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 What problems have you had with your C6? (1/39)
 5/4/21 9:45am

I had a suggestion to collect a list of common problems that people have experienced with their C6.  It could be anything from strange tire wear to electrical issues.  Whatever the issue(s), reply to this post with the Year, Model & Engine of your C6 and a brief description of the issue(s) you had, and what the cause and solution were.  

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 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (2/39)
 11/6/13 1:28pm

Air bag light on,wiggle the wires under the drivers seat ,the light went off


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (3/39)
 11/7/13 12:28pm

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Supply, NC - USA

2006 Monterey Red Coupe / 2013 Night Race Blue Metallic Coupe with Cashmere Interior.

Joined: 8/29/2007
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On my 2006 had to have the targa roof replaced through a factory recall due to adhesive letting go.  If you have a 2005 or 2006 and the top creaks, check it out since it could de-laminate and fly off the car.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (4/39)
 11/7/13 12:32pm

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2006 Monterey Red Coupe / 2013 Night Race Blue Metallic Coupe with Cashmere Interior.

Joined: 8/29/2007
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I have a new 2013 coupe with the infotainment option including XM radio and navigation.  The navigation doesn't work within a couple miles of my house or within most developments in Southeastern North Carolina.  I've had the navigation disk checked and I DO have the most current.  Chevrolet claims that this is normal operation.  The local service tech. told me that the technology of the disk based navigation goes back to 1998.  The C7 is satellite based and works better according to him. 


I'd appreciate any suggestions in using the C6 navigation.  I currently have my Garmin Nuvi mounted above the factory unit and use that.  I do not use the nav that came with the car.



 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (5/39)
 11/7/13 4:23pm

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Lake Orion, MI - USA

2005 Black Coupe Auto Trans Corsa Sport Exhaust AirRaid Intake Z06 Sway Bars

Joined: 8/10/2006
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My 2005 had the battery replaced under warranty, I replaced the EVAP solenoid this season. The dreaded "Service Traction Control System" light just started, even after the recall was done (it was done about 2 or 3 years ago). But that's about all in the 8 yrs that I've owned it. It's been a great car. I do baby it though. The exhaust was replaced because it was too quiet.... ha! ha!


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (6/39)
 11/7/13 7:25pm

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2006 Monterey Red Coupe / 2013 Night Race Blue Metallic Coupe with Cashmere Interior.

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I'd be interested in what you replaced the exhaust with.  I'm looking for a little more sound, but no droning on the highway, and no head turning under normal acceleration.



 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (7/39)
 11/8/13 12:07pm

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 11/8/13 5:52pm

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2005 Black Coupe Auto Trans Corsa Sport Exhaust AirRaid Intake Z06 Sway Bars

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chuckjosephson said:I'd be interested in what you replaced the exhaust with.  I'm looking for a little more sound, but no droning on the highway, and no head turning under normal acceleration.



Chuck, I had a Corsa sport installed. I did not get the X pipe since I like the burble sound when you back off of it. Sounds great at idle & gives a little more "roar" when accelerating. Absolutely no drone at highway speeds. Should've come that way from the factory.


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (9/39)
 11/10/13 6:24pm

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Copperas Cove, TX - USA

07 Machine Silver Coupe 6 sp pattle shift auto 72 Stingray convertible

Joined: 8/6/2008
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Front tire wear on my 2007, they looked good but they were wore down to the threads on the inside edge. Replaced with continental extreme contacts all around much better ride and quit.

Also had a vibration like noise from the right side of the car, found out it was the plastic cover at the base of the windshield by the wipers, dealer replaced it and no more noise.

Had the creaky top but a little silicone on the seals took care of that, mine wasn't included in the recall.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (10/39)
 11/11/13 10:55am

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Camp Hill, PA - USA

2002 QuickSiver Convertible, 2007 LeMans Blue Coupe, 2010 Crystal Red Metallic Grand Sport Coupe (Heritage Edition). 6 Speed Manual

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Same here. Picked the car up the Monday before Corvettes at Carlisle (2010), and new Corsa Sport exhaust installed that Friday. Same as I had on my 2007. Everybody that hears it comments on how good it sounds.


