3rd Generation (1979—1981) Corvette Problems

This generations ranks 10th out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (66%), brakes (33%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Stopped Runniing 1 complaints at an average of 3,300 miles in the 1980 Chevrolet Corvette.
  2. Engine Turns Over but Will Not Start 1 complaints at an average of 68,000 miles in the 1979 Chevrolet Corvette.
  3. Brake Failure 1 complaints at an average of 89,500 miles in the 1981 Chevrolet Corvette.

What Corvette Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 1980 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1981 1 2 0 0.3
1980 1 2 0 0.95
1979 1 2 0 0.35

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