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post #1 of 5 Old 01-19-2014, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Brought back to reality...Chevy Impala...

Now that I have your attention...This weekend we met our friends to drop off the wife's VW CC that they purchased from us since we are getting the new 435i M-Line xDrive.

Well, we rented a 2014 Chevy Impala to drive back. Here is where we were brought back to reality.

Disclaimer: This was on a "closed track" over a 5 hour "driving session" on closed roads...wink,wink.

So we head out and instantly realize the difference of European design and functionality and American design and functionality.

This thing was like driving with rubber bands from the rack and pinion to the tie rods and riding on a pogo stick!

The shifting was utterly ridiculous in how it had to search for gears and how long it took to come to speed.

Anything over 80 MPH was scary at best from what we are used to. Torque steer, the little amount of torque there was, was very prevalent.

The seats had bulges in places that people don't. The ergonomics were down right idiotic. I found myself reaching for every control in the car and trying to figure out the icons on the touchscreen to make things work.

To put it into better perspective, I drive an Toyota FJ Cruiser as a daily driver and it had better handling characteristics and drivability than this thing.

Did I mention I used to be a mechanic for the 3 big car makers in the states? They have advanced very slowly with the rest of the real car makers, unless you like mediocre vehicles that have a very good chance of killing you because the handling and suspension will actually cause you to wreck!

In closing...we are a spoiled breed to find the perfect brand of driving excitement. Best of the best ladies and gentleman...don't take it for granted.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-28-2014, 04:31 PM
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do keep in mind the fleet vehicles they build for rentals are usually of subpar quality. not to discount your observations...
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-28-2014, 05:24 PM
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I don't think you can lump all American cars into this though. I think that if you drive a Corvette or something like that you will have a different experience.

There is something to be said for German engineering though. They are definitely doing things right. Americans seem to be playing catch up.
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We finally received our car this weekend! Amazing is all I can say! The MPPK is feeling really good even though we haven't opened it up until after break in. Quick throttle response in Sport + and good sound.

So we rented another car to go pick up the 4 and was pleasantly surprised by it compared to the Impala.

We were given a Chrysler 200, which is in a class below the Impala and yet it felt so much better on the road than the Impala.

It literally drove better at 90MPH than the Impala did at 75! Completely impressed with this lower class car and I am not a Chrysler fan at all.

So if you have the choice between an Impala or a Chrysler 200...definitely get the 200! A little smaller but a lot more planted to the ground.

Oh, and the seats are more comfortable as well.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-28-2014, 03:46 PM
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do keep in mind the fleet vehicles they build for rentals are usually of subpar quality. not to discount your observations...
Never knew that, i always thought it would be just as good as what you can buy as an individual.



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