2000 Corvette

2000 C5 Chevrolet Corvette Model Guide

Specifications, VIN, Options, Performance, Recalls, & More

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2000 Corvette Overview

Since its inception in 1997, the C5 Corvette had proved to the world that it was not only a serious contender on the street but on the racetrack as well.  The arrival of the new century – and the new millennium – did nothing to deter that opinion.

While the 2000 C5 Corvette underwent little physical modification from that of its predecessor, it did receive some limited design changes as well as some unique enhancements that continued to perpetuate the car’s popularity both on the track and at the dealership.

Model: 2000 Corvette
Generation: C5 Corvette
Type: 2 Door Coupe/Hardtop/Convertible
Available Colors: Arctic White, Light Pewter Metallic, Sebring Silver Metallic,  Nassau Blue Metallic, Navy Blue Metallic, Black, Torch Red, Millennium Yellow, Magnetic Red Metallic, Dark Bowling Green Metallic
Engine: LS1 346 C.I., 5.7 Litre V8
VIN: 1G1YY22G6Y5100001 – 1G1YY22G9Y5133610
Transmission: 4-speed automatic (standard), 6 speed manual (optional)
Original Price: $39,475.00 (coupe), $38,900.00 (FRC hardtop), $45,900.00 (convertible)
Units Produced: 33,682
Specs: 2000 Corvette Spec List
2000 C5-R Corvette
The 2000 C5-R Corvette was piloted by drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim.

Corvette began the new millennium with continued momentum at the racetrack. While the C5-R had established itself as a contender at the racetrack during the 1999 racing season, Chevrolet decided to increase the cars capabilities by enhancing it for the 2000 season.

To start, Chevrolet replaced the race car’s 6.0 liter engine with a 7.0 liter V-8, which resulted in a net increase of 20 horsepower for the 2000 C5-R.  The car placed third and fourth in its class (10th and 11th overall) at the 24 Hours of LeMans in June, 2000.

In September of that same season, Corvette (and its drivers Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim) would gain its first victory during the American LeMans Series (ALMS) race in Ft. Worth Texas.

2000 Corvette
The 2000 Corvette introduced a number of new features, including the introduction of a dual-zone climate control system.

Production Corvettes did not receive any substantial mechanical changes for the 2000 model year, though a few enhancements were made.  Perhaps the most notable of these involved the upgrades made to the Z51 Performance Handling Package.  To start, the Z51  Package included larger stabilizer bars on both the front and rear of the car and the introduction of revised shock-absorbers damping.  While these changes did not produce a notably stiffer ride, they did improve handling, especially in transient maneuvers, by increasing roll stiffness.

Most of the other mechanical improvements for the 2000 Corvette centered around drivability and ride stability as well.  Engineering improvements were made to the Selective Real-Time Damping suspension.  These changes largely involved the introduction of new or revised algorithms integrated with a re-designed (softer) jounce bumper for ride and handling improvements.

DID YOU KNOW: Production of a single C5 Corvette takes 55 hours from start to finish. However, this is actually 15 hours less than the production of the C4 Corvette. This is due in large part to the fact that the C5 Corvette actually had fewer mechanical components than the earlier Corvette

The 2000 Corvette Wheels.
The 2000 Corvette Wheels.

Additionally, improvements were also made to the manual-transmission shifter.  The tension of the spring that located the shifter between the first-second gear gate and the fifth-sixth gate in the manual transmission was increased to provide a better sense of gear location and selection.

Still other mechanical improvements included improved windshield seals, the introduction of dual-zone climate control, and changes to the seat belts, seat materials and seat construction.

Cosmetically, there were virtually no changes made to the car design, although there were some minor improvements made to the detailing on the car.

Most significant of these changes was the modifications made to the five-spoke, standard aluminum wheels.  The new wheels were now fully forged with a flow-formed rim for greater durability, even though the new wheels featured thinner spokes than its predecessors.

While the new “thin-spoke” design was standard, a polished version of the wheel was also made available to consumers under option RPO QF5 at an additional cost of $895.00.  The popularity of this alternate polished wheel caused Chevrolet to announce in January, 2000 that a new, painted wheel from a different supplier would become standard to permit an increase in production of the polished wheel. This new standard wheel was similar in design, though it did feature slightly thicker spokes.

2000 Corvette
The 2000 Corvette introduced a conventional access-control system to replace the proximity controlled system introduced in 1993.

The proximity-based keyless entry system, which had proved to be perplexing to many consumers, was discontinued for 2000 in favor of a more conventional keyfob that utilized button controlled actuation.

While the proximity controlled system had been around since its introduction in the 1993 Corvette, few consumers were saddened to see it replaced by this new, more conventional access-control system, which enabled drivers to lock and un-lock their cars with the press of a button.

As an added benefit of providing an easily usable keyless entry system, Chevrolet designers decided to eliminate the passenger side outside door lock, leaving the driver-side key cylinder as the only mechanical means of locking/unlocking the Corvette in the event of a dead battery.

2000 Corvette

The proximity-based keyless entry system, which had proved to be perplexing to many consumers, was discontinued for 2000 in favor of a more conventional keyfob that utilized button controlled actuation.  While the proximity controlled system had been around since its introduction in the 1993 Corvette, few consumers were saddened to see it replaced by this new, more conventional access-control system, which enabled drivers to lock and un-lock their cars with the press of a button.  As an added benefit of providing an easily usable keyless entry system, Chevrolet designers decided to eliminate the passenger side outside door lock, leaving the driver-side key cylinder as the only mechanical means of locking/unlocking the Corvette in the event of a dead battery.

