Chevy rolled out their long-awaited Corvette C8, and owners are enjoying having one of them in their collection. With all the great features it comes with, there are still a few hiccups found with some of those delivered early. Some issues are small and only experienced by one or very few owners. Others are annoying, and frustrated owners express their distaste as they expected more for the money they spent.
Flaws that might be from rushing to get to production
The Chevy C8 Corvette has a look of perfection when it comes to sports cars. However, every once in a while, some small problems come up that mar the look of an expensive vehicle. The C8 has two such issues that have many drivers wondering if they’re not the result of a hurried installation job to get a product out the door for customers.
One is a screw that holds the wheel well liner in place. The production crew might have placed the screw incorrectly, or they may have used too long of a bolt. The screw sticks out just enough to scrape the paint off the driver’s door when it’s opened up all the way. It may be one little nitpick, but still, if you spend a lot of money on a car, you expect to get perfection.
Another issue that mars the look of an expensive car has to do with the stitching found in the interior, as explained by TheDrive.com. The stitches you see on the dash and the seat covers are two popular places for the waviness owners complained about. The stitches look like installers stitched them in a hurry, which makes the interior look terrible. It’s hard to show off your prize to others when you see crumpled areas from poor stitching jobs.
When the car seems almost haunted
The C8 Corvette is full of sophisticated technology. Sometimes, things happen, and the Corvette takes on a life of its own; parts are operating without any interaction from the driver. One such case lies with the passenger power window.
Power windows have been around for a long time. They’re meant to open and close at the user’s discretion, but the Corvette C8 has power windows that take things one step further. One owner reported on the Corvette Forum that the window would go up and down on its own while they were driving down the road. The forum only has one owner reporting it, but it’s still worth noting in case you’re debating whether to buy a Corvette C8 for yourself.
Another incident reported on the same forum was with a driver that experienced their horn going off seemingly by itself. Sometimes it would operate with very light finger pressure that wasn’t actually meant for the horn. The owner that reported it took it into the shop, and the technicians figured out that the problem came from an incorrectly installed airbag in the steering wheel underneath the horn pad. Once they removed the airbag and pad and reinstalled them correctly, the issue disappeared.
Noticeable defects with the design of the Chevy Corvette C8
Two complaints that have come up are due to the design of the Chevy Corvette C8. The first one, reported by the GM Authority, became popular due to a YouTube video of one Corvette owner who merely expressed his surprise at the water pooling in the engine bay after he washed his car.
Other people trolled him in the comments section about there not being a leak like this in the C8. However, he never said that it was a leak, just that it surprised him that a fair amount of water dripped down into the engine bay right after he washed his car.
The other complaint, also reported by the GM Authority blog, was from an owner that became irritated by the color of the covering on the top of the dash. The light tan color of his C8 reflected the sunlight and cast an image onto the windshield on the driver’s side. The owner found it extremely distracting, obstructing, and just plain irritating to look at. He reported that he was looking for a way to cover that small section with a darker color, like black, that wouldn’t cast an awful reflection on the windshield.
The Corvette C8 continues to be a great sports car both in its performance and its appearance. Small issues like these will occur from time to time. Another one that has people irritated is the fact that some cars are on the resell market and are bringing in over $100,000. Paying a sum like that is questionable since the car will depreciate real fast as this Reddit thread explains. Overall, though, the price for an original is fair with all the bells and whistles Chevy offers.