HI there,No one reports any problems since installing the CLB.
GM should take responsibility for all these expenses and GM should grab control of their dealerships who take unfair advantage of stranded C5 owners !
First, if I were you, I would document every receipt and contact GM on that 1000 bill you got.
Special policy 05081 is in effect for Corvette and you MAY have recourse on that bill, especially since you have a 2k4.
Next, according to that special policy, you will be able to get it repaired at no cost.
I have seen both sides of this CLB, both good and bad, so as with everything else on Corvette there are 2 sides.
You can call the Chevrolet Customer Satisfaction group at 800-222-1020
and the Chevrolet Owner Center at 800 630-2438.
As a long-time owner of several Vettes, I can say that this is one of the worst failures of GM's policy of avoidance.
GM often simply avoids design, engineering, or manufacturing problems. It waits for owners and the truly dedicated and sharp mechanics such as C4C5Specialist to resolve GM-induced problems.
GM fails to see that its avoidance of unresolved problems costs it sales. Some unknown and unidentifiable number of potential Corvette buyers learn of problems like the column lock problem and shy away from GM to buy a non-GM product. Importantly for GM, potential buyers of other GM products hear of problems like the window regulator problem on Buicks, the intake manifold cracking on Buicks and Pontiacs, and several others over the years. Those potential buyers can easily switch to Asian or European products. Obviously they have been switching for years. This is proven by GM's market share drop over recent decades.
The C5 intermittent column lock problem has plagued this great car from its introduction. GM has issued three or four fixes and then fixes to the fixes after learning that a relay fails over time or something is not quit right with a fix. It has issued a special policy -- a warranty-type -- to fix the problem, but that expires in February, 2008, I believe.
I had two experiences over the last two years. The first stranded me and required a flatbed ride to the dealership. When the second incident occurred, I had learned from this forum how to recover from it myself.
It was then that I decided to install the CLB. I also had the dealer remove the locking plate so the worst that would happen is the engine will get no gas. Great? I could then steer it while I push 3250 pounds back home.
I decided that the C5 is a great car, but I will not live with it when I cannot be certain it will not strand me somewhere at any time.
I traded it and will pick up my new C6 in a few days. I am a Corvette person forever -- even if it is bound by GM's policy of avoidance !
Cynically, it appears that GM's policy of avoidance worked... GM sold me a new car.
However it is pathetic that GM fails to unequivocally and totally correct problems like those I mentioned above including the C5 column lock situation. GM loses sales everyday; people switch to Asian and European cars everyday.
Imagine if GM acknowledged and corrected its design, engineering and manufacturing problems. It would sell more cars. ...And millions of US dollars would cease flowing out of the USA. Americans would have more jobs .