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GM Recalls 30,000 Corvettes for Roof Issue

by Keith Cornett on May 27, 2006

After receiving 21 reports of roofs detaching from 2005 and 2006 Corvette coupes, GM issued a formal recall to fix what is being called a delamination problem. Initially thought to effect only 2005 Corvettes, for which a recall notice was already issued, GM expanded it to include 2006 Coupes after learning that roofs also flew off those coupes as well. The recall applies only to 2005 and 2006 Corvette Coupes with the painted removable roof panel, not the transparent panel. The unintentional separation occurs when adhesive that holds the base of the roof to the car frame weakens and fails, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its Web site. GM spokesman Alan Adler said that owners with problem roofs may notice water leaks or a snapping noise when going over a bump. In addition to the 21 reports of the roof actually flying off, GM received 395 reports of partial separating of the roof.
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CorvetteConti.com shared some interesting statistics about the current 2006 production including a breakdown of options and colors ordered on the Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvette through April 7, 2006. Top colors continue to be Black and the two reds: Monterey Red and Victory Red. Daytona Sunset and Artic White are the colors least chosen. 2006 Corvette Exterior and Interior Colors:

Exterior Colors Coupe Convertible Z06
       
Artic White 6% 6%  
Black 19% 19% 26%
Daytona Sunset Orange 7% 5% 5%
LeMans Blue 11% 9% 11%
Machine Silver 14% 14% 16%
Monterey Red 18% 20%  
Velocity Yellow 9% 10% 23%
Victory Red 16% 17% 19%
       
Interior Colors      
       
Ebony 61% 52% 61%
Cashmere 23% 32%  
Titanium Gray 12% 12%  
Red 4% 4%  
Ebony/Gray     25%
Ebony/Red     14%
       
Visit CorvetteConti.com to see the breakdown of selected option penetrations on the 2006 Corvette.
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Simple Weekend Corvette Projects

by Keith Cornett on May 25, 2006

I’ve been a subscriber to Corvette Fever Magazine since 1993 and have always found the magazine to be an enjoyable read despite the revolving door of editors and writers over the past few years. One of the reasons I’ve stuck with Corvette Fever over the years is they offer guides to some easy do-it-yourself projects that just about anybody can perform. Currently at CorvetteForum.com for you non-subscribers, you can view a list of simple weekend projects that will not only enhance your Corvette, but you’ll feel like “the man” because you did it yourself. For midyear owners, one project details the replacement of your pitted and faded taillights. When my 1966 Corvette was repainted, I opted for a new set of taillights from Ecklers and found that they were very easy to install and the new shiny chrome with the bright red lights really enhances the look. Besides, the taillights are usually the last feature that people will see as you blast by them on the road. Other projects include Tuning your Holley Carburetor, Master Cylinder Replacement and a new exhaust system. Check out the list at CorvetteForum.com. And if you are interested in subscribing to an all-around good Corvette magazine, click here to subscribe.
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GM’s Bob Lutz spoke with Channel4.com’s Mike Rutherford on a variety of subjects ranging from his love of MG’s to how GM has matched Toyota in build quality. But most interesting to us is his comments about the Corvette. “…best sports car in the world” Being reminded that he said the same about the Viper over a decade ago when he was employed by Dodge, Lutz responds:

“Corvette is dead easy to drive and has a better power-to-weight ratio. The Z06 version is the absolute killer car. I think it’s going to boggle minds when people drive that thing with its aluminum chassis, carbon fibre body panels and all. So yeah, Corvette is a solid hit.”
This is a great article to read if you’re interested in knowing more about the man that probably has the most influence over the future development of the Corvette. Click here for The World According to Bob…part one at Channel4.com Via: LeftLaneNews.com
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Podcast: Corvette Racing Ready for LeMans

by Keith Cornett on May 23, 2006

For the 5th consecutive year at Mid-Ohio, Corvette Racing’s C6.R’s finished 1-2 in the GT1 Class. But for Corvette Racing the bigger news is that both cars finished without a scratch and now, as GM Road Racing Group Manager Steve Wesoloski tells us, the nightmare begins as the team packs up everything they need and heads to France for the 74th running of the 24 Hours of LeMans on June 17. Will Corvette continue its winning ways at LeMans? Listen to Steve talk about Corvette Racing and LeMans in an audio podcast available from GM’s Fast Lane Blog. Steve brings a unique perspective to Corvette Racing as he is also a member of the C6.R Pit Crew. Visit the GM Fast Lane Blog or Download the MP3.
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2006 Corvette Model Year Ending

