2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 6.2 LS V8 from North America

Summary:

I waited my whole life for grief ??

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

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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.

27th Nov 2017, 14:56

Sounds like the previous owner beat on it a bit too hard. It's lived a hard life despite the low mileage.

27th Nov 2017, 20:25

Likely needs a new fuel filter. I had that issue with my C5. Saw it weeping on the left rear side. Just for conversation, that’s where the exhaust is located. Directly behind it.

28th Nov 2017, 15:05

It seems like you feel insulted that the reviewer had reliability problems, purchased an automatic and has trouble getting in and out of the car.

My opinion.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 6.2 V8 from North America

Summary:

Fast. Flawed. Worth it

Faults:

Loose and rattling trim.

Targa roof leaks occasionally.

General Comments:

I bought this Corvette during the GM employee pricing event, since it was over $20k cheaper than list.

The 6.2 V8 LS3 unit is one of the best engines out there; bulletproof, sounds great, loads of power and torque, and will handle almost unlimited tweaks.

Now, why can't Chevrolet build a Corvette interior to do that engine justice? The dash appears to have come out of a Daewoo, with cheap, crappy, ill fitting plastics everywhere, buttons that feel like they will break if you even look at them, and a LCD dash display that looks to have been copied from a Citroen I had about 15 years ago.

The air conditioning could be better too; with the engine so close, it does get more than a little hot in the cabin on sunny days; it would better to have air conditioning that didn't feel like an asthmatic midget blowing on you through a straw from inside the dash.

Those gripes aside, the Corvette is an absolute hoot to drive, with blistering acceleration, decent handling in sport mode (though expect to pay for dental repairs after using this, as your teeth will spend most of their time being jarred together every time you hit even the slightest of bumps), and a semi-auto that responds as well as any non-dual clutch system out there.

The head-up display works well (though the G-meter is a bit gimmicky), and I never get tired of the burbling snarl that accompanies a quick jab on the push button start.

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Review Date: 19th January, 2012

20th Jan 2012, 09:08

So you know, I stopped reading after I saw Semi-automatic. Good luck to you, as you'll never experience a true 2nd gear pull on the highway.

20th Jan 2012, 11:11

I saw some fantastic matched aftermarket seats and interior at the all Corvette show Nov 6 at Lenape Park in West Chester Pa. The price of the new power seats a mere 7k; similar to the European exotics. Best leather seats I ever sat in and great bolsters. The vendor there had matched stitched door and dash components, which matches the exotics when you are buying new. Usually the first upgrades are intakes, then exhaust, wheels, new calipers and on and on.