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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,626 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #57

Aug 192014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the low beam headlamp stop working. The problem occurred numerous times. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). However, the part needed to remedy the recall was unavailable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that there was an electrical short in the fuse box. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Upper Marlboro , MD, USA

problem #56

Jul 202014


  • 100,846 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the headlights dimmed. The high beams were engaged in order to continue driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed that there was not a remedy for the recall under NHTSA campaign id number:14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,846.

- Las Cruces, NM, 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

Jul 052011


  • 30,000 miles


I have owned the car for 4 years and the car has had starting issues over the course of all 4 years. To get the car to start I often have to disconnect the connection from the negative battery post wait a moment and reconnect. This re-sets something in the starting sequence and the car starts "sometimes."

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #53

Jun 122014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Driving on highway at 60 mph and the low beam head lights went off without me turning them off. Car dash displayed " head lights suggested". they did not come back on.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #52

Jun 022014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 89,125 miles
I am driving at night all of a sudden my lights go out and will not come back on..... come to find out the fuse box gets to hot and the wires inside are affected causing it to fail the dealer says its not under warranty and I think this should be a recall.this almost caused me to crash into someone. If I did get hurt because of this I would file a law suit.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #51

Apr 142014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


This is in regards to the recent recall on 2005-2007 Corvette head light assembly. I have a similar problem though the electric short in the light harness caused my right blink to not function. The GM dealership that I took it to stated the whole light assembly had to be replaced. My Corvette has not been recalled as of yet and when I contact GM they don't see to understand my claim. From my understanding the harness that is causing the low beams to not work is the same harness for the entire light assembly. I had this repaired already and looking to help to get some compensation back.

- Marne , MI, USA

problem #50

May 022011


  • 30,000 miles
Car is stuck in park and wont go in gear.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #49

Mar 242010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Transmission is locking in park. Safety requires pressing the brake to start engine, then interlock should allow the car to be placed into drive or reverse. Instead the shifter lock is preventing the car from being placed into any gear. The shifter is locked in park.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #48

Nov 012012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Intermittent problem with the column lock. The lock will not register as disengaged and will not allow the engine to start. The only thing that will rectify it is pulling a battery cable for sever seconds and reattaching it. This resets the lock and allows the engine to start. The problem occurs regularly (approx 2 to 3 weeks).

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #47

Mar 212014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles


In my 2005 Chevy Corvette, driving North on highway I55 near the Louisiana/ Mississippi line at 10 pm my lowbeam headlights stopped working. Used hi beams to return home. When car sits for several hours and engine compartment cools off low beams work normally. When engine compartment heats up during normal operation lights extinguish again. Researched on the Corvette forum and found this to be a common problem. The issue is in the fuse box located in the engine compartment. A wire in the box breaks at a bend. I have made the suggested repair as per the forum but felt it important to report the problem as it put me in a dangerous situation.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #46

Mar 222014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle will not shift from park to drive. Vehicle shift lever will not allow movement from park. Vehicle is unable to move. Repeating the following procedure, repeatedly, will eventually allow shift lever to move from the park position to drive: Exit / re-enter vehicle, wait 10 seconds, place foot on brake pedal, press ignition switch, move shift lever, repeatedly until shift lever moves or place vehicle in "accessory" mode and attempt to move shift lever. All steps may be need repeated attempts. No force, beyond typical use or pressure to move shift lever, is applied. Problem is present in any type of weather, time of day. Surface is flat and level. Vehicle not parked on incline surface. Vehicle is not abused, raced, or driven in high-performance manner. Vehicle is not driven on a daily basis.

