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Old 03-11-2019, 07:05 PM
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Eds suggestion with the do not wash sign is perfect. Also if you are worried about unwanted road tests or joy rides, then take in in with the low fuel light on.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:13 PM
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Seems to be a roll of the dice, may get great issue-free service and then may be a disaster. Just depends on the dealership, the tech and even sometimes unfortunate circumstances beyond anyone's control.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:14 PM
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I've had mine replaced 3 or 4 times under warranty. This revised version is finally holding up!
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by PatternDayTrader View Post
Eds suggestion with the do not wash sign is perfect. Also if you are worried about unwanted road tests or joy rides, then take in in with the low fuel light on.
yes, but they washed and literally swirled the whole car.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:19 PM
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yes, but they washed and literally swirled the whole car.
Yeah I saw that
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by 4thC4at60 View Post
Same here...!

What's with all the arm rest replacements? I've got 84K on my car... and the arm rest is fine. What _are_ you folks doing?
I have yet to see a single C7 with an armrest that didn't need replacing. I'll take care of the next one, though. Maybe use that towel thingy like a previous post.
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:30 PM
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I have to get mine replaced
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:52 PM
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I got mine replaced from the dealership under warranty. They installed it and I have zero issues with it. I drive my car daily and the center console has zero indentations in the console. If you get the replacement DO NOT put any leather stuff on the console. I got mine done in Feb 2018 and it still does not have any indentations.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:02 PM
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The revised part is holding up perfectly for me, after going through 3 of the originals.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:57 PM
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Does anyone know what was changed on the new parts? Did they change the underlying foam or the actual leather? I would think the same problem would keep happening if GM didn't make a change in the materials used.

For the record, I have both the original and GM Z06 logo center armrest on my 2019 coupe and the material seems very solid, whereas I've seen pictures of earlier C7 models where the leather wrinkled up and it looked very loose.

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Old 03-11-2019, 11:02 PM
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Better adhesive between the foam & leather. It was the subject of an "Ask Tadge" a year or two ago.

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Old 03-11-2019, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by LarryFL View Post
I have yet to see a single C7 with an armrest that didn't need replacing. I'll take care of the next one, though. Maybe use that towel thingy like a previous post.
Well,as I said, "Mine does not." And I have 84,000 miles on my car. I'm on my sixth Vette and near 800,000 miles.... so, it ain't my first Corvette rodeo....
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:17 AM
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The difference may well be how one drives. I never put my right elbow on the center armrest so mine is flawless. Others use the armrest every time they get into the car
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by 4thC4at60 View Post
Same here...!

What's with all the arm rest replacements? I've got 84K on my car... and the arm rest is fine. What _are_ you folks doing?
Mine was great the first 70,000 miles. Then I started using sun screen on the area of my arms that rest on the center console and the door. After about 3 days the leather was all crimped and wrinkled! WTF? A word of caution to all. DON'T GET SUNSCREEN ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THOSE ARMRESTS.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by 4thC4at60 View Post
Well,as I said, "Mine does not." And I have 84,000 miles on my car. I'm on my sixth Vette and near 800,000 miles.... so, it ain't my first Corvette rodeo....
Same here, 2015 Stingray almost 50k miles and no armrest issue.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by LarryFL View Post
I have yet to see a single C7 with an armrest that didn't need replacing. I'll take care of the next one, though. Maybe use that towel thingy like a previous post.
I am on my 4th C7. 2014 Sting Ray, 2015 Z06, 2016 Z06, and my current 2018 Z06. My cars are not garage queens. They are our vacation cars with my arm on the armrest for hours on end. I have never had to have the arm rest replaced. I always have a towel covering the armrest
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Kracka View Post
The revised part is holding up perfectly for me, after going through 3 of the originals.
What's the revised part number so i can request it from my dealer?
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by MSG C5 View Post
Offer to take delivery of the arm rest only. If they refuse, tell them you want to watch them swap it out. No lunch runs, no scratches, etc. Plus, I always tell them to NEVER was the car.
I keep a placard in my car that I display when bringing to the dealer for service.

"DO NOT WASH CAR AFTER SERVICE"

I keep a gray hand towel draped over the console cover when I drive. Saves the lid from elbow divot, wear and perspiration.

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Old 03-12-2019, 02:58 PM
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I'm a son of a gun, since this has been going on since the first C7's hit the lot, I would have thought GM would have their chit together by now. Oh well, I try to keep mine covered on long road trips anyways.

Also, I have though it would be nice if my dealer offered a free wash. But after hearing the horror stories I'm glad they don't.
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:58 PM
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Your concern is warranted... I took my new C5 in four times for warranty work and four times it came back with something screwed-up. The C7 only goes in for critical work I cannot do. Were I you, I'd just buy a new arm-rest and install myself, if they won't look at yours and swap you one--for you to do in their lot. All the best!

Gawd, but I hate such S**T!
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