RACING: After making its debut return to racing in 1999, the C5-R Corvette proved its mettle in the 2000 season by competing – and winning races – in the American LeMans Series. First, on September 2, 2000, the No. 3 Corvette Racing’s C5-R Corvette finished first in the GTS race class (and eighth overall) after qualifying/starting second and running a total of 116 laps. Next, on September 30, 2000, team Corvette Racing’s car No. 4 finished first in the GTS class (and 9th overall) after completing 358 laps at Road Atlanta. Car. No. 3 (also of Corvette Racing) finished 3rd in the GTS class (and 11th overall) at the same race.

To commemorate the arrival of the new millennium, Chevrolet offered two new paint colors or the 2000 model year – Millennium Yellow and Dark Bowling Green Metallic. Much like the 1999’s Red Metallic exterior (which carried over into 2000), Millennium Yellow carried an additional cost of $500.00.  The additional cost was because of the paint itself, but the result of the special equipment and process required for producing a tinted clear coat that added visual depth to the paint’s appearance.

Prices for the Corvette increased only marginally for the 2000 model year.  The Corvette Coupe was now priced at $39,280 and accounted for a total of 18,113 units sold that year.  The convertible price was increased to $45,705 and accounted for 13,479 units that year. By comparison, the FRC was priced lowest at $38,705, but only accounted for 2,090 units that year.  While the Coupe, Convertible, and FRC Hardtop (Fixed Roof Coupe) all returned for the 2000 model year, it would mark the last year for the FRC Coupe.  While some consumers claimed that the short-lived run of the FRC Corvette was the direct result of poor sales figures, the reality of the decision was somewhat more complex.  While the hardtop Corvette promised increased performance, it offered little real performance improvement over the base model coupe.  Still, while the improved suspension, steering and handling did provide consumers a superior driving experience in some respects, General Motors was about to change the face of the Corvette market forever by introducing a variant of the hardtop coupe that would be more powerful than almost any Corvette that had come before it.

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2000 Corvette Specifications

See the complete breakdown of technical specifications for the 2000 Corvette, including engine, suspension, brakes, body dimensions, and power.

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2000 Corvette Pricing & Options

*New for the 2000 model year

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
18,113
$39,475.00
1YY37 Base Corvette Hardtop 2,090 $38,900.00
1YY67 Base Corvette Convertible 13,479 $45,900.00
AAB Memory Package 26,595 $150.00
AG1 Power Driver Seat (Hardtop) 1,841 $305.00
AG2 Power Passenger Seat (Coupe & Convertible) 29,462 $305.00
AQ9 Sport Seats (Coupe and Convertible) 27,103 $700.00
AP9* Parcel Net (Hardtop) 938 $15.00
B34 Floor Mats 33,188 $25.00
B84 Body Side Moldings 18,773 $75.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, Blue Tint (Coupe) 6,280 $650.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (Coupe) 5,605 $1,100.00
CJ2 Electronic Dual Zone Air Conditioning 29,428 $365.00
D42 Luggage Shade and Parcel Net (Coupe) 15,689 $50.00
F45 Selective Real Time Damping (Coupe & Convertible) 6,724 $1,695.00
G92 Performance Axle Ratio (3.15 ration) (automatic) 14,090 $100.00
JL4 Active Handling System 22,668 $500.00
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission (Coupe & Convertible) 13,320 $815.00
N37 Telescopic Steering, Power (Coupe & Convertible) 22,182 $350.00
N73 Magnesium Wheels 2,652 $2,000.00
QF5* Polished Aluminum Wheels 15,204 $895.00
T82 Twilight Sentinal (Coupe & Convertible) 23,508 $60.00
T96 Fog Lamps 31,992 $69.00
TR9 Lighting Package (Hardtop only) 1,527 $95.00
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Delco Stereo System with CD
24,696 $100.00
UV6 Head Up Display (HUD) 26,482 $375.00
UZ6 Bose Speaker Package (Hardtop) 1,766 $820.00
U1S Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer 15,809 $600.00
V49 Front License Plate Frame 17,380 $15.00
YF5 California Emissions 3,628 $0.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package 7,775 $350.00
79U* Millennium Yellow Paint (Coupe & Convertible) 3,578 $500.00
86U Magnetic Red Metallic Paint (Coupe & Convertible) 2,941 $500.00

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2000 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

For all 2000 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. Read more: 2000 Corvette VINs.

2000 Corvette Recalls, Technical Service Bulletins, & Maintenance Schedule

The information contained on this page is for reference only.  The time and mileage intervals for each of the maintenance items included on this page were established by General Motors with the introduction of the 2000 Chevy Corvette.  Please note that the original service intervals may not reflect the standard service intervals used in current automobile engines.

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2000 Corvette Common Issues

The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 2000 Corvette.  This information comes from a variety of sources including the NHTSA Defects Reports pages.  While the intent of this page is to identify the common issues pertaining to the 2000 Corvette, it is not an all-inclusive list and should be used for reference only.

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2000 Corvette Service Manual

See the original 2000 Corvette service manual here.