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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,896 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Jan 022018


  • 74,200 miles


I got a service active handling light that came on the dash two days ago, and went after restarting the car a few times. While I was drive yesterday and doing about 70 mph, the car pulled violently to the left and I had to make a rapid correction to avoid hitting the truck next to me. As that happened I instinctively glanced at my instrument cluster and the service active handling, seems to have lit up the instance the car made to sudden left swing. I've read on the Corvette forums, that this seems to be a problem that has been plaguing the C6 Z06. This also happened a couple of years while I was approaching a stop light and was going about 25 to 30 mph. I don't use the car that often, only while I'm on vacation, which is about 3 to 4 times per year. The light will come on from time to time but the sudden left swing only happened twice.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #49

Sep 182017


  • 2,500 miles
I never received any notice from GM, but I brought it to the dealer's attention while I was in for a recall repair in 2008. I told the tech that my traction control, active stability control, wasn't working properly. When I received the car back the tech said the traction control is fixed and working fine. I didn't see how he could have said that when the car never left the shop. I realize now that he was aware of something that I wasn't. the traction wasn't fixed, but I felt that I can't bring it back due to incompetence. I went to forums and found plenty of complaints from others. Then I noticed that 2005-2006 corvettes with the rpon37 steering column built in 2005 were recalled for this. NHTSA campaign number was 10V172000 and GM's campaign # was N100118. I called GM they said I am mistaken my car is not affected which is crap. I then found from the internet that part #19179794, clip, was used to fix the issue. I then ordered one of these and followed the instructions to repair it and found this clip was installed, but improperly hence the reason it wasn't fixed by the tech, but he was under the impression it was solved. I then replaced the clip properly and now it's ok. GM was very difficult and dismissive during the entire ordeal. Looking on your web site it specifically states that my VIN # does in fact fall into the specs of your recall. I am going to enclose a photo of the bent, improperly, installed clip and a proper picture of the clip. Also the harness that needs the clip to show that the bent prong is needed to repair the harness.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #48

Jul 122017


  • 31,300 miles
Began to notice a sensed vehicle self steering sensation on 7/12/17. The vehicle feels like the rear wheels are sliding around with no traction or as if the rear wheels are steering themselves. It is occurring at all speeds, even while driving up an inclined driveway.

- Melissa, TX, USA

problem #47

Dec 162016


  • 8,700 miles


In 2010, there was a recall on my vehicle for "steering wheel position sensor." The issue was the "service active handling" warning notice was intermittently appearing in the driver information center. The remedy was to install a plastic clip. This remedy did not fix the issue and I was told I needed a new "steering wheel position sensor" and that it was not covered by the recall and it would be at my expense. I did not have the repair done at that time because I rarely drive the car, and the problem was intermittent. The dealership advised me to have a front end alignment and that seemed to fix the problem for awhile. The "service active handling" warning has returned, and I'm scheduled to have the sensor replaced for about $800. This seems to be a widely known problem in the 2005-2006 Corvettes, and the plastic clip did not fix the issue. I'm extremely concerned as there have been many bad accidents due to the active handling system engaging at random times and causing crashes. Why didn't GM acknowledge that the plastic clip did not remedy the issue and why am I having to pay for a repair that is wide spread and that the recall repair is known to not have worked.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #46

Aug 192016


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. While reversing the vehicle at approximately 5 mph, the service ride control warning indicator illuminated. The contact also observed that the steering wheel pulled in the opposite direction occasionally. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V172000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #45

Jul 192016


  • 87,000 miles
My electronic stability control comes on regularly especially when I hit sand in driveway and tire spins which I expect but at other times the warning light comes on without any tire spin or condition that would warrant this. Turning from a stand still is another time the lights will come on without any tire spin. My wife drives this car now and I got a newer one. I am worried about her safety as she is an older lady 62 and if brakes locked up or steering she would not know how to handle the situation.

- Nashville, NC, USA

problem #44

Jun 012016


  • 35,000 miles


Brakes locked up while driving down busy road. Pulled to side of road and turned of active handling system. Drove short distance to home

