|Originally posted by olejoedad:|
C4 is fine if you want to ride in a log wagon and watch the rear hatch squirm around on a rough road.
Worst Corvette ever in the modern era.
Hahah... it's not so bad. It's no different than a Porsche 944 in that respect. But I think a lot of that has to do with age. I've been in plenty of low-mileage C4s (back when they were much newer) and I didn't have that experience.
I have been in a couple since... that were beat up and came from an auction, and everything squeaked, they smelled like exhaust inside, and the hatch flopped around.
I have to say though, I *really* like that generation. I was born in 78, so it's not like I was of driving age when any of them were new at the dealer. Well... I was 16 in 1994, so I suppose they WERE at the dealer, but I definitely couldn't afford one then (ended up with a Fiero! woo hoo!)
But for me, that car was much like a lot of things in life... (going to get psychological now, so hang on)
Back in the 70s through the early 90s... it felt like things advanced and improved much more quickly. I feel like we're starting to see that again.
In many respects, I often feel like most of the 2000s and 2010s were a lost technology generation. Pretty much all of the Bush Jr and Obama era... it feels like nothing really changed much.
The C3 Corvette was a substantial change (1969?) from the C2, and the C4 was leaps and bounds more advanced than the C3 in every measure of the word. I know the 82 and 84 both had Cross Fire Injection, but the C4 was just a total and complete departure from the old style of vehicle. It handled better, everything was digital, etc.
When I look at computers too (since we're in O/T here), every successive generation of computer that came out... 8088, 80286, 80386, 80486... SX, DX, Pentium... these things were worlds better than the previous. Now... there's almost no difference between a Pentium 4 from 2000 to whatever stupidly-named processor that Intel has right now with 10 cores. Even Microsoft Windows, it used the exact same kernel from Windows Vista all the way through Windows 8.1. And, for that matter, Windows 10 is only a slight departure in kernel technology. Certainly not like the huge change we saw from XP to Vista.
The C4 Vette for me was a during a time when we made big leaps and bounds in technology. We've made a lot of technology changes, but it certainly wasn't like how it was growing up in the 80s with everything being so absurdly advanced and new. I mean... I remember going from having an Atari 2600, to getting my first computer, to then being able to call Bulletin Board Systems (connecting via a modem to another computer across the country) to then being on the internet, all in the span of basically 10-15 years. I look at the times from 1996-2016... what's REALLY changed? We're STILL using OBD2 in cars, the internet is still basically as it was, except we've got TLS and faster bandwidth.
I feel like our country was lost...
I do honestly feel though that we're making huge changes today... and I'm excited for the future if the Democrats don't manage to **** it up. We're making leaps and bounds in technology, the private sector, the Federal government, we're starting to get back to what made us innovative.
Back to the Corvette... the C5 and C6 should have been the same model.
You look at the huge changes, each successive generation was landmark...
C1 to C2 to C3 to C4 to ... wait, what? C5 would have been fine... but C5 to C6 was like the same car, even if redesigned. C8 is definitely a departure from C7.
Sorry... on a loooong business trip, and losing my mind.