1997 C5 Corvette

1997 Corvette Overview

For Corvette enthusiasts the world over, March 7, 1997 was a date that would be long remembered.  After the thirteen year production run of the C4, Chevrolet had declared this date as the day that the first all-new Corvette would be made available for-sale to the public.  Given the massive amount of fanfare that surrounded the arrival of the C5 Corvette, it was little wonder that there was such an overwhelming clamor for this amazing new variant of the legendary sports car.

Model: 1997 Corvette
Generation: C5 Corvette
Type: 2 Door Coupe
Available Colors: Arctic White, Sebring Silver Metallic, Nassau Blue Metallic, Black, Light Carmine Red Metallic, Torch Red, Fairway Green Metallic
Engine: LS1 346 C.I., 5.7 Litre V8
VIN: 1G1YY22G1V5100001 – 1G1YY22G9V5109707 (Corvette Coupe)
Transmission: 4-speed automatic (standard), 6 speed manual (optional)
Original Price: $37,495.00
Units Produced: 9,752
Specs: 1997 Corvette Spec List
1997 Corvette
The 1997 C5 Chevy Corvette

The arrival of the C5 had been announced some time earlier and there had certainly been plenty of information made available to consumers and enthusiasts alike long before its actual arrival.  The new Corvette was celebrated as “bringing a new level of sophistication to the franchise.”  Further, it was abundantly clear that this new Corvette was truly going to be unlike anything that had ever come before it.  While these types of catch-phrases were synonymous with the introduction of any new car – especially a sports car – there was a great deal of truth behind them, as would soon be discovered by the world over.”

1997 Corvette

To begin with, the C5 Corvette had a completely new look that was at once elegant, seductive, and a testament to the long lineage of sports cars that proceeded it.   As was stated by Interior Designer Jon Albert, “You won’t find a car in the Corvette’s price range that provides the same level of quality, power, ride, handling, and refinement.”   As Albert explained further “We designed the (C5) with a synchronous mindset.  We focused on individual goals, such as improved performance, reduced mass, and increased reliability, with the overall framework of the whole car.  We evaluated and balanced each charge so as to optimize the entire car.”

1997 Corvette Awards & Accolades

Autoweek “Best in Show” at the 1997 NAIAS,  American Women Motorscene “Most Likely to be Immortalized”, Motorweek “Driver’s Choice Award” for Best High-Performance Car Car, Csaba Csere claims “If, as they say, God is in the details, then this is the first holy Corvette.”

The C5 was longer and wider than its predecessor, but the relocation of the wheels to the corners of the car also aided in giving the C5 Corvette a very modern appearance.  The wheelbase had been increased from 96.2 inches to 104.5 inches, the overall length increased from 178.5 inches to 179.6 inches, the width increased from 70.7 inches to 73.6 inches, the height increased from 46.3 inches to 47.8 inches, and the track width had been extended 4.4 inches in the front and 2.9 inches at the rear.  These increases produced the aforementioned end result of placing the car’s wheels close to the corner of the Corvette’s chassis, which not only aided in the car’s contemporary appearance, but also produced enhanced stability and gave the car a roomier interior.

The 1997 C5 Corvette
The 1997 C5 Corvette was an almost entirely new design. Critics praised it as the most sophisticated and well thought-out Corvette to date.

The body of the car had been completely re-designed to be more aerodynamic that any of its older counterparts.  Even so, while the body styling was more swept back and the front hood and cowl were lowered to provide an additional 18 feet of forward visibility, the car was still unmistakably Corvette. Exemplifying the Corvette tradition started by Harley Earl 44 years earlier, the new Corvette’s entire body was still formed from a fiberglass-type material (specifically a flexible, sheet-molded composite compound) that, while more technically advanced than the materials used to craft the exterior of its C1 predecessor, still gave recognition to Corvette’s earliest days.  Also paying homage to the C1 Corvette was the appearance of the signature fender “gills” that were located just behind the front wheel well to draw off engine heat.  These gills are offset by a cove that runs along the length of the door, which was a feature first introduced on the 1956 Chevy Corvette.

DID YOU KNOW: Of all the innovations made during the development of the C5 Corvette, none was more significant than the development of the rear mounted transaxle. This design was considered after GM engineers observed the continued successes experienced by the Ferrari Daytona and the Porsche 944 (both of which use the same configuration). The primary goal of this design change was improved balance between the front and rear of the car. By moving the transaxle to the rear of the Corvette, GM engineers were able to achieve a 51% to 49% weight distribution, which is just about ideal for vehicle drivability and balance.

The windshield was designed to produce a steeper angle than any that came before it, adding to the swept back allure of the new Corvette’s signature design.  As with all previous generations (except the C1), the headlights were hidden away, giving the front end a smooth, airfoil-like appearance.  The front fascia featured a recessed grill on either side of the front license plate mounting area, and oval vents below the corner parking lights served as air ducts to help cool the front brakes.  The front hood also received a re-design and, while less intriguing than the C4 clamshell, the C5’s hood still opened from the front of the car, and because of reduced size and weight, was also much easier to open than its earlier counterpart.

 

The rear end, while shorter than its C4 predecessor, was actually designed to sit higher which helped in the reduction of drag while simultaneously opening up more internal cargo space – doubling the available space from the earlier generation to a total of 25 cubic feet.  Moreover, the effect of the redesign resulted in a coefficient of drag which was a reduction over previous generations.  With a coefficient of 0.29, it was improved even over the 1996 C4 Corvette, which had a coefficient of 0.33.

Other aspects of the new backend also featured trademarks that had become synonymous with Corvette.  the modestly convex rear fascia was finished with a distinctive horizontal crease beneath which four oval taillights were mounted.

1997 Corvette Rear
The 1997 Corvette Rear Fascia. Note the horizontal slots below the brake lights which aid in venting the exhaust system.

The rounded taillights, another throwback to the earliest Corvettes, gave the car an entire familiar appearance while still being a completely new design.

Subtle additions to the rear fascia also included horizontal slots below the brake lights which aided in venting muffler heat.

The exhaust system itself was wrapped to exit at the central point of the car’s rear end where two pairs of twin exhaust tips emerge, framed on three sides by the fascia.

1997 C5 Corvette Interior
The re-designed 1997 C5 Corvette Interior.

Like the exterior, the C5’s interior was an almost complete departure from all earlier-generation Corvettes.  The cockpit was bigger, roomier, and more thoughtfully designed.  The four-inch-tall doorsills of the C4 were eliminated, thanks to a newly designed frame.  The end result of the elimination of these side rails meant that C5 owners would find ingress and egress to be no problem whatsoever.

Another improvement was the increased head and body room inside the cockpit of the C5.  An extra 1.5 inches of head and shoulder room and an extra 3.4 inches of additional hip room aided in producing a “user-friendly” interior – a significant improvement to the C5 that had never been considered before.
Also like the exterior, the interior did include elements that were throwbacks to earlier generation Corvettes.  The dashboard itself was the definite inspiration of the C2 Corvette and it came complete with the “dual coves” that was introduced on the 19631967 Corvette.

Taking it a step further, the new dashboard design included a passenger’s grab handle.  The often-troublesome digital gauges that were synonymous with the C4 Corvette were converted back to conventional analog gauges.   These circular gauges were marked with ultra-violet-lit “day glo” backlight paint and were set on different planes providing drivers with an almost three-dimensional effect.  At night, when drivers flipped on the headlights, the “day-glo” paint was illuminated with black lights that would give the dashboard an almost “other worldly” glow that was both high tech in appearance and easy to read.

