Has GM taken notice?
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is now arriving in dealerships and the driveways of the first group of customers. Production has temporarily been halted at the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that obviously isn't preventing those new owners from discussing their rides. One such owner may have already found a potential design flaw and has shared his discovery on Corvette Forum.
C8 owner Seth Lewis happened to notice a piece of Arctic White paint was missing from his car's front door near the fender. He decided to take a closer look to try and understand why. Did a piece of gravel somehow ding the car? Some other object? Apparently not.
Lewis found that one of the screws holding the inner tire liner in place seems to stick out too far. In doing so, when one opens the door all the way, the end of the screw actually hits the door. This explains the ding and paint chip. Lewis took some photos of this which we can check out below. Lewis claims to have only noticed this tiny chip following an oil change after the first 500 miles, so chances are the chip happened sometime after the required break-in period. But is Lewis's situation unique? Could it only affect his car? His original post was read by a fellow new C8 owner, calling himself "Chucky," who claims to have the same problem.
Lewis has already notified his local Chevy dealership about the problem.
CarBuzz also reached out to GM and spokesperson Kevin Kelley told us the following:
"We are aware of the issue that has been reported by a few customers and are working with them and their dealers to have the issue resolved as soon as possible in the current environment."
Lewis, however, had this to say in the meantime:
"It's called a mistake. It's either a design problem or the assembler used the wrong screw and/or over torqued it. Engineers have to try and account for everything, including an owner who slams his door open, or a gorilla on the assembly line,."
Needless to say, C8 owners who've read this post should be super cautious when closing their doors until GM can provide a solution.