I hate to run these stories that detail build quality issues on the new C8 Corvette, but Corvette owners deserve better than this.
We commend Chevrolet and workers at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for their work on the new 2020 Corvette and the truth of the matter is that quality has improved over the last few years. Recently, the most glaring issues regarding the exterior paint were solved by GM after the construction of a state-of-the-art facility for painting the Corvette’s composite body panels.
And while we have no indication that these kinds of fit-and-finish issues are wide-spread, it’s important at this juncture to point out these flaws wherever they occur so that when the assembly plant reopens, they can be addressed before any more new Corvettes are assembled.
Our friends at The Daily Downshift have detailed some examples of quality control issues on their Sebring Orange 1LT Corvette Stingray, and it’s the same old issue of panel alignment on key areas of the car.
Like many Corvettes with alignment issues we saw during the previous C7 generation, the panel alignment around the front headlight is off and once seen, it’s impossible to unsee. The headlight doesn’t sit as flush as it should, and it looks like the panels are showing some wear from they are touching above the wheel. Around the back of the car, there is a very noticeable panel gap on the driver’s side where the rear hatch and the rear fascia meet.
Inside the car, the owners point out a black spot on their Sebring Orange seatbelt, and in that case, they believe they should be able to clean that spot themselves. The one other area that we are shown is the back of the 12-inch infotainment screen which sticks up over the dash. When you look at the back housing of the infotainment screen through the front windshield, you can see a very large scratch in the black plastic.
The 2020 Corvette Stingray is a modern marvel of machinery, and while many might shrug off these visible imperfections and say that’s what you get with a $60K car made in America, you would hope that those building the new Corvettes would be looking extra close at fit-and-finish and have a process to fix those issues at the plant before they are sent out, as well as having a process at the dealers to correct those cars that are delivered with existing fitment issues.
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