2001 C5 Corvette

2001 Corvette Contents
Overview VIN Numbers
Specifications Factory Options
Price & Options Image Gallery
Engine & Transmission Recalls
– Exterior/Interior Colors Maintenance Schedule
– Wheels, Suspension & Brakes Service Bulletins
Performance

2001 Corvette Overview

The arrival of the 2001 C5 Chevrolet Corvette was met with an ever increasing amount of excitement and anticipation.  Over the past four years, both the coupe and convertible had already proven themselves as being some of the “best in class” since the introduction of the C5 in 1997.

Model: 2001 Corvette
Generation: C5 Corvette
Type: 2 Door Coupe/Hardtop/Convertible
Available Colors: Light Pewter, Quicksilver, Navy Blue, Speedway White, Black, Torch Red, Millenium Yellow, Magnetic Red, Bowling Green
Engine: LS1, 346 C.I., 5.7 Litre V8 (Coupe/Convertible), LS6, 346 C.I., 5.7 Litre V8 (Z06)
VIN: 1G1YY12S015100001 – 1G1YY12S115135601
Transmission: 4-speed automatic (standard), 6 speed manual (optional)
Original Price: $41,540 (Coupe), $47,975 (Convertible), $50,150 (Z06)
Units Produced: 35,627
Specs: 2001 Corvette Spec List

Additionally, the FRC had demonstrated General Motors commitment to provide driving enthusiasts with a machine that would better meet the rigors of performance driving with its improved suspension and more rigid body design.

Even now, while its engineering and design teams were continuing to further refine the Corvette base models, they were also about to begin an entirely new chapter that would include a new stablemate for the coupe and convertible – namely, the Z06 Edition Hardtop Coupe.

Built on the Fixed Roof Coupe (FRC) platform introduced with the 1999 and 2000 models, this replacement to the earlier hardtop model was built to rival the horsepower and performance numbers boasted by the C4 ZR-1 Corvette, yet was priced at only a fraction of the cost.  Starting at $46,855, the Z06 Corvette would immediately become recognized as the flagship of the Corvette line.

David Hill, lead engineer Corvette.
David Hill, lead engineer of the Chevrolet Corvette.

The idea to develop a true “race-ready” Corvette really stemmed from the discontented mind of David Hill, Corvette’s Chief Engineer, who simply wasn’t satisfied with the current performance aspects of the C5 Corvette.  Looking at the Corvette from a pure performance perspective, he recognized that not all Corvette owners cared about making concessions to comfort and convenience.  He believed that some drivers simply wanted to be the fastest driver behind the wheel of the strongest automobile on the streets.  It was with this focus and determination that Hill and his team of designers and engineers set about developing a purist automotive experience unlike any Corvette that had come before it.  The success of this endeavor manifested itself to the world under the numeric designation Z06.

The Z06 name was chosen to honor Zora Arkus-Duntov and the original “race-ready” Z06 package that he was instrumental in developing for the 1963 Corvette.  Further paying homage to Duntov, Chevrolet engineers developed a new powerplant for the new Corvette flagship which carried the engine designation LS6 (which was the same engine designation given to Duntov’s famed 425 horsepower (gross) big-block V-8 that was originally offered, though only briefly, in 1971.)

2001 LS6 Engine
The 2001 LS6 Engine produces 385 Horsepower and 385 lbs-ft of torque. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Available only in the Z06 package, the 2001 LS6 engine produced an impressive 385 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque.  Although the engine was based on the standard 5.7-liter LS1 powerplant, the LS6‘s higher-compression aluminum heads were modified for better management of crankcase pressures and more efficient oil flow (and return) from the upper part of the engine during high-speed turns.

Additionally, the camshaft profile was increased to take advantage of a new intake manifold.  Working together, this more aggressive intake profile allowed a higher volume of air to flow into (and through) the improved porting, allowing the engine to breathe more easily while ensuring that air moved smoothly into the combustion chambers.

Larger fuel injectors were introduced to balance the increased air volume, and a titanium exhaust system, unique to the Z06 and 50% lighter than the equivalent stainless steel exhaust found on the base model coupe and convertible, was included to help relieve exhaust-gas back-pressure.  Lastly, stronger valve springs were added to manage the engine’s higher RPM.  Production of both the LS1 and the LS6 engines were relocated to a facility in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Developed solely with the driving purist and racing enthusiasts in mind, it was no surprise when it was decided that the Z06 platform should only come equipped with a manual transmission.  As such, the Z06 was equipped with a new six-speed manual transmission gearbox which included more aggressive gearing than that found on the base coupe.  When mated with the LS6 engine, the Z06 powertrain was decisively more powerful than that of any Corvette which had come before it.

The new Z06 boasted an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 8.09 pounds per horsepower, with 0-60 miles per hour times clocking in around four seconds and quarter mile times clocking in at just over 12 seconds. Finally, Chevrolet had introduced a Corvette that was capable of competing with some of the staunchest competitors from around the world while maintaining a price tag that was only a fraction of the competitions cost.

