This iteration of the Corvette was the quickest car we'd tested. Powered by a strong 350-hp, 5.7-liter V8 engine, it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.9 seconds. The Corvette is also relatively roomy for a sports car and one of the few that can accommodate tall people. It can also hold a pair of golf bags in the trunk. Handling is accomplished and secure, braking is excellent and the ride is tolerable.
Alerts
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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.
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
NA
2003
2004
2005
NA
2006
2007
2008
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
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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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2005
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2006
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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

This iteration of the Corvette was the quickest car we'd tested. Powered by a strong 350-hp, 5.7-liter V8 engine, it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.9 seconds. The Corvette is also relatively roomy for a sports car and one of the few that can accommodate tall people. It can also hold a pair of golf bags in the trunk. Handling is accomplished and secure, braking is excellent and the ride is tolerable. On the down side, interior fittings don't have a quality look or feel and the convertible 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
2-door hatchback
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 5.7-liter V8 (350 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (405 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Chevrolet Corvette owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Car leaks water and every time it rains, the car is wet on the inside. I have had the weather stripping replaced, still leaks. They have been unable to stop the leaks"

Gary W., TX (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7-L V8)

"Drivers door window at top leaks because of the remvovable top. Road noise from different pavement because of fiberglass body"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leaked into car compartment. Seals replaced, still leaks water when it rains"

Gary W., TX (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7-L V8)

"Weather seals around the front windows have deteriorated over time and factory replacements are not available. Aftermarket replacements are poor quality and do not properly fit so were not installed. There is notable air leakage when driving especially at highway speeds. The seals are in such poor condition that the interior get wet even hand washing the vehicle and if driven in a rain both passenger and driver will get very wet."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Weather-stripping where top, windshield post and glass meet leaks in any kind of rain. Rain leaks on to the seats and floor with mold forming in a very short period."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"Passenger window has wind noise at speeds over 70 mph"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"The gaskets need to be replaced. The car was not taken good car of"

Anonymous, VA (2004 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"DRL"s/directional lights take on water and short out. These lights on both sides have now been replaced three times each"

J M., FL (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"front right turn signal light goes bad about every two years."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Headlights

"Headlight gear is made of cheap plastic rather than metal. When this plastic gear breaks/wears the head lights do not pop up. These headlight gears on both right and left side have been replaced three times"

J M., FL (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"I love the tire pressure monitors except for the left rear monitor continually reads lower that all the others. When check with an external gauge it reads higher than the monitor. Same with new tires or old tires. Service center checked and says i"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Replaced clutch and hydraulic throw-out assembly due to transmission already being replaced. Original items were still serviceable"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Loss of reverse gear while driving forward, Required replacement of transmission due to internal damage"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"I only have ONE Corvette.Don't understand the duplicate questions."

Robert H., VA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"3rd.gear and OD failure.I'm told this is a common problem with this version of CHEVROLET trannys."

Robert H., VA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Had to replace all 4 shocks/struts... $5,000.00"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"Had to replace all 4 shocks and it cost almost $8,000"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Tie rods

"tie rods needed to be replaced"

Linda M., TX (2004 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

"minor oil dripping, probably from old oil pan gaskets"

Phillip L., TX (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"The car is 15 yrs old and there are multiple oil leaks from various places. Wish I could afford to completely rebuild the engine"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)

"The rear cover plate on the engine apparently is porous and allows oil to seep out getting both the engine bottom and transmission wet with oil. Other possible sources of an oil leak have been eliminated. GM is aware of the porous issue with the rear engine cover plate and their solution is to clean up the oil and then coat the exterior of the plate with RTV Silicon. Unfortunately the cost of labor to access the rear engine plate is huge as transmission and differential must be removed to get to the leak."

Anonymous, CT (2004 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

Normal routine brake wear

"Brake wear was discovered during routine vehicle inspection. Also have issue with anti-skid indicator light notification. It does not interfere with operation."

Sam R., AZ (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes seem to wear out quickly in this car"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 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

Fuel pump

"Major fuel pump failure - fixed by recall"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine light came on. Took it to my non-dealer garage for diagnosis. One of the diaphrams in one of the 2 v8 banks was stuck with carbon buildup. replaced both sides, no problems sine that"

Kimber A., CT (2004 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Replaced the linkage cable"

Robert S., FL (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Base 5.7-L V8)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Clutch pedal stuck to floor. Both master and slave cylinders had to be replaced"

Robert D., NC (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7-L V8)

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

Display screen goes blank

"Dual Climate control display screen was blank. I learned that this is a common problem. The resistors on a circuit board develop solder cracks and need to be resoldered to the board. Very involved removing the climate control module to get it repaired. Very time consuming and car could not be driven with the dash board and center console removed"

James K., AZ (2004 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

Mirrors

"DRIVERS SIDE ANTI REFLECTIVE COATING BEGAN TO WEAR OUT, OR WEAR OFF OVER A FEW MONTHS TIME MAKING NIGHT DRIVE INTERESTING"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery needed to be replaced. Died"

John H., AZ (2004 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)

"LEFT REAR QUARTER PAINT FADED SLIGHTLY"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine temp went up to 235 degrees when stuck in traffic. Cooled back to normal when started moving"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Have not diagnosed the issue, but I feel I currently smell exhaust in the cabin"

Dick D., CA (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 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.

Engine Major

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

Climate System

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

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