Not the loudest of them all, but absolutely zero drone at all RPM and an awesome sound, including the burble when letting off.



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 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (11/39)
 11/12/13 2:33pm

I have a 2012 C6 Convertible that I bought new exactly 366 days ago.  I now have over 21,000 smiles on it.  Bad battery on delivery.  Had to fight with dealer to replace, finally did, no more problems.  Car has been exceptional.  The GPS system did come with an older DVD, which wouldn't always route correctly.  Dealer replaced and no more problem, although it is a comparatively primitive system.  My 4 year old Garmin is much better, but I do like the heads up display of directions, or I would consider replacing with an aftermarket system.

In June 2013 I installed a Borla "Type S" axle back system.  It is very sweet and mellow.  My best friend with a 2012 coupe went with the touring Corsa.  I like mine much better.  There is no "annoying drone" at steady speeds.  In fact you can barely hear it at all unless you are going up a steep hill or you "step on it".  And unless you really get on it is it still mellow and not the least obnoxious.  I bought my system on-line from Maryland Speed and got an excellent deal and free shipping.  I had it installed by local Chevy dealer who was so accommodating that I was allowed to witness install (and even help a bit).  Great service manager.


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (12/39)
 11/19/13 11:48am

Problem with gas mileage.

I have just shy of 45,000 miles on my 2006 C6 Convertible and almost overnight I noticed that the Corsa exhaust tips were getting very black.  I have had the O2 sensors changed, canester at the fuel tank changed, plugs are ok, run injector cleaner through the system two times.  Still getting terrible mileage, 12.8 - 14.5 in the city.  Any suggestions??  Thanks for your help. Ned 

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (13/39)
 11/19/13 8:47pm

On my "11" GS I had a crack starting in the transparent roof.  The dealer replaced it under warranty.  The most expensive items have been replacing the front tires at less than 10,000 miles and the rears at 13,000.  I attribute it to a bad factory alignment. I wrongly thought that the darting and tramming was due to the large sticky tires. Had a 4-wheel alignment done after replacing the front tires, non-aggressive settings and again after replacing the rear tires.  The front tires now have 7,000 miles on them and they appear to be doing much better than the originals.  I will have another alignment done at the start of next driving season. 

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (14/39)
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 12/3/13 12:01pm

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I have a 2005 the auto dimming mirror isn't working. I also had to replace the steering lock mechanism almost$1000.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (16/39)
 12/4/13 6:24pm

05 coupe problem shifting into drive on start up. does anybody know of and aftermarket company that sells a shifter or better yet a repair kit for solenoid? 

fuel door doesn't want to stay closed sanded pin and put some lube with teflon on it stay posted seems to be working won't know until may 


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? Shifting Problelms (17/39)
 12/17/13 12:30pm

Having the shift lever lock up when starting is a very common problem with the C6 2005 and 2006 models.  I know people who have spent $800 having the shift unit replaced just to have the same problem.   However, that is not necessary because the problem is easily solved.

A number of people have removed the console cover and snipped the plastic hook from the solenoid that locks the lever into place.  It does not cause diagnostic readings and the problem is solved forever.

There is another way to overcome the problem without removing the console cover and I have done it for 7 years.  If the shift lock will not release upon starting the engine, shut off the engine and put the ignition in accessory mode.  Put your foot on the brake and you will hear the shift lock disengage.  Shift to Neutral and start the engine.  Then you can shift to any gear and proceed.        (If you shift into Park, it will re-engage.)

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (18/39)
 1/1/14 12:38pm

I bought my Z06 2007 that the previous owner had replaced the muffler system with a Corsa system.  Very nice sound without the blown away sound of the Borla quad stingers that I had on my 2002 Z06.  If you want a blast of sound, very loud sound, Borla.  If you want a great, deep throated sound that carries well without loudness of the Borla, go Corsa.


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (19/39)
 1/1/14 12:46pm

thanks I will try the accessory mode when it happens again but will give some serious thought to clipping the nob on solenoid   


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (20/39)
 1/31/14 1:55am

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2007 Yellow Conv. & 1978 White L48, 4 Speed, Red Int. Low mileage with '82 Collector Ed. Wheels.