Other, more subtle changes/upgrades were included in the interior re-design.  As was part of the C5’s design initiative from the beginning, the interior received treatments that would give the new car’s interior a more sophisticated, more exclusive appearance.  Soft-touch pads replaced cheap plastic switchgear through the compartment.  The parking brake was now activated by a proper center console control arm instead of an inconvenient lever placed to the left of the driver’s seat (as had been the case on the C4.)  While the C4 Corvette was routinely criticized for its ever-present squeaks, rattles, vibrations, and its complete lack of sophistication, the C5’s new design was praised for its newfound rigidity, overall feeling of precision, and its major improvement to quality.

Beyond the new design, the car came packed with an entire array of standard features – some of which were reminiscent of the C4, while others were completely new and unique to the C5.  As with before, the C5 included a removable body color (painted) roof panel (although a blue-tinted glass panel could be substituted for an extra $650.00, or both could be ordered collectively for an additional $950.00).  Another significant feature to return for the C5 was the Bose audio system with an AM/FM/cassette head unit manufactured by Delco.  Leather seats were also included as a standard option, as was a proximity based keyless-entry system (a feature which, though common today, was still somewhat of a big deal in 1997.)

Other optional upgrades were made available to consumers who wanted to increase the “creature-comfort” level of their new Corvettes.  Some of these included dual-zone electronic air conditioning (a $365.00 upgrade), a remote 12-disc CD changer ($600.00), and a Memory package that remembered the driver’s preferred settings for  the outside mirrors, the climate-control system, the power seats, and the radio settings.  When fully loaded, this new Corvette had more features available to consumers than any other generation had offered before it.

"Exploded" view of the 1997 C5 Corvette's LS1 Small Block V-8 Engine.
“Exploded” view of the 1997 C5 Corvette’s LS1 Small Block V-8 Engine. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

But there was more to the Corvette than just the comforts of the cockpit or its ultra-sleek exterior.  It was built to perform with automobile contenders from around the world.

To start, the new Corvette was fitted with a newly designed, yet historically traditional pushrod, 16-valve small-block V8.

Designated as the LS1, this new engine delivered 345bhp (brake-horsepower) at 5,600rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 4,400rpm.

While the engine displacement was the same as the C4’s LT1, this 5.7 liter engine was constructed of aluminum instead of iron and was a more aggressive, more durable design than its predecessor.

Also a carry over from its predecessor, the LS1 shared the same time-honored “440” cylinder block layout (meaning 4.40 inches from bore center to bore center) and the familiar 5.7-liter displacement label. Specified to run on premium fuel and filled with synthetic oil from the factory, the new LS1 had to be carefully fitted into the body of the Corvette. In fact, the engine clearances were so minimal, the new oil pan that was mated to the LS1 engine was scarcely 5 inches deep, yet offered increased capacity and the ability to supply lubricant during even the most extreme cornering maneuvers.

1997 LS1 Corvette Engine
The 1997 LS1 Corvette Engine produced 345bhp at 5,600rpm and 350lb-ft of torque at 4,400rpm.

Even more impressive was the fact that this new 5.7 liter engine weighed 45 pounds less than the LT4 engine that it replaced, while still producing enough power to make it a serious contender against the former ZR1’s power plant.

Mated to the new LS1 engine was a standard, four-speed automatic transmission gearbox.  As with the C4 before it, a Borg-Warner six-speed manual transmission was offered for an additional $815.00 (although this transmission was a revised version of its previous generation’s counterpart.)

As with before, the new six-speed included the optional first-to-fourth Computer-Aided Gear Selection (CAGS) skip shifter.  While the linkages were more complex than before, the six speed transmission’s shift effort and feel were very reminiscent of the C4.

In an effort to increase the equal distribution of weight, the C5’s transmission was relocated to the rear of the car.  Located just in front of the rear axle, the transmission was mated to the LS1 engine via an aluminum tube which ran through an enclosed tunnel that formed a chassis backbone strong enough to reduce structural loads on the outboard frame rails.  Relocating the transmission to the rear axle produced the desired balancing result with a 51/49 percent weight distribution.  This equal distribution of weight would result in an automobile that was better-balanced and better equipped to handle the rigors of even the most aggressive drivers.

Further, this new layout was the direct result of a car that hadn’t solely been the brain-child of a single designer, but rather the response by GM to understand the considerable number of customer (and enthusiast) inputs that had driven the development of this car – including a call for friendly handling, roominess in the cockpit, and a solid, silent automobile.  Another added benefit of relocating the transmission to the rear of the Corvette was the elimination of the former toe-pinching tunnels of the C4.

1997 Corvette Side Rails
The 1997 Corvette Side Rails were created of seamless one-piece steel that was hydro-formed into shape, making it considerably stronger than a frame constructed of individually welded pieces. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Instead of featuring a frame composed of 28 individual, welded pieces like the C4, the  new model’s frame rails were composed of seamless, one-piece steel tubes that were “inflated” into shape by  hydraulic pressure.

This produced a new perimeter-frame chassis that was considerably stronger than any previous generation Corvette.  Tying the frame rails together was a chassis floor of composite plastic plates that sandwiched sheets of Ecuadorian balsa wood.  The balsa was selected because it was lighter than synthetic fillers and was better at absorbing noise and vibration.

Placement of the fuel tank was also considered in the development of the frame, and it was decided that the fuel tank would be mounted ahead of the rear axle instead of behind it as this placement would also enhance the car’s weight balance and available cargo room.

The rear suspension now featured an arrangement that was now a true short/long-arm double-wishbone design with bushings and geometry developed for optimal ride and handling.  The transverse plastic leaf springs were carried over from the C4, but, thanks to the stiffer structure, they had lower spring rates which resulted in a smoother, softer ride.  There were two suspension options available for the 1997 Corvette: the first was the autocross-ready (but exceedingly jarring) Z51 suspension package.  The second was the high-tech F45 Selective Real Time Damping system that allowed drivers the option to select three varying suspension modes: Tour, Sport and Performance.

Braking on the 1997 C5 featured new, vented rotors mated with aluminum calipers.  While these were, at least in principal, a carryover from the C4, this new configuration was an upgrade over the previous braking system in that it featured thicker rotors.  Additionally, as the ABS was now integrated with the traction control system, the brake pedal no longer needed to be pushed to signal activation of the antilock braking system.

C5 Corvette Wheel Design
The C5 Corvette featured new, 5-spoke designed wheels that were mated to Good Year Eagle F1 GS Extended Mobility Tires.

In an on-going effort to move away from the necessity of carrying a spare tire with jacking system, the 1997 Corvette was fitted with Eagle F1 GS Extended Mobility Tires.  These tires were designed to run airless for 200 miles.  Their introduction to the extended mobility tires convinced Chevrolet to eliminate the spare tire and jack altogether, which further aided engineers in reducing vehicle wait while also increasing cargo space.  The inflation level of the tires was monitored constantly and could be called up on an instrument-panel display (thanks to the on-board tire monitoring system that has since become standard on almost every GM vehicle.)  Wheel diameter was again increased to 17 inches in the front of the car but was increased an inch to 18 in the rear. The tires, which were sized 245/45ZR-17 and 245/45ZR-18 respectively, were actually slightly narrower than the 1996 model’s base tire package.  This proved to be an advantage as the somewhat narrower tires actually aided in improving the directional stability to levels unsurpassed by General Motors.

Perhaps one of the 1997 Corvette’s most significant achievements is that the C5 was immediately recognized as one of the fastest Corvettes of all time and was one of the fastest cars in the world that year.  When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, it could accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, which was a half-second less than the 1996’s LT4 engine equipped C4, and just as quick as the 405 bhp equipped 1995 ZR-1 Corvette.  Its top speed was documented at 172 miles per hour, which made it faster than any of the C4 coupes/convertibles and only seven miles shy of matching the ZR-1’s top-speed.  Equally impressive was the skidpad numbers of 0.93 g, which was the best number ever achieved by a production Corvette, while braking from 60-0 miles-per-hour was a supercar-short 125 feet.

