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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 1 of 4)

problem #77

Jul 272016


  • 40,786 miles


Service active handling system message appears intermittingly, vehicle was in motion. Didn't notice any handling issue but I am concerned that the car will behave in an unsafe manor.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #76

Jul 012008


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced excessive battery drain. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the lojack system had caused the battery to drain and it needed to be disconnected. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the battery had been replaced numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 14,000.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #75

May 162016


  • miles
It has been reported numerous times of the excessive battery drainage of these vehicles. GM decided that the car would need to be placed in reverse with the parking brake engaged for the car to be totally turned off. This causes the battery to drain excessively, I have replaced 4 batteries in a year. You will be stranded wherever you're at. GM has not tried to resolve this matter. What they did was in 2006 took the function off the car, so they wouldn't have to deal with it. This needs to be resolved by GM, or does it take a dead battery, a jump, and a half charged car to shut down in the middle of the road causing an accident.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #74

May 052015


  • 6,500 miles


Automatic transmission shifter will lock in park, cannot shift from park to reverse or drive. Referred to operators manual but no resolve. Condition began with less than 6,500 miles on the car. Will shift out of park sometimes; and is unpredictable; will occur anywhere at anytime which is a safety issue without regard as to where the driver may be located. Extensive research has proven this is a design flaw with the shift interlock solenoid that was corrected by GM for the 2006 models. Urgent to recall for all 2005 models with this shifter design.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #73

Dec 012015


  • 39,000 miles
This car will drain the battery after three days of sitting and sometimes after one day of sitting. This a a manual shift car and thousand of fellow C-6 Corvette owners are experiencing this problem and the dealer does not know how to solve the issue. Every thing has been check in my car and is listed as working correctly from the dealership. My car only has 39,000 mile and is factory original. Carfax has documentation of all repairs and issues. As stated this is a 6 speed manual shift car. The automatic cars are not experiencing this problem. I had to have this car jump started 6 times within 30 days. Help please!!!!

- Scott, AR, USA

problem #72

Dec 012015


  • 39,000 miles
There is a battery draining issue which the dealership and thousands of C-6 Corvette owners are experiencing, particularly the 2005 year. I have owned this car for one month and have had to have it jumped numerous times.. carfax has documentation on file.

- Scott, AR, USA

problem #71

Nov 262015


  • 85,000 miles


My problem is very similar to below. My 2005 Chevy Corvette will run fine for a while. Then for no particular reason, the dic will flash - check traction control, check ABS, etc. If I shut off the car, then restart, this message will stop, but the security lamp will stay on. The time between instances will decrease until the car will not start periodically. I have had the BCM and ECM changed. This fixes the problem for a while, but the problem comes back. I have also seen the error "no fob" even when a new battery has been put in the fob and it worked just fine an hour ago. This is getting expensive. I have put new batteries in, nothing seems to prevent this from eventually happening. The Corvette forum has many posts on this issue. From another post: I have had several incidents of dead battery syndrome (dbs) since I bought my 2005 Corvette in October 2008. The battery has been replaced at least 4 times. I have bought this to the dealers and GM's attention and they say that there is nothing wrong with the car. They refuse to acknowledge that this condition affects very many 2005 manual transmission cars with much data on the internet on forums and blogs. Many of us have found alternative methods to keep the car operable. GM needs to finally acknowledge this condition and issue a fix.

- Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA

problem #70

Sep 132013


  • 24,000 miles
The automatic shift lever locks in the park position. The vehicle cannot be shifted from park to reverse or drive. The owners manual lists a procedure to follow in the event of this happening. It may or may not solve the problem on every occasion. There are reports of total failure with the vehicle needing a tow to the dealership for repair. The ultimate solution is a complete shifter replacement due to a faulty solenoid not available as separate part in the shifter assembly. There is a GM service procedure for this problem but the ultimate cost to the owner is in the $800 to $1200 range with many owners reporting issues for the 2005-06 model years. A design change was instituted after the 2006 build year. There has been no participation from GM for the failures.

