Laugh out loud fun review. Your anonymous reviewer ought to be writing professionally.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing.
Randy Chase said:Randy,
I just got back from a test drive, at a dealer that is trying to control the madness and meter when customers can come and demo the car, so I'd like to post annonymously. If you think the following stream of consciousness is worthy of sharing, please post this w/o my identification. Thanks! And man, you guys were right!!!
Trest drive route/length: 25 minute test drive, commercial zones, back roads and freeway; moderate surface street traffic, no on/off ramp traffic (!)
Conditions: hot, clear, dry
-Shifter throw is fairly long and somewhat vague
-brake pedal feels spongy in first few cms of travel
-rear view mirror is too big (seriously - it impeeds looking through corners at speed)
-center console does move/wobble a bit, but it is not noticable when driving
-lots of attention from other drivers on the road (when they can see you)
-start sequence is a little annoying
-the soft top takes up much of the trunk
-I fit with a helment on (6'2"), but there is some interference with the headrest forcing my helmet forward. The seat was not all the way back, I was clear under the soft top by an inch or slightly more, but I'm unsure whether I'd pass the broomstick test.
-The shift lever is canted toward the passenger, with my long legs that's great!
- I'm indifferent about the exhaust; it sounds better than the Rovers I've heard, but it could use some aggression throughout the rev band. It does sound quite good at the upper end (6-8k). I'm still considering the sport exhaust.
-The second cam lobes REALLY WORK. Remember the early turbos with their lag and huge last second rush? They're back, in the head of this motor. Luckily the gears are just about close enough together to keep up on the "high side" of the cams.
-The car can be driven sedately at low revs without issue.
-It was comfortable (no LSS, obviously) over potholes and generally crappy surfaces. But even over the potholes it felt well constructed.
-The StoneGuard stuff was nearly invisible; you really had to look for it.
-Soft top easy to stow/remove (30 seconds off; 90 seconds on - first try)
Conclusion: I've owned or driven heavy, high power cars on the track and street (S4, STi, "vette, 911), light(er) weight race cars (Miata), autocross-prepped MR2s (MkI and MkII) (and other, less notable iron) and that test drive was the most fun I've had in a car - laugh out loud fun - holy crap lets do that again fun - buy stock in Yokohama fun - period. Without pushing, the car will double any posted (suggested) on/off ramp speed. With only the slightest effort - triple. I can't wait to get it on the track. And yet, it was perfectly fine (for me) on the street. A/C works, suspension is compliant, and the car is not a "chore" to drive the way some track-biased street cars can be. Hopping into my "sports" sedan for the trip back to the office, I felt like I was getting in an SUV. My perceptions are warped right now; it's unlike any car I've ever owned. With time, I'm sure certain livability issues will start to present themselves, and the search for more power may seduce me, but out-of-the-box, it's fantastic. I'm selling the motorcycle.
but on the street you'd look like you belong on a short bus instead.atyclb said:nice--we should all take helmets for our test drives
I'm glad the reviewer had fun, however I agree with mact333, don't think I would want that car if that's how they allow people to test drive it.mact3333 said:remind me not to buy the car he just drove...hit the upper cams on demo testdrive??...please replace that ECU unit...
A bit of a reach, but it's not impossible that the demo could have had several hundred, if not the full 600 miles on it. He didn't give an odometer reading and there were some reports of demos arriving on Saturday... 150 miles a day by the dealership's GM?zvezdah1 said:Note to anonymous test driver, you're NOT EVEN supposed to go in the 6-8k range until after the first 600 miles. Sorry, but it's a bit criminal to do this, would you do it in your car the first 600 miles?
It may blow oil prematurely, but I don't think it will "blow" due to the abuse.zvezdah1 said:My car had 12 miles on it.
Hoopy, that same dealer would be screaming bloody murder when the engine blows prematurely. Don't kid yourself, that demo will be sold eventually. According to break in you're not supposed to run the engine to full potential until after the 1000-1500 mile service. Not making this up folks, the guys at LCU specifically told me to stay away from the cam changeover (6200) until after the first 600 miles.
you might be very well right but thats not the point...I think the point is that the ECU records all that info and if you hit the higher cams before 600 miles and IF something happens to your engine, your warranty can be voided.aletes said:It may blow oil prematurely, but I don't think it will "blow" due to the abuse.
wallabyguy said:This thread brings up a very good point. What is the delivery milage on the cars? 14 miles? 4 miles? 100 miles? what does the factory and the shippment pput on the car on average? How do we know the car hasn't been used for a couple of "demo runs"? Chris, can you help here?