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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,592 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #59

Jan 012013


  • 100,000 miles


The headlight covers are crazing over which is materially reducing the light output. 1. the covers cannot be polished. Not only does that destroy the outer coating, the crazing is through-and-through. 2. the covers are glued on and cannot be replaced by any official means, although some inventive people have managed to succeed (usually after multiple failed attempts) by sticking the entire assembly in their kitchen oven. However, [see next point] 3. the covers themselves are not available for sale. 4. the headlight assemblies themselves, which cost around $1,000 per side, are specific to the color of the car, and are now discontinued. In other words, there is no legit pathway to fixing this problem. GM made a throwaway headlamp assembly that cost a fortune to replace when it was produced, and now it's not available at all. This is not an old car. These cars were produced until 2013. Three and a half years later, you can't get essential parts to make the headlights safe. Thousands of C6 headlamp covers are starting to fail now. The NHTSA did a recall for the low-beam wiring malfunction on this car. This is a similar problem in its effect.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #58

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 #57

Oct 162014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 85,896 miles
I was on the interstate traveling approximately 60mph when my lights went out. I had to pull over, and their was a good deal of traffic. I discovered that my bright lights were working. I had this problem off and on for awhile. I took my car in to have it repaired. I got it back and continued having the problem. I have avoided driving at night which limits the use of your car. Most people would consider this to be dangerous and definitely a safety issue-driving and having your lights go out in traffic.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #56

Dec 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 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 VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #55

Aug 302014


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that when the vehicle reached normal operating temperatures, the low beam lights became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) but 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 notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #54

Jun 292014


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving approximately 35 mph in the dark, the low beam headlights dimmed. The contact had to use the high beam lights in order to continue driving. The following day, the headlights resumed normal operation, but the failure recurred. The dealer informed the contact of NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting); however, the part was unavailable to perform the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #53

Sep 122014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


My low beam lights stopped working. Got had driven to a location in daylight. 2 hours later (dark) I started the car and the low-beams didn't come on. I got home (on fog lamps) and inspects the fuse box. Thought the low beam relay was faulty so went in another vehicle to purchase one. Replacing the relay, the lights came back on. I thought the problem was fixed until the next day, the same thing happened. This is when I did some research and found my car is part of a GM recall; GM recall #: N130146 NHTSA recall #: 14V-251 date issued: May 28, 2014 this same symptom has happened every day since. I booked my car into lonestar Chevrolet, houston, to have this taken care of. The technician, manager and Chevrolet contact center all told me the same thing. "the parts to repair this aren't ready yet (4 months!!). you are perfectly safe to drive on high-beams." In my opinion, it is irresponsible to tell your customer that there is nothing that can be done and to drive illegally at night in the mean-time.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #52

Jul 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). The dealer could not repair the vehicle for two months because the parts were not available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Andrews, NC, USA

problem #51

Jul 192014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Low beam head lights went out without warning in a corner on a mountain road at 70 mph! the low beam lights will fail at will without warning contacted Chevrolet about the recall #13146 on the head lights and was told theirs a recall but we don't know what to fix? Chevrolet trouble ticket [xxx] I have been trying to resolve this for 3 weeks now with no solution or even contact from Chevrolet. Please help information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

problem #50

Sep 012014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 104,100 miles
I was traveling at 55 miles per hour when the low beams suddenly turned off. I had to pull over to emergenc Y lane to figure out the problem. I had been driving for about 20 minutes. I had to use high beam to get home. Lights resumed next morning. This is an ongoing issue.

- Bakersfield , CA, USA

problem #49

Aug 232014


  • 111,000 miles


I was leaving my friends home this evening and my headlights wouldn't come on. My high beams and fog light work but I have no headlights. I was an hour from home and had to drive the entire way with my high beams on.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #48

Jul 232014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 139,562 miles
I was driving down the road and the headlights just quit. This time I had high beams but no low beams. The next time I drove the car I had no low or high beams. The last time I drove the car both lights worked as I started the car but stopped working within about 2 minutes.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #47

