When you pay nearly $80,000 for a car, you expect everything to be in full working order upon taking delivery, but as some Corvette Forum members have learned recently, that isn’t always the case.
More than one Corvette Forum member has reported their C7 Corvette Z06 arrived with cracks in its tires. Most recently, member ‘sdtoothdoc’ posted photos of his 2015 Z06 after taking delivery of it in San Diego showing large horizontal cracks in the sports car’s rather expensive Michelin tires.
He posted the following message along with the photos:
“Hey guys … my A8 Z06 finally got here in San Diego and I took her home a few miles away. As suspected, all four tires have cracks like Dennis’s from Las Vegas. When at the dealer, they said that four other Stingrays all have the same cracks in the tires.”
A Michelin rep has now addressed the cracked tire complaints, advising Corvette owners to not drive or move their cars in cold weather if they’d like to prevent cracks from appearing in their tires.
“This winter has been extremely harsh in much of the country and some recently shipped Corvette tires may exhibit cracking. In general, summer tires should never be driven on or moved in temperatures under 20°F because they may crack. Tires should be carefully inspected at the dealership before taking delivery of a vehicle. Never use a tire with freeze cracks, breaks, or damage to the sidewall or tread. For those residing in colder climates, Corvette owners should have a plan for vehicle storage during cold winter months. If your garage drops below 20°F regularly, consider removing tires and storing them inside. If you live in colder climates and want to drive your vehicle in temperatures below 40°F we strongly recommend investing in a set of winter or all-season tires.”
The C7 Z06 owner in this case is from San Diego, so his car likely wasn’t subjected to sub 20°F temperatures while at the dealership. Another forum poster who complained of cracked tires was from Las Vegas, again ruling out the possibility of sub 20°F temps. This makes us think the tire cracking is likely happening at the plant in Bowling Green, or on vehicle transporters. Owners should take the issue up with General Motors rather than Michelin, as it seems to be a delivery issue rather than a manufacturing flaw.