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I have a sweek coming from the front of the engine when its running. One friend said that it may be the vibration dampner going bad (separating)??? Any ideas and can I do a R&R myself? Thanks ya'll.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (21/39)
 2/11/14 12:14pm

My car is a 2005 C6 with LS2 engine.  Problems are as follows.

1.  The most vexing problem is the "Service Active Handling System" fault and DIC notice.  It occurs randomly and sometimes locks out the cruise control when driving and locks up the shift when shifting to Park.  Then I have to start the car using accessory mode.  The dealer had tried 3 times to fix it but cannot find the cause.  So, I live with it.  Other than above, it seems to have no affect on driveability.   Sometimes, it goes away when restarting the car.

2.  Frequently, the shift lock locks the car in "Park".   When that happens, I have to use accessory mode and start the car in Neutral, then shift to D or R.   Many owners have this problem and have resorted to cutting the shift lock pawl.  I have not done that because I don't feel comfortable removing the console cover when I can simple use accessory mode to bypass the problem. 

3.   Recently, at 47,000 miles, I had to have the differential seal replaced on the drivers side axel.  Minor problem.   I also replaced the rear sway bar links.  They were very loose and one was dry and scratchy.  Haven't done the front yet.

4.  Tire wear is significant.  When alignment is set to "street use" specs,  I get severe wear on the inside edge of the front tires.   I got 21,500 miles on my last set.  I am attempting to get that corrected before buying another set of tires.

5.  Replaced all break pads at about 43,000 miles.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (22/39)
 5/30/14 5:02pm

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1971, C3, 454 black&blue, coupe, blue real flames. 2005, C6, 6.0L Red, coupe, chrome wheels 2014, C7, Syber Greay, pearl white stripes, chrome wheels

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05' C6 Coupe, LS2; I always use Chevron gas with techron, and the last 4 times I filled it up, it would cut off with only 8 gallons or less, and acted like it was full, but it would only show 1/2 full on the gauge.  It was consistent, and I couldn't force another ounce into the tank.  A corvette shop recommended I bring it in and he would drop the rear axel and the right side tank to change out a crossover pump that feeds the separated tanks, and that was the problem.  I read on a corvette forum of people using "Sea Foam" in the system to correct this problem.  So, before I spent the money to overhaul the fuel system, I tried the Sea Foam.  I added it when I filled up, and again it only let me have a half tank, but when I ran the 16oz can thru the system, ran the tank down low, and refilled it, it filled all the way, and the gauge read full.  It's worked out for several months now, and haven't had the problem since, and I'm using the same gas station and same pump.


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (23/39)
 6/3/14 11:49am

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jackson, NJ - USA

Victory Red 2009 Coupe with 2LT package with chrome wheels

Joined: 12/5/2012
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2009 Coupe. Manual Trans. At 8k miles, shifter would hang up between 1st and 2nd. Had to jiggle shifter and pull hard to get it into 2nd. Brought it to dealer, fixed under warranty. Said it needed 'adjusting'.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (24/39)
 6/4/14 8:25am

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Body Control Module replacement.  There is also a sensor for the traction control system and transmission that may need to be replaced.  Our 2007 Coupe began exhibiting these same symptoms and was finally corrected with the total replacement of the BCM...$450-500 repair.


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (25/39)
 6/4/14 10:28am

In regards to the fuel door not closing,, I found a spring inside the left rear interior panel where the cable release is for the fuel door. Replaced the spring with heavier one and works perfect... to try it at first I used a rubber band... 



For those of you talking exhaust,, I use magna flow stainless system, love the sound, no drone, and did the job myself. I have owned my C6 2005 coupe for 4 years now and have experienced several change problems.. with he help of this web site and other people been able to take care of everything. The wiggling the wires under the seat for the seat belt or air bag lite boggles me, but works most of the time... Love my car,, if I can be of help, please ask..