While the development of a more powerful drivetrain meant that the Z06 would push the boundaries of speed and performance already synonymous with Corvette, it would also require that the rest of the car be bolstered to support the increased torsional forces that would be placed on it.  In response to this, Chevrolet engineers developed an exclusive suspension package for the Z06 Corvette.  Designated RPO FE4, the Z06 suspension package featured a larger front stabilizer bar, stiffer rear leaf springs, and revised camber settings.  Each of these components was calibrated to deliver maximum high-speed control, even when operating the Z06 in adverse driving conditions.

Z06 Corvette Tires
The Z06 Corvette features Goodyear Eagle F1 Tires. The fronts are sized P265/40ZR-17 and the rears are P295/35ZR-18.

Complimenting the suspension package upgrades was the introduction of wider Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.  These unique tires were developed specifically for the Z06 Corvette, and each came with an asymmetrical tread pattern designed to grip the road on both dry and wet surfaces.

Further, these new tires also included greater sidewall compliance and improved wear characteristics.  The front wheels were lined with P265/40ZR-17 tires and the rear wheels were lined with P295/35ZR-18 tires, both of which were an inch wider than those mounted to the standard Corvettes.  Interestingly, these new tires were not of the “run-flat” design, so a puncture repair kit was included with the car.

Essentially the kit enabled the driver to repair the tire with a special compressed sealant, and then inflate it with the included compressed air so that the car could be driven to the nearest available service shop.

The exhaust system was also improved over the base Corvette coupe and convertible models. A less-restrictive titanium exhaust system was introduced for the 2001 Z06 and was the first production vehicle exhaust system ever developed out of the exotic metal. The new titanium exhaust system was 50 percent lighter than the stainless steel system it replaced.

The introduction of this new exhaust system helped to maximize the breathing capabilities of the LS6 and reduce the overall weight of the Z06 Corvette. Complementing the exhaust system, Chevrolet designers introduced chrome exhaust tips for the 2001 model year.  While these tips were not unique solely to the Z06 coupe, they certainly gave the 2001 model a distinctive characteristic that identified the (then) newest of the C5’s amongst its peers.

Z06 Brake Calipers
The Z06 Brake Calipers featured specially painted red front and rear brake calipers.

In addition to the improvements made to the power output of the Z06, a “weight savings” program helped further bolster the car’s performance numbers.  The weight reduction program included the aforementioned exhaust system, the replacement of the standard issue car battery with a compact lead-acid battery and the replacement of the standard issue automotive glass with a thinner windshield and backlight glass.  Overall, the Z06 weighed in at 36 pounds less than the former Fixed Roof Coupe and was 117 pounds lighter than the base model coupe.

Z06 Corvette Rear rocker air scoops
Rear rocker air scoops were added to the Z06 Corvette to aid in the cooling of the rear braking system.

Cosmetically, the Z06 Corvette was not much of a departure from the FRC Corvette that preceded it.  The most notable change that differentiated the Z06 from the Coupe was the replacement of the rear hatchback and deck lid with a closed cockpit that featured a backlight rear widow and the re-introduction of a functional, stand-alone trunk.

Other, less notable but equally significant changes included the addition of purposeful grilles to the center air inlets on the front fascia, and air scoops added to the rear rocker panels to feed air to the rear brakes for better cooling.

Lastly, both the disc-brake calipers and the engine cover were painted bright red, and Z06 emblems were added to the front fenders.

Z06 Corvette Special badging
Special badging was added to the Z06 Corvette.

The interior of the Z06 Corvette featured a number of subtle embellishments over that of the base coupe and convertible.

The Z06 featured an exclusive instrument cluster with stylized graphics that helped to accentuate the model’s higher 6,500 RPM engine redline.  The seats were leather trimmed in solid black, (although Torch Red accents were also an option) and included additional side bolstering to ensure that the driver and passenger remained properly seated during even the staunchest driving conditions.  The seat’s headrests also received special embroidering that featured the Z06 logos.  Similarly, special Z06 embroidered floor mats were included as part of the interior package.  A Bose audio system with CD player was also included.

Both the pubic and critical reception of the Z06 Corvette was wildly enthusiastic.  The car was heralded as “race-ready straight out of the box” and was considered a bargain amongst comparably equipped European sports cars like Porsche and Ferrari.

Of course, not all of the featured development and model advances were made exclusively to the Z06.  In many instances, the design improvements to the Z06 produced technology spin-offs that were used on all of the Corvettes from that year.  Mechanically, the LS1 engine of the base Corvette received a slight boost in engine horsepower (from 345 to 350 bhp) as a result of utilizing the LS6’s new intake and exhaust manifolds.

Even more impressive was the LS1 engine’s low end torque, which had increased to 360lb-ft at 4,400 rpm on automatic-transmission-equipped models, and 375 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm on models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.  These improvements meant that even the “slowest” 2001 Corvette (a base model equipped with an automatic transmission (which accounts for approximately 60% of the Corvettes sold that year)) was still a full quarter second quicker than its 2000 counterpart.  Further, when equipped with the performance axle, the automatic would now run as fast as the previous year’s manual-gearbox version.