Needless to say, the C5 was a success from the moment the first models hit the showroom floor.  The automotive press was, for the most part, very enthusiastic about the new car, favorably comparing it to such exotic counterparts as Porsche and Ferrari – and at a cost that was less than half of what its European counterparts, there were few who could criticize the Corvette for being anything less than the perfect blend of “emotion and intelligence.”

As was stated by Car and Driver’s Csaba Csere, “If, as they say, God is in the details, then this is the first holy Corvette.”  It was also considered the most-civilized Corvette produced to date.   The new Corvette also earned high marks for providing better handling and improved ride quality, much improved instrumentation, vastly improved interior ergonomics and improved outward visibility.   While there were critics amongst those that praised the arrival of the Corvette, their voices were few.  Even the most cynical reviewers could find little truly wrong with the 1997 Corvette.

1997 Corvette

Surprisingly, given the demand for pre-sales of these cars, only a total of 9,752 C5 Corvettes were built in its 1997 model year.  This was not a critical concern to anybody within General Motors though because future orders were increasing exponentially.  Besides, the production constrained 1997 Corvette had another variable working against it – namely that the model year had started late for the C5 Corvette.  Still, the Corvette was selling briskly for the first time in more than a decade.

See full 1997 C5 Corvette Image Gallery


1997 Corvette Specifications

1997 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1997 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door Coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: Bowling Green, Kentucky
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): 1G1YY22G1V5100001 – 1G1YY22G9V5109707 (Corvette Coupe)
VIN SUFFIX: ZYC: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ZYD: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 12550592: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HORSEPOWER
HEAD NUMBER: 102550592: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HP
102558806: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HP, LATE PRODUCTION

1997 Corvette Construction

  • Full-length perimeter frame with hydroformed frame side rails manufactured out of seamless tubular steel joined by two welded-on bumper beams.
  • The cockpit is framed by a welded cage of aluminum castings and extrusions.
  • Instrument panel cross member includes a magnesium steering column support and magnesium-core steering wheel.
  • Closed Drivetrain tunnel
  • Twin mid-ship mounted composite fuel tanks
  • Aircraft-type composite floor with a balsa wood core
  • One-piece Cast Aluminum front and rear chassis cross members
  • Body panels are constructed of flexible sheet-molded compound (SMC)
  • Quarter panels are bolted to the structure

1997 Corvette Pricing & Options

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
9,752
$37,495.00
AAB Memory Package
6,186
$150.00
AG2 Power Passenger Seat 8,951 $305.00
AQ9 Sport Seats 6,711 $625.00
B34
Floor Mats
9,371 $25.00
B84 Body Side Moldings
4,366
$75.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, Blue Tint 7,213 $650.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels 416 $950.00
CJ2 Electronic Dual Zone Air Conditioning 7,999 $365.00
D42 Luggage Shade and Parcel Net 8,315 $50.00
F45 Selective Real Time Damping, electronic
3,094
$1,695.00
G92 Performance Axle Ratio (automatic) 2,739 $100.00
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission 2,809 $815.00
NG1 Massachusetts/New York Emissions 677 $170.00
T96 Fog Lamps 8,829 $69.00
UN0 Delco Stereo System with CD 6,282 $100.00
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer 4,496 $600.00
V49 Front License Plate Frame 2,258 $15.00
YF5
California Emissions
885 $170.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package 1,077 $350.00

1997 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Color Options & Quantities

CODE EXTERIOR COLOR OPTIONS TOTAL INTERIOR COLOR OPTIONS
10 Arctic White 1,341 Black, Light Grey, Red
13 Sebring Silver Metallic 2,164 Black, Light Grey, Red
23 Nassau Blue Metallic 292 Black, Light Grey, Red
41 Black 2,393 Black, Light Grey, Red
53 Light Carmine Red Metallic 381 Black, Light Grey
70 Torch Red 3,026 Black, Light Grey, Red
87 Fairway Green Metallic 155 Black, Light Grey, Red

Interior Colors & Quantities

CODE COLOR TOTAL
193 Black 6,481
923 Light Gray 2,543
943 Red 728

Exterior Colors

1997 Corvette Colors

Interior Colors

1997 Corvette Colors Interior

Seats

1997 Corvette Engine

1997 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Engine LS1
Order Code: LS1
Cylinders: V8
Type: Overhead-Valve (OHV) / Pushrod V8
Assembly Site: Romulus, Mi
Engine Materials
Block Material:
Cast Aluminum
Cylinder Head Material:
Cast Aluminum
Intake Manifold Composite
Exhaust Manifold Insulated Dual Wall Stainless Steel
Valvetrain: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
Main Bearing Caps: Powdered Metal
Crankshaft: Cast Iron with undercut and rolled fillets
Camshaft: Hollow Steel
Connecting Rod: Powdered Metal
Engine Specs
Displacement (liters): 5.68
Fuel induction system: Sequential Fuel Injection
Horsepower (SAE net @ rpm): 345 @ 5,600
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm): 350 @ 4,400
Valves per cylinder: 2
Hydraulic roller lifters: Standard
Roller rocker arms: Standard
Bore x stroke (inches): 3.90 x 3.62
Bore x stroke (mm.): 99.00 x 92.00
Redline (rpm): 6,000
Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Cam drive: Chain
Total Dressed Engine Weight N/A
Firing Order: 18726543
Recommended fuel: Premium Unleaded
EPA – Automatic: 17 mpg / 25 mpg
Max cruising range – Automatic: 477.5 miles
EPA – Manual: 18 mpg / 28 mpg
Max cruising range – Manual: 534.8 miles
Emission control System: Three-Way Catalyst, Air Injection Reaction (AIR), Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV)

Transmission

Standard Transmission Spec
Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Order Code: M30
Model: 4L60-E Hydra-Matic Rear-Mounted 4-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 3.06:1
2nd Gear: 1.63:1
3rd Gear: 1.00:1
4th Gear: 0.70:1
Reverse: 2.29:1
Axle Ratio: 2.73;1 (3.15 optional)
Final Drive Ratio: 1.91:1 (2.21 optional)

 

Optional Transmission Spec
Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Order Code: MN6
Model: T56 Borg-Warner Rear-Mounted 6-Speed Manual
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 3.06:1
2nd Gear: 1.78:1
3rd Gear: 1.30:1
4th Gear: 1.00:1
5th Gear: 0.74:1
6th Gear: 0.50:1
Reverse: 2.90:1
Axle Ratio: 3.42:1
Final Drive Ratio: 1.71:1

1997 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Suspension

Front Suspension 
Front Suspension Short/long arm double wishbone front suspension
Forged aluminum upper control arm, cast aluminum lower control arm
Transverse mounted composite leaf springs
Lubed-for-life ball joints
Individual wheel height adjusters
Stabilizer bar diameter: Base (19mm), F45 (19mm), Z51 (21.7mm)
Shock absorber diameter: Base (36mm), F45 (28mm), Z51 (45mm)
Rear Suspension 
Rear Suspension Cast Aluminum upper and lower control arm
Transverse-mounted composite leaf springs
Monotube shock absorbers
Individual wheel height adjusters
Stabilizer bar diameter: Base (19mm), F45 (19mm), Z51 (21.7mm)
Shock absorber diameter: Base (36mm), F45 (28mm), Z51 (45mm)