 Re: Problems shifting to 2nd gear (26/39)
 6/10/14 2:01pm

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2008 C6 Coupe, LS3, Blk/Blk, 6M Z51, 3LT

Joined: 10/10/2006
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Are you aware of CAGS (Computer Aided Gear Selection)? To help GM meet fleet fuel economy standards, CAGS locks out gears 2 and 3 during casual acceleration and forces shifting from first directly to fourth gear. Did the service people mention if your problem was related to CAGS?
 You can buy an aftermarket kit which can bypass CAGS so that you may shift to 2nd and 3rd under any rates of acceleration. Its installed under the car at a wiring connector.
Incidentally, in the C7 which has a 7-speed manual transmission, CAGS will force shifting from 2nd to 5th under casual acceleration.

2008 C6 Coupe, LS3, Blk/Blk, 6M Z51, 3LT

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (27/39)
 6/17/14 10:40pm

There is also a circuit breaker change that you can do to block out the 1st to 4th system.  I got mine online but I'm sorry I have forgotten the name of the supplier.  You may be able to google it.  I have a 2007 Z06 and it worked fine on the car.    I had the same thing done to my 2002 Z06 by a dealer in Portland.  I think they did some type of electrical bypass to that one.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (28/39)
 6/25/14 11:00pm

Both sun visor mirror covers just popped off. The plastic hinge pins cracked on their own. $500 to replace the visors. Cheap part for a $70k car. Found a $40 aftermarket cover that works ok.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (29/39)
 6/28/14 11:09am

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2013 Corvette Convertible Night Race Blue with 3LT Ebony interior

Joined: 6/28/2014
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In June of 2013, after 3 months of ownership, I had a Low Oil Pressure message on the info center also will zero oil pressure gauge indication.  I did some on line work to find out that there is a GM tech directive on all LS engines 2007 and later to have the oil pressure sensor fail.  The oil pan needs to be dropped and replace the sensor.  Work covered under warranty.  Job would normally be $1,300 out of pocket.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (30/39)
 7/1/14 12:46pm

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Victory Red 2009 Coupe with 2LT package with chrome wheels

Joined: 12/5/2012
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Wasn't the 2nd gear skip. Had trouble going into 2nd even when I had my foot in it.

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (31/39)
 7/2/14 6:17pm

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1971, C3, 454 black&blue, coupe, blue real flames. 2005, C6, 6.0L Red, coupe, chrome wheels 2014, C7, Syber Greay, pearl white stripes, chrome wheels

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Where did you get your your $40 replacement mirrors?  Mine are shot as well, the originals are very fragile.  Thanks


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (32/39)
 7/8/14 11:53am

Bought the Ebay units @$40. See http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&vxp=mtr&item=141337627549

Just like OEM. Probably a Chinese copy but no doubt that's where GM got the originals. Used Harbor Freight pick. http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece...set-66836.html

Put hook behind spring clip, place cover hinge pin next to spring clip and pull until the hinge pin slips into spring clip. You have to pull hard to get enough clearance. 

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (33/39)
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 7/8/14 6:02pm

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1971, C3, 454 black&blue, coupe, blue real flames. 2005, C6, 6.0L Red, coupe, chrome wheels 2014, C7, Syber Greay, pearl white stripes, chrome wheels

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great, I have the pick set, so I'll order the mirrors....

Thanks for the info.


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (35/39)
 7/15/14 4:01pm

Earlier this year I posted that I was having a problem with my 2006 C6 Convertible.  Bad gas mileage and some oil usage.  Guess what, this past Spring I was driving along and the check oil light came on...I went home and checked the oil and it was down over a quart and I still had over 45% left on the oil change gauge.  Usually change oil every 4,000 miles since I have such low mileage on the car (46,000).

Took the car to my very experienced mechanic and found that the rings had failed, stacked, on three cylinders.  

My new 3 year warranty (7 year warranty expired in October 2013)  would not pay for the repair and I had to have the engine rebuilt at my expense.  There was a bulletin that came out in 2008 stating that there was a potential problem with the rings and pistons and that they should be replaced. Never new about the bulletin, too bad since than I had a 7 year warranty that would have covered the repair.

Just be aware!!  This covers years 2005 - 2007.   