2001 Corvette
The 2001 C5 Chevy Corvette Coupe. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Other mechanical advances to the 2001 Corvette included the introduction of a larger-diameter aluminum driveshaft, and base models equipped with manual-gearbox versions received a revised clutch that required less pedal pressure to engage.  Back under the hood, several improvements had been made to the electrical systems.  For the first time ever, the Corvette now came equipped with a glass mat battery, which was an improvement over its predecessor.  Where the standard battery was certainly no slouch, this replacement was lighter and more durable than the one it replaced.  In conjunction with the battery, a revised alternator was introduced that included a new clutch pulley that aided in eliminating “idle creep” on automatic transmission models.

The 2001 model year saw the introduction of the C5 Z06 Corvette, but did you know that the Z06 is actually a naming convention that GM introduced in the early 1960’s?

In 1962, Zora Arkus Duntov, Chief Engineer at General Motors (GM), first brought forth the concept of the Z06 following a ban on factory-sponsored racing by the SCCA. The Z06 “regular option package” was specifically designed for competition-minded buyers, so they could order a race-ready Corvette straight from the factory with just one check of an option box.

The 2001 Z06 Corvette offered similar available upgrades to consumers including the more powerful 385 horsepower LS6 engine. When mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission, the LS6 provided the 2001 Z06 Corvette with the extra power necessary to provide drivers with a “race-ready” Corvette, just as Zora Arkus-Duntov had envisioned some forty years earlier.

While most Corvette enthusiasts purchased a Corvette for its horsepower, there was another benefit of the modifications made to the LS1 equipped Corvette that had little to do with performance, but had a significant impact on fuel economy.  For the 2001 model year, the fuel economy of the base coupes and convertibles increased by one mile per gallon.  Further, all new Corvettes now received the “National Low-Emisssion Vehicles (NLEV)” certification, meaning that the Corvette not only produced serious performance numbers, but also met stringent emission standards that ensured that the Corvette was “environmentally conscious.”

An Active-Handling system was introduced as a standard feature on all model lines of the Corvette. It featured a new brake-pressure modulator (supplied by Bosch) and a number of new or revised stability system calibrations.  A less intrusive stability control system was introduced, replacing the previous version, which had earned a reputation of interfering with the driver’s operation of the car.

Some “creature comforts” were introduced for the 2001 model year as well.  Automatically dimming “electrochromic” side and rear-view mirrors were added as an option (RPO DDO), though these were only available separately if ordering a Z06 Corvette.  If a consumer wished to purchase the “electrochromic” mirrors for their base model coupe or convertible, they could only do so when ordering option group 1SC, which included the dimming mirrors as well as the heads-up display, twilight sentinel and the power telescopic steering column.  Other improvements included the introduction of a newly designed convertible top that offered a tighter seal, which improved noise isolation and gave the top a smoother look.

First 2001 Chevy Corvette
The first 2001 Chevy Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

The prices on both the coupe and convertible rose some from the previous year.  The coupe started at $39,830 and the convertible started at $46,355, which was only slightly less than the base price for the Z06 coupe.   While the increase as notable, it did not hinder car sales in the slightest.

In fact, the 2001 season saw the highest Corvette sales volume since the 1985 model, with the total number of units sold tallying 35,537 units, including an impressive 5,798 Z06 coupes, a more-than-respectable number for the car’s freshman year.

As Dave Hill pointed out (when asked about the 2001 Corvette lineup) “We’ve enhanced Corvette’s performance persona and broken new ground with the new Z06.”  Hill went on to say that the “Second-Generation Active Handling and improved comfort and convenience add luster to America’s most enduring high performance sports car.”  Based on both customer response and the end of year sales results, it was most definitely certain that the Corvette had a promising commercial future.

2001 running of the 24 Hours of LeMans corvette
Team Corvette Racing took a first/second finish at the 2001 running of the 24 Hours of LeMans, marking Corvette’s first win at one of the biggest racing events in the world.

At the same time, the Corvette C5-R Racer dominated the competition during the 2001 racing season.  Among its many victories that year, the C5-R landed an overall victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona, a double-podium finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring, a number of class victories throughout the American LeMans Series, including races run in Portland, Sears Point, and Texas Motor Speedway.

Without question, however, the most significant win of the season was the first and second place GT-class finishes of the Corvette Racing teams at the 24 Hours of LeMans, marking the first time that a Corvette had ever won at LeMans.  That victory, more than any other, would leave a mark on the global racing community and demonstrate once and for all that the design and engineering teams behind Corvette had built a car that was as capable as any of its European counterparts.

C5-R at the 24 Hours of Daytona
In 2001, both Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. drove the C5-R at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Two weeks after the race, Dale Earnhardt Sr. would be killed tragically in the last lap of the Daytona 500.

In August 2001, Chevrolet announced that it would sell as many as five track-ready versions of the C5-R GTS-class racer to private teams, much as it had done with previous, specially modified Corvettes.  However, the engine and related electronics had to be purchased separately through Katech and then fitted to the chassis by Pratt and Miller, though both of these companies were partnered with Chevrolet on the C5-R project.

Corvette 2001
The 2001 Corvette is named as a homage to Zora Arkus-Duntov’s 1963 Z06 Corvette. Like the ’63 Corvette, the 2001 was built to provide serious drivers with a racing-ready Corvette straight from the factory.

At the end of the 2001 season, with the Z06 now in circulation, the new Corvette had unquestioningly met the expectations of all who were involved with its design and development.  The general consensus was that this new Corvette was “simply the quickest, best handling Corvette ever.”