Brakes

Type Four-Wheel Disc
Anti-lock system (Standard) Four-Wheel Disc
Rotor diameter x thickness, front (mm): 325 x 32
Rotor diameter x thickness, rear (mm): 305 x 26
Swept area, fr. / rr. (sq. in.):

Wheels & Tires

Wheels & Tires Front Rear
Wheels, size: 17 x 8.5 18 x 9.5
Number of studs: 5 5
Circle diameter, (inches): N/A N/A
Spare: N/A N/A
Tire, size: P245/45ZR-17 P275/40ZR-18
Tires, manufacturer / type: Goodyear F1 GS Extended Mobility Tires Goodyear F1 GS Extended Mobility Tires

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Tires

Steering

Steering Front
Type: Speed-Sensitive, Power Assisted, Magnetic Variable Effort
Ratio: 16.1:1
Wheel diameter (in.):
Turns, Lock to Lock: 2.66
Turning Diameter, curb-to-curb (ft.): 38.50

 

1997 Corvette

1997 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Coupe Dimensions

1997 Corvette Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions
Model Coupe
Wheelbase 104.5 Inches
Overall Length 179.7 Inches
Total Body Width 73.6 Inches
Overall Height 47.7 Inches
Front Track Width 62.0 Inches
Rear Track Width 62.1 Inches
Ground Clearance 3.7 Inches
Overhang, Front: 38.8 Inches
Overhang, Rear: 35.7 Inches
Trunk Liftover Height: 36.7 Inches

Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Model Coupe
Headroom 37.8 Inches
Shoulder Room 55.3 Inches
Hip Room 54.2 Inches
Leg Room 42.7 Inches

Capacities

Capacities
Model Coupe
Passenger Capacity 2 – Driver & Passenger
Curb Weight – Automatic (LBS) 3,229 lbs.
Curb Weight – Manual (LBS) 3,218 lbs.
Interior Passenger Volume (cu.ft): 51.4 Cubic Feet
Interior Trunk Volume (cu. ft): 25.0 Cubic Feet
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS) 19.1 gallons
Engine Oil Capacity (QTS) 6.5 (with filter)
Coolant Capacity (QTS./LITERS) 11.4 quarts
Battery (CCA): 600 Cold Cranking Amperes
Coefficient of Drag (cd): 0.29 cd
Weight Dist. Front/Rear (%) 51.4 / 48.6

1997 Corvette

1997 Corvette Performance Results

Performance Results
Weight-to-power ratio, auto. trans. (lbs:hp): 9.4:1
Weight-to-power ratio, man. trans. (lbs:hp): 9.3:1
Specific output (hp/liter): 60.53:1
0-60 MPH, Manual Trans. (seconds): 4.72
0-60 MPH, Auto Trans. (seconds): 5.05
Quarter Mile (seconds / mph): 13.36 / 109.4
Top Speed (mph): 172
Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.93

1997 Callaway Corvette

1997 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range 1G1YY22G1V5100001 – 1G1YY22G9V5109707
1 (First Digit) 1 – United States
G (Second Digit) Manufacturer.  G – General Motors
1 (Third Digit) Manufacturer Division. 1 – Chevrolet
YY (Fourth & Fifth Digits) Carline/Series. YY – Corvette/Coupe
2 (Sixth Digit) Bodystyle of Car. 2 – Two Door Hatchback Coupe
2 (Seventh Digit) Type of Restraint System.  2 – Passive Restraint System.
G (Eighth Digit) Type of Engine. G – LS1: 5.7 Liter, 346CI Engine
1/9 (Ninth Digit) Check Digit (varies)
V (Tenth Digit) The Model Year. V – 1997
5 (Eleventh Digit) Location of the Assembly Plant. 5 – Bowling Green, Kentucky
1XXXXX (Twelfth thru Seventeenth Digits) Production Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 109707. A total of 9,752 Corvettes were built in 1997. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car. For all 1997 Corvettes, the Vehicle Identification Number was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Used to calculate the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code that can be used to verify the serial number is legitimate. (Note: The Check digit number varies depending on each specific VIN number.)

1997 Corvette

1997 Corvette Factory Options

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
9,752
$37,495.00
AAB Memory Package
6,186
$150.00
AG2 Power Passenger Seat 8,951 $305.00
AQ9 Sport Seats 6,711 $625.00
B34
Floor Mats
9,371 $25.00
B84 Body Side Moldings
4,366
$75.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, Blue Tint 7,213 $650.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels 416 $950.00
CJ2 Electronic Dual Zone Air Conditioning 7,999 $365.00
D42 Luggage Shade and Parcel Net 8,315 $50.00
F45 Selective Real Time Damping, electronic
3,094
$1,695.00
G92 Performance Axle Ratio (automatic) 2,739 $100.00
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission 2,809 $815.00
NG1 Massachusetts/New York Emissions 677 $170.00
T96 Fog Lamps 8,829 $69.00
UN0 Delco Stereo System with CD 6,282 $100.00
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer 4,496 $600.00
V49 Front License Plate Frame 2,258 $15.00
YF5
California Emissions
885 $170.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package 1,077 $350.00

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 346 cubic inch, 345 horsepower, 5.7 liter engine (LS1), 4-speed automatic transmission, removable body-color roof panel, a Delco stereo system with cassette, and leather seats were included in the base price.
  • The rear transaxle combined a GM-built, electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission with a limited-slip axle built by Getrag.

Memory Package (AAB)

  • Periphery devices memory package.
  • This option “remembered” outside-rear-view-mirror, radio, heater-vent air conditioning control, and power driver seat settings.
  • This option required electronic dual zone air conditioning (RPO CJ2).

Power Passenger Seat (AG2)

  • Optional, six-way, adjustable passenger seat.

Sports Seats (AQ9)

  • Special sport seats that featured inflatable lumbar support and power-adjusted side bolsters.
  • For 1997, the sports seats were a new design and were developed by the Lear Corporation.
  • The sports seat option also required the power passenger seat (AG2) option.

Floor Mats (B34)

  • Color matching, carpeted, driver’s and passenger’s floor mats.

Body Side Moldings (B84)

  • Plastic adhesive moldings that ran from the bodyside coves to the end of the door.
  • These moldings had two pieces per side (one mounting ahead of the door to the front fender, the other mounting directly to the driver and passenger doors respectively), and their thickness tapered from front to rear.

Removable Roof Panel, Blue Tint (CC3)

  • Single piece, transparent, removable glass roof top with blue tint.

Dual Removable Roof Panels (C2L)

  • Single piece removable roof top panels – one painted, one tinted glass.
  • The color on the painted panel exactly matched the body color of the car. The glass panel was tinted blue but remained otherwise transparent, providing the driver with an open feel in the cockpit, even when the panel was in place.

Electric Dual Zone Air Conditioning (CJ2)

  • Separate, zone-control, driver’s and passenger’s side A/C thermostats.
  • This option was required when ordering the Memory Package (RPO AAB).

Luggage Shade and Parcel Net (D42)

  • A thin, fabric cover used to shield the luggage area from exposure.
  • This thin fabric cover attached to the rear hatchback. If not desired, it could be stored in a separate storage bag (which was included with the Corvette.)

Selective Real Time Damping, electronic (F45)

  • Electronic ride control system which adjusted ride to existing conditions.
  • Included a driver-adjustable ride control system.
  • This option was not available on Corvettes that were ordered with the Performance Handling Package (PRO Z51)

Performance Axle Ratio (automatic) (G92)

  • Optional performance axle ratio of 3.15:1 with automatic transmission.
  • The standard automatic transmission featured an axle ratio of 2.73:1. By comparison, the standard transmission model featured a 3.42:1 axle ratio.

