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Default 10-15-2014, 08:17 | posts: 103

casual japanese owners almost never service their cars , they usually hold em for 60.000kms and then trade them for new...

most imports and halfcuts have 100.000+km and still the same gearbox oil , battery , coolant etc

the best japanese imports i ever had where those used for street racing with light modifications etc.... even though the drivetrain had been abused , engine wise they were still better than those owned by casual drivers. A differential or gearbox overhauling costs less than a new engine...
   
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Default 10-16-2014, 01:26 | posts: 10,370 | Location: Not Minneapolis

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More research reveals strong argument from both sides over 300ZX reliability. Engine version and maintenance history seem to be an important factor..

Makes me wonder if the imports we got were poorly maintained by their original Japanese owners...
High performance (sometimes turbo charged) cars in mostly urban environments strikes me as a recipe for problems. The VG wasn't a bad motor generally.
   
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Default 10-16-2014, 23:08 | posts: 2,754 | Location: Gloucesterestershire

I think the issue is non-enthusiast owners in general.

High performance cars will be fine if looked after - but the average person who doesn't bother to ever change the oil and generally treats it with contempt is always going to be a recipe for badness.

Often hear it said that with a Wankel it needs to be caned regularly to burn **** off the apex seals - like Constant says, one that has been thrashed all the time but properly maintained would be a much better bet, I imagine.

I love the 300ZX. Would really like to own something like that, but the fuel costs here would be crippling. I imagine you're sub-20mpg most of the time

Old + Japanese + turbo = win. I can imagine that there's a lot to go wrong with those!

New rad on the 900 and now that and the Panda are doing alright with no looming disasters. First time in about 2 years that that has been the case

   
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Cool Yesterday, 12:33 | posts: 1,485 | Location: United States

one just wasn't enough...added #2 Vette to the stable

2015 Corvette Stingray Z51
7 speed manual





   
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Default Yesterday, 14:30 | posts: 3,830 | Location: Sweden

Not sure about the 4x exhaust tip design but holy **** I love the way that new Vette looks.

Perfect color combination too. Grats man.
   
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Default Yesterday, 14:39 | posts: 9,182 | Location: Toledo

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one just wasn't enough...added #2 Vette to the stable

2015 Corvette Stingray Z51
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Very nice. How's the 7 speed? Have you even had the chance to shove it into 7th yet? I've heard the shifter feels a lot better than previous generations.
   
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Default Yesterday, 15:34 | posts: 4,040 | Location: Finland

that new sexy stingray nomnom
   
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Cool Yesterday, 20:49 | posts: 1,485 | Location: United States

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Very nice. How's the 7 speed? Have you even had the chance to shove it into 7th yet? I've heard the shifter feels a lot better than previous generations.
I've had it on the highway. Car still has less than 100 miles so I'm not really getting on it. That shifter and clutch is significantly improved over the previous generation. I have no problem rev matching but allowing the computer to rev match for you is insanely cool. If you enable it the second you go to downshift before you let out the clutch the engine RPMs go right to the exact RPM it needs to be for a smooth downshift.

The best part is the magnetic ride suspension. On the fly I can alter the suspension from soft with some body roll for comfort to break your back stiff with zero body roll and amazing handling.
   
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Default Today, 00:57 | posts: 8,710 | Location: Pennsylvania, USA

They are an amazing looking car. Been waiting for them to release a Vette with that style ever since the concept appeared in the one Transformers movie.

And the sound.... omg the sound..... just raw as hell, i LOVE IT!
   
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Default Today, 02:24 | posts: 9,182 | Location: Toledo

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They are an amazing looking car. Been waiting for them to release a Vette with that style ever since the concept appeared in the one Transformers movie.

And the sound.... omg the sound..... just raw as hell, i LOVE IT!
It's the best car GM has ever made, period. Well worth the price of admission.
   
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Default Today, 03:25 | posts: 6,821 | Location: USA

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It's the best car GM has ever made, period. Well worth the price of admission.
Sad thing is GM only assembles these cars, majority of the parts are sourced and made in china, from the block to to the body. Probably the reason they haven't improved quality.

@N0s

Make sure yours isnt affected by the recall, a percentage of the new stingrays are having airbag issues(which can be life threatening)
   
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Default Today, 03:57 | posts: 9,182 | Location: Toledo

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Sad thing is GM only assembles these cars, majority of the parts are sourced and made in china, from the block to to the body. Probably the reason they haven't improved quality.

@N0s

Make sure yours isnt affected by the recall, a percentage of the new stingrays are having airbag issues(which can be life threatening)
Who isn't getting parts from China these days? GM is definitely the worst offender given they're the first to open OEM part factories over there, but the aftermarket has been all Chinese BS forever now. Mexico or China, take your pick. At least with Mexican sourced parts you can hope there's some coke dust on the product to help with installation.

Also the interior in the Stringray is leagues apart from previous generation corvettes, so it's a bit unfair to say the quality hasn't improved.
   
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Default Today, 04:24 | posts: 6,821 | Location: USA

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Who isn't getting parts from China these days? GM is definitely the worst offender given they're the first to open OEM part factories over there, but the aftermarket has been all Chinese BS forever now. Mexico or China, take your pick. At least with Mexican sourced parts you can hope there's some coke dust on the product to help with installation.

Also the interior in the Stringray is leagues apart from previous generation corvettes, so it's a bit unfair to say the quality hasn't improved.
Of course all American companies are using china. People there will work for 3$ an hour, no way that will happen in the USA. Ford was forced to do the same as GM to be able to compete here recently.

Can't say much about the interior, but they made a right step by interchanging some of the plastic on the body for CF, but you can't use that as a determination of the quality of underlying parts.
Over here, quality doesn't change much from chevrolet to cadillac, even though the price is quite a bit higher. Many of the same parts are interchanged between the two
   
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Default Today, 06:33 | posts: 9,182 | Location: Toledo

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Of course all American companies are using china. People there will work for 3$ an hour, no way that will happen in the USA. Ford was forced to do the same as GM to be able to compete here recently.

Can't say much about the interior, but they made a right step by interchanging some of the plastic on the body for CF, but you can't use that as a determination of the quality of underlying parts.
Over here, quality doesn't change much from chevrolet to cadillac, even though the price is quite a bit higher. Many of the same parts are interchanged between the two
Meh, I mean I get what you're saying. But even Japan is sourcing a lot of stuff from China these days. The market has changed a lot in the last 10 years. The Japanese automakers were able to run away with the quality reputation because unions aren't really a thing in Japan. Something the big three could never really escape. Thus, corners were cut. The days of a true "American" car are basically gone anyway. Fun fact, the Taurus I just bought is the last truly American Ford platform (unless we want to count crown vic PI sales), with roots dating back to 1986. 85% of the parts were made in this country (and Canada) for this car, and the assembly was done in Atlanta. In fact, on October 27th (three days ago) in 2006, they shut the Atlanta plant down after the last Taurus came off the line. All of the Tauruses since are just Volvo platform abominations. The Fiesta and Transit Connect are UK designed and built, etc. All global BS now. And don't even get me started on Chrysler.

But yeah, I have a soft spot for cast iron pushrod engines. GM is the only one keeping them alive and relevant right now, so they get my respect. If they would just take those Daewoo abominations off the North American market, I would be happy.
   
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