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    OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

    This car is loooong! Dammit!

    I pulled into a spot at airport and drove right into a concrete column. I was in a hurry and just wanted to park a normal car.

    Do you guys ever forget how different this car is to park?

    Gotta small crease and scratch in plastic but no big damage; cracked plate frame and bracket.

    Maybe a nice big red warning sticker on dash "Car is Loooong. Caution when parking!"

    Too bad there's no "parking assist" for the front bumper.

    Luckily the concrete column still looks fresh and new.


    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

    I feel your pain--try driving a Corvette, that really has a long front end.

    Even my normal car (06 Audi A6 with S Line Package) has a low, hard to see the front end when parking. Parking is a lot of luck, sometimes, because all it takes is one time, pulling in a bit too far.

    Heck, when I had a pick up with chrome bumpers, they're no better. The chrome bumpers are so thin anymore that they damage just like the plastic ones.

    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

    Ouch. Sorry for you accident. But long,.. LOL!
    My Grandmother gave me her used 77 Ford Thunderbird as a gift for my 16th. It was like driving an aircraft carrier. To turn a corner on your right, you basically drove the first 2/3's of the car straight out into the intersection then cut the wheel to bring the back half around.

    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

    Sorry to hear. Yes - the front is very long and unfortunatly you dont see the end. Totally different to guess as in my Bimmer.

    Further on, it happend to my previous cars, that other cars hit it when parking backwards out. The front of the Porsche is so flat that the other cars cant see it and if you park backwards and the car on the other side of the garage goes backwards it happens easily. Since that I always park with the front to the wall.

    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

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    Lars997 said:
    Sorry to hear. Yes - the front is very long and unfortunatly you dont see the end. Totally different to guess as in my Bimmer.

    Further on, it happend to my previous cars, that other cars hit it when parking backwards out. The front of the Porsche is so flat that the other cars cant see it and if you park backwards and the car on the other side of the garage goes backwards it happens easily. Since that I always park with the front to the wall.

    If someone is going to hit the car, I think I'd rather it be the front and not the rear.

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    I trained myself years ago to err towards safety, and even still there's been a couple times that I've parked my 997, gotten out, and went "whoa!" as I notice that I came within a whisker of scratching my flawless schnoz...

    Driving the crazy variety of vehicles that I do is good training though, causes me to adapt instantly to whatever I'm behind the wheel of. I know that my 997 is deceiving from behind the wheel, and when you think you're not close to something, think again, you are...

    Hey Heist, I own 1977 Thunderbird VIN # ending in 000001. But I don't think it'll fetch the same at Barrett-Jackson as ZR-1 # 000001 did

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    Speaking of the new ZR-1, regardless of the fact it's a Corvette, regardless of it's extra level of scoops (Turbo owners have no room to comment anyhow..), regardless of the euro-snob factor....

    Am I the only one who lusts for that kind of performance, that much trick machinery and materials, at that kind of price? The car could be the styling equivalent to Phyllis Diller, and I think I'd still hanker for one. Not to replace my 997 mind you, just to have outright...

    (Thread effectively hijacked)

    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

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    Am I the only one who lusts for that kind of performance, that much trick machinery and materials, at that kind of price? The car could be the styling equivalent to Phyllis Diller, and I think I'd still hanker for one. Not to replace my 997 mind you, just to have outright...

    (Thread effectively hijacked)



    It's a nice car, no doubt.

    If I were filthy rich I would consider buying one to fk up the body styling and paint job in some crazy way. Screw the Phyllis Diller thing up a notch (good observation BTW ).

    OR- do a more responsible thing and round some edges, lose some creases, in short _make corrections_ to all those extra "trademark" details GM insists on incorporating into the Vette body year after year.

    To me it's sad that the car IS a good car, lots of fun to drive, but the body styling is all wrong for the way my brain is wired. Heck, I had to get a _dark_ colored TT to deemphasize all it's vents, slats and wings. 09 ZR1 is too messy to deal with, even partially, by simple dark color choice.

    Example: clear plastic engine cover plate. WTF is that? Solar panel to charge the battery when parked? That's going in the dumpster, replace it with a..., what..., any ideas?

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    Well, don't get me started, as I find the TT no less messy than the ZR-1...

    And the old muscle-car-dude in me doesn't mind the window to the intercooler... Besides, if the Italians can get away with it on their "serious" machinery, why can't us Americans give a glimpse to what's under-bonnet? Yeah, it's kitchy, but what the hell, sometimes a bit of kitch is fun...

    Besides, my first (and probably only) styling move would be to pop-off all those "ZR-1" badges, so the hood would be the most practical way that others would still recognize it as a ZR-1 and not a Z06. Sure, the brakes and all the CF is obvious, but I'd leave the hood be.

    I like the car in that dark charcoal... If I could custom-order my Terracotta interior in the 'Vette, that would be the clincher!

    I've said it before, the wide-body really makes the C6 styling "work" better visually, I really don't mind it that much. I prefer the perfect proportion and svelte curves of my 997S of course, but I'm not put off by the wide-body C6 as an occassional attitude-adjuster.

    You know, sometimes it's fun when your wife dresses up real skanky...

    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

    Many years ago after lowering one of my 911s I put a sticker on the steering wheel "LOWERED" to remind me of that sort of thing. It saved me countless times I'm sure. Do that until you figure it out.

    Re: OUCH! Loooong Car. Smacked Up My Bumper.

    Quote:
    MMD said:
    This car is loooong! Dammit!



    The 911 is NOT long. The Corvette C6 is not long either - actually an inch or so shorter than the 911. The 911 driver position is closer to the front than in the Vette and thus has a closer view of the front nose.

    Yeah stuff happens, but nah!... it's not a car problem. It's definitely an operator problem.

     
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