5.7 Liter, 345 Horsepower Engine (LS7)

  • Standard (and only available) powerplant from the 1997 C5 Corvette.
  • The LS1 was built by General Motors engine plant in Romulus, Michigan. By comparison, most previous small block V-8 engines had been built in Flint, Michigan.
  • Output was 345hp at 5,600 rpm, torque was at 350lbs-ft at 4,400 rpm’s and redline was achieved at 6,000rpm.
  • Had the same 4.4″ bore spacing that the same displacement (345 cubic inches) as the 350 cubic inch engine family it replaced, but otherwise was new (and state-of-the-art) in pushrod V-8 design.
  • The LS1’s composite intake manifold saved weight and improved air flow.
  • The aluminum valve covers had separate ignition coils mounted in close proximity to each sparkplug. Spark timing/firing signals were sent by crankshaft and camshaft sensors.
  • The block was closed-deck aluminum alloy with cast-in cylinder liners.
  • The block had a deep skirt that extended beyond the main bearing caps.
  • Four bolt-mains were also cross-bolted to the block for stability.
  • The shallow-cast aluminum oil pan had side reservoirs and was a structural member of the engine.
  • An LS1 engine was 44 lbs lighter than the 1996 LT4 engine.
  • Dual knock sensors were mounted underneath the intake manifold.
  • The engine firing order was revised from 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 to 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3.

6-Speed Manual Transmission (MN6)

  • An optional, no-cost, 6-speed manual transmission.
  • The rear transaxle combined a Borg-Warner six-speed manual transmission (utilizing a Computer-Aided Gear Selection (CAGS)) with a limited-slip axle built by Getrag.

Massachusetts/New York Emissions (NG1)

  • Specialized configuration of the emissions system to meet state requirements.

Fog Lamps (T96)

  • Optional fog lamps installed in the front radiator air inlets on the front bumper of the C5 Corvette.

Delco Stereo System with CD (UN0)

  • An upgrade from the standard Delco Stereo which featured a compact disc player.

Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer (U1S)

  • Remote 12-disc CD player/disc changer (installed in rear storage compartment.
  • This option could be ordered either with the standard Delco Stereo with cassette, or the optional Delco Stereo with CD player.

Front License Plate Frame (V49)

  • A “U” shaped plastic frame on the front bumper that a second license plate could slip into.
  • This was an appearance item only, and was not required for mounting a front license plate to the C5 Corvette.

California Emissions (YF5)

  • Specialized configuration of the emissions system to meet state requirements.

Performance Handling Package (Z51)

  • Upgraded suspension system for better performance and handling.
  • This option included stiffer springs and stabilizer bars.
  • It required the Performance Axle Ratio (RPO G92) with automatic transmission.
  • It was not made available on vehicles equipped with Selective Real Time Dampening (RPO F45).

Notes:

  • Unlike previous “all-new” Corvette models, which had carryover engines and drivetrains, the 1997 Corvette had a completely new engine driving a rear transaxle, which was a Corvette first. Virtually all of the C5’s interior, exterior and suspension components were redesigned for this vehicle.
  • Locating the transmission in the rear of the Corvette maintained a nearly equal front-to-rear weight distribution (51.4/48.6 with automatic) and improved interior space by enlarging the footwells.
  • Wheelbase increased from 96.2 inches to 104.5 inches, the overall length increased from 178.5 inches to 179.7 inches, the overall width increased from 70.7 inches to 73.6 inches, the overall height increased from 46.3 inches to 47.8 inches, and the track width increased by 4.4 inches at the front and by 2.9 inches at the rear.
  • Re-positioning the wheels closer to the corners of the car increased stability and performance.
  • The 1997 Corvette was 80 pounds lighter than the 1996 C4 Corvette that preceded it.
  • The 1997 Corvette featured large, analog speedometer and odometer/tachometer gauges flanked by secondary instruments and were lit from below/behind using black lighting.
  • The parking -handbrake was relocated from the left side of the driver’s seat to the center console.
  • Overall, the outer frame-rail was lowered by three inches, significantly reducing the stepover height and allowing easier access into and out of the car.
  • Premium fuel was recommended and the engine came from the factory with Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30 motor oil in the crankcase.
  • Wheel sizes were 17×8.5 inches in the front of the car, and 18 x 9.5 inches in the rear. The tires that were mated to these rims were Goodyear (run-flat) tires. Tire size for the front wheels was P245/45ZR17. Tire size for the rear wheels was P275/40ZR18.
  • Because of the certainty that GM had for its newest automobile, no spare tire option was offered in 1997.
  • The suspension had short-long arm (SLA) design at each corner and was commonly referred to as “double wishbone” or “double A-arm”.
  • Springs, all of which were originally constructed out of composite plastic (both front and rear), were transversely mounted
  • Non USA sales for 1997 included 325 units to Canada, 46 units to Mexico, and 426 units go to global exports.

1997 Corvette

1997 Corvette Recalls

Recall 00v111000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Mfr’s Report Date: Apr 06, 2000
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 00v111000
Nhtsa Action Number: Ea00009
Component: Seat Belts:front
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 71569
Summary: Vehicle Description: Passenger Vehicles. The Lap Belt Webbing Can Twist Allowing The Webbing To Become Jammed In The Retractor.
Consequence: When The Belt Webbing Becomes Jammed In The Retractor, The Seat Belt May Be Unusable.
Remedy: Dealers Will Install Inserts To The Belt Web Guide Of Each Lap Belt Retractor.
Notes: Owner Notification Began November 13, 2000. Owners Who Take Their Vehicles To An Authorized Dealer On An Agreed Upon Service Date And Do Not Receive The Free Remedy Within A Reasonable Time Should Contact Chevrolet At 1-800-222-1020. Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline At 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

Recall 04v060000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Mfr’s Report Date: Feb 06, 2004
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 04v060000
Nhtsa Action Number: Ea02031
Component: Steering:column Locking:anti-theft Device
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 126624
Summary: On Certain Passenger Vehicles Equipped With Electronic Column Lock Systems (Ecl), When The Ignition Switch Is Turned To “Lock,” The Ecl System Prevents Turning Of The Steering System. When The Vehicle Is Started, The Ecl Unlocks The Steering System. The Vehicle Is Designed So That If The Column Fails To Unlock When The Vehicle Is Started And The Customer Tries To Drive, The Fuel Supply Will Be Shut Off So That The Vehicle Cannot Move When The Vehicle Cannot Be Steered. If Voltage At The Powertrain Control Module Is Low Or Interrupted, However, The Fuel Shut Off May Not Occur And The Vehicle Can Be Accelerated While The Steering System Is Locked. Also When The Control System Shows That The Ecl Is Unlocked And The Vehicle Is Being Driven, The Lock Pin Location Can Vary. Depending On The Location Of The Lock Plate Relative To The Switch Transition Point, There Could Then Be Contact Between The Lock Plate And Pin Causing The Steering To Lock While Driving .
Consequence: If This Occurs, A Crash Could Occur Without Warning.
Remedy: On Vehicles Equipped With An Automatic Transmission, The Dealer Will Disable The Steering Column Lock By Removing The Column Lock Plate. When The Ignition Key Is Removed, The Transmission Shifter Will Lock But The Steering Column Will Not Lock. On Vehicles Equipped With A Manual Transmission, The Dealer Will Reprogram The Powertrain Control Module, Perform A Dimensional Check Of The Column Lock And, If Necessary, Replace The Lock Plate. The Steering Column On These Vehicles Will Continue To Lock When The Key Is Removed. Owner Notification To Owners Of 1997 Vehicles Equipped With Automatic Transmissions Began On April 26, 2004. Owners Of 1998 Through 2004 Vehicles (Except 1997-1998 Manual Transmission Vehicles) Will Be Notified Beginning On August 2, 2004. The Remaining Owners (1997-1998 Manual Transmission Vehicles) Will Be Notified Later In 2004, When Parts Are Available. Owners Should Contact Chevrolet At 1-800-630-2438.
Notes: Gm Recall No. 04006. Customers Can Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline At 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