Moreover, David Hill, whose vision to build a Corvette for the driving/racing purists, had been accomplished.  As Hill himself explained “We’ve enhanced Corvette’s performance persona and broken new ground with the Z06.   With 0 – 60 times of four seconds flat and more than 1g of cornering acceleration (skidpad), the Z06 truly takes Corvette performance to the next level.  In fact, the Corvette Team has begun referring to it as the C5.5, so marked are the improvements we’ve made and the optimization of the car in every dimension.”

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2001 Corvette Specifications

2001 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 2001 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door Coupe, Convertible, Hard Top front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: Bowling Green, Kentucky
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): 1G1YY12S015100001 – 1G1YY12S115135601
VIN SUFFIX: ZCB: 346 CUBIC INCH, 350 HP, AUTO TRANSMISSION
ZCC: 346 CUBIC INCH, 350 HP, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ZCA: 346 CUBIC INCH, 385 HP, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 12561168: 346 CUBIC INCH, 350 HORSEPOWER
12561168: 346 CUBIC INCH, 385 HORSEPOWER
HEAD NUMBER: 12564241: 346 CUBIC INCH, 350 HORSEPOWER

2001 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

2001 Corvette Pricing & Options

* New for the 2001 model year

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
15,681
$40,475.00
1YY37
Base Corvette Z06 Hardtop
5,773
$47,500.00
1YY67
Base Corvette Convertible
14,173
$47,000.00
1SB*
Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Coupe
2,514
$1,639.00
1SB*
Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Convertible
1,710
$1,769.00
1SC*
Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Coupe
11,558
$2,544.00
1SC*
Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Convertible
11,881
$2,494.00
AAB
Memory Package (Z06 Hardtop)
4,780
$150.00
B34
Floor Mats
34,907
$25.00
B84
Body Side Moldings
20,457
$75.00
CC3
Removable Roof Panel, Blue Tint (Coupe)
5,099
$1,100.00
C2L
Dual Removable Roof Panels (Coupe)
4,769
$650.00
DDO*
Electrochromatic Mirrors (Z06 Hardtop)
4,576
$120.00
F45
Selective Real Time Damping (Coupe & Convertible)
5,620
$1,695.00
G92
Performance Axle Ratio (3.15 ratio) (automatic)
12,882
$300.00
MN6
6-Speed Manual Transmission (Coupe & Convertible)
16,019
$815.00
N73
Magnesium Wheels (Coupe & Convertible)
1,022
$2,000.00
QF5
Polished Aluminum Wheels (Coupe & Convertible)
22,980
$895.00
R8C*
Corvette Museum Delivery
457
$490.00
ULO
Delco Stereo Cassette (Replaces Standard Radio)
6,844
– $100.00
UN0
Delco Stereo System with CD
28,783
$100.00
U1S
Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer (Coupe & Convertible)
14,198
$600.00
V49
Front License Plate Frame
18,935
$15.00
Z51
Performance Handling Package (Coupe & Convertible)
7,817
$350.00
79U
Millennium Yellow Paint with tint coat
3,887
$600.00
86U
Magnetic Red Metallic Paint (Coupe & Convertible)
3,322
$600.00

2001 Corvette

2001 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Color Options & Quantities

CODE
EXTERIOR
Coupe
Conv
Z06
Total
INTERIOR COLOR OPTIONS
11
Light Pewter Metallic
1,983
1,479
N/A
3,462
Black, Light Grey, Red
12
Quicksilver
1,905
1,572
1,345
4,822
Black, Light Grey, Red
28
Navy Blue Metallic
1,388
1,199
N/A
2,587
Black, Light Grey, Light Oak
40
Speedway White
1,066
1,047
352
2,465
Black, Light Grey, Light Oak, Red
41
Black
2,450
2,702
1,819
6,971
Black, Light Grey, Light Oak, Red
70
Torch Red
2,788
2,781
1,623
7,192
Black, Light Grey, Light Oak, Red
79
Millenium Yellow
1,822
1,431
634
3,887
Black
86
Magnetic Red Metallic
1,836
1,486
N/A
3,322
Black, Light Grey, Light Oak
91
Dark Bowling Green
443
476
N/A
919
Black, Light Grey, Light Oak