Feb 242014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 1,091,091 miles
In mid February of 2014 my right low beam headlamp on my 2006 Chevrolet Corvette starting turning off within 5-10 minutes of the headlamps turning on and staying off. Daily, each time the headlamps came on the low beam would work then go out. I took my car to the local Chevrolet dealership explaining the right low beam goes out minutes after it comes on daily at dawn or dusk below is what the local Chevrolet invoice C46040 dated February 25, 2014 states: Concern: Customer states the right low beam head light is inop advise cause: Rf low beam bulb inop correction: Replace rf low beam bulb, all lights operating at this time parts: 000 025735604 bulb tech: Xxx I paid $441.36 to replace a low beam headlamp that GMC/Chevrolet knew was causing issues since May 2013 GMC/Chevrolet has done nothing to this date about announcing a recall but admits to the government that the intermittent headlight failure was due to an electrical short in the engine bay. At this same time my low jack tracking device started having issues and low jack repaired the issue at no cost but Chevrolet charged me for their evaluation of the issue and said it was not the fault of the car. I disagree. I feel very strongly that the electrical short in the engine bay is also the culprit in this situation. I drive commute three times a week round trip 112 miles, the first 30 are before dawn and the last 56 are at night. I was driving with a faulty low beam headlight that could stop working at any time and presented a safety risk to me and other cars. I have called GMC multiple times asking for verification of this particular recall and have been told there is no recall. I feel that GMC/Chevrolet must provide a recall to prevent more Corvette drivers from experiencing situations like mine.

- Laguna Wookds, CA, USA

problem #46

Jun 212014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 215,335 miles
Low beam headlights wouldn't come on after driving. I parked the car and when I went to drive that evening the low beams wouldn't go on.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #45

Nov 012013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
My situation is unique, but it happens hundreds of times every. In Nov and Dec of 2013 and in Jan 2014 my low-beam headlights would go out periodically and I took my car to a Chevrolet dealership who could not determine the specific problem. And I was not told there had been hundreds of complaints about this same issue from other Corvette owners. Why do you think I was not told about hundreds of other complaints" did GM keep it a secret from all the dealers all over the world? when there are hundreds of complaints and problems on one single issue, is that not something that is passed to the dealerships as something to be aware of, to look for, as well as a clue as to how to find and fix the problem" the Chevrolet dealer in Jan they said they could fix the problem by replacing my electrical box at a cost of just over $1,000. I declined, that shotgun approach. They did not find the exact problem as per their invoice. Their shotgun fix would have never made its way to become a GM recall issue. I was told yesterday by the GM dealer they found some wires that was causing my problem. When there is a recall & a GM customer has that recall problem & it's a known potentially serious safety issue and the recall has been announced, it seems the prudent, the reasonable, the common sense, the most cost effective way to solve yet another problem with the recall is for GM to authorize a fix when the the customer is in the dealership with the specific recall problem as in my case yesterday. That is the most common sense safe and cost effective way to handle a situation like mine. I am very disappointed that GM would not authorize a fix right then (yesterday) it would have in the long run saved money for everyone and it would have been cost and safety effective, it's a common sense approach that the best minds at GM overlooked.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 122014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 126,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph with the headlights activated, the low beam headlights failed to illuminate. The high beam headlights were engaged. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) however, the remedy part was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 126,500. !....updated 07/31/14

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #43

May 012014


  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette, while driving along at night all of a sudden the headlights went off. I was lucky enough to be able to pull over without hitting anyone or being hit. I found the problem to be the low beam headlights only. The high beam still work and I was able to get it home.I found out on pc that I was not alone with this problem and like others they will work again when car is cooled down. They will go off again when engine is warm or hot at any given moment.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #42

May 212014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the low bean headlights shut off independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the fuse block needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that there was no notification schedule available for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #41

May 022014


  • 93,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while traveling 55 mph, the head lights abruptly shut off without warning. The contact utilized the fog nights in order to view the road. The failure occurred on seven different occasions. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuse housing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,200 and the current mileage 93,500.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #40

Apr 082014


  • 106,234 miles
Driving down the highway and my lowbeam lights went off my highbeams and fog lights continued to work. The next day I cut my lights on they worked for a short time but went out again. This may have been over a period of time but I just noticed recently I have rode down the highway and everything looked dark and I turned my fog lights on to compensate for the darkness.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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