Recall 09e012000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: Sabersport
Mfr’s Report Date: Mar 28, 2009
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 09e012000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Exterior Lighting
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 16270
Summary: Sabersport Is Recalling 16,270 Combination Corner And Bumper Lamp Assemblies Of Various Part Numbers Sold For Use As Aftermarket Equipment For Various Passenger Vehicles. These Headlamps Fail To Conform To The Requirements Of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment.” These Lamps Do Not Contain The Required Amber Side Reflectors.
Consequence: Decreased Lighting Visibility May Result In A Vehicle Crash.
Remedy: Sabersport Will Notify Owners And Offer A Full Refund For The Noncompliant Combination Lamps. The Safety Recall Began On May 11, 2009. Owners May Contact Sabersport At 1-909-598-7589.
Notes: This Recall Only Pertains To Aftermarket Replacement Equipment And Has No Relation To Any Original Equipment Installed On Vehicles Produced By The Vehicle Manufacturer. In Order To Determine If Your Aftermarket Lamp Assembly Is Affected By This Noncompliance, Please Review The List Of Model Numbers Provided To Us By Sabersport. The List Can Be Found Under “Document Search” Located At The Bottom Of Your Screen. Owners May Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline At 1-888-327-4236 (Tty 1-800-424-9153), Or Go To Http://www.safercar.gov .

Recall 09e025000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: Dope, Inc.
Mfr’s Report Date: Apr 05, 2009
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 09e025000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Exterior Lighting:headlights
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 42540
Summary: Dope, Inc. Is Recalling 42,540 Combination Corner And Bumper Lamp Assemblies Of Various Part Numbers Sold For Use As Aftermarket Equipment For Various Passenger Vehicles. These Headlamps Fail To Conform To The Requirements Of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment.” These Lamps Do Not Contain The Required Amber Side Reflectors.
Consequence: Decreased Lighting Visibility May Result In A Vehicle Crash.
Remedy: Dope, Inc. Will Notify Owners And Offer A Full Refund For The Noncompliant Combination Lamps. The Safety Recall Began On July 28, 2009. Owners May Contact Dope, Inc. At 1-626-272-1798.
Notes: This Recall Only Pertains To Aftermarket Replacement Equipment And Has No Relation To Any Original Equipment Installed On Vehicles Produced By The Vehicle Manufacturer. In Order To Determine If Your Aftermarket Lamp Assembly Is Affected By This Noncompliance, Please Review The List Of Model Numbers Provided To Us By Dope, Inc. The List Can Be Found Under “Document Search” Located At The Bottom Of Your Screen. Owners May Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline At 1-888-327-4236 (Tty 1-800-424-9153), Or Go To Http://www.safercar.gov.

Recall 97v044000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Mfr’s Report Date: Mar 20, 1997
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 97v044000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Suspension:rear
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 1414
Summary: The Rear Suspension Tie Rod Assembly Can Fracture.
Consequence: If This Were To Occur While The Vehicle Was In Motion, Loss Of Directional Control Can Result Increasing The Risk Of A Vehicle Crash.
Remedy: Dealers Will Replace The Left And Right-hand Rear Suspension Tie Rod Links.
Notes: Owner Notification Began March 31, 1997. Gm Issued A Stop Sale To Their Dealers On March 20, 1997. Owners Who Take Their Vehicles To An Authorized Dealer On An Agreed Upon Service Date And Do Not Receive The Free Remedy Within A Reasonable Time Should Contact Chevrolet At 1-800-222-1020. Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline At 1-800-424-9393.

Recall 97v104000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 20, 1997
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 97v104000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Seat Belts:front:anchorage
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 4369
Summary: Vehicle Description: Passenger Vehicles. The Seat Belts In These Vehicles Incorporate An Energy Management Loop. This Loop Is Inadequate To Absorb The Necessary Forces That Can Be Exerted On It. Therefore, The Vehicles Fail To Conform To The Requirements Of Fmvss No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”
Consequence: In The Event Of A Vehicle Crash, The Energy Management Loop Will Not Absorb Enough Energy, And Injury To The Seat Occupant Can Occur.
Remedy: Dealers Will Replace The Driver And Passenger Side Seat Belt Retractor Assemblies.
Notes: Owner Notification: Owner Notification Will Begin During July 1997. Owners Who Take Their Vehicles To An Authorized Dealer On An Agreed Upon Service Date And Do Not Receive The Free Remedy Within A Reasonable Time Should Contact Chevrolet At 1-800-222-1020. Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline At 1-800-424-9393.

Recall 97v105000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 20, 1997
Nhtsa Campaign Id: Number: 97v105000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Fuel System, Gasoline:storage:tank Assembly
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 3792
Summary: Vehicle Description: Passenger Vehicles. These Vehicles Have A Torn Fuel Tank Sending Unit/pump Seal. This Can Cause Fuel Odor And/or Leakage At The Attachment Location.
Consequence: Fuel Leakage From A Torn Seal Can Result In A Fire If An Ignition Source Is Present.
Remedy: Dealers Will Replace The Left And Right Hand Fuel Tank Assemblies (Including Fuel Sending Unit And Pump).
Notes: Owner Notification: Owner Notification Will Begin During July 1997. Owners Who Take Their Vehicles To An Authorized Dealer On An Agreed Upon Service Date And Do Not Receive The Free Remedy Within A Reasonable Time Should Contact Chevrolet At 1-800-222-1020. Also Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline At 1-800-424-9393.


1997 Corvette Service Bulletins

See full 1997 Corvette Service Bulletins list

Service Bulletins 3850

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3850
Nhtsa Item Number: 10019189
Component: Structure:body
Summary: Water Leak In The Rear Compartment Area. *tt

Service Bulletins 3785

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3785
Nhtsa Item Number: 10018625
Component: Exterior Lighting:fog Lights
Summary: Fog Lamps Inoperative. *tt

Service Bulletins 3132

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3132
Nhtsa Item Number: 10010628
Component: Suspension:rear:shock Absorber
Summary: Lower Rear Shock Attaching Bolt May Break After Torqued. *tt

Service Bulletins 3359

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3359
Nhtsa Item Number: 10013549
Component: Suspension:rear
Summary: Lower Rear Shock Attaching Bolt May Break After Torqued. *tt

Service Bulletins 3060

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3060
Nhtsa Item Number: 10009370
Component: Power Train:automatic Transmission
Summary: The Engine Does Not Stall When Performing A P1870 Diagnostic Test With The Tech 2 Scan Tool Or When Commanding The Torque Converter Clutch Enable Solenoid On Applications That Do Not Have The P1870 Diagnostic Test Listed. 4l60e Or 4l65e Transmissions. *tt

Service Bulletins 3725

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3725
Nhtsa Item Number: 10017694
Component: Fuel System, Other:storage:fuel Gauge System
Summary: Erratic Fuel Gauge Operation And Diagnostic Trouble Code P1431. Models Unknown. Gmc. *tt

Service Bulletins 3845

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Year: 1997
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 3845
Nhtsa Item Number: 10019194
Component: Seats:front Assembly:recliner
Summary: Seat Back Recliner Does Not Maintain The Set Position. Service Vme. *tt

See full 1997 Corvette Service Bulletins list

 


1997 Corvette Common Issues

The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 1997 Corvette. While the intent of this page is to identify the common issues pertaining to the 1997 Corvette, it is not an all-inclusive list and should be used for reference only.

