Missing Roof Panel? No Big Deal!

Missing Roof Panel? No Big Deal!

Automotive pundits have jumped all over the story of a Z06 that lost its roof at 60 mph as told by the owner on CorvetteForum.com:

“I still can’t believed this happened. Had just shifted out of first @ around 6900-7000k, hit 2nd and hear a loud crack, pull over and my roof is missing…”

Some want you to believe that this problem is a result of shoddy workmanship or inferior materials. If we are talking about multiple examples, then I would be open to listening to these arguments. Others are all over the story because they think they finally found the Achilles heal of the Z06. GM did issue a recall for C6 Coupes relating to the laminate separating from the panel. Whether or not the Z06 has a similar problem has yet to be decided.

All manufactures from Porsche to Kia have defects in their products. Some have more than others. Corvette has won kudos from owners and industry awards for one of the smallest reported defects per car. Now, when the Z06 in question lost its top, was it scary for the owner? Yes. Could a flying roof panel cause safety issues with other vehicles on the road? Yes! But until it happens more than once, I’m unconvinced that this is a systemic problem to the Z06 in particular and Corvette in general.

In a related note, I got a good laugh listing to the Jalopnik podcast (precast) about this story. Seems there is some confusion on what to call a Corvette’s roof:

“First off, we have to say that the Corvette that had a roof fly off was a Z06. So when you’re listening to Farago and I talking about it being a coupe with a bolted on Targa top we’re talking about a Z06 that only comes as a coupe and not the regular Corvette C6 that only comes with a removable Targa. So when we say “coupe” we really mean Z06. It’s all very confusing.”

Let me help set the record straight with a little lesson on the vernacular when discussing Corvette body styles:

Corvette Coupe: A single roof panel that stretches across the entire top. Some are painted, some are tinted glass. Porsche owns the “targa” name, so technically you can’t call it a targa top. It’s a roof panel.

Corvette Z06: The Z06 evolved from the early C5 hardtop or Fixed Roof Coupe (FRC). It’s not a coupe because the roof is not removable.

Corvette Convertible: The soft top folds into a storage area behind the seats allowing the passengers to bask in the sun.

 

Senior Editor and founder of "Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle". I drive my dad's 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible and call the Corvette Museum home.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Keith:

    Thanks for your comment. When this story of the delaminated roof first appeared, the auto bloggers were dumping all over the Corvette. My position when I wrote the story was that we only had just a couple of examples. Since then we learned that the problem was widespread, and obviously I became more concerned with each account.

    Regarding your dealer, that sounds like an issue of "hurry and bring it in" and then they will get to it when they can. Its a $70,000 sports car and they should reasonably be able to confirm a time that the car will be repaired. Not to get you worked up, but staff will take a joyride now and again, so I would be on the phone first thing in the morning making some demands. If not done today, don’t leave it overnight and tell them you can easily find another dealership to repair the issue.

    Good luck!

    Keith

  2. I have an 06 Z06 and my roof panel also came off. I was only doing about 30 miles an hour when it happened. The car is at the dealer now and they have had it all day and say it will probably not be ready today, which is worrying me because I just don’t see how it can be a very complicated repair.

  3. Stupid fuck the 06 Z06 only came as a hard top to much torque for the targa tops would twist the body dumbass

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