2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Nose Emblem Is Peeling Off
June 12, 2014
The Corvette badge on the nose of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is starting to lift up and detach from the body. We've had this car just eight months. It hasn't yet experienced its first summer, even.
This sort of thing is supposed to be permanent.
A closer inspection suggests it could have been designed better.
As the plastic badge lifts, it's flattening out. The nose has a slight crease and curve down the middle, but it looks as if the badge has not been molded to fit the contours. Presumably, it was made flat to save a few pennies. The badge engineers (and you thought that was just a saying) seem to have put their trust in the power of the two-sided foam sticky tape that holds it in place.
Because of the resulting tension, the tape under the outermost corners of the vee is under the most strain. This creates a little gap that can snag passing car-drying towels. That may have helped the process along here.
But we can't just de-badge the car, remove the tape residue and call it a day because someone decided it would be a good idea to recess the emblem into a depression in the nose. It's a great plan so long as the badge stays put, but a weird V-shaped depression would remain if we were to simply remove our failing emblem and go naked.
We need a new badge, preferably one that's slightly cupped or at least bent down the middle so this doesn't happen again.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 21,199 miles