While the 2020 Corvette Stingray has had its fair share of production issues, and will be nearly impossible to tune, there haven’t been many reports of reliability issues so far. This is impressive for such a different, groundbreaking car for General Motors. But reliability hasn’t been 100 percent perfect for the mid engine sports car, as a YouTuber named Jake Spiczka, who operates the MidwestRide channel, has certainly run into just about the biggest issue we can think of short of a crash. He had complete total engine failure. In fact, this C8 Corvette engine failure was so catastrophic, GM had to ship him a whole new LT2 V8 for the car. The whole story was recently highlighted by CorvetteBlogger, and another YouTuber, Tall Guy Car Reviews, captured the moment the engine failed on camera, seen in the video below. The failure happens around 6 minutes and 40 seconds in.
The Corvette’s engine had lost all oil pressure, completely seized, and wasn’t sending any power to the wheels, so the guys at the scene had to send it to the dealership on a tow truck. At the dealer, they found metal shavings in the oil filter. Jake said the people driving the car weren’t pushing it any harder than what it was meant to do, and that he has obeyed the 500 mile break in period. In fact, the Corvette had 1,800 miles on the clock when it died, so it was far beyond the break in. Black box recordings of driving habits confirmed there was no ridiculously hard driving, further implying the innocence of the owner.
Because of this extreme scenario, General Motors had the engine shipped to Michigan, where a group of engineers performed a mechanical autopsy, if you will. The team determined the damage was such that Jake needed a whole new LT2, along with a few other components the failure could have affected.
To make matters worse, Jake says his car appears to be the second C8 Corvette engine failure. Yes, things happen and this is only two cars, but it’s not a good look for Chevy to have their new flagship totally failing on customers. And it’s not like that many 2020 Corvette Stingrays have even been made yet. But it is the first year, and therefore it’s not too