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Old 12-10-2018, 10:22 PM
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Have you guys found out if anything can be done? Just got back from the dealer and they say all 4 wheels are bent and need replacing. 2017 C7 Z06 Z07 with only 12,000 miles...

Dealer says nope to warranty or good faith helping out.

On a side note, question: if all 4 wheels are bent, would that be a possible cause as to why it's pulling to the right too?

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Old 12-10-2018, 10:40 PM
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wow all 4? what did you take the car in for?
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:42 PM
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wow all 4? what did you take the car in for?
Pulling to the left and lightly wobbling steering wheel at highway speeds.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:44 PM
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16 Z06 13400 miles 3 bent rims GM is deaf and dumb on this having dealers give us a song and dance. Owner on here with 19 Z06 1000 miles bent rim you know the story oh you hit a pot hole. Mine had no tire damage no dukes hazard driving 33 corvettes no bent rims ever 2 04 Z06s, 9/12 Z06s no bent rims. Somebody with more pull than I have needs to call COO of GM.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:14 PM
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Just agreed to purchase a new Z06 and the dealer (Criswell) wants to sell me a 5 year, no mileage maximum, warranty on wheels and tires. What's the verdict on whether or not to buy this? I never have bought any insurance plan on any of my cars, but when I see stories like this thread has, I start to wonder.....thoughts?
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by tzoid9 View Post
Just agreed to purchase a new Z06 and the dealer (Criswell) wants to sell me a 5 year, no mileage maximum, warranty on wheels and tires. What's the verdict on whether or not to buy this? I never have bought any insurance plan on any of my cars, but when I see stories like this thread has, I start to wonder.....thoughts?
If it covers anything and everything for both of those then hell yes. Just read the details.

It's absolutely insane that less than 1 year of driving and I have to purchase new wheels. Tires lasted longer than that.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by tzoid9 View Post
Just agreed to purchase a new Z06 and the dealer (Criswell) wants to sell me a 5 year, no mileage maximum, warranty on wheels and tires. What's the verdict on whether or not to buy this? I never have bought any insurance plan on any of my cars, but when I see stories like this thread has, I start to wonder.....thoughts?
read the fine print! Many times they will have limits to payouts

here the GM plan.



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Old 12-10-2018, 11:34 PM
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Get the insurance policy or plan to buy better wheels. My insurance covered everything but I got tired of replacing wheels so I went with some new Forgeline wheels from CW4L.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:39 PM
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get the insurance, well worth it. already paid for itself and i'm not even 2 yrs into the lease.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:41 PM
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Anyone having bent or cracked rims "should" file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just fill out the electronic form which registers your complaint with our government. Only when enough people have done this GM will be forced to address this wide-spread, safety related problem that's costing many Corvette owners big $$$. Here is the link. Please follow up. It's the least you can do for all owners.

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

I just did a search on this site for registered complaints related to bent/cracked wheels on the C7 and there are 8 complaints filed so far. Will you be #9???

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Old 12-11-2018, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by MMD View Post
Anyone having bent or cracked rims "should" file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just fill out the electronic form which registers your complaint with our government. Only when enough people have done this GM will be forced to address this wide-spread, safety related problem that's costing many Corvette owners big $$$. Here is the link. Please follow up. It's the least you can do for all owners.

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

I just did a search on this site for registered complaints related to bent/cracked wheels on the C7 and there are 8 complaints filed so far. Will you be #9???
definitely a good idea.
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:28 AM
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Someone posted here a brand new 2019 z had 4 bent rims. The car was still at the dealer in new car get ready. This guy posted Evidently at the factory they run the car over a series of speed bumps at the factory to settle the suspension. I donít know if this is a true story or a bunch of bs.

It would be interesting to see if a higher percentage of the bent rims are on chrome, the standard nickel color or the black or spectra gray wheels. Gm really cut corners on these cars.

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Old 12-11-2018, 07:53 AM
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Is there a consensus on which style wheels are most often bent? Or is it just a random and unfortunate luck of the draw? I know as a corvette owner we take pretty good care of our cars and don't bounce off curbs and hit speed bumps at 70; so like you Z owners, I believe this is a factory problem. I'm looking to trade my C7 2015 on a lightly used 17/18/19 Z and any thoughts would be appreciated. - thanks tom
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Originally Posted by kenownr View Post
Is there a consensus on which style wheels are most often bent? Or is it just a random and unfortunate luck of the draw? I know as a corvette owner we take pretty good care of our cars and don't bounce off curbs and hit speed bumps at 70; so like you Z owners, I believe this is a factory problem. I'm looking to trade my C7 2015 on a lightly used 17/18/19 Z and any thoughts would be appreciated. - thanks tom
There have been a few polls, seems like more bends & cracks on Z and GS.

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Old 12-11-2018, 08:29 AM
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Is there an aftermarket wheel/tire warranty that can be bought AFTER the car has been purchased, and just curious, does anyone know the wheel vendor GM outsources to, or are the wheels made in house by GM?
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:39 AM
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The best direction file a complaint and mention safety hazard with department of transportation. I just had a rim split at the hat on another car i own. Tore like a pie plate doing 30 miles an hour. Get the information out to the right agency and GM will have to comply! I believe the rims are low bid items and are not being quality control inspected.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:20 AM
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The best direction file a complaint and mention safety hazard with department of transportation. I just had a rim split at the hat on another car i own. Tore like a pie plate doing 30 miles an hour. Get the information out to the right agency and GM will have to comply! I believe the rims are low bid items and are not being quality control inspected.
Problem is they can just say you hit a pothole.
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Old 12-11-2018, 10:02 AM
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I took the 5 years unlimited warranty on my 2019 Z06 to be safe. I figured I take that till I buy myself a nice set of CCW’s or Forgestar ‘s for the car.
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Originally Posted by kenownr View Post
Is there a consensus on which style wheels are most often bent? Or is it just a random and unfortunate luck of the draw? I know as a corvette owner we take pretty good care of our cars and don't bounce off curbs and hit speed bumps at 70; so like you Z owners, I believe this is a factory problem. I'm looking to trade my C7 2015 on a lightly used 17/18/19 Z and any thoughts would be appreciated. - thanks tom
It does seem the people with the aluminum machine faced wheels are having better luck than the other wheel styles. This wheel is availble in the GS for sure. I am not sure if that wheel was offered for the Z06. It really appears this wheel problem is very real. There are so many people reporting wheel issues. Problem is most owners will report it here on this forum but will not take the time to file a formal complaint with the NHTSA where is counts. There are only 8 complaints that have been filed so far with the NHTSA. That's not going to get it done.
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Old 12-11-2018, 10:56 AM
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There is truly something wrong with our wheels. I had 2 bent, not hitting anything, but managed to get them replaced under warranty, pure luck. I was going to get the insurance but it was $1,000 with a company with a poor reimbursement records and poor reviews. I could not get insurance after the purchase so I self insure with some money put away in case I get a bent one again. Very frustrating to say the least and the factory wheels are not cheap at $500-$600.
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