I just had to write this to get it off my chest. It's actually pretty interesting all in all, at least to me.
My Vette got a broken torque tube the other week. Perhaps from more than 2 years and about 47k miles of super hard launches, drifts, and highway rolls. It finally gave out upon gradually leaving a stop sign, slowly might I add, with a loud *CLUNK* And now the shifter moves as u push the gas pedal. It's kind of creepy seeing the stick moving around as you mash the accelerator. 1st 3rd and 5th gear stopped working all together. Took it to the shop and they said the torque tube linking the engine to the rear transmission is cracked all the way around. Got an estimate for parts and labor at $2,500. So I said screw it and kept driving it. It still has some power in second gear, enough to get rolling and shift to fourth then sixth.
So anyway after a week of driving like that I thought, hey I don't need to get this fixed. I'll just pocket the 2,500 and i'll still have a semi-fast car with second gear from 50-80.. until I have to shift to fourth then it bogs down. Anyway to get to the point, about an hour ago I was heading to blockbuster to return a movie. On the way I saw a wannabe racer in a newer honda civic SI. It had a very obnoxiously loud can that would shake eradically when he gunned it. He was egging me on to go for a good half mile or so. He even changed his route just to stick with me when I turned onto a different street.
So he gets beside me at 40mph and I just keep it in second and fly to 80mph. Obviously my car wasn't as fast as I had thought it would be with the broken torque tube and all since I didn't walk out on him like I thought I would. I still beat him by about 5 full cars, but I didn't think he would even be able to do that good against my C6 even the Vette's limp home mode and all.
So we did this a few times until we came to a light. I lowered my window and noticed he had people in the back seats as well as the front seat. Upon doing so the driver yells out "this is a 4 cylinder you know that?" And I tell him my car's transmission is f*cked up. And they all say "yeah SURE!" and I say "it's true, that's the only reason I didn't make your car seem like it was standing still.. I still beat you, but not by the 15 car lengths like I had imagined". The passenger says "It's a Corvette and a supernice car anyway". The light turns green and the driver rockets to the next light, I roll up to them again. I tell him, "I can't use 1st, 3rd or 5th ". Then the douchebag driver snobbishly says "I didn't ruin my transmission at least". Then the light turns green and he guns it.. I say F*ck this, I take off as hard as I can in second gear and still manage to pass him at about 70mph until I max it out to redline just to make him piss his pants (straight pipe) with redline right at his car. I turn off the next street and start limping back to blockbuster. I really put a huge toll on the tranny after that, now the car is making metal scraping sounds randomly from the transmission area and it feels even slower than before. In a way I feel bad for even racing a Vette that clearly is not at 100%. But nevertheless, That's a Civic in my kill list and the last kill this Vette will have in a long while..
Now we're gonna have another idiot with a Honda Civic SI running to the fanboys at the honda forums with a topic called "I kept up with a C6 Vette" and then saying"I was only liek 5 car lengths behind a this new C6 yo and he was at wide open throttle yo" "Wait until I get that stage III air intake, chip and louder exhaust, and then I'll start beating Audi's, Ferraris and AMG Mercedes yo!". It's sad, but it will happen..
Also, I just had to say COME ON CHEVY!! I thought Vettes could handle race related abuse. Had my car been perfect I wouldn't even bother racing a Honda Civic, I would wait for an AMG Benz to start something. =D This is the last domestic car I EVER buy. EVER
... I'm going to trade this Vette in tomorrow or ASAP and spend the 2500 or more towards another car. Probably a Mercedes, or just drive the Tundra till I can find something else
Thanks for reading my rant/story. I normally don't post kills, but I felt obliged to post this for my friends at benzworld.