 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (36/39)
 7/15/14 7:54pm

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I have been having the same problem with my '06.... Will try Sea Foam..
Thank you for your post. Thumbs Up


 Re: What problems have you had with your C6? (37/39)
 8/15/14 10:46pm

My HUD does no activate up ignition. Only is I depress the down arrow foe 1.5 seconds, then the up arrow for 3 seconds! If I count more or less than 15 seconds it won't come up. And only one try. What's up?

 Shift lock problems (38/39)
 11/20/19 2:49pm

I had a shift lock problem at about 40k miles on my 2008 coupe. A few times I could not come out of park. I went to accessory mode and was able to start and shift. However, later on I had problems going from drive to park. The shifter would not go past neutral from drive. Couldn't put transmission into park and had to disconnect battery to shut car off. I ended up having to take the center console apart to get access to the shift lock and manually disengage the shift lock. This happened several times after and I ended up having to replace the shifter/shift lock assembly. Works fine now.


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 11/20/19 5:55pm

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2005 Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic Convertible. Auto. Stock. Daily driver with 98K miles so far. Original owner.

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My 2005 Sunset Orange Convertible with over 100K on the odometer developed the gear shift lock issue at about 90K miles.  When starting I couldn't move the shift out of park.  I read about a bunch of solutions from "live with it" to several different kinds of mechanical fixes.  One solution has worked for me.  Shut down, then when restarting keep your foot on the brake and keep pressing the start button for a few seconds.  Sometimes I've had to restart a few times but it has always released eventually.

The navigation disk drive and the CD player stopped working around 2010.

Other than that the gas cap warning kept coming on when the car was new.  That entailed having the entire rear removed to get to a sensor at the top of the gas tank.  Warranty covered that one.  The passenger airbag warning keeps popping up every few years.  But it stops on its own.  

And, most annoying is that in one step of the top going up or down I have to reach back and pull on a part of the roof to keep it from rubbing.  I was told that to adjust the mechanism they'd have to take the top completely apart.  I.E. $$$$.

The car is stock except for color matching door handles and the addition of the factory issued front license plate holder after getting a warning from a state trouper.

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Maintaining your automobile is important to ensure it works properly.

In other words, it is wise to know some C6 Corvette common problems when you’re considering buying one.

Even though the C6 Corvette is now quite affordable, is it worth buying in 2021?

In all fairness, the C6 Corvette sounds like a complete bargain, but after scouring through many resources and deep research, we found a few common issues worth noting.

Some of the problems associated with the C6 Corvette range from weak rocker arms, and half-shafts to valve spring failure, and a few other minor quality issues.

4 Main C6 Corvette Common Problems

In this section, we will enlighten you on some of the problems that are commonly associated with the C6 Corvette.

01. Valve spring failure

A faulty valve spring can affect your engine adversely. This is because valves are used to control the inlet and exhaust in an internal combustion engine.

The valve spring exerts stress on the retainer which helps to keep the valve closed.

So, if the valve spring fails, it will cause diverse performance and drivability issues. Some of the issues can range from excessive valve noise, severe internal engine damage, and compression loss.

02. Problem with airbag lights

Another common problem associated with the C6 Corvette is the issue with the driver’s airbag light popping up.

It could be that the light comes on and off when the car is stationed or in motion.

The reason for this frequent failure is due to a faulty electrical connector underneath the driver’s power seat.

In some cases, this issue can simply be a connector that was unplugged due to seat movement.

The worst part about this safety issue is that the airbag will not operate as long as the red light on the dashboard is still lit.

03. Cloudy headlights

Also, many users have complained of a common problem of their C6 Corvette having cloudy headlights.

Foggy headlights don’t just look bad and cheaply made, but they can cause serious safety hazards because they reduce the brightness of your headlight, making it harder to see what’s ahead.

What’s even worse is that at 70-80 MPS, the headlight lenses on a C6 Corvette are most likely going to get sandblasted.

Even the clearcoat on the bumper of a C6 Corvette seems to be more resistant than the plastic headlight lenses.

04. Broken CD changers

A couple of drivers of the new generation C6 Corvette have had issues with their CD player giving them a “CD Mechanical Error” or “CD Initializing” message. This error message is usually accompanied by the suspension of all other functions of the audio system including the clock and radio.

Sometimes the issue with the CD player may be that it wouldn’t play, load, or eject CDs.

