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The Test Drive That Shattered Your Dream



  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    OMG!!! Was it a really hot day by any chance? The adhesive that holds the mirror to the windshield might've melted allowing the mirror to let go. The look on the salesman's face must've been priceless.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    I have always liked the look of the current generation Tiburon. The interior, while a bit tight, is well laid out for my tastes. Got the chance to drive one of the "hot rod" versions with the 6spd stick. What a disapointment. The car drove like a sedan. Nice ride, no drama, no nothing. The most 'average' car I have driven in a long time.
    My '05 Elantra GT had more personality.
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    My Subaru lust had had a couple years to grow, and when they came up with the Limited version of the WRX, I was quite keen to get one. But when I drove it, there just wasn't enough seat under my lower thighs, and it brought back memories of a Saturn with the same issue, which caused my booty to fall asleep on long trips! So no Rex for me. :/
  • wjtinatlwjtinatl Posts: 50
    Back in the mid-'80s, all the buzz was about the upcoming Isuzu Impulse, Italian styling, Lotus tuned chassis, blah, blah, blah. Thought it may be the logical replacement for my (also underwhelming) 280ZX. One finally appeared at the local Isuzu, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Nissan dealer (guess where he is today). Jeez... the 280ZX felt like a Ferrari 308 by comparison. It may have been noisy, but at least it was slow! Also, a dashboard only Bill Gates could love. No wonder Isuzu is no longer for this country!

    Additional disappointments from the era included the Chevy Beretta, Olds Quad 4, 3rd generation "Cross-Fire Injection" Z-28 and my dad's Cadillac Seville with the pathetic 4.1 litre V8. GM really was on a roll in the 80's. Thank god fuel injection and OBD II electronics came along, I'd still be looking for a nice '77 VW Scirocco again (rusty but fun)!
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    I bought an '88 Isuzu Impulse Turbo RS Special Edition with Lotus Handling, but that would go under "The Car Purchase That Shattered Your Dream."

    It wasn't a bad car, just not as good as I hoped. Combining that with dismal reliability did not make for a happy combination.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    Well okay aside from dismal reliability and disappointing performance, what's not to like? :cry:

    The last new car I bought....I test drove for AN HOUR...I got a pretty good idea of what to expect and so I was not disappointed later on. Also it was a Toyota, so I just got in it and turned the key for the next couple of years.


  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,100
    No wonder Isuzu is no longer for this country!

    au contraire.......Isuzu is still alive in the U.S. Matter of fact, I see one of their dealers advertise in my local paper from time to time.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    CTS - the press made the original sound like a legit contender. I got my hands on a manual - which the salesman chided saying nobody drives manuals. What a sloppy, heavy, cheap feeling hunk of junk. Seriously, that car couldn't feel any less like the vehicle described by Edmunds, MT, R&T, Autoweek.

    G35 - 2nd gen. Heavy, bloated, muted steering, coarse engine at the upper rev range. The press made it sound like Infiniti G35 had gone from being 90% BMW to 95% BMW. Nope, it actually regressed. As did the e9x BMWs.

  • lokkilokki Posts: 1,200
    Yeah - I'd forgotten how bitterly I was disapointed with the CTS the first time I saw it. I was at Narita Airport in Tokyo, and they had one on a turntable rotating around to impress everyone. Well, maybe they impressed somebody but it sure wasn't me.

    Since turntable lifted the car about 3 feet, it made the CTS' fat and heavy buttocks very prominent. When the turntable rotated, the grill was also pretty sad too; it was made out of cheap gray Mattel plastic.

    Overall, my impression was that someone had taken a nice 1964 de Ville and done a caricature of it. The Chevron toy cars came to mind.

    Being an American travelling in a foreign country, I was a bit embarrassed for the home team. My thought was... !%$@%! - all that money invested and GM has blown it again. :mad:
  • wjtinatlwjtinatl Posts: 50
    You are correct sir... Isuzu still makes and sells a very high-quality line of diesel and gas medium duty trucks for the US market. I believe GM also rebrands these vehicles and sells them as Chevy and GMC products. However, Isuzu's consumer business is dead. Announced in January, they are no longer selling the re-badged TrailBlazer and Colorado pick-up. Seems like GM got the better of that deal, high-quality diesel engines and commercial vehicles. Isuzu got two of GM's most underwhelming vehicles that they sell at hefty discounts. Isuzu dealers must have been thrilled. The shame is, Isuzu is well known as a diesel expert, and played a significant role in developing the GM Duramax diesel. Why thay couldn't provide a nice 4 cylinder direct injection turbo diesel for the Malibu and perhaps Lambda crossovers is a mystery. A Malibu with solid performance that could get 40 mpg highway would have made the new Jetta diesel yesterday's news.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,079
    If you go to Isuzu's website, it looks like the rebadged Trailblazer and Colorado are eligible for the employee pricing discount, so there must be a few strays hiding somewhere.
  • Also it was a Toyota, so I just got in it and turned the key for the next couple of years.

    Well, that's one way to keep the miles off of it. :P
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416


  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,849
    Actually, I know a couple people who killed Toyotas because they DID take that a bit too literally and turning the key was all they did! Well, that and driving it and putting gas in it. Little details like changing the oil or at least checking the oil level, replacing filters as necessary, etc, got overlooked.

    One of 'em was a mid-90's Corolla that blew up around 30,000 miles when it ran out of oil. The other was an early 90's Tercel that actually tolerated that abuse for about 60,000 before seizing up.
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