Convertible Top Colors & Quantities

CODE
COLOR
TOTAL
16T
White
548
41T
Black
9,823
67T
Light Oak
3,802

Exterior Colors

2001 Corvette Colors

Interior Colors

2001 Corvette Colors Interior

Seats

Wheels

2001 Corvette Wheels


2001 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Engine Spec

Engine
Order Code: LS1 LS6
Engine Manufacturing:
St. Catherines, Ontario St. Catherines, OntariO
Type: 90 degree V, Front Longitudinal, OHV Pushrod 90 degree V, Front Longitudinal, OHV Pushrod
Number of Cylinders 8 8
Displacement (liters/cc/cid): 5.7 / 5,665 / 346 5.7 / 5,665 / 346
Fuel induction system: Sequential Fuel Injection Sequential Fuel Injection
Horsepower (SAE net @ rpm): 350 @ 5,600 385 @ 6,000
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm) (manual): 375 @ 4,400 385 @ 4,800
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm) (auto): 360 @ 4,000 N/A
Valves per cylinder: 2 2
Bore x stroke (mm.): 99.0 x 92.0 99.0 x 92.0
Redline (rpm): 6,000 rpm 6,500 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.1:1 10.5:1
Firing Order:
1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3
Cylinder No. System (Left):
1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7
Cylinder No. System (Right): 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8
Fuel Required:
Unleaded Unleaded
Fuel Antiknock index (R+M) +2
87 87
Recommended Fuel:
Premium Unleaded Premium Unleaded
EPA – Automatic Transmission
– City: 18 mpg N/A
– Highway:
26 mpg N/A
– Max cruising range 481 miles / 774 km N/A
EPA – Manual Transmission
– City: 19 mpg 19 mpg
– Highway: 28 mpg 28 mpg
– Max cruising range 518 miles / 834 km 518 miles / 834 km

Engine Materials

Engine Materials
Engine Materials LS1 LS6
Block: Cast Aluminum Cast Aluminum
Cylinder Heads: Cast Aluminum Cast Aluminum
Intake Manifold: Composite Composite
Exhaust Manifold: Cast Nodular Iron Cast Nodular Iron
Crankshaft: Cast Nodular Iron w/Rolled Fillets Cast Nodular Iron w/Rolled Fillets
Camshaft: Hollow Steel Hollow Steel
Cam drive: Chain Chain

Transmission (Automatic)

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: 1.90:1 (2.19 optional)

Transmission (Manual)

Optional Manual Spec
Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Order Code: MN6
Model: T56 Borg-Warner Rear-Mounted 6-Speed Manual
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 2.66:1
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

2001 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Suspension

Front Suspension 
Front Suspension Short/Long arm (SLA) double wishbone
Features:
Forged aluminum Steering Knuckle
Cast aluminum upper control arm
Transverse-mounted composite leaf spring
Monotube shock absorbers
Individual wheel height adjusters
F45 – includes Selective Real Time Damping control
Stabilizer bar diameter: Base (19mm), F45 (19mm), Z51 (21.7mm)
Shock absorber diameter: Base (36mm), F45 (28mm), Z51 (45mm)
Rear Suspension 
Rear Suspension Short/Long arm (SLA) double wishbone
Features:
Cast aluminum upper control arm
Transverse-mounted composite leaf spring
Monotube shock absorbers
Lubed-for-life ball joints
Individual wheel height adjusters
F45 – includes Selective Real Time Damping control
Stabilizer bar diameter: Base (19mm), F45 (19mm), Z51 (21.7mm)
Shock absorber diameter: Base (36mm), F45 (28mm), Z51 (45mm)

Brakes

Type Power-Assisted, Four-Wheel Vented Disc
Anti-lock system (Standard) Four Wheel (Bosch ABS S.3)
Rotor diameter x thickness, front (mm): 12.8 x 1.26
Rotor diameter x thickness, rear (mm): 12 x 1.02
Swept area, fr. / rr. (sq. in.): 263 / 158

Wheels & Tires

Wheels & Tires Coupe/Convertible Z06
Wheels, size: 17 x 8.5 (front), 18″ x 9.5″ (rear) 17 x 9.5 (front), 18 x 10.5 (rear)
Wheel Type (Standard) Cast Aluminum Forged Aluminum
Wheel Type (Optional) High-Polish Aluminum
Wheel Type (Optional) Magnesium (bronze tone)
Number of studs: 5 5
Circle diameter, (inches): N/A N/A
Spare: N/A N/A
Tire, size: P245/45ZR-17 (front), P275/40ZR-18 (rear) P245/45ZR-17 (front), P275/40ZR-18 (rear)
Tires, manufacturer / type: Extended-Mobility Eagle F1 GS High-Performance Goodyear Eagle F1 SC (GM Tire Inflator Kit Included)

Steering

Steering
Type: Power-Assisted, Speed-Sensitive, Magnetic, Variable-Effort (MagnaSteer)
Ratio: 10.1:1
Wheel diameter (in.): 15.0
Turns, Lock to Lock: 2.66 (Z06 2.46)
Turning Diameter, curb-to-curb (ft.): 39.4 (Z06 42.3)
Turning Diameter, wall-to-wall (ft.): 40.3 (Z06 43.3)

2001 Corvette

2001 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Coupe Dimensions (Coupe)

2001 Corvette Dimensions - Coupe

Exterior Dimensions (Coupe)

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 (Coupe)

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

Convertible Dimensions (Convertible)

2001 Corvette Dimensions - Convertible

Exterior Dimensions (Convertible)

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 (Convertible)

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

Coupe Dimensions (Z06)

2001 Corvette Dimensions - Z06

Exterior Dimensions (Z06)

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 (Z06)

