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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Chevrolet Corvette Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.7 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 350 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette

  • We expected a little more for a 50th anniversary model, but considering how good the Corvette is anyway, we can forgive the paint and badges job -- barely.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Ultrahigh performance, daily-driver livability, bargain sticker price.

  • Cons

    Some low-grade interior trim, can't get the Z06 as a coupe or convertible.

  • What's New for 2003

    Most notable for 2003 is the 50th Anniversary package available on coupe and convertible models. The commemorative package includes Anniversary red exterior paint, a unique shale interior color, champagne-colored wheels and "50th Anniversary" exterior badging with matching embroidery on the headrests and floor mats. Also included in the Anniversary package (or as a stand-alone option on coupes and convertibles) is an all-new Magnetic Ride Control system that provides instantaneous shock adjustment for optimum ride quality and handling. All models also get additional standard equipment that includes sport seats, a power passenger seat, foglamps, dual-zone auto climate control and a parcel net and luggage shade on coupe models.

Full 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Review

What's New for 2003

Most notable for 2003 is the 50th Anniversary package available on coupe and convertible models. The commemorative package includes Anniversary red exterior paint, a unique shale interior color, champagne-colored wheels and "50th Anniversary" exterior badging with matching embroidery on the headrests and floor mats. Also included in the Anniversary package (or as a stand-alone option on coupes and convertibles) is an all-new Magnetic Ride Control system that provides instantaneous shock adjustment for optimum ride quality and handling. All models also get additional standard equipment that includes sport seats, a power passenger seat, foglamps, dual-zone auto climate control and a parcel net and luggage shade on coupe models.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Buying a used corvette

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)

Since I have not had this car that long I can only tell you that be aware that there is a shift from 1st to 3rd on the manual if you take off at low rpm's this is to give you better gas mileage.



8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2003 corvette convertible

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)

Car is surprisingly comfortable to drive having come a long way from the Corvettes of the 70s and 80s. Fit and finish on my car, purchased used, is superb. Panel spacing is uniform from fender to hood to door. Doors close with solid definition. Manual top folds easily and is easy to operate without assistance. So far, rattle free. The leather seats fit me very well: the seat is just the right length and width. The seatback supports the entire length of my back with no hard spots. Power adjustments include lumbar support and this 50th Anniversary Edition has the memory option, so once you set the seat, wheel and radio preferences, they all return once you start the car.




Disgusted with gm, warranty is

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)

I am totally disgusted with this car and won't purchase another GM product. Corvette was alway my dream car, my dreams were shattered when I bought my brand new 50th anniversary convertible. Many problems, including a leaky roof, 3 different dealers tell me nothing is wrong. After 5 attempts they finally replaced the rubber, guess what, it still leaks. This is just one of many problems with this car. If only the warranty were worth something. I might enjoy it if they would fix it.




Are you kidding me???

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)

Are you kidding me? I cannot believe what a superb car the Corvette has become. My yellow, six speed, convertible does everything well. It is unbelieveably powerful, stable, comfortable, forgiving and just plan the most fun I've ever had driving a car. This is my third Corvette. I loved my '64' and my '85', but this C5 is over the top for the sheer joy of driving. Oh Nellie... What must the ZO6 be like?




Great drive

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)

This car is incrediable. It handles wonderfully. It's fun. Best of all, it's economical and holds resale value. Every time I fire it up and go for a drive, it makes me happy. The shear power and hum of the engine is amazing. Definitely, the best vechicle purchase I've ever made.




Vetteracer's review

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Convertible (5.7L 8cyl 4A)

This car is an engineering and design phenomenon



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starrow68
starrow68
09-23-2004
On August 1, 2004 there were 5300 Corvettes in inventory equatting to a days supply of 41 days....


skeezix
skeezix
04-19-2005
As Starrow points out, one will have to settle for a used Corvette, maybe a 2002 or 2003, to match the price of a new GT. A new car vs a 2 - 3 year old car could make quite a difference....


cruisinlou
cruisinlou
02-07-2010
I have a 2003 Corvette and receive a Corvette magazine monthly, there was a article in there testing the new 2010 Camaro against the 2010 Corvette, the article was named "Is the 2010 Camaro Corve...



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