2023 Corvette Owner’s Engine Pops After Only 52 Miles, Captures It on Video

author photo or placeholder By: Stephen Thompson | Last updated: Nov 12, 2023

The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is known for its beautiful bodywork and incredible aerodynamics, but this car’s most impressive feature is the 5.5-liter flat-plane LT6 V-8 engine behind the driver. 

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A recent purchase of this new model by Marco Garcia as his latest addition has proven to be a bad buy after the engine failed on its 52-mile first drive. This result is quite a surprise because the motorsport-derived engine is not known for failure.

A New Addition to the Collection

According to a video posted by Garcia on YouTube, he purchased the black-over-red Z06 1LZ on December 23 from Covina Hills Chevrolet in Covina, California. 

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The sports car had cost $113,975, but he paid a total sum of $182,457.38, which was inclusive of documentation charges and a sales dealer fee. Garcia owned two Stingrays at the time of purchase and arrived at the car shop with one of them, a modified C8 Stingray.

Dropping Off the Old Stingray

With the transaction now complete, one of the salesmen offered to help Garcia drive the Stingray back to his construction yard. 

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He quickly accepted the offer and agreed to also drop the salesman back off at the dealership once the transport was complete. They arrived at the construction yard and dropped off the Stingray, then headed back to the dealership.

Taking the Z06 for a Test Drive

Marco and the salesman had a bit of fun with the car as they returned to the dealership in the Z06. In a follow-up video posted by Marco, the two enjoyed gentle pulls on the car but didn’t push it too hard on the way back. 

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As he already owned two Stingrays and was quite familiar with the engines, he had a good understanding of how the car worked. However, things took a terrible turn shortly after dropping off the salesman.

An Unfortunate Turn of Events

On the highway, Marco noticed a lack of power coming from the engine and pulled over to investigate. After just 52 miles, as recorded on the odometer, there was something terribly wrong with the car engine. 

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Marco could not tow it to the dealership that day, and the car had to spend the night at his construction yard. Roadside assistance service OnStar couldn’t do much as they did not have full details on the warranty of the new car.

Updates On the Engine Issues

The next morning, OnStar sent a tow truck to pick up the car. Once it eventually arrived at the dealership, some of the issues with the vehicle were sent to Marco’s email. The main highlights were errors in the engine and transmission system. 

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According to Marco, he is done with the Z06 for good and will sell the car once fixed. A spokesperson for GM has confirmed that the company is aware of the situation and actively looking for a solution.

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