[VIDEO] 2020 Corvette Owner Documents Ill-Fitting Panels and Other Quality Control Issues


[VIDEO] 2020 Corvette Owner Documents Ill-Fitting Panels and Other Quality Control Issues

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.

[VIDEO] 2020 Corvette Owner Documents Ill-Fitting Panels and Other Quality Control Issues

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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  1. OMG!!!!! Are you freaking kidding me!!!!
    DAMN, GM!!!!!

  2. Never, never buy the first year of a new design model. Don’t care where it is made. Stuff happens. Yes, you will get lots of attention with the first year of a new model but be ready for issues!! Daddy has warmed you.

  3. Sooo…this is the guy who bought the one base C8! ;^)

    That front fender would bather me too.

  4. I’m wondering if it has something to do with the frame, flexing and twisting under hard cornering.?. It might come off the assembly line, and its ok. But take it out to the track or just doing some “spirited” driving, starts twisting things out of shape. Just a thought, since in the Corvette C8 early development, there was some talk of chassis twisting.

  5. With the majority our beloved GM employees out out work for who know how long, may I suggest we take a deep breath and appreciate the fact we can buy a sports car that can absolutely kick ass and take names. We haven’t even seen the Z06 yet…can’t wait as I’m on Conti’s waiting list. I’m sure these anecdotal issues will be resolved, GM will make things right. In the mean time for me…back to lock down with my gorgeous bride of 30 years, I’m a lucky man. God Bless!!! JB

  6. I would have never left the showroom with a car that obvious issues and it was insane that he didn’t try working with the dealership to get his concerns resolved.

  7. This is the (FIRST) year. All of us that weren’t born last night should know first are apt to have problems, no matter how much manufacturers try to make them perfect. The scratch on the back of the info center? Now who would think of looking at it while open? Now, if these same issues are not fixed during the 2021 models, then GM has a problem.

  8. I’m the proud owner of C-8 #422. It’s my 21st vette, took museum delivery at BG March 17 (St a patty’s day), excellent experience of a lifetime, I’m sorry to see the young man point out issues. We are thrilled with our 8, and opposite to his issues, ours is PERFECT. After owning a ‘68, I can understand first issue “issues”. A conscientious dealer would’ve caught these imperfections. I’m totally confident and have absolutely no buyers remorse, wish I’d have gotten two!

  9. That front fascia issue is typical of the aftermath of a minor impact… Not necessarily an assembly issue. Clearly the info screen IS a QC problem with somebody purposefully marking the screen as unacceptable at some point. The rear hatch gap is just some anal handwringing along with somebody closing the door on the seat belt. I am pretty certain the Dealer will happily and easily be rectifying all the issues. You want to see really poor body assembly QC go check out a McLaren…the WORST!!!

  10. Tesla has panel gaps that are a mile wide and nobody complains about them! And those vehicles are quite expensive for what they are. First model year cars always have issues, so to avoid that wait and buy the later model years. The C8 is still an awesome car regardless of these minor issues.

  11. Thanks for sharing. I am waiting on my first corvette. The dealer called and said it was time to place my order for my Z51 convertible. He told me I could not get the museum delivery if I placed my order at that time. I told him I would wait for the next allocation and then the virus struck. I hope that if I can get the museum delivery that my Vette will be gone over very carefully.

  12. I don’t think this guy is “anal” and we should thank him for pointing out where to look for defects when we get our own C8s (if ever). We could have hoped that GM quality control for this car, of which GM seems so proud, would be better than it had been in the past, and maybe it is, with the panel-fit defects occurring possibly post-factory. But misalignment of trunk and hood lids was always a common problem with US cars, and the kind of thing the Japanese were very careful about when they started to import cars here, and still are. So that, at least, looks like a factory QC problem. The lesson is to check your car really carefully–now, starting with the panel fit–before leaving the dealership. I wonder whether there are facilities at the Museum to fix these things on-site–if not, that would be an argument against museum delivery until 100% QC can be assured.

  13. Union workers, some just don’t care. Grandfathers new 58 Buick had rattle in a door, it was a milk bottle from the line .

  14. @Eric Ervin


  15. When I took delivery of my 19 Stingray I walked around it several times and found no issues. When I got it home I spent a couple of days detailing it. Going over every inch of the car several times and was impressed at it’s perfect condition inside and out. After making several years of the C7 they got the quality way up there. The total disruption of the C8 process, and the fact it’s a first year model doesn’t surprise me. I think there will be more serious problems that will rear it’s ugly head as time goes on (like warped dash panels, oil leaking out of motor mounts). I have considered a C8, but I’ll wait a few years.

  16. Daniel. I agree with you. I bought a 2011 A06/Z07 and watched the build. I was very impressed with every UAW worked that touched my car. The 2 guys that dropped the engine into the body could not have been nicer. The car was PERFECT in every way and I am very particular about my cars. I am waiting for the 2nd year of the C8 Z06.

  17. Too bad this millenial kid didn’t see the Pontiacs and Buicks that I had to deliver around 1962.
    QC barely existed so long as the car ran out the door.
    On a brand new car for $65000. that’s not much to complain about. $365000. I’d complain.


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