened next was I took my foot off the gas pedal and corrected the car at the same time the active handing applied the front brakes to lockup and would not disengage. I messed with the brake pedal for about 30 seconds & they disengages & I went about 200 feet going straight & the right front brake applied to lockup & the same thing I had to mess with the brake pedal & it released. I never shut the car off & as I resumed driving I could feel the steering was not right it felt like the variable assist steering though the car was going way fast (the steering was way to heavy). I went about 2 miles like this and it did not change. I pulled over & shut the car off & restarted it & the problem was gone. As this was happening the dic was displaying service active handling. That was the only time this has happened to me. It has not happened again. Nothing has been done to fix it yet.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #38

Oct 102007


  • 20,000 miles
I was driving my 2005 Corvette in traffic and realized I need to be in the next line to make the next turn. I was stopped at a red light and there was no traffic in the lane next to me, so I turned the wheel sharply to the right and gave it a liitle gas. As I was straightening out the car shook violenlty, it felt like all four brakes where locking up and releasing randomly. I was able to pull over and come to a complete stop, but the car was still shaking. The active handling active was on the info center. I shut the car off and restarted it and everything was fine again. I took the car to the Chevy dealership and they did something with steering wheel position sensor.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 112011


  • 28,500 miles
Initially car was intermittently not starting. Dic indicator stated steering wheel was "locked". on March 11, 2011, I was driving through a parking lot the steering wheel locked up while I was driving the vehicle. Upon my research 1997-2004 models were recalled for this issue. Models 2006-2010 the feature - "steering column lock" was not installed on the cars. My concern is 2005 models have not been recalled and could cause possible deaths of owners and or other members of the public.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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