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Vettes in the News

C6 Corvette Roof Recall

by Keith Cornett on March 8, 2006

Chevrolet has implemeted a service bulletin for 2005-06 Corvettes with painted roofs. On certain 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles, the painted roof panel may separate from its frame in some areas if it is exposed to stresses along with high temperature and humidity. The occupants of the vehicle may notice one or more of these symptoms: a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, roof panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak in the headliner. The problem is corrected by applying adhesive foam to ensure proper adhesion, or in a small number of vehicles, replace the roof panel. Owners should check with their dealer to see if their Corvette falls within the VIN indicated below: 2005 Chevrolet Corvette 55100002 – 55135053
2006 Chevrolet Corvette 65100001 – 65100046

Corvette 2nd on Owner Satisfaction List

by Keith Cornett on March 7, 2006

While all the news accounts I’ve read about the new Consumer Reports car-owner Satisfaction Survey is mostly concentrated on the “Japanese Autos Dominate” angle, domestic automakers Chevrolet and Ford should be pleased that the Corvette and Mustang finished 2nd and 3rd on the Best Cars list. Topping the list was the Toyota Prius at 95% and Corvette was a close second at 93%. The poll is based on the percentage of owners who said they would buy another one. What I also find interesting is a belief that many people that buy the hybrid Prius do so for the same reason as those that buy a Corvette. Sure, saving the planet is great if you’re a Prius owner and for Corvette owners, how can you beat 400 hp and still get 28 mpg on the highway? Yes, Corvette and Prius owners are buying their cars for their own, different reasons, but what is similar is that the reasons tend to be centered on the lifestyle of the owner, rather than the individual components that make the vehicle unique. It’s often said that the car you drive is a reflection of yourself. Corvette owners have known this for many years, and while we endure jokes about our pending mid life crisis or needing Viagra, Corvette the car continues to dominate these kinds of lists. Remember the Chevrolet billboard that years ago featured a split window with the tag line: “They Don’t Write Songs About Volvos”? Same is true of the Prius…

Owner of Lost Corvette Found

by Keith Cornett on March 4, 2006

Last month, Lee Smith left home for a three-day trip. When he returned, his garage was wide open and his prized 1960 Red/White Corvette was missing. His car was found last week just off a deserted stretch of Interstate 95 in South Florida. The classic Corvette, which was incorrectly identified as a 1958 or 59, made headlines as Brevard County’s Sheriffs office was trying to find the owner. Smith says he bought the Corvette on eBay four years ago for $32,500. The sheriff’s office still has custody of the Corvette and will be returing in to either Smith or his insurance company in the next few days.

Lutz Confims Blue Devil/SS Rumor?

by Keith Cornett on March 1, 2006

While in Geneva, Switzerland for the International Auto Show, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz suggested a new, more powerful version for the Corvette might be on the way. The Blue Devil that has been discussed would have more power than the 505 hp Z06. Lutz said “There will be something special for the Corvette soon.” There was no comment from Bob on whether the something special would appear in the form of a supercharged small block as been rumored, and when the “Blue Devil” was mentioned to Lutz, he simply smiled. Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

GM Confirms Blue Devil/SS Rumor?

by Keith Cornett on February 14, 2006

On Feb 8th, an article running on AutoWeek.com gives us the non-story of how Chevrolet won’t confirm the existence of development of a Corvette with more HP than the 505-hp Z06 and quotes Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper saying “We’d love to have it”. On Feb 12th, Automotive News reports the following: Chevrolet is looking at adding a Corvette model with more horsepower than the 505-hp Z06, says Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “We look at what Z06 has done in the marketplace, and we can’t keep them in stock,” Peper said at the Chicago Auto Show. Now, there are no quotes around the statement “Chevrolet is looking at adding a Corvette model” in the news post, but it is attributed to Chevy’s Ed Peper. What makes this terse statement exciting is the part that says “adding a Corvette Model”, not extending the horsepower of an existing model. This could just be the first official word from Chevrolet that they may be adding a Blue Devil/SS type model to the Corvette lineup in the future. Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Wallace and Hill Talk Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on February 7, 2006