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 Convertible Z06
Passenger Capacity 2 – Driver & Passenger 2 – Driver & Passenger 2 – Driver & Passenger
Curb Weight (Manual) 3,130
Curb Weight (Auto) 3,212 lbs. 3,207 lbs.
Interior Passenger Volume (cu.ft): 51.4 Cubic Fee N/A 51.7 Cubic Fee
Interior Trunk Volume (cu. ft): 24.8 Cubic Feet 13.8 Cubic Feet (Top up), 11.1 (Top down) 13.3 Cubic Feet
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS) 18.5 gallons 18.5 gallons 18.5 gallons
Engine Oil Capacity (QTS) 6.5 (with filter) 6.5 (with filter) 6.5 (with filter)
Coolant Capacity (QTS./LITERS) 11.5 quarts, 11.8 w/ manual 11.5 quarts, 11.8 w/ manual 11.5 quarts, 11.8 w/ manual
Battery (CCA): 600 Cold Cranking Amperes 600 Cold Cranking Amperes 600 Cold Cranking Amperes
Coefficient of Drag (cd): 0.29 cd 0.29 cd 0.29 cd
Weight Dist. Front/Rear (%) 51/49 51/49 53/47

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2001 Corvette Performance Results

PERFORMANCE RESULTS Coupe Convertible Z06
Weight-to-power ratio, auto. trans. (lbs:hp): 9.27 9.27
Weight-to-power ratio, man. trans. (lbs:hp): 8.13
Specific output (hp/liter): 61.8 61.8 68
0-60 MPH, Manual Trans. (seconds): 4.5 4.0
0-60 MPH, Auto Trans. (seconds): 5.0
Quarter Mile, Man. Trans. (seconds / mph): 13.22/109 13.22/109 12.6/114
Top Speed (mph): 175 175 171
Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.93 0.93 1.03

2001 Corvette

2001 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range & Meaning

VIN Range 1G1YY12S015100001 – 1G1YY12S115135601
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
1/2/3 (Sixth Digit) Bodystyle of Car. 1 – Hardtop, 2 – Two Door Hatchback Coupe, 3 – Two Door Convertible
2 (Seventh Digit) Type of Restraint System.  2 – Passive Restraint System.
S (Eighth Digit) Type of Engine.  G – LS1: 5.7 Liter, 346CI Engine, S – LS6: 5.7 Liter, 346 CI Engine
6 (Ninth Digit) Check Digit (varies)
1 (Tenth Digit) The Model Year. 1 – 2001
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 135601. The pilot and prototype cars were given a VIN number in this VIN series.
Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

The Check Digit is 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.)

For all 2001 Corvettes in the U.S. and Canada, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield. (See Figure below)

For all 2001 Corvettes exported from the U.S. the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was stamped onto the vehicle frame rail. (See Figure below)

2001 Corvette Engine VIN Derivative

All engines are stamped or laser etched with a partial vehicle identification number (VIN), which was derived from the complete VIN.

VIN Derivative:

  • 115100001 – 115135601

The engine VIN derivative contains the following nine positions

  • 1 (First Digit) – GM Division Identifier.  1 – Chevrolet
  • 1 (Second Digit) -Model Year.  1 – 2001
  • 5 (Third Digit) – Assembly Plant. 5 – Bowling Green, KY
  • 1XXXXX (Fourth thru Ninth Digits) – Plant Sequence Numbers (matching VIN)

LS1 and LS6 Engine VIN Derivative Label Locations:

2001 Corvette Engine VIN Derivative
Figure 3
  1. Engine VIN Derivative, Primary Location
  2. Engine VIN Derivative, Secondary Location

The engine VIN Derivative number will be located in either the primary or secondary location, as shown. (See Figure 3 above)

2001 Corvette Engine Identification (ID) Numbers

Stick-on labels attached to the engine, laser etching, or stampings in the engine block indicate the engine unit number/build date code.

LS1 and LS6 Engine ID Number Label Locations

2001 Corvette Engine Identification (ID) Numbers
Figure 4
  1. Engine ID Number, Primary Location
  2. Engine ID Number, Secondary Location

The engine ID number will be located on the rear of the LH cylinder head (2) or the front part of the LH oil pan rail (1).
(See Figure 4 above)

2001 Corvette 6-Speed Manual Transmission (RPO MM6, RPO MM12) VIN Derivative

Stick-on labels, laser etching, or stampings on the transmission indicate the engine unit number/build date code.

Borg Warner T-56 Manual Transmission VIN Derivative Label Locations

2001 Corvette 6-Speed Manual Transmission (RPO MM6, RPO MM12) VIN Derivative
Figure 5
  1. 6-Speed Manual Transmission VIN Derivative, Primary Location
  2. 6-Speed Manual Transmission VIN Derivative, Secondary Location

The 6-speed manual transmission, the Borg Warner Modified T-56 (RPO MM6), is stamped with a VIN Derivative, which will be located in either the primary or secondary  location, as shown. (See Figure 5 above).

2001 Corvette Automatic Transmission Identification (ID) Number

The 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission, the Hydra-Matic 4L60-E (RPO M30), has an identification number with stick-on labels, laser etching, or stampings. (see Figure 6 below.)

The Automatic transmission ID Number contains the following nine positions

  • 1 (First Digit) – Model Year. 1 – 2001
  • Y (Second and Third Digit) – Model. Y – Corvette
  • D (Fourth Digit) – Transmission Type. D – HYDRA-MATIC 4L60-E
  • 1 (Fifth Digit) – Calendar Year. 1 – 2001
  • XXX (Sixth thru eighth Digit) – Julian Date (or Day of the Year)
  • X (Ninth Digit) – Shift Build

Hydra-Matic 4L60-E Transmission ID Label Location

Hydra-Matic 4L60-E Transmission ID Label Location
Figure 6

The transmission identification number (Figure 6) indicates the transmission model type and when the unit was built.