Possible Solutions to C6 Corvette Problems

How to fix broken valve spring failure

In case you suspect a valve spring is broken in your engine, the perfect solution to try out first is a cylinder leakage test.

Carry out this test on the cylinder you suspect to be affected. If after the test there were no leakage, it is only ideal for all the valve springs to be replaced on both banks.

But in case there was a leakage rather than replacing the valve spring, more testing will be needed.

How to fix the problem with the airbag light

Most often the problem of airbag light error is caused by a faulty electrical connector underneath the driver’s power seat.

Underneath the seat, you’d find an electrical clip that sends and receives code to and from the airbag.

To fix this error, unclip the plug and apply some dielectric grease on the terminals, then plug it back in, and hopefully, that will do the trick.

How to fix the cloudy headlight

A quick and affordable way to fix cloudy headlight on a C6 Corvette first wet sand the headlight.

However, ensure you cover the area around the headlight with masking tape and paper. You can use an 800, 1000, or 1500 grit sandpaper to wet sand the headlight.

Also, use any glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth to clean the headlight as well. Finally, use any automatic clear for a final touch.

How to fix broken CD changers

Another common problem C6 Corvette sports cars face is a broken CD changer.

To fix a broken CD changer problem on your C6 Corvette, replace the whole CD unit. However, there are multiple troubleshooting options you can try out.

C6 Corvette Engine Pros

  • Powerful engine
  • Top comes off
  • Enough space in the trunk
  • Cheap to insure

C6 Corvette Engine Cons

  • The exhaust is too quiet for a V8 sport car
  • The Interior isn’t so great

Maintenance Tips of C6 Corvette Engine Car

The C6 Corvette is a low-maintenance sports car, as such maintaining your Corvette should be fun.

However, there are some times you can run into a mechanical brick wall that seems almost insurmountable.

Nevertheless, here are a few maintenance tips you can use to improve the performance of your Chevrolet Corvette:

01. Oil change

One of the first things any sports car mechanic will advise you to do is to frequently check your oil level and change it when needed.

Don’t worry, changing oils on a C6 Corvette is pretty straightforward and easy.

Basic tools you need to get this done are the likes of the ramp, R/R oil plug, filter, filter wrench, and oil.

02. Balancing compression ratio

Balancing the compression ratio of your Corvette is also vital to squeeze more power out of your engine.

When balancing compression ratio, you need to factor in today’s gasoline octane.

For example, you need to consider that a higher compression ratio, lower humidity, and more spark advance means higher octane fuel.

Leaning the fuel/air ratio requires you to use a higher octane fuel as well.

03. Check spark-plug

Another critical aspect of maintaining a Corvette C6 is the spark plug installation. Internal combustion engine makes use of spark plugs to ignite the fuel.

The amount of spark the plug produces affects the torque of your Corvette. If the spark plug is under-torqued, it will produce a very slow heat dissipation.

Similarly, if the spark plug is over-torqued, it will produce too much heat dissipation which can seriously affect the metal shell leading to thread breakage or damage.

04. Dull drums

A lot of vintage Corvette comes with drum brakes, and the best part is that servicing it is pretty much a no brainer.

One thing you should take note of is that when replacing the brake shoes, clean the contact point on the wheel backing plates with a scotch-brite.

Next, lube the contact points with some white grease to allow for smooth shoe action.

05. Battery basics

In case you want to store your Corvette C6 for months at a time, disconnect the battery. Disconnecting the battery will help reduce discharge.

But you can charge the battery once every 2 or 4 weeks if you don’t want to unhook the battery.

Take note that even if you disconnect the battery, charging it every month or two will help the self-discharge draining the battery.

06. Tire hieroglyphics

Lastly, you should ensure the air pressure of your tires is accurate.

Note that the air pressure listed on the sidewall of your tires is not the air pressure you are to set your Corvette tires, but it is the maximum air pressure it can take.

Please, follow Chevrolet’s published recommendations.

What is the C6 Corvette?

The C6 Corvette has been around for decades now, and it is the 6th generation of the Chevrolet two-seater sports car produced for the 2005 – 2013 model years.

However, the C6 Corvette has been replaced by a newer C7 Corvette model.

