First launching for the 2001 model year as a successor to the ZR-1, the C5 Corvette Z06 hit the scene as a new high-performance model variant that gave a hat tip to the Z06 of the classic ‘60s-era C2 Corvette. Offering sharper handling, higher grip, less weight, and more power, the C5 Corvette Z06 is definitely an impressive machine, even by the standards of today. This particular example is pretty much immaculate, but does have a few issues that need to be addressed – one of which is somewhat serious, as covered in the following video.
This C5 Corvette Z06 is from the 2003 model year, and presents in very clean condition with less than 15,000 miles on the clock. The 50th Anniversary Crossed Flags badging is on the exterior.
The vehicle’s owner brought their Corvette Z06 to the video host for a check-up and to address a few lingering issues. The tune-up includes a brake fluid flush, oil change, and general inspection, including an inspection of the engine’s harmonic balancer, which is considered a known fail point for the vehicle.
The video starts with a walk around the exterior, showing off the surprisingly nice paint (save for a single paint chip near the driver’s side door). Under the hood, the C5 Corvette Z06 cradles the naturally aspirated 5.7L V8 LS6 engine, which got a power boost for the 2002 model year to 405 horsepower. Output is routed to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual.
We next get a tour of the interior, which looks equally as nice. Afterwards, the C5 Corvette Z06 gets hoisted up into the air, and everything looks pretty good underneath as well. The video host leads the viewer through all the important bits and pieces, including the suspension, the lower engine components, the exhaust system, and the transaxle.
Unfortunately, there are a few issues that need to be addressed. The front door, for example, fails to lock properly. More concerning, however, is the steering lock. According to the video host, the steering lock issue was actually the target of a recall, and could cause the car to stall.
Check out the full video here: