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Newly Delivered Corvette Z06 Suffers Engine Failure at 52 Miles
By: Keith Cornett Dec 26, 2022
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[VIDEO] Newly Delivered Corvette Z06 Suffers Engine Failure at 52 Miles - Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle (corvetteblogger.com)


A new Corvette Z06 owner had the unfortunate experience of having to get his new car towed after it broke down while he was on the way home with just 52 miles on the odometer. He made a video discussing his problems that clocks in at a little under a half-hour.

The video opens with him at a California Chevrolet dealership where he takes delivery of his Black Corvette Z06, which he calls a Christmas present. Then it cuts to a dash display showing a check engine light with 52 miles on the odometer. He rants a bit about dealing with OnStar, who originally wanted to charge him for the tow, and he couldn’t tow the car that night back to the dealership because they lock down the gates after hours.

The owner says the car was making a rattling noise as he explained that he had the salesman in the car when the sound first became noticeable. He says that the salesman was kind enough to drive the owner’s C8 Stingray back to the owner’s construction yard 20 minutes away. Then the owner gave him a ride back to the dealership in the C8Z, and it was on his return trip home when the car became inoperable.

Once the tow truck arrives, we see the car on the flatbed, and then it’s dropped off at the owner’s construction yard. It’s then that the car is started by the owner’s “trusty mechanic,” and we get our first listen to the mechanical issue as we see smoke coming from the tailpipes.

The video cuts again back to the owner, who is now home, and he goes through his issues once again.

There are some questions regarding this screenshot showing his Trip 1 odometer with 52.4 miles, an average speed of 18.7 MPH, and an average fuel economy of just 8.5 MPG. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on whether or not the car revved hard during that drive back and forth to the dealership. Chevy will know that once they do their diagnostic work on it, and hopefully, this will be easily explainable.

The owner wraps up his talk by saying he doesn’t want to bash Chevrolet for this experience either, but that he’s done with this new Z06, and he plans to go back to his original plan of supercharging his Stingray.

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We’ll be watching his YouTube channel to see if there are any updates.
 

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Lots of questionable content in that video. He says the car was making those noises when he took delivery, but if you listen at the beginning of the video it sounds fine. None of us know what went wrong, or what might have happened that lead to the failure. Hopefully, when he finds out more, he'll continue to report on it.

Also lots of stupidity by repeatedly starting the engine even after something broke. If he's dumb enough to do that, he might be the cause of the issue, too. We need to wait for more data before we decide there's a major issue with the LT6.

As for criticizing customer care, he's the one who decided he wasn't going to let OnStar arrange for the tow, and had it towed on his own. Now that it's at the dealer HE chose, let's see what they find.
 

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UPDATE 1/5/2023: Owner Of 52-Mile 2023 Corvette Z06 With Blown Engine Will Keep The Car
Owner Of C8 Corvette Z06 With Blown Engine Will Keep The Car (gmauthority.com)
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Just last week, GM Authority covered the story of a 2023 Corvette Z06 owner who experienced a total engine failure with a mere 52 miles on the clock of his brand-new sports car. The owner posted a video to social media that detailed his experience, and now, the owner has posted a follow-up about what he’s going to do with the car moving forward.

According to the video, the owner met with the dealer that sold him the 2023 Corvette Z06 in question to discuss the options. The dealer listed out a number of different possibilities, including a full refund, as well as offering the next allocation to build a new Z06 to the customer’s spec. However, a new allocation was estimated to take roughly six months to complete, so instead, the owner decided to go with option three and fix his original vehicle.

Of course, fixing the 2023 Corvette Z06 will take some time as well, as according to the owner, the parts to do so are not immediately available. Unsurprising, given the ongoing supply shortages and huge demand for the new mid-engine Z06. That said, it was estimated that fixing the original car would take just two months, as compared to the six required to take delivery of a new build allocation, so at least there’s that.

In addition to fixing his new car, the owner is also set to receive a discount on the vehicle, as well as a free 100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper extended warranty. According to the video, the owner managed to negotiate a larger discount than what was originally offered.

Although not ideal, it looks as though the dealer made the best of a bad situation. As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette Z06 features the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Under the body panels is the GM Y2 platform, with production taking place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.
 

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Well, it is good that they found a solution on which everyone could agree.
 
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