by Keith Cornett on May 21, 2006

The 2006 Corvette model year is wrapping up. The final day for dealers to access 2006 Corvette orders will be Tuesday, May 23rd. No additional 2006 orders may be accepted or changed after that date. Dealers should be receiving their final allocations of the 2006 model year. June 26 is slated to be the last production date of the 2006 model. 2007 Production orders are now being accepted. Click here to view the
2007 Corvette Ordering Guide (.pdf) Source: Ken Fichtner’s Newsletter

Noted automotive consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. released the results of their annual Owner Satistaction survey and the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette won Best in Class for the Sports car category. The Hyundai Azera was named the Top Car while the Lincoln Navigator won the Top Truck award. In addition to the Corvette, GM has two other models win their categories. Cadillac CTS was #1 in Entry Luxury and the Chevrolet Silverado HD was #1 in Large, Heavy Duty Trucks.

“Owners of the new C6 Chevrolet Corvette return the car to the top of the Sports Car category with a decisive class-winning performance for 2006. The new Corvette is perhaps the best value in the entire Sports Car arena. The C6 Corvette is a more satisfying car than any previous Corvette — great styling, more finesse, super performance, great handling and a more supple ride. Still immediately identifiable as a Corvette, the C6 is clearly new across the board.” said George Peterson of AutoPacific.
In addition to identifying segment winners, VSA also establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market. This results from calculating owner satisfaction across 44 specific areas related to a vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. The 2006 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired September 2005 through January 2006. Click here for full results of the survey. Image Credit: CorvetteImages.com
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Video: Top Gear Reviews Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 16, 2006

Leave it to Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear to completely miss the point of the new Z06 Corvette. The first clip has Jeremy driving the Z06 on their test course and from the looks of it, he couldn’t be happier than throwing the Vette through a couple of 1.2 + lateral G curves, or from a dead stop he puts the car in 5th gear and goes from 0-175 mph before he has to back it down because he is out of runway. The second clip has the Corvette in the Top Gear studio and this is where Clarkson misses the point. He complains the car is unmanageable off the track and “…the ride is awful, the engine sounds like it’s being fuelled by spanners, it’s too wide, it will shake your bones to dust and the gearbox feels like it’s out of a tractor.” Jeremy, while the above description is certainly not as bad as you portray (or perhaps your English roads are just quite up to the par of American roads), that experience is why you spend the $25K more for the Z06 than a regular Coupe. The Z06 even ranks 12 on your Power Lap board, all this for just £60,000. What’s amazing is that the only thing you didn’t bash was the interior. And one last thing, jeremy. It’s pronouced ‘Zee-Oh-Six’, not ‘Zed-Oh-Six.’




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Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2 at Houston

by Keith Cornett on May 15, 2006

Corvette Racing took first and second place in the GT1 class and were second and third overall in the Lone Star Grand Prix. The #4 Corvette driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin finished just ahead of the #3 Corvette piloted by Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. The win was made even more impressive due to 176 pound weight penalty over the Aston Martin team. Motorsport.com is featuring a review of the race by #4 Corvette Oliver Gavin:

I followed Johnny for 1hour 15 minutes out of my time in the car (98 minutes) and was almost mesmerized sitting behind him. He was driving brilliantly in the No. 3 car, and he didn’t make a mistake, not one inch. It couldn’t have been any closer between us and the Aston Martins.
The next challenge for Corvette Racing will be the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio May 19-21 in Lexington, Ohio.
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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on May 12, 2006

With summer just a month away, now is the time to find that Corvette you’ve been dreaming about and there is no better place to find Corvettes for sale than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our May Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available:

1954 Convertible
$65,000
1967 Convertible
$57,900
1982 CE Coupe
$13,000
 
1996 CE Coupe
$23,500
2002 Z06
$32,100
2006 Coupe
$57,220
Interested in receiving the Featured Corvettes newsletter? Click here to subscribe. Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
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