One man's Z06 ownership is off to a tough start.
One owner's Corvette Z06 ownership experience is off to a rocky start. Marco Garcia picked up his black Z06 from a Chevy dealer not long ago, and 52 miles later, he was stranded on the side of the road with what appears to be a pretty serious engine failure.
A video (which has since been removed from YouTube) chronicles the sad tale. Garcia drove his C8 'Vette to the dealer to pick up the car, and dealership personnel offered to take the man's old C8 to his construction yard, after which Garcia would drive the salesman back to the dealer in his Z06. Garcia didn't even make it to the construction site before the issues began.
Garcia says in the video he initially heard a rattling noise from the engine bay on his drive to the yard. On his drive back to the dealership, Garcia says the noise persisted. After leaving the dealer, the car finally gave up, leaving Garcia on the side of the road with his six-figure supercar.
Garcia calls OnStar for a tow, and the company tried to get him to pay for it, he claims. It sounds like some level of tow service was included with the car, but Garcia doesn't elaborate much. Eventually, the car is taken to Garcia's construction yard. He says he couldn't take it to a dealer because it was closed. Instead, the Z06 was towed to the dealer from the yard the next day.
Garcia tries to start the car again once it's at the construction yard, and the failure seems catastrophic. The rattling is much louder, and smoke flows freely from the exhaust. It's tough to tell if there's a blue hue to it, but it sounds like the Z06's engine is a goner based on the noise and smoke.
It appears Garcia wasn't beating the car up either. The Z06 limits its redline automatically before the 500-mile break-in ends, and his average speed on the trip computer reads just 18 mph. On top of that, it sounds like the man got hosed twice.
Garcia says he paid more than $180,000 for the Z06, well above MSRP. This is theoretically north of $75,000 over MSRP not accounting for options. It's hard to say what the issue is, and Garcia hasn't provided further updates as of this writing.