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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,432 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 152014


  • 18,000 miles


Vehicle is completely stock with only 18,000 miles on it. It has never been on a track or used for anything other than a weekend toy. Complete engine failure as a result of a valve breaking off inside the engine while driving casually at 50 mph. As a result the engine stopped running taking with it the power steering and power assisted brakes. I was on a country road approximately 45 miles from the nearest gas station or service facility of any kind. There was also no cell phone service and was left stranded. I have since had a brand new engine put in at a total cost of over $ 16,000.

- Shenandoah, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 162015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 14,200 miles
Driving normal citystreets 25mph when engine noise started, went another 2 blocks, engine stopped running, towed to Chevy dealer. If this had happened on major highway, possible catastrophic power steering, brakes, engine oil on roadway, steering wheel lock, wrecks, injuries or possible fatalities. Engine head poor workmanship in these LS7 engines.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #9

Apr 232013


  • 20,000 miles
This is the second time the engine has stalled while she was driving. The first time the vehicle was only going about 5 mph. The second time it was gong 35 mph. The car will restart. No malfunction were detected by an obd 2 tester. No computer malf. Indications no ck eng lights. The car now is completely dead in the garage. Requires towing. Battery is only 2 to 3 months old.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 162015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 13,500 miles


I was concerned about excessive valve train noise and after reading several Corvette forum threads about improperly machined heads by GM's supplier linamar, and that numerous vehicles have had valves drop and ruin the engines, loosing a valve while driving will result in loss of power assist for steering and breaking while on the road. I took my car with 13500 miles on it to a Corvette specialty shop to have my valve guide clearance tested. I had (8) exhaust valve guide and (3) intake valve guides outside of service specifications, and a combination of (5) other intake valve guides at or near the maximum outside of service specifications. The car is being repaired with proper re-machining of the heads to make the valve guides concentric, new intake and exhaust valve guides installed, as well as new seals, valves, springs, etc. I can provide data on the failed guides for documentation 88% of the Corvette forum members who have had their cylinder heads tested for excessive valve guide wear, were out of service specifications. Source: GM needs to issue a recall on this issue, there have been numerous engine failures as a result of a dropped valve into a cylinder which can cause accidents and fires. GM is very aware of this issue, but refuses to do anything about this huge safety risk to drivers, passengers, and nearby vehicles if the engine fails going down the road.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 042014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Service active handlibg system light came on after having new brakes installed. Had the brake pedal sensor replaced. After about 1 month the light started coming back on and shifter started locking up in park. After 1 month had shifter assyembly replaced, started to lock up again, they replaced shifter assembly saying it was a bad part. After about another month the shifter started locking up again. Going to have them check the braking sensor again as they forgot to check the other day forgeting they replaced it. I am 60, going to radiation appointments and this is very unacceptable for the calliber of a Corvette. This needs to be a recall.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jul 312014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
On this day, I was driving on the highway going about 100 mph (german autobahn) when the vehicle for no apparent reason decided to lock up the brakes. I also lost power steering. Luckily there were no cars around me. The "service active handling" sensor has been on and off since then and I am looking at getting it looked at tomorrow. I have just read forums of other 2005-2008 Corvettes having this similar problem. Is there anything I can do about getting this car serviced? I am in germany and I have yet to find a Corvette mechanic. Would appreciate any advice. Thank you

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #5

Feb 112014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 9,000 miles


I and other Corvette owners are having the same issue as the most recent recall of other GM models. My brake lights will constantly be on. The active handling warning light will continue to show on dash and cruise control will disengaged and reengage on its own. The fix seems to be replacing the body control module. I have replaced the brake sensor and that did not fix the issue. After reading blogs I located other Corvette owners experiencing the same issues as I. ------ ------ I recently contacted GM and expressed my concern as I believe the C6 Corvette should have been included in the recall. My car has spent weeks at autonation Chevrolet in alpharetta, ga until I took it back from them and brought it to a Corvette dealer in atlanta, ga to replace the BCM and hope to fix the issue for now.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 152014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 68,200 miles
Traveling at 65 mph with the cruise control on driving on a straight 4 lane divided highway, I brake and pressed the clutch pedal to down shift to make an exit. I exited, made the turn and started accelerating. I notice a loss of power and the steering wheel shook. There was no message that the active handling was engaged. I stopped and turned off the engine. All was fine when I drove again. However, it keeps happening sporadically without any cause. Once the service active handling system lit on the control panel but after turning off the engine it has not appeared again. Yet, the active handling system(or something) keep tapping the brakes making the car lose power and the steering shake.

- Heber Springs, AR, USA

problem #3

Jan 012013


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brakes engaged without manual force and also failed to stop with the illumination of the service active handling light. In addition, the cruise control failed to function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #2

Jun 142013

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 58,855 miles
My 2008 Chevrolet Corvette just started a new issue that your dept is currently investigating. The "service active handling" came up on the display and the front right brake locked up for a few seconds at highway speed. After pulling over, a concerned driver behind me said that my brake lights had been and still are illuminated the whole time she was behind me (at least 5 miles) and do not go off until I turn the car off. I bought this car the end of March at mall Chevrolet in cherry hill NJ, and my primary local Chevrolet dealer is reedman-toll in langhorne pa. There is nothing listed in the carfax or autocheck history for any recall work done or even any open recalls. This is obviously a quite common issue with serious safety repercussions. I am an active member of the Corvette forums and this is a topic that has been talked about in numerous threads: if you do a search of the forums you will find many more of the same issues with the same cars. Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convienance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fairless Hills, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 132012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Steering jerked, brakes applied for a second, cruise control turned off, no brake lights, and service active handling message appeared. Happend more than once.

- Gurley, AL, USA

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