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[The Community Speaks] 5(4) Things You Dislike About Your C8

See what one of the largest social media Corvette communities thinks about the C8, and the top complaints may surprise you

A beautiful Silver Flare C8/Image Courtesy of C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends)

We are just weeks away from wrapping up 2023 production of the eighth-generation Corvette and are on schedule to nearly surpass the 1979 one-year production record of 53,807 Stingrays. As we approach this milestone for the beloved C8, I thought it would be interesting to show you some of the things C8 owners do not like about their Corvette.

And the top complaints may surprise you.

The question was recently posed by a member of a popular eighth-generation Facebook page, and with nearly 200 enthusiasts joining in, the results are telling. The parameters set by the author Justin were simple. He asked the Facebook group with over 73,000 members to list the flaws, features, (or anything for that matter), that they dislike about their C8.

Before we get to the results (with a TOTAL of 54 complaints!) that I logged from every post, here is Justin’s list.

Many dropped the organized numbered format started by Justin and just gave one or two dislikes. Then there was Bill with his beefs. Now, I don’t want you all to think I’m poking fun at Bill, because this would most likely be my list if I owned a C8, given my OCD personality and propensity to complain.

As you can see, some took it way beyond the 5 that were requested, and there were a few posts like Bill’s. But, let’s not be a ‘Debbie Downer”, because the third most popular answer fell under this sentiment.

Now, without further ado, here are the 55 answers

#1 Answer

  • No soft close on the frunk

#2 Answer

  • Wireless phone charging location

#3 Answer

  • NO complaints at all!

#4 Answer

  • Ingress/egress

#5 Answer

  • Seatbelt issues

#6 Answer

  • No adaptive cruise control

#7 Answer

  • Inadequate vented/”cooled” seats

#8 Answer

  • HTC (or top-off) noise

#9 Answer

  • NO manual (stick shift)

#10 Answer

  • Lack of power/needs more horsepower

Honorable Mentions (in order)

  • Interior quality/ergonomics
  • Blind spots
  • Driver’s seat comfort/noise
  • Dash and screen info/size
  • Trunk space
  • Drive mode issues
  • Lack of fog lights/driving lights
  • Inconvenient parking brake button location
  • Lack of technology
  • Reflections/mirror issues
  • Quality control (paint, fitments)
  • No 12V accessory under the dash
  • Sun visors are too small
  • No rain-sensing wipers
  • HVAC controls/vents
  • ECU bricked
  • Storage compartments for driver
  • Transmission failures/issues
  • Loud indicator noise
  • No key access for the rear trunk
  • Water intrusion into the engine bay
  • Turn signals
  • No radiator screens
  • Pricey maintenance
  • Trunk gets too warm
  • No auto-bright headlights
  • No adaptive cornering lights
  • Passenger door creaks
  • Removing and storing the roof
  • TPMS/traction control issues
  • Sunglass holder
  • Valve covers color
  • Shift light hard to see
  • No HUD
  • No forward collision warning
  • Too quiet
  • Pricey aftermarket accessories
  • Glue smell in the engine bay
  • No back seat (haha)
  • Rear-end looks
  • No 2-quart trans
  • No adjustable pedals
  • Auto-locking feature
  • Passenger space
  • Brake dust

The Takeaway

With a total of 54 complaints, the Corvette team could tighten some things up, but then you look at the #3 top answer and are encouraged. Only 3 votes separated 1st from 3rd. Also, given how many mechanical issues I see owners complain about every day on social media, I am surprised there aren’t more complaints about them in this survey, like the prevalent and documented transmission issues, or the plethora of check engine lights. I’m also surprised something as “simple” as a frunk or charging station would cause such a reaction from the community.

In closing, a big thanks to C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends) for sharing your insights. For our CorvSport community, if you own a C8, or have owned one, I would love to hear your thoughts. We have an active community on our Facebook page, please come on over!  Douglas B.

I’ll sign off today with this succinct and simple message from Al, because at the end of the day if you are able to be driving any Corvette, you are truly blessed. Keep the shiny side up and Save The Wave!