2001 Corvette Automatic Transmission VIN Derivative

Stick-on labels, laser etching, or stampings on the Hydra-Matic 4L60-E automatic transmission indicate the VIN Derivative. (see Figure 7 below).

Hydra-Matic 4L60-E Transmission VIN Derivative Label Locations

  1. Automatic Transmission VIN Derivative, Primary Location
  2. Automatic Transmission VIN Derivative, Secondary Location
  3. Automatic Transmission VIN Derivative, Optional Location
  4. Automatic Transmission VIN Derivative, Optional Location

The automatic transmission, the Hydra-Matic 4L60-E (RPO MM30), is stamped with a VIN Derivative, which will be located in either the primary, secondary, or optional locations. (See Figure 7 above.)

Axle Identification

  1. GM Part Number
  2. Getrag Part Number

Serial Number Label Certification
(Located on the edge of the driver’s door)

  1. Name of Manufacturer
  2. Gross Vehicle Weight-Rating
  3. Gross Axle Weight-Rating, Front, Rear
  4. Canadian Safety Mark (w/RPO Z49)
  5. Certification Statement
  6. Vehicle Class Type (Pass Car, etc.)
  7. Vehicle Identification Number
  8. Date of Manufacture (Mo/Yr)

Service Parts Identification Label (SPID)
(Located inside the glovebox)

  1. Vehicle Identification Number
  2. Engineering Model number (Vehicle Division, Vehicle Line and Body Style)
  3. Interior Trim and Decor Level
  4. Exterior (Paint Color) WA Number
  5. Paint Technology
  6. Special Order Paint Colors and Numbers
  7. Vehicle Option Content

The service parts identification label is used to identify the original equipment options built into the specific vehicle being serviced.

2001 Corvette

2001 Corvette Factory Options

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
15,681
$40,475.00
1YY37
Base Corvette Z06 Hardtop
5,773
$47,500.00
1YY67
Base Corvette Convertible
14,173
$47,000.00
1SB*
Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Coupe
2,514
$1,639.00
1SB*
Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Convertible
1,710
$1,769.00
1SC*
Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Coupe
11,558
$2,544.00
1SC*
Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Convertible
11,881
$2,494.00
AAB
Memory Package (Z06 Hardtop)
4,780
$150.00
B34
Floor Mats
34,907
$25.00
B84
Body Side Moldings
20,457
$75.00
CC3
Removable Roof Panel, Blue Tint (Coupe)
5,099
$1,100.00
C2L
Dual Removable Roof Panels (Coupe)
4,769
$650.00
DDO*
Electrochromatic Mirrors (Z06 Hardtop)
4,576
$120.00
F45
Selective Real Time Damping (Coupe & Convertible)
5,620
$1,695.00
G92
Performance Axle Ratio (3.15 ratio) (automatic)
12,882
$300.00
MN6
6-Speed Manual Transmission (Coupe & Convertible)
16,019
$815.00
N73
Magnesium Wheels (Coupe & Convertible)
1,022
$2,000.00
QF5
Polished Aluminum Wheels (Coupe & Convertible)
22,980
$895.00
R8C*
Corvette Museum Delivery
457
$490.00
ULO
Delco Stereo Cassette (Replaces Standard Radio)
6,844
– $100.00
UN0
Delco Stereo System with CD
28,783
$100.00
U1S
Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer (Coupe & Convertible)
14,198
$600.00
V49
Front License Plate Frame
18,935
$15.00
Z51
Performance Handling Package (Coupe & Convertible)
7,817
$350.00
79U
Millennium Yellow Paint with tint coat
3,887
$600.00
86U
Magnetic Red Metallic Paint (Coupe & Convertible)
3,322
$600.00

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 346 cubic inch, 350 horsepower, 5.7 liter engine (LS1), 4-speed automatic transmission, removable body-color roof panel, a
  • Delco stereo system with cassette player and digital clock, Bose speaker package, and leather seats were included in the base price.

Base Corvette Z06 Hardtop (1YY37)

  • The base price of the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop without optional equipment.
  • A 346 cubic inch, 385 horsepower, 5.7 liter engine (LS6), 6-speed manual transmission, a Delco stereo system with CD player and digital clock, Bose speaker package, and leather seats were included in the base price.

Base Corvette Convertible (1YY67)

  • The base price of the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible without optional equipment.
  • A 346 cubic inch, 350 horsepower, 5.7 liter engine (LS1), 4-speed automatic transmission, a retractable soft top, a Delco stereo system with cassette player and digital clock, Bose speaker package, and leather seats were included in the base price.

Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Coupe (1SB) – This Group Included:

  • Sport Bucket Seats
  • 6-way Power Passenger Seat
  • Electronic Dual-Zone Air Condition
  • Fog Lamps
  • Memory Package
  • Luggage Parcel Shade

Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Convertible (1SB) – This Group Included:

  • Sport Bucket Seats
  • 6-way Power Passenger Seat
  • Electronic Dual-Zone Air Condition
  • Fog Lamps
  • Memory Package
  • Twilight Sentinel
  • Electrochromatic Mirrors

Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Coupe (1SC) – This Group Included:

  • 1SB equipment
  • Electrochromatic Mirrors
  • Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • Twilight Sentinel
  • Power-Telescopic Steering Column

Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Convertible (1SC) – This Group Included:

  • 1SB equipment
  • Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • Power-Telescopic Steering Wheel

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.

