The 1999 Chevrolet Corvette Owner’s Manual
Seats and Restraint Systems
This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the air bag system.
Features and Controls
This section explains how to start and operate your vehicle.
Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system.
Your Driving and the Road
Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions.
Problems on the Road
This section tells you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheated engine, etc.
Service and Appearance Care
Here the manual tells you how to keep your vehicle running properly and looking good.
This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use.
Customer Assistance Information
This section tells you how to contact Chevrolet for assistance and how to get service and owner publications.
It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 8-10.
Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find
something you want to read.
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Corvette: The American
In the early ’50s, it was only a designer’s dream. Today
the Corvette stands alone as America’s dream car -- a
testament to its unmistakable charisma and the
excitement it inspires. Unique styling, powerful
performance and an undeniable panache have made
Corvette one of the most celebrated sports cars in
In 1953, Corvette produced 300 new lightweight
fiberglass roadsters. A handful went to project
engineers, General Motors managers, and a select group
of movie stars and celebrities. With a two-speed
Powerglide automatic transmission, Blue Flame
six-cylinder engine, and gleaming Polo White exterior,
the Corvette began its drive into the heart of America.
Designers freshened up the ’Vette in 1956 by adding a
removable hardtop and the famous Corvette “coves.”
The sculptured body enhanced its sporty look, and a
standard 210-horsepower Chevy V8 engine solidified
Corvette’s reputation as a production race car.
In 1963, Corvette hit the road with an eye-catching new
look -- the Sting Ray coupe. An instant success, the
now-classic Sting Ray featured concealed headlamps
and a unique split rear window. The split window would
only be offered in 1963, making this model among the
most prized Corvettes ever built.
Restyled inside and out for 1968, this ’Vette sported a
lean and hungry shape, creating a sense of motion even
when standing still. And for the first time, Corvette
offered removable roof panels.
For its 25th anniversary, the 1978 Corvette paced the 62nd Annual Indianapolis 500 and received a new fastback
roofline with a wide expanse of glass that wrapped around the sides.
The structure of the fifth-generation redesign is the
stiffest ever developed in 44 years of Corvette
production, resulting in unparalleled ride quality and
outstanding handling. Also unique to the new Corvette
is a rear-mounted transmission.
Available as a Coupe for 1997, the new Corvette offered
such standard features as extended-mobility tires, a
BoseR audio system, and a new, latch-operated roof
In 1984, the fourth generation of America’s favorite
designed for easy removal.
sports car anticipated the future with a sleek look and
advanced technology that provided superior handling
With many design cues inspired by the classic models
and performance. Windshield angle was the sheerest of
of the 1960s, the new fifth-generation Corvette is an
any domestic vehicle, cornering ability the tightest of
impressive combination of sleek styling and world-class
any production car. In short, the 1984 redesign enhanced
sports car performance. For 1998, in addition to the
the Corvette’s reputation as a leader in the world sports
Coupe, a convertible was reintroduced. The
fifth-generation Corvette rollout was completed in 1999
with the introduction of the hardtop model.
After 44 years of production, Corvette only got better.
The fifth-generation Corvette arrived in 1997, featuring
a completely restyled body and a new, all-aluminum,
5.7 Liter, 345-horsepower LS1 V8 engine.
Corvette Assembly Plant
The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green,
Kentucky is one of the most sophisticated and
computerized automobile assembly facilities in
the world. To build your 1999 Corvette, over
1,025 employes teamed up with the 58 high-tech
robots that assist in a variety of processes, from welding
The Bowling Green facility is Corvette’s third home
since 1953. Since beginning production in June
of 1981, it has become one of Kentucky’s most
popular tourist attractions.
Corvette Assembly Plant tours are available. For
dates and times, call (502) 745-8228. Reservations
are required for groups of 10 or more.
The new National Corvette Museum, located near the
assembly plant, opened its doors in September of 1994.
It is also attracting tourists to the area. For more
information, call 1-800-53-VETTE or (502) 781-7973.
How to Use this Manual
Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning
to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you
do this, it will help you learn about the features and
These mean there is something that could hurt
controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’ll find
you or other people.
that pictures and words work together to explain
In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then
we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the
A good place to look for what you need is the Index in
hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you or
back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of what’s in
others could be hurt.
the manual, and the page number where you’ll find it.
You will also find a circle
Safety Warnings and Symbols
with a slash through it in
this book. This safety
You will find a number of safety cautions in this book.
symbol means “Don’t,”
We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you
“Don’t do this” or “Don’t
about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore
let this happen.”
Vehicle Damage Warnings
In the notice area, we tell you about something that
can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage
Also, in this book you will find these notices:
would not be covered by your warranty, and it could
be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help
avoid the damage.
When you read other manuals, you might see
These mean there is something that could
CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors
or in different words.
damage your vehicle.
You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use
the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.
These are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle.
Here are some
have to do with
are on some of
are used on
are used on an
for you and
you may see: