Archive for May, 2008

Secrets of the C5

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

An interesting list of C5 secrets, obtained from

* The little yellow “helper light” on the bottom of the rear-view mirror that illuminates the shifter area.

* You can put your key in the driver’s door lock and turn it twice towards the front to unlock the passenger door and a third time to pop the trunk.

* The little slotted cover on the dash behind the steering wheel is where the inside air temperature sensor is located.

* All of the option codes are are in the glove box.

* Tire inflation recommended pressures are on the driver’s door.

* The thing that looks like a little LED near the DIC buttons is a light sensor.

* The thing that looks like a little LED near the defroster vent is a UV sensor for determining A/C usage to compensate for the heating effect of the sun.

* If you leave your turn signal on, in about 1 minute it will start to ding (loud enough to hear over the stereo) to let you know you have old timers disease.

* You can reset the oil life by pumping the gas pedal 3 times (but not with the engine on)

* Hold down the reset button while on one of the trip odometers and it changes that reading to the miles you have traveled since last starting the engine.

* The side view mirrors can twist both forward and backward, decreasing the chance of damage if struck.

* If you have a 6-speed car you can pop the trunk when the car is running by lifting the e-brake.

* The HUD has a shift light for the manuals

* You can eject a cd from the in-dash player without turning on any power. The key does not even have to be in the ignition.

* When the engine is shut off, you can get the odometer reading by turning on the parking lights. 

Front License Plates

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I recently received an email from about the TOP FLIGHT Reproductions,, front license plate for the C6.

If you Google it you will find the Corvette Forum’s thread on the recommendations and installation comments of this good looking license plate holder.

This whole topic really brings up an interesting question - whether or not to display your front plate?  I believe it’s an Ohio law to have one yet I see a few Vettes without one.  Some of the C5’s have them or have decided to use the matching license plate cover.

I think someone even mentioned that there is one that will pop out when needed, (or when stopped by you know who!).

It would be interesting to hear your comments on -
 ”To Plate” or “No Plate”!