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.
  • CC3 was only available for the Coupe

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.
  • CC3 was only available for the Coupe.

Electrochromatic Mirrors (DD0)

  • Outside mirrors LH and RH with electric remote control, heated, and light sensitivity.
  • DD0 was only available for the Z06.

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 (RPO Z51).
  • F45 was not available for the Z06 Hardtop.

Performance Axle (3.15 Ratio (Automatic)) (G92)

  • Optional performance axle ratio of 3.15:1 with automatic transmission.
  • The standard automatic transmission featured an axle ratio of 2.75:1. By comparison, the manual transmission model featured a 3.42:1 axle ratio.

6-Speed Manual Transmission (MN6)

  • An optional, 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.

Magnesium Wheels (N73)

  • Optional magnesium wheel package replacing the standard polished aluminum wheels.

Polished Aluminum Wheels (QF5)

  • High-Polish 5-spoke Forged Aluminum Wheels

Corvette Museum Delivery (R8C)

Delco Stereo Cassette (UL0)

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 (RPO UN0).

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.

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).

Millenium Yellow Paint (79U)

  • Premium Tint Coat Color – Additional Charge

Magnetic Red Metallic Paint (86U)

  • This paint option required additional costs.

Notes

  • The 2000 FRC model was replaced with the 2001 Z06 Hardtop model.
  • The LS1 engine increased in horspower from 345 to 350.
  • New thin-walled cast iron exhaust manifold replaced the stainless steel exhaust manifold to improve durability.
  • The driveshaft is upgraded from a metal-matrix composite to aluminum alloy 6061, and it is increased in diameter from 55 to 63 mm. Driveshaft couplings have also been upgraded on manual-equipped models for additional strength and durability.
  • By optimizing the design of the automatic transmission case Corvette engineers were able to trim some material and reduce thickness in some areas to reduce mass by 3.3 pounds.
  • All Corvettes, when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission (optional on coupes and convertibles, standard on Z06) feature a revised clutch with greater clamping power to accommodate increased torque. This new clutch design also provides for lower pedal effort, making manual-equipped Corvettes more satisfying to drive.
  • Carbon blocker rings have been installed on all manual transmission forward gears to provide for smoother shifts and additional robustness.
  • The M12 6-speed manual transmission is unique to the Z06. It is the only transmission available for that model and is not available on the coupe or convertible. It has more aggressive gearing to increase torque multiplication in most forward gears, allowing for more rapid acceleration and more usable torque at higher speeds.
  • To further maximize the breathing capabilities of the LS6, and reduce vehicle mass significantly a new titanium exhaust system was developed for the Z06. This marks the first-ever use of titanium in the exhaust system of a mass-production vehicle.
  • A Second-Generation Active Handling system, much enhanced over the original, becomes standard equipment on all Corvettes.
  • Interior sound isolation has been improved on all Corvettes with the addition of expandable foam and/or new seals in strategic areas.
  • A new convertible top provides better sealing, better sound isolation and a smoother appearance.
  • A new Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery, sometimes referred to as a “starve” battery, – which is lighter and more durable than the current Corvette battery – becomes the standard battery on all Corvette models.

New Color Options For The 2001 Corvette:

  • Exterior Color Additions
  • Quicksilver
  • Speedway White

New RPO Options For The 2001 Corvette:

  • Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Sport Coupe (1SB)
  • Preferred Equipment Group 1 – Convertible (1SB)
  • Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Sport Coupe (1SC)
  • Preferred Equipment Group 2 – Convertible (1SC)
  • Electrochromatic Mirrors (Z06 Hardtop) (DD0)
  • Corvette Museum Delivery (R8C)

2001 Corvette

2001 Corvette Recalls

Recall 04V060000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 2001
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 00v111000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 2001
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: 2001
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: 2001
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: 2001
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.


2001 Corvette Service Bulletins

See full 2001 C5 Corvette – Service Bulletins

Service Bulletins 3850

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 2001
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: 2001
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: 2001
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: 2001
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: 2001
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

See full 2001 C5 Corvette – Service Bulletins


2001 Corvette Common Issues

The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 2001 Corvette. While the intent of this page is to identify the common issues pertaining to the 2001 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.

Many late 2000 and 2001 C5 Corvette are known to burn an excessive amount of oil when the engine RPM’s are kept over 4,000 during prolonged periods of operation. This is most commonly caused by ring flutter, which allows extra oil to seep past the oil control rings. It does not to appear to cause any extra wear to the engine. Chevrolet has rebuilt and/or replaced engines for owners that have complained about excessive oil consumption.

The PCV system has a tendency to draw oil back into the intake at high RPM’s. It does not seem to cause any mechanical problems, other than a slight mess inside the intake manifold. A newer style PCV system can be installed, but this requires removing all the components in the top of the engine valley. This problem will cause carbon buildup in the cylinders.

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.

2001 Corvette

2001 Corvette 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.

 

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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