- Ishpeming, MI, USA

problem #69

Oct 312014


  • 44,310 miles
A strong fume odor enter my house as if something was burning, my Corvette was in my garage it hasnt been used in more than 3days.....I noticed it was coming from the bottom of the car, and in effect it was! contacted my mechanic and he advised me that it was the ABS system caught on fire damaging the conector, module and regulator. He found a leak of brake fluid thru the modulator that cause the modules cables burned the connector. Had to change all the ABS system since Chevrolet modified the previous ABS system cause it was defective. However no recall has been made to this system. An aprox $3500. In repairs for a system that they know is defective. We were lucky nothing else in our garage/house got damage it was an scary situation.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #68

Jan 132015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
Around 1-13-15, spoke with "[xxx]" about recall I received on my 2005 Corvette, which stated the parts were available and I should contact the dealer to schedule an appointment. [xxx] said they did not have the parts, but would call when they were available. Today is February 23, 2015, and I still have heard nothing from watson Chevrolet regarding the recall on my 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. How long should one be expected to wait for a recall repair? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #67

Jul 162014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #66

Apr 172013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Automatic shifter gets stuck in park. Following the manual procedure does not help. Pushing release button does not help, pushing shifter forward does not help. This has happened at least 25 to 30 times. Dealer says replace shifter to fix. What's to stop this from recurring? this appears to be a safety problem.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #65

Oct 172014


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and a warning light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #64

Jun 162014


  • 129,469 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact indicated that when driving over a bump, the low beams and high beams shorted intermittently. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, only the running lights and the fog lights would work properly. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V251000 (electrical system and exterior lighting). However, the parts needed were not available for several months. The dealer was unable to provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The contact replaced the battery twice due to the intermittent failure. Also, the contact mentioned that a clicking noise emitted from the keyless ignition and the vehicle failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that the TPMS sensor illuminated after replacing the front two tires and noticed. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who diagnosed that there was an intermittent electrical short and the alternator may need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 129,469.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #63

Nov 102014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 71,580 miles
Accelerated quickly to 35 mph and when I reached the end of the block I attempted to slow and make a right hand turn. At that time I got a warning to check the charging system and noticed I had no power steering. Managed to muscle the wheel to complete the turn (had it been my wife there is no way she would have been able to turn the wheel) and continue slowly down the street to my driveway where I again muscled the car into the driveway. Discovered that the motor was running but the serpentine belt was not moving. Thus no alternator, power steering etc. I had my independent mechanic check it out, discovered that the bolt that holds the harmonic balancer pulley on the crank shaft stripped and the crank shaft was turning and not moving the pulley. He called the dealership to inquire about the parts and they said they have plenty in stock. He thought this was surprising and that it was not a special order part. The service manager told him that they have had a number of similar incidents. Both my mechanic and I think this should qualify for some type of recall if it is happening with frequency. Obviously some kind of design flaw and/or material flaw, plus they didn't key the pulley so if the bolt strips you would not loose the power steering, etc. If this had happened at high speed or during the action of turning I believe a serious accident and/or injury could have occurred. Cost of the parts and repair were $2300.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #62

Feb 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Beginning in Feb, 2014, my '05 Corvette began exhibiting loss of low beam headlights due to a problem identified by GM. May of 2014, a GM recall # 13146 was assigned to the problem with a commitment from GM that the underhood bussing electric center (ubec) would be modified for vehicle owners at no cost (see NHTSA campaign number 14V251000). I have contacted Chevrolet a few times since then, the last contact being yesterday (10/29/14). I was issued a case number by Chevrolet/GM (not included in this description as it could lead to personal information). Despite being aware of the need to correct this safety issue, I was informed 10/29/14 that Chevrolet/GM still has not provided the re-worked ubec for replacement. Lack of low-beams is a real problem as I am unable to knowingly drive at night due to lack of sufficient illumination when using only the fog lights, or over-illumination using just the high beams (this causes other vehicles to "flash" me to let me know my brights are on). Occasionally, I will be caught after sundown and forced to drive with either only fog lights or high beams. I am frustrated and disappointed by GM's lack of movement on correcting this problem, which is why I am contacting the NHTSA.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #61

Jan 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Corvette - automatic transmission frequently sticks in the park position. Turning the ignition off and back on will eventually clear the situation but may have to be done several times to get the shifter to come out of park. These malfunctions are well documented in on-line forums relating to Corvettes. In many cases, a costly repair is only a temporary fix as the new components (shifter assembly) eventually fail as well. Come on GM step up and take care of these issues as they have the potential of putting the safety of operators at risk.

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #60

Aug 252014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). However, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced the failure.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #59

May 162014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
I received the following notice, but GM has not contacted me about fixing the problem: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ you are receiving this message because you have requested to be notified if there is a safety recall regarding vehicles from NHTSA's Office Of Defects Investigation. Please click on the following NHTSA campaign id links to view the recall information. NHTSA campaign id number :14V251 manufacturer :General Motors llc make / model years :Chevrolet / 2005-2007 subject : loss of low beam headlights.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #58

Sep 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
I am having the exact same issues as described in NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000. Brake lights are staying on when not depressing the brake pedal.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

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