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #43

Sep 122015


  • 163,000 miles
I have owned a 2006 Corvette for about 4 years now. The "service active handling system" light comes on in the dic. It used to come on once in a while. It now occurs every time I drive the car. About 10% of the time one of the brakes will instantaneously come on hard then releases in addition to the "service active handling system" light coming on. I live in Wisconsin so I don't drive it all year, but in the summer I drive it every day (its my primary summer vehicle). I have been working on corporate type aircraft for 37+ years so I am accustomed to inspecting complex systems. I checked under the steering column and found an orange "wedge" installed into the steering wheel position sensor and noticed the electrical lead going to the sensor appears to be too short with the tilt / telescopic column adjusted full aft and up. I called a Chevrolet dealership to "fix the fix" but they told me my car isn't covered by recall "N100118" by VIN #. they informed me that they show a record of a dealership working on this system back in 2012? I can only assume that the dealership installed the orange wedge (recall # N100118) at that time. I contacted the Chevrolet owners center and they told me the same thing, no coverage due to VIN #. they did document my complaint with case # 8-1909685581. At the end of last season I was driving with my wife in the car at night, on a busy interstate, in a pouring rain. I was in the center lane when the stability system slammed on my left front brake. It happened for just an instant but that was long enough to send me partially into the lane to left of me. Because of the rain the car lost traction and got a little "squirrelly" during recovery. It was a very scary ride that could easily have ended up as a multi-car crash. I could use some assistance.

- Salem, WI, USA

problem #42

Oct 092015


  • 97,498 miles
Rarely, during low speeds (under 15 mph), while driving straight, the left rear wheel will lock up, inducing a harsh left turn, unstable maneuvering, and causing the motor to attempt to stall. Steering is extremely unstable and violent and operator has to fight against the car wanting to turn left by applying extreme right to the steering wheel. The only remedy is to engage and disengage the clutch several times until the left rear wheel unlocks. Symptoms have not occurred during normal traffic speeds (above 15 mph). Auto handling/traction control and ABS lights are activated during this event. Vehicle is in factory condition. Only exception is alternate brand of tire (nitto invos) - but maintaining factory specifications (front: 275/35zr18; rear: 325/30zr19). Have not reported to manufacturer yet (it is too random and rare to reproduce on a predictable occurrence). Environmental conditions: Normal (sunny, dry paved surface).

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #41

Nov 122014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
"service active handling system" and "service vehicle soon" light both came on today. Researched on-line and determined that this is a very dangerous issue, potentially fatal.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #40

Feb 122010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


First the roof blew off.the communication message center gives mis information.the car has always made a grinding sound under hood at start up.problemsm activating eelectrical stability system.also after roof repair roof rattles and always sound loose.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #39

Jul 082014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 35,143 miles
The service active handling warning light came on while I was driveing. I looked up the VIN number and according to Chevrolet my vehicle is not part of the recall. This is odd due to the fact that the same model and year built in January 2006 has the same issue. Chevrolet has refused to fix this issue which only takes a small clip installed to repair. According to blogs it could cause the cars brakes to make the care vear to the left or right while driving. This is dangerous that it may happen.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #38

Sep 292013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
This car was converted to a race car. The accident occurred at road atlanta before turn 10A. The active handling apparently caused the right brakes to engage causing a clockwise snap spin that resulted in hitting the inside concrete retaining wall. A youtube video is available at: Https:// ( the accident obviously occurs at the end of the video.)

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #37

Oct 182013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 5,200 miles
While driving in a straight line at approximately 65 mph, the traction control system strongly applied the left front brake. The application of brake was sudden and very strong, nearly causing a loss of control.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #36

May 022012


  • 35,000 miles
Approximately one year ago, my 2006 Corvette started showing three messages: Service active handling/service traction control/service ABS. I was going to have the dealer take a look at the vehicle, but then the messages went away. They would come on and off, but it was not a very frequent occurrence. Yesterday, 07/28/2013, not only did the messages appear, but my ABS kicked in while going around a corner and I almost lost control of my vehicle. I shut down the vehicle and restarted it, but all three messages came back on within 30 seconds of driving it. I no longer feel safe driving my 2006 Corvette with only 40,000 miles on it.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #35

May 282013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 12,400 miles
While drive straight and at highway speed, the active handling system engaged causing the car to violently veer right. I fought for control for about 4 seconds until the system finally disengaged. Had a message of service active handling. This is the second occurrence and both times could have resulted in a crash. There has been many complaints on this issue and GM does not want to take responsibility. I believe it is time for our government to step in and save our lives. This car is unsafe to drive and I would like to see action taken before we have innocent people killed. Please help us!

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #34

Mar 012009

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I own a 2006 Corvette manufactured in February of 2006. From early 2009 (just prior to the vehicle going out of warranty) I began experiencing problems with the service active handling system (sahs) warning light coming on. Initially this occurred when the vehicle was making a turn or when it hit a bump on the highway and the warning would clear itself periodically. I took the vehicle in to two separate Chevrolet dealerships (groth bros. Chevrolet, livermore, ca and dublin Chevrolet Cadillac, dublin, ca). Neither facility was able to definitively diagnose or correct the problem. Dublin Chevrolet Cadillac did perform the recall service in which they added a retention clip to the wiring harness in the tilt/telescopic steering column. They performed this repair at my insistence and at a cost to me because my vehicle was manufactured the month after the last manufacturing month of the recall. The addition of the retention clip remedied the problem temporarily but it did return. The sahs warning now comes on and stays on nearly all the time. I have significant concerns over the fact that GM has been unable to definitively determine the cause of the problem especially now that I have learned that many owners of 2005/2006 Corvettes have had a related issue with the front brakes locking up. I have not experienced this phenomenon yet but believe that it probably will eventually occur. I brought all of this to the attention of GM?S corporate service complaint department, asking that they find a way to repair the vehicle once and for all, at their expense, in light of the fact that it began at the time the warranty was ending. The request was denied.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #33

Nov 072012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
On Wednesday 7 Nov 2012, I was driving home from work at approx 4:30pm and while changing lanes (from the rh lane to the LH lane, to make a left turn in approx half a mile) when the front driver's side tires popped and I spun, crossed the median, cross two southbound lanes, struck an electricity pole, spun again and finally came to rest on the sidewalk & grass. Neither stability control nor traction control activated once the car began to spin (counter clockwise) which created an uncontrollable and unrecoverable spin. The failure of these systems activate and operate properly could have killed me and destroyed the car. Both systems were fully operational and on. Also, the side airbag did not deploy when the impacted the pole on the driver's side door.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #32

Jan 122009


  • 6,000 miles
I have a 2006 Corvette Z06 with 10,000 miles and have experienced a number of stability control problems with the car. In 2009 I picked up the car from my local dealer with only 6,000 miles after completing the last service under warranty. I entered a two lane highway and proceeded into the left lane. I accelerated to pass a large truck and the car began to thrash back and forth out of control like I was on ice. I lifted immediately and attempted to regain control but the car would not respond and sent the front end of the car crashing into the concrete median. No one was hurt but the damage was extensive. I was convinced it was the run flat tires so I had all four replaced with nitto high performance radials. The stickier compound made a difference in traction however I quickly realized that the tires were not the problem. My son and I were cruising around town and I pulled over to switch drivers. My son exited the parking lot and hit the accelerator and the car began to thrash back and forth out of control. He too was unable to control the car with corrective steering and braking. Fortunately, there were no other cars around or a concrete median to smash into. We were very lucky that no one was hurt. We now drive with the traction control system off as we are convinced that the stability control system is severely flawed and the car is unsafe and dangerous at any speed. Now the display flashes an alert that the active handling system needs servicing. I have read a number of similar cases where the driver has lost control of their car and sustained considerable personal injury and damage to their car. GM denies responsibility and has failed to issue a recall. This car is simply unsafe even for the professional driver. The NHTSA should demand that GM recall this car immediately and take corrective action before others are injured, maimed or killed.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #31

Feb 202011


  • 38,890 miles
My 2006 Z06 has had this same recurring "service active handling system" fault almost like clockwork every 9 to 15 months since I bought it new in Sept 2005 (one of the first Z06S built). My Z06 is at a Chevy dealership again, this time getting the steering wheel sensor replaced again. No its not the dealer... I've had several "service active handling system" repairs done by at least two different Chevy dealers and it still comes back like a bad case of herpes. My Z06 is a 2lz which has the telescoping steering wheel to make it easier for my lanky 190 lb 6'3" body to get in and out easier when I have to park in my tight garage or next to a parked car. This cycles the steering wheel forward every time I exit the car and back towards me again before I start the engine... which from my reading seems to be causing this ongoing problem. What's wrong is this dangerous safety problem doesn't seem to ever get fixed for more than a year. What can I do to get GM to fix it or warranty this safety related item permanently so I don't get stuck having to deal with this dangerous safety condition forever? yes GM completed a technical service bulletin on my Z06 to install a cheap plastic retainer that was supposed to fix this problem... to no avail. NHTSA has incorrectly closed your NHTSA action number: EA09002 of this issue based on GM's recall... but GM did not include my 2006 Corvette Z06 in their recall even though it uses the exact same telescopin steering wheel and active handling system as the "base" corvette which is included in GM's recall. NHTSA needs to force GM to include the Z06 in their recall... or all of us Z06 owners who bought GM's most expensive car in 2006 are screwed because of NHTSA's omission of the Z06 from this safety recall!

- Newport Coast, CA, USA

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