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Old 11-25-2020, 10:35 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by FC View Post

True. That was a lie. It is still bad. It's just not horribly bad.


Upon further driving I can bestow upon this car the title of most apocalyptically bad AT I've ever driven.

It's not just the timing, or the delay, it's that (in full auto mode) it literally will SLOW the car down as it tries to shift. It's ridiculous. It doesn't make any sense. I'd be willing to excuse it by saying it's a 6-8 yo car, but it has only 26k miles. If it went bad in so few miles it gets no pass from me.

In the hwy, the car was unnerving at 70mph. Never mind that it had no power, a mild cross wind would send it noticeably off course. Also, bonus demerits for a terrible blind spot since the B/C pillar is massive.

It's the worst car I've driven in a LONG time. And considering it's pretty new and doesn't offer some massive other benefit (massive cargo or towing, caterpillar tracks, sleeping quarters for 6, etc.), you can blame me for some recency bias, but it's likely the worst car I've ever driven.
How did I miss this thread? Bad cars like this are SOOOO entertaining. I do think the much maligned clownish Clarkson actually nailed this one early on about the Smart transmission:

Go to 6:10 if the timestamped link doesn't work:

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