Chevrolet produced variants of the C6 Corvette which includes the Z06, ZR1, C6 RS, 427 Convertible, and Grand Sport.

The C6 C0rvette also comes in a racing variant namely the C6.R. Limited editions of the C6 Corvette include the ZHZ, GT1 Championship Edition, and the Zo6 Carbon Limited Edition.

The bodywork of the C6 Corvette features an updated style, new technology, revised suspension geometry, a higher level of refinement, and a larger V8 engine.

The C6 Corvette is the 1st generation of the Corvette to feature an exposed headlight since 1962.

Features of C6 Corvette

  • Two doors
  • 4 speed or 6 speed in either automatic and manual transmission
  • V8 engines
  • Ultimate aluminum frame with a mandated fixed roof
  • Magnesium engine cradle

Cost of C6 Corvette

Chevrolet placed a manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the standard trim C6 Corvette at about $50,000 while the ZR1 model can go as high as $100,000.

But in today’s market, you can purchase the standard C6 Corvette for under $20,000, although it depends on the condition and mileage of the car.

On the other hand, the Z06 model sells for around $30,000 to $40,000. If what you are after is something extreme like the ZR1 Trim, then you can expect a price to range from $50,000 to $60,000.

What’s the reliability of the C6 Corvette?

Other than the fact that Chevrolet is one of American’s favorite cars, and the C6 is one of the most popular models, it is fun, fast, and with proper maintenance and care can be very reliable.

Although the C5 Vette was also a huge success and an advancement for the Chevrolet sports car, when it was time to redesign and refresh it, they decided not to mess with the winning formula.

The minor tweaks here and there took care of the few negligible flaws of the C6 Corvette.

For example, two of the minor tweaks you will notice on the C6 Corvette were made to the interior and body.

While Corvette from 1997 – 2004 had a more rounded edge style on the outside, Chevrolet redesigned it such that the 2005 models had a more angular and sharper look.

The wheelbase was also stretched to give the C6 Corvette an overall length shorter than its predecessor, which helps in fuel economy because of the slight weight reduction.

As time went by, more changes were made to the C6 Corvette as it became more powerful, modern, and advanced.

So, what truly makes a C6 Corvette reliable is because it is built on the success of the previous generation

FAQs of C6 Corvette Common Problems

01. What does C6 mean for Corvette?

The Chevrolet C6 is the 6th generation of the Corvette sports car. It was produced for the 2005 to 2013 model years.

02. Is C6 Corvette expensive to maintain?

Although newer models of Corvette are made of some considerable improvement in durability and quality, they still break down.

However, maintaining a C6 Corvette is not so expensive.

03. Which is the better C5 or C6 Corvette?

While the C6 Corvette has a more contemporary design because it is a newer model.

However, the C5 has a sleek design with that pop-up headlight. Many Corvette enthusiasts think the C5 has a sportier appearance.

04. What is the most popular Corvette color?

Not surprising, but the most popular Corvette color is a Torch Red exterior. Following that is Arctic white amongst others.

05. What is the most demanded Corvette?

The 1963 Corvette StingRay is one of the most demanded Corvette in Corvette’s history. What makes it stand out is that the StingRay is a collectible.

06. What is the fastest Corvette?

GM has revealed that the most powerful and fastest factory-built Corvette ever is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

This Corvette is built with a 6.2 liter and 755 horsepower supercharged engine, and a top speed of 210 miles an hour.

07. Why does Corvette depreciate so fast?

One of the reasons Corvette depreciates so fast is because it is a mass-produced commodity.

As such, they are not rare or exclusive or simply put, there are more Corvettes in the market than what is demanded.

08. Is there a difference between the 2LT and 3LT?

Corvette 3LT is specially designed for drivers that are after the best interiors. But if you don’t care about the upgraded interiors, the 2LT trims would just be fine.


One of the reasons why the C6 Corvette is a well sought-after sports car is primarily because of its excellent performance, good driving properties, cool exhaust sound, and unique silhouette.

If you have dreamed of getting such a car all your life, well now you know everything you need to know.

However, if you are considering a few options, the Corvette is surely cheaper and requires less maintenance.


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