- Moncks Corner , SC, USA

problem #45

Mar 192014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Low beam headlights quit intermittently...updated 09-29-15

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #44

May 142013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Driving at 1-35 mph engine and electrical will shut off, all lights and engine shuts off. Put car in park, engine starts right away. In 2014 GM recall of 2005 cobalt and Pontiac for same problem, it was said that six people died. I have the same problem. This almost happened to me. I am afraid to drive the car. Called GM and talked to a specialist named scott at 1-866-790-5600 ext. 31087. I was asked to take the car back to the dealership, so they will look at it for the 3rd time. This has been going on since May 08, 2013 -- almost 1 year. Please help me before something happens to me or my family. The car is at jack schmitt Chevrolet, 127 regency park drive; O'fallon il 62269 (618) 628-2500

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #43

Feb 162014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving my vehicle at night, my headlights suddenly turned off. I pulled over and restarting the car hoping it was just a minor electrical short etc. However, the headlights did not respond. I was forced to drive 20 miles in the dark with my fog lamps and at times, my high beams. I am aware of an existing investigation relating to this problem and it appears that this problem is widespread. Clearly having your headlights turn off without warning when you need them poses a significant safety hazard to myself, any passengers and other motorists. I hope the investigation will continue resulting in a conclusive outcome and a resolution identified. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you.

- Simi Valley , CA, USA

problem #42

Feb 032014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
After starting the vehicle an letting it run for a few mins the lights just went out for no reason do not know why or how.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #41

Oct 192013


  • 82,500 miles
I started to have issues with my low beam headlights turning on in my 2005 C6 Corvette. The switch was turned to automatic and would not turn on. When the switch was turned to manual mode the low beam lights would still not turn on. The high beams and fog lamps work with regular success. When the car sits for long periods of time and the car is cool the low beam lights will turn on and stay on for a short period of time, but as soon as the car is brought up to operating temperature the low beam lights fail to work. I did some research and found out this is a major problem for 2005-2007 C6 Corvettes and the NHTSA along with Chevrolet should file an immediate recall before lives are lost. It's a easy fix with replacement of the fuse box in the engine compartment.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #40

Oct 262013


  • 86,000 miles
My Corvette headlights went out and would not come on until the Corvette cooled down.

- Redondo Beach , CA, USA

problem #39

Jan 252012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,918 miles
Water leak in 2005 Chevrolet Corvette caused very strong mold/mildew odor in the car and destroyed the passenger carpet and insulation, which were removed by technician 122 at sun Chevrolet in mcmurray, pa on 1/25/2012. Since driving the car without carpet or insulation, the metal on the passenger side does get extremely hot and could cause serious burns. This problem should be remedied immediately. Recently a rain storm caused more water to leak inside and collect under the passenger seat and almost damaged the electrical components located on the passenger floor while driving. Luckily I had a towel with me and quickly absorbed all of the water and returned back home to vacuum the remaining water before anything electric was damaged. This problem is still occurring and has been determined by a Chevrolet dealership that it may be a faulty weather strip causing the water leak. If I had been going faster at highway speeds this could have caused major damage to the cars electronics and may have even caused the car to shut off which can lead to a traffic accident and cause major injuries or death. The weather strip should be recalled and/or replaced and the leak repaired by General Motors llc at no cost because this is a safety hazard and a factory defect. I spent a lot of hard earned money on this car and did not expect any problems like this. This issue alone has already cost me $235.85 and hours of my life that I will noT get back. The problem was never resolved in 2012 and only got worse. The cost of the carpet and insulation, that were damaged and removed, is almost $1,000 for replacements and labor. General Motors llc is responsible for the leak and should provide these items at no cost as well as a replacement weather strip that does not leak as the original is a factory defect. This water leak has been documented and diagnosed by sun Chevrolet on 10/8/2013.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #38

Sep 022013


  • 108,102 miles
Driving on the freeway in traffic at night, my low beam headlights shut off and my only option was to use my hi beams. People were flashing their bright lights and I was blinding other drivers. The next day the headlights came on, then switched off 5 minutes after driving. For the last few days they have rarely even came on, and when they do, they will turn off quickly. I drive my Corvette every day, and this is very unsafe. A police officer stopped me and gave me a verbal warning last night when my lights switched off and I had to turn my bright lights on right in front of him.

- Houston, TX, USA

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