Mechanical Issues

Leaking Battery

Many C5’s came with AC Delco Freedom batteries that had a tendency to experience exterior cracking near the battery posts. The leaking battery acid drips down the side of the battery, down the funnel-like battery support, straight down onto the PCM and the wiring loom. It can also get onto the A/C lines. In some instances, car crippling damage can occur. Worst case scenario can result in the need to replace the battery, the PCM, and the wiring harness. Additionally, acid corrosion will need to be removed from the frame and the frame repainted to avoid further damage as a result of prolonged exposure to natural elements. In some instances, repairs will need to be made to the air condition lines. It may also require replacing the computer.

Engine

The needle bearings in the OEM rockers have been known to fail. The most common indicators that the engine is experiencing this type of a problem is increased valve train noise and the appearance of needle bearings on a magnetic oil pan drain plug.

Manual Transmission

On manual transmission cars equipped with either an MN6 or M12 transmission, the transmission sounds as if it is chattering/rattling whenever the car begins to accelerate from a complete stop. Despite the foreign nature of the sound, It is completely normal. The sound is the bi-product of the clutch throwout bearing, which creates a ratting sound whenever it is engaged/disengaged. In some instances, the transmission will make a similar, discernable rattling sound when the Corvette ignition is turned on/off. The source of the sound is the same. By depressing the clutch when turning the car on or off, the sound can be eliminated.

The C5 Corvette’s manual transmission shifter can be difficult to get into gear. During normal vehicle operation, it is worth noting that if the shifter is not fully engaged when operating 1st gear or Reverse, it will cause the transmission to literally “pop” out of gear when the clutch is let out. This is not considered the fault of the car by Genera Motors, but the fault of the driver.

Fuel Pump

In all C5 Corvettes, there are two fuel tanks and two fuel pumps. The first fuel pump continually pumps gasoline from the passenger side tank into the driver side tank. This pump is not known to create any type of audible sound. The main fuel pump, which resides directly behind the drivers seat, creates a considerable amount of noise, especially on early model C5 Corvettes.

These sounds are normal, and are not an indicator of a failing fuel pump. NOTE: Chevrolet does have a bulletin out instructing Corvette owners how to better insulate against the humming sound of the fuel pump. Additionally, a newer, quieter fuel pump can also be installed.

Braking System

The front brakes of many C5 Corvettes have been known to pulsate during braking conditions. This is the result of warped rotors. The brake rotors developed for the C5 Corvette are known to warp from excessive braking conditions. This does not indicate that the brake rotors require replacement. In many instances, the rotors can simply be turned. However, when inspecting the brake rotors, it is important to observe if the rotors are cracked, as a cracked rotor will require replacement. Cracked rotors are the result of excessive hard braking and could be an indicator of how the car has been driven/maintained.

Exterior Issues

Headlight Bezel Plugs

Old-style headlight bezel plugs, which conceal the bezel mounting hardware, have a tendency to fall off of older C5 Corvettes. To resolve this issue, General Motors released a new style plug that features a twist-lock to prevent the plugs from falling out, but these plugs also require a new headlight bezel. Only the newer style bezels and plugs are available through General Motors and both are compatible with all years of the C5 Corvette.

Hood Rattles

During periods of cold weather, the rubber hood stops have a tendency to rub and chatter against the hood. Proper adjustment and lubrication of the hood stops is known to reduce/eliminate this issue.

Interior Issues

Steering Column

All C5 Corvettes, especially those equipped with a manual transmission, are known to have as have an issue with the steering column locking after ignition is disengaged and remaining locked after vehicle operator starts the vehicle again. In rare instances, it has also been reported that the steering column has locked during vehicle operation. Chevrolet dealerships are able to disable the locking mechanism by replacing the current locking plate with a modified locking plate. At present, this is the only known method to resolve this issue.

Seats

The C5 Corvette seats have several known issues that can occur if improper use and or improper maintenance occurs. Sliding hard across the bolster (the raised/contoured sections of the sitting area on either side of the central seat pad) can break it, causing it to flap from side to side. This area is also the most common area of the seats to experience leather wear/tearing as a result of having the most abrasive contact with the occupant as they enter/exit the vehicle.

The wire springs in the seat bottom, and the bars in the bolsters are sometimes known to wear thru the foam and leather. This situation can be fixed by placing a layer of burlap between the springs and the foam padding.

Another common seat issue often identified with many early C5 Corvettes is that both the driver and passenger seats tend to rock back and forth by about a 1/4″ during hard acceleration and braking. This issue can be repaired, but is not currently identified as an actual issue with General Motors.

Removable Roof

Many C5 Corvette Coupes with the removable roof tend to create a fair amount of wind noise and creaking during normal vehicle operation. While there is no known solution to completely eliminate the wind noise, the creaking can be reduced/eliminated by adding a lubricant to the weatherstriping seal around the roof. A dielectric or petroleum based grease is recommended and will doubly protect the weatherstrip by keeping it from drying out.

Fuel Gauge

In certain instances, some types of gasoline (especially those with a high sulfur content) will cause the fuel gauge to falsely read empty. In some instances, running a fuel system cleaner through the gas tank has been known to resolve this issue.

1997 Corvette

1997 Corvette Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Schedule

Engine Oil Scheduled Maintenance

Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the GM Oil Life System (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). Reset the system. The system will show you when to change the oil – usually between 3,000 miles (5,000 km) and 10,000 miles (16,000 km) since your last oil change. Under severe conditions, the indicator may come on before 3,000 miles (5,000 km). Never drive your vehicle more than 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months without an oil and filter change. Use engine oil meeting the GM Standard GM4718M.

The GM Oil Life System won’t detect dust in the oil. So if you drive in a dusty area, be sure to change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) or sooner if the CHANGE OIL SOON message appears. Remember to reset the Oil Life Monitor when the oil and filter have been changed. See “GM Oil Life System” (at the bottom of this page) for more information on resetting the system.

Scheduled Maintenance

Every 15,000 Miles (25,000 Kilometers)

Inspect air cleaner filter if you are driving in dusty conditions. Replace filter if necessary.

Every 30,000 Miles (50,000 Kilometers)

Replace Air Cleaner Filter

Every 45,000 Miles (75,000 Kilometers)

Inspect air cleaner filter if you are driving in dusty conditions. Replace filter if necessary.

Every 50,000 Miles (83,000 Kilometers)

Change automatic transmission fluid and filter if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions:

  • In heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90F (32C) or higher.
  • In hilly or mountainous terrain.
  • Uses such as high performance operation.

If you do not use your vehicle under any of these conditions, change the fluid and filter at 100,000 miles (166 000 km). Manual transmission fluid doesn’t require change.

Every 60,000 Miles (100,000 Kilometers):

Replace air cleaner filter and inspect engine accessory drive belt.

Every 75,000 Miles (125,000 Kilometers):

Inspect air cleaner filter if you are driving in dusty conditions. Replace filter if necessary.

Every 90,000 Miles (150,000 Kilometers):

Replace Air Cleaner Filter

Every 100,000 Miles (166,000 Kilometers):

Replace spark plugs and inspect spark plug wires.

Change automatic transmission fluid and filter if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions:

  • In heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90F (32C) or higher.
  • In hilly or mountainous terrain.
  • Uses such as high performance operation.

Manual transmission fluid doesn’t require change.

NOTE: If you haven’t used your vehicle under severe conditions listed previously and, therefore, haven’t changed your automatic transmission fluid, change both the fluid and filter. Manual transmission fluid doesn’t require change.