Corvette Magazine sat down with Dave Hill and new Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace for an insightful question and answer session for their April 2006 issue. While no new news really broke from the conversation, we do get a sense of the responsibility that has been handed over to Tom and the huge shoes he will be filling. When asked what his biggest challenge is as the new CE, Tom joked that several people have already told him “Don’t screw it up!”. Both Hill and Wallace talk about the refinements being made on both the C6 and Z06 including improvement of the Z06′s 6-speed transmission for gear rattle and synchronizer engagement. Both agree that most refinements currently being made are more customer-comfort than performance items. The conversation covers competitors to Corvette both on the street and the on the track. Tom is a racer himself and mentions that he is building an SCCA GT1 Corvette. Corvette Magazine doesn’t archive their online content so the link will only be available for a short time. Credit: Corvette-Mag.com

See Vegas in a Vette

by Keith Cornett on February 1, 2006

GM is bringing a hands-on driving experience to Las Vegas in what the automaker is calling “The Drive”. Tourists will be able to get behind the wheel of a Corvette, Hummer or Cadillacs and take drive them around an 11-acre tract at the North end of the Strip behind the Sahara Hotel and Casino. The driving attraction features two courses: A high-performance paced loop and an off-road adventure trail with a tunnel, hill climb and obstacles. Of course, a GM professional driver will be riding shotgun to “enhance” the experience. Admission to both tracks of “The Drive” will be $10 to $15 a person. The attraction is open to visitors 18 and up who have a valid driver’s license and can prove they’re sober, which means taking a Breathalyzer test. “The Drive” is scheduled to open in March or April and will last for six months although it could become a permanent feature in the future. GM paid an estimated $6 million for the promotion and part of deal allows for GM to become an advertising partner of the Las Vegas Monorail system.

C6 Wheel Update

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2006

Rick at CorvetteConti.com had another Corvette Wheel update for us last week. I had heard that after the 2nd bankruptcy of Amcast, GM went back to several other suppliers who had submitted losing bids on the original contract. Because they already had the C6 molds, GM awarded them temporary contracts to keep the wheel supply flowing. The letter from GM that CorvetteConti.com posted seems to lend credence to this story: ——————— From: Chevrolet Marketing
Date: January 21, 2006 Subject: Corvette Production Update Administrative message dated 12/15/2005 advised you of potential actions that might be necessary to manage wheel supply issues for Corvette and Z06. We are pleased to inform you that with the dedicated efforts of several GM teams we have not and likely will not in the future need to change wheel options on any 2006MY Corvette orders. Although still constrained, we expect to be able to offer the full selection of painted and polished wheel options. The much anticipated Chrome wheel option, however, must continue postponement until later this model year. (QX3) Order Guides, GM AutoBook and Order Workbench will therefore remain unchanged relative to wheel options. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and confusion that this situation may have caused you or your customer(s) but are obviously pleased with the positive resolutions to the issues outlined in the previous communication.” Source: CorvetteConti.com

Corvette Navigation Software Update

by Keith Cornett on January 8, 2006

GM has released a software update package for upgrading the 2005 Corvette’s Navigation system. The package consists of two CD’s and can be performed at your Chevrolet dealership or you can order the CD’s and install the upgrade yourself. The software updates performs the following upgrades: 1. Modifies the signal interface with the ARS Module to correct poor reception.
2. Adds an onscreen message to remind you that a destination is required before a route can be planned.
3. Adds MP3 CD functionality. As the system is still under warranty, there is no charge for the service call but there is a nominal charge for the CD’s if you decide to upgrade the system yourself. The ability to upgrade the system via software is great for Chevy’s customers. How many times have you purchased an item when it was initially released, only to have the manufacturer make it better in subsequent years. While you expect companies to make enhancements to their products, it’s rare they are made available to previous customers.

Daytona 500 Z06 Corvette Pace Car Photos

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2006

The Daytona 500 Z06 Pace Car. These images were released today from GM. Click the image to view larger photo.

 
 
Credit: Ankur
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