The Corvette provides abundant torque and power on demand. It also sounds invigorating when pushed. Both a comfortable cruiser and an exciting sports car, it has a roomy interior and the optional power convertible top is simple to use. Handling is capable with the standard suspension, but steering is light and lacks feedback, which undermines agility.
Alerts
There are 5 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.
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.
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2011
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2012
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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.
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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 provides abundant torque and power on demand. It also sounds invigorating when pushed. Both a comfortable cruiser and an exciting sports car, it has a roomy interior and the optional power convertible top is simple to use. Handling is capable with the standard suspension, but steering is light and lacks feedback, which undermines agility.

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
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 6-liter V8 (400 hp)
  • 7-liter V8 (505 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Chevrolet Corvette owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Total cost of repair was nearly $1000.00 at dealership"

Joe C., CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)
Headlights

"Craving of lenses"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

"Low beam failed. Shortly afterward, a recall was issued for headlight issues. I was reimbursed for the $400 headlight replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

"There was a recall for some of these models that indicated the wiring could cause failure of the headlights"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

"Lights used to come on automatically, when needed. No longer. Now, just parking lights. When leaving a well lit parking lot, the sudden dark is a reminder to turn knob to put on headlights"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base Unsure)

"this was a recall on headlight wiring harness was fixed by dealer n/c"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog lens blacking up"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"trans cable broke, unable to select any gear"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"The trans leak occurred about a year ago at about 72000 miles. There was no leakage on the garage floor, just a slight oil appearance along several inches of the transmission case where a seal apparently was starting to deteriorate. The Chevrolet dealer said the seal was deteriorating because I was NOT driving enough miles to keep the seal from starting to dry out. New seal cost was $2000. Great car. I'd buy another"

Robert H., CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Sometimes when shifting, transmission seems to go into neutral like it's not sure what gear it should be in. This happens most frequently if you are slowing down and then put your foot on the gas"

Neil B., CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"engine failed and had to be replaced at 10,000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 7.0-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Harmonic Balancer...crankshaft pulley...mechanic says a common problem that occurs betwee 45K and 55K miiles. If thats the case it should be a recall item, if not replaced a very costly repair"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-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

Radio

"Tuning preset buttons stopped working. Not repairable. Radio replaced with reconditioned factory unit"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

"Intermittently there is no sound at all from the audio system, not from the GPS or radio. Powering off and back on or turning the car off and back on doesn't fix it. Then it will suddenly fix itself and work perfectly for days or weeks, then fail"

Neil B., CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Cracked hose fitting required radiator replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)
Overheating

"The module that controls the cooling fan failed, which caused the engine to seriously overheat when sitting still for any length of time"

Don M., AR (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-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

Power steering leaks

"Power steering pump failed and needed to be replaced at 38000 miles, too"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"right rear leaf spring broke"

James M., TX (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Locked in on coldest setting and had to have the module replaced for $300"

Mike G., TX (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior door panel rattles"

Dave K., CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-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 gauge/sender

"Total cost to repair was over $2000.00"

Joe C., CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-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

Alternator

"Service engine light came on. Dealer said the alternator had to be replaced. Only 35,000 miles on the car. Then it happened again at 38,000, 2nd alternator"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Two bolts broken in the exhaust manifold required extraction and replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"noise from clutch"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-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)

"Sometimes during hard braking or on rough surfaces, a light on the dash comes on. It appears intermittent. The dealer "reflashed" some memory, but the problem comes back intermittent"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"Original brakes squeel and squeek -- no problem is ever found"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base 6.0-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.

Body Integrity

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

Engine Minor

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

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