The Corvette is the quickest car we've tested. Powered by a strong 345-hp, 5.7-liter V8 engine, it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds, almost a second and a half faster than the next quickest, the Porsche Boxster. The Corvette is also relatively roomy for a sports car, and is one of the few that can accommodate tall people. It can also accommodate a pair of golf bags in the trunk.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
NA
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
NA
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
2001
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2002
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2003
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2005
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC available in 2000, standard from 2001. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Corvette is the quickest car we've tested. Powered by a strong 345-hp, 5.7-liter V8 engine, it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds, almost a second and a half faster than the next quickest, the Porsche Boxster. The Corvette is also relatively roomy for a sports car, and is one of the few that can accommodate tall people. It can also accommodate a pair of golf bags in the trunk. Handling is nimble and secure, braking is excellent, and the ride is tolerable. On the down side, the interior fittings don't have a quality look or feel, and the top is a nuisance to operate.

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 5.7-liter V8 (345 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Chevrolet Corvette owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player will not read or play any CD that I insert. Problem developed gradually over past year, going from working as expected to intermittently working to not working at all. Attempted to clean the read head with no result"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"When damp, the display 'goes wacky' unreadable until it dries out"

Gerard F., BC (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"Radio tuner switch between AM and FM is intermittent. It operates correctly occasionally"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"radio puts out a squeeling sound when turned on, therefore I rarely use it"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Speakers

"Rear speakers started buzzing loudly - i disconnected them"

Gerard F., BC (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Can't see display during daylight hours. Fair to poor at night"

James L., OH (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"the steering lock mechanism had to be repaired. the steering wheel locked in place and I installed a bypass circuit"

W R., ON (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"I think this is the root cause for the intermittent failures of ABS and ESC. As noted, replacement parts are no longer available. I think the vehicle should be subject to a safety recall"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Gauges

"Many of the gauges shorted out. The heads up display, the outside temperature gauge, the cd player"

Bill H., IN (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"The corvet is a1992 You didn't have the right yr. Driver side head light pump clicked and made a lot of noise when it rotated.Sent it to be fixed this winter works now"

Judy C., NE (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I can't keep the right front turn signal light working. They have tried to fix it 4 times now. It shorts out"

Bill H., IN (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Had to replace three"

William K., KY (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C still worked but was leaking oil from the compressor. I decided to replace it before it seized up and stopped working. It had been leaking for over a year but was beginning to leak more"

Robert R., TX (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Compressor failed after 4 years"

Kelly G., SC (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"The vet is a 1992 ,which you wouldnt let me choose for a yr.The airconditioner went out this last month.I had them replace it with a new one"

Judy C., NE (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Don't know much to tell you about except that my air conditioner leaked coolant over the winter storage time"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan Speed control, contacts at switch poor. Ventilation only works on "High""

Jay D., GA (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Diagnosed as rear main seal problem or valve cover gaskets. Have not repaired"

Robert P., AZ (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"It's a very slow leak. I don't think it can be repaired"

Jonathan S., OH (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Oil pan had to be replaced because the plug hole was stripped. That was a $1600 fix"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"Replaced harmonic balancer"

Tony P., GA (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Harmonic balancer came apart"

D H., CA (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"the abs light comes on when started cold. Once engine is warm, if I turn off ignition and then restart engine, the abs light does not come on and the abs system works normally"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Calipers

"Wore out"

Ron E., TX (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Cracked rotors-2"

T B., OR (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors warped on a long trip on turnpike. Caused by stability control problems"

John G., NY (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"I replaced the water pump"

Doug S., CO (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Convertible to leaks in heavy rain. Have replaced all the weather stripping, some pieces of which don't fit tightly together when the top is up"

Kelly G., SC (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Water leakage between the removeable top and drivers window. Weather stripping is a ridiculous $300 to replace"

David S., NY (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"passenger window tends to drip when raining. some aero noise when driving past 60mph. Must say this is the best car I've ever owned"

Donald J., FL (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Leaks water (rain) at front left of top. Have replaced all the sealing rubber, but the weather strip on top of the driver's window -- brand new and expensive -- still leaks. I can't drive this car in heavy rain without getting wet inside"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Rubber seal around rear hatch failed. Allows water to leak in"

James L., OH (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmission leaked oil because there are no gaskets between transmision housing and differential housing, only liquid seals which have dried out, hence caused oil leak"

Rolf S., IN (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"Both the ESC and ABS are failing intermittently, but GM no longer has replacement parts available. They have been uncooperative on finding an alternative, so I have an unsafe vehicle with seriously diminished resale value. Unless and until this is resolved, no more GM purchases"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"A tiny leak in the sensing line caused the "engine light" to come on. Apparently they ere able to bypass the problem"

John S., FL (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Small leak caused by crack in seam at the top edge of the radiator"

Tony P., GA (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeled; repainted twice, and continues to peel"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Repeated breakage of the weld between the flange and pipe at the muffler end. I have had both sides welded at two different times"

David S., NY (2000 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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