No doubt GM will look into the build process on this exact C8.
Getting to be one of the first to drive a new generation anything is special, but the tradeoff seems to be being among the first to find small quality control issues, as is often the case. So when new Chevrolet C8 Corvette owner Seth Lewis noticed a chunk of Artic White paint missing from his front door near the fender, he inspected the damage closer to find out what it could be. One of the screws holding the inner tire liner in place stuck out far enough where, if you opened your door to full extension, the end of the screw would nick your door.
Check out the photos of his C8 Corvette and the small manufacturing defect shared on Facebook’s C8 Corvette Owners (And friends) group below.
According to Seth he only noticed this small paint chip after an oil change, his C8 now with 565 miles on the odometer. Prior to that there was no paint chip and Seth thinks somewhere along his initial break-in period, where all parts on the C8 are finally settling in, the paint chip appeared.
This is not the only instance. According to a thread on CorvetteForum.com, another C8 Corvette dubbed “Chucky,” allocation #16 also has a messed up door, presumably with the same problem.
Seth has C8 #57, so this might be an early batch issue.
“It’s called a mistake. It’s either a design problem or the assembler used the wrong screw and/or over torqued it. Engineers have to try and account for everything, including an owner who slams his door open, or a gorilla on the assembly line. “
Seth’s already notified his local Chevrolet dealership about the issue and hopes to collaborate with a GM rep as early as Monday.
This has caused a tiny panic among new C8 Corvette owners. A handful reported back that there isn’t an issue on their C8s and they can open their doors without issue.
Simms Chevrolet representative Aaron Sims shared that GM has a special Action Center set up through GM’s Technical Assistance Center where they quickly respond to any C8 quality control issues as they pop up. Check out a screenshot of an internal e-mail they sent out to all GM dealerships with C8s below.
This is probably an isolated issue that slipped through the cracks (no pun intended) and got past quality control. Perhaps opening doors to full extension is not part of their final checklist.
Check out how final assembly line technicians inspect the gap and overall fit and finish on the previous gen Corvette.
The C8 Corvette is the tip of the spear for Chevrolet’s lineup and represents the pinnacle of American sports car engineering. I’m sure GM will identify and fix any production issues that might’ve caused this.
Despite all the planning, the occasional teething issue on a car with literally thousands of parts is bound to pop up.