2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 6.2 LS V8 from North America
I waited my whole life for grief ??
It was a retirement dream for me to own a 2 seat sports car; my favorite being the Corvette. It turned into a nightmare with these specific problems.
Strong gas smell in car. There are a couple of reasons for this, but mine can't seem to be fixed properly.
Interior is a rattle trap due to cheap materials.
Broken bushing on the shifter cable. Had the car towed because it would go into reverse only. This was the most recent problem.
Under heavy acceleration the air bag light comes on. I won't even bother having this issue looked at.
Another transmission problem was that the "propeller shaft bolt" came loose and screwed up the bearing inside the torque tube. Lucky enough I caught the noise in time before more damage could happen, and it was a month before the powertrain warranty expired. All the other repairs were out of pocket at the dealership, because independent private owned shops don't want to touch these cars.
I love the car, but wouldn't recommend it. Very hard to get in and out of. Dealer repairs are not cheap. It's not like I rag on this car. It's only a part time fun car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th November, 2017
27th Nov 2017, 11:50
I recall the 150.00 oil changes on the manual trans Grand Sport. However it got the desirable hand built engine vs an automatic. If you complain, you should buy a very simple 4 quart car. Just a random comment. Who would want an automatic sports car? The dry sump system took a special high pressure oil filter and around 4 quarts more oil vs the automatic. Plus 2 drain plugs. The battery was also relocated in the rear. Mine was one of the last C6 off the assembly line. I use to do my own very easy oil changes on the C3-C5, but not this one. Did not have any of the issues you described.
Tires last around 15,000 miles, even with moderate driving. I had the dealer change the alignment to more street use. Most I knew switched to Michelin Pilots vs replacing the Goodyear’s. The tires in the Z06 and Grand Sport are enormous. Great grip and very forgiving at high speed. It’s very easy to speed well into the triple digits if not watchful.
I had the 4LT which few ordered over the 3LT as it added another 10 grand for more of an interior upgrade. Full leather. Half the options I didn’t use like heated seats as it wasn’t used Winters. I kept my exhaust mostly on wild mode; sounded better than the Sirius radio. These are fun cars. One of my friends took his anniversary model on a round trip across the USA and loved it.
There is an easy way for entry by the way. Turn sideways when seating. Easy. The wide body and flat floor are better than early Vettes. Convertibles are easiest. I had a lot of fun with mine, but like anything else, you sometimes like a change.