Every 150,000 Miles (240,000 Kilometers):

Drain, flush and refill the cooling system (or every 60 months since last service, whichever occurs first). See “Engine Coolant” in the “1997 Corvette Fluids/Lubricants” chart (in the right margin of this page) for what to use.

Owner Inspection & Service Items

At Each Fuel Fill

NOTE: It is important for you or a service station attendant to perform these underhood checks at each fuel fill.

Engine Oil Level Check: Check the engine oil level and add the proper oil if necessary.

Engine Coolant Level Check: Check the engine coolant level and add DEX-COOL coolant mixture if necessary.

Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check: Check the windshield washer fluid level in the windshield washer tank and add the proper fluid if necessary.

At Least Once a Month

Tire Inflation Check: Make sure tires are inflated to the correct pressures.
Cassette Deck Service (if so equipped): Clean cassette deck. Cleaning should be done every 50 hours of tape play.
Power Antenna Service: Clean power antenna mast.

At Least Twice A Year

Restraint System Check: Make sure the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might keep a safety belt system from doing its job, have it repaired. Have any torn or frayed safety belts replaced. Also look for any opened or broken air bag coverings, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.)

Wiper Blade Check: Inspect wiper blades for wear or cracking. Replace blade inserts that appear worn or damaged or that streak or miss areas of the windshield.

Weatherstrip Lubrication: Silicone grease on weatherstrips will make them last longer, seal better, and not stick or squeak. Apply silicone grease with a clean cloth. During very cold, damp weather more frequent application may be required. (See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the right margin of this page).

Manual Transmission Check (if so equipped):  Check the transmission fluid level; add if needed. (See “Manual Transmission Fluid” in the right margin of this page). Check for leaks. A fluid leak is the only reason for fluid loss. Have the system inspected and repaired if needed.

Automatic Transmission Visual Inspection: It is not necessary to check the transmission fluid level during a visual inspection of the actual transmission. A transmission fluid leak is the only reason for fluid loss. Check for leaks. If a leak occurs, take the vehicle to your Chevrolet dealership service department and have it repaired as soon as possible.

At Least Once A Year

Key Lock Cylinder Service: Lubricate the key lock cylinders.

Body Lubrication Service: Lubricate all body door hinges. Also lubricate all hinges and latches, including those for the hood, rear compartment, console door and any folding seat hardware. More frequent lubrication may be required when exposed to a corrosive environment.

Starter Switch Check:  CAUTION: When you are doing this check, the vehicle could move suddenly. If it does, you or others could be injured. Before you start, be sure you have enough room around the vehicle. Firmly apply the parking brake and the regular brake.

On automatic transmission vehicles, try to start the engine in each gear. The starter should work only in PARK (P) orNEUTRAL (N). If the starter works in any other position, your vehicle needs service.

On manual transmission vehicles, put the shift lever in NEUTRAL (N), push the clutch down halfway and try to start the engine. The starter should work only when the clutch is pushed down all the way to the floor. If the starter works when the clutch isn’t pushed all the way down, your vehicle needs service.

Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check: CAUTION: When you are doing this check, the vehicle could move suddenly. If it does, you or others could be injured. Before you start, be sure you have enough room around the vehicle. It should be parked on a level surface. Firmly apply the parking brake. (NOTE: Be prepared to apply the parking brake immediately if the vehicle begins to move.)

With the engine off, turn the key to the ON position, but don’t start the engine. Without applying the regular brake, try to move the shift lever out of PARK (P) with normal effort. If the shift lever moves out of PARK (P), your vehicle needs service.

Ignition Automatic Transmission Lock Check: While parked, and with the parking brake set, try to turn the ignition key to OFF in each shift lever position. The key should turn to OFF only when the shift lever is in PARK (P).

On all vehicles, the key should come out only in OFF. Parking Brake and Automatic Transmission PARK (P) Mechanism Check: CAUTION: When you are doing this check, your vehicle could begin to move. You or others could be injured and property could be damaged. Make sure there is room in front of your vehicle in case it begins to roll. Be ready to apply the regular brake at once should the vehicle begin to move.

Park on a fairly steep hill, with the vehicle facing downhill. Keeping your foot on the regular brake, set the parking brake.

To check the parking brake’s holding ability: With the engine running and transmission in NEUTRAL (N), slowly remove foot pressure from the regular brake pedal. Do this until the vehicle is held by the parking brake only.

To check the PARK (P) mechanism’s holding ability: With the engine running, shift to PARK (P). Then release the parking brake followed by the regular brake

Underbody Flushing Service: At least every spring, use plain water to flush any corrosive materials from the underbody. Take care to clean thoroughly any areas where mud and other debris can collect.

Dealership Inspection & Service Items

At Least Twice A Year

Steering and Suspension Inspection: Inspect the front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged, loose or missing parts, signs of wear or lack of lubrication. Inspect the power steering lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc.

Tire and Wheel Inspection: Inspect the tires for uneven wear or damage. If there is irregular or premature wear, check the wheel alignment. Inspect for damaged wheels.

Exhaust System Inspection: Inspect the complete exhaust system. Inspect the body near the exhaust system. Look for broken, damaged, missing or out-of-position parts as well as open seams, holes, loose connections or other conditions which could cause a heat build-up in the floor pan or could let exhaust fumes into the vehicle.

Engine Cooling System Inspection: Inspect the hoses and have them replaced if they are cracked, swollen or deteriorated. Inspect all pipes, fittings and clamps; replace as needed. Clean the outside of the radiator and air conditioning condenser. To help ensure proper operation, a pressure test of the cooling system and pressure cap is recommended at least once a year.

Rear Axle Service: Check the gear lubricant level in the rear axle and add if needed. A fluid loss may indicate a problem. Check the axle and repair it if needed.

Brake System Inspection: Inspect the complete system. Inspect brake lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc. Inspect disc brake pads for wear and rotors for surface condition. Inspect other brake parts, including calipers, parking brake, etc. You may need to have your brakes inspected more often if your driving habits or conditions result in frequent braking.

GM Oil Life System

Your vehicle has a computer that lets you know when to change your engine oil. This is not based on mileage, but on engine revolutions and engine operating temperature. When the computer has calculated that the oil needs changing, the GM Oil Life System will indicate that a change is necessary. The mileage between oil changes will vary depending on how you drive your vehicle — usually between 3,000 miles (5 000 km) and 10,000 miles (16 000 km) since your last oil and filter change. Under severe conditions, the system may come on before 3,000 miles (5 000 km). Never drive your vehicle more than 10,000 miles (16 000 km) or 12 months (whichever occurs first) without an oil change. Use engine oil meeting the GM Standard GM4718M.

The system won’t detect dust in the oil. So, if you drive in a dusty area, be sure to change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or sooner if the CHANGE OIL SOON message appears. Remember to reset the system whenever the oil is changed.

How to Reset the Change Oil Soon Message

To reset the CHANGE OIL SOON message after an oil change, do the following:
1. Turn the ignition to ON and with the engine off.
2. Press the TRIP button so the OIL LIFE percentage is displayed.
3. Press RESET and hold for two seconds. OIL LIFE REMAIN 100% will appear.

1997 Corvette Owners User Manual

1997 Corvette Owners User Manual

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Source Material:

  1. The Pocket Book of the Corvette: The Definitive Guide to the All American Sports Car – Copyright 2003, Barnes & Noble
  2. CORVETTE: Sports Car Superstar – Copyright 2005, PIL – Publications International, Ltd.
  3. Corvette Black Book – Copyright 2009, Michael Bruce Associates, Inc.
  4. The Complete Book of Corvette, Every Model Since 1953 – Copyright 2005, Mike Mueller – MBI Publishing

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