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Vettes in the News

Another 2006 Corvette Recall

by Keith Cornett on March 29, 2006

GM will begin notifying 2006 Corvette owners about an issue with the engine flywheel. The recall covers Corvettes with the VIN Breakpoints of 65115878 – 65121102 where the engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. The following is the Service Bulletin:

GM Parts Bulletins & Information – To Chevrolet Dealers GMP06-060 – Customer Satisfaction Program #06523 Engine Flywheel/Clutch Interference DESCRIPTION: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM #06523 – MARCH 27, 2006 THIS RECALL IS IN EFFECT UNTIL March 31, 2007 - Certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 – VIN E) engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. - This program will expire on March 31, 2007. - Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. - Refer to Customer Satisfaction Program #06523 for further information EFFECTIVE DATE:
Initial owner mailing is scheduled to begin: 4-3-06 GENERAL INFORMATION:
Parts required to complete this program are to be obtained from General Motors Service Parts Operations (GMSPO). Normal orders should be placed on a DRO = Daily Replenishment Order. In an emergency situation, parts should be ordered on a CSO = Customer Special Order. Part Number Description Quantity/Vehicle: 12571611 Flywheel, Eng 1 IMPORTANT:
Due to the small number of vehicles involved and due to limited initial parts availability, Dealers are encouraged not to order program parts for use as shelf stock. Parts should only be ordered when inspection determines that it is necessary to replace the flywheel. CONDITION
Certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 – VIN E) engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. This program will expire on March 31, 2007. CORRECTION
Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. VEHICLES INVOLVED
Involved are certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 – VIN E) engine and manual transmission and built within these VIN breakpoints: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette 65115878 65121102 Important: Dealers are to confirm vehicle eligibility prior to beginning repairs by using the GM Vehicle Inquiry System (GMVIS). Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved. For dealers with involved vehicles, a listing with involved vehicles containing the complete vehicle identification number, customer name, and address information has been prepared and will be provided through the applicable system listed below. Dealers will not have a report available if they have no involved vehicles currently assigned.

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AAA Names Z06 Corvette the Cool Car of the Year

by Keith Cornett on March 21, 2006

AAA picks its top cars for 2006 and names the Z06 Corvette the “Cool Car of the Year”. Digging deep into the AAA website, a very favorable review of the Z06 is available. Interestingly, the items we usually see downgraded in other Corvette reviews were favorable, including the interior refinements. Funny quotes do abound though with my favorite being, “Driven easily, the Corvette’s fuel economy can be surprisingly good. However when the engine’s power is frequently tapped, fuel economy can be quite poor. ” That is good to know. Next time I’m behind the wheel of a 505hp monster, I’ll try to remember that. And finally, let’s make sure the disclaimer is present: “Due to the abundant (some would say excessive) power, the ZO6 should be considered by skilled drivers only.” Enough said… Click here to read the AAA Top Cars List
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C6 Corvette Options Update

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2006

CorvetteConti.com has confirmed that Daytona Sunset Orange (71U) is being discontinued as of Saturday, April 1st. The replacement for this color is called Atomic Orange, but it will not be available until the 2007 model year. In other C6 news, CorvetteConti.com says the QX3 Wheel (Chromed Aluminum) is available for production and availibility will run at approximately 25% of Coupe and Convertible production beginning March 20th, 2006.
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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.

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