C5 Lack of Reliability

Erie, PA

#1 Oct 13, 2006
I have trouble believing that my 2004 Corvette has standed me twice in two years (and 2400 miles). The 1st stranding was a tire failure and all that the Chevy 800 emergency number could do was to offer to "send someone out to put the spare on"
(Of course, there is no spare)
The 2nd standing is today - my 2 year old - always trickle charged - battery failed and left me stranded again..
Does Chevrolet think that people will buy a $50k car that has less reliability than a Hyundai ???

Lake Mary, FL

#2 Dec 12, 2006
dear will was it a delco battery if so I would look into another brand such as exide too many problems with delco

Graham, FL

#3 Dec 26, 2006
You are complaining about issues that do not have anything to do with reliability. Lack of knowledge from customer service, I would agree with that. If you can spend 50K on a car than you can spend money for a good battery and AAA...

Miami, FL

#4 Dec 28, 2006
The battery in my '90 vette only lasts 2-3 years. Have it tested every 2 years. Once they die in these cars they don't take well to jump starts as the electronics place a heavy drain on the weak battery. Seriously tire and battery problems are chicken shit problems, the c5's (and earlier vettes)can have worse problems than this. These cars are built for speed and to a price point. If the battery/tire mishaps bother you this much then get a new Lexus.

Burnaby, Canada

#5 Jun 4, 2007
what does the battery and tire problems have to do with the car reliablility u dumbass
Z06 Vette owner

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Sep 8, 2007
I gave up and sold mine... 1.Check engine lite pops on at 151mph everytime 2.rear diff has slight leak. 3. gas guage goes to half then shuts off 4.Windows intermittent 5.locks intermittent 6.Rear diff chatters in parking lot on tight turns 7.drivers window pops out of the track at 165mph All this gone wrong in less than 15,000 miles!!! Sold at 20,000mi on odometer...
Other than that, it was a great car!!!

Columbia, MD

#7 Dec 14, 2007
My daily driver 1998 C5,(delivered new 8/97) is on its 2nd Delco battery - installed under warranty in 2000. That's 7+ years and it starts on the button every time, even after standing for weeks on end. The problems that Z06 owner reported should have been fixed under warranty, given the car only had 15k on it, with a 3 year warranty. Mine had multiple "early" warranty issues, but has been totally reliable since then.

And yes, I will buy another one.

Columbia, MD

#8 Dec 14, 2007
p.s. how the he** do you get stranded with a tire problem when you have runflats????

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