conservativejock saidI drove a current Chevy Malibu -- a FWD car -- at the Spartanburg BMW facility last week on a one day outing with a European BMW manager. While the Maibu does not have the typical Jpanaese resonance seen in most Japanese cars other than upper end Lexii and Infiniti models, is has an extraordinary low first moment in the firewall and bulkhead behind the rear seat. I do not know what GM calls this platform or whether it is shared with other GM FWD cars.
If this carelessness is carried into CAdillac's new ATS or whatever it is they call it (we'll know this as soon as the models hit the showrrom as one will be purchased by BMW) Cadillac will prove once again behind the leaders.
The most troubling aspect of the Maibu to me however, was torque steer in the extreme as well as bump steer and extreme tire nibble. I do not know what the car was shod with other than it rode on 17 inch rims. Give me a CAmry V6 any day or even an Acura in this size range, although I'm not impressed with Acura first moment.
WTF are you talking about with "first moment"? First monent of inertia?
EP I is gone except for the remaining Mailbu and the left over 9-3s ... old platform. The new Bu is on the SWB EP II and the ATS has nothing to do with it as it's the first car on RWD Alpha. As I said above, the XTS, LaCrosse and new PIMPala are on LWB EP II. The Bu you drove, if in fact that actually happened, would have been a daily rental on Firestone Affinity or Goodyear Integrity, neither stellar tires. Torque steer yes, tram rail only if underinflated.
First moment of vibration. We are speaking of "shaking" after all. So you don't really understand mechanical engineering I take it and therefore venture towards ad hominem attacks on the poster?
Former GM line worker?
Ad hominem attack? From whom to who? In spite of the hundreds if not thousands of ad hominem attacks that we see on RJ daily, do you even know what one is?
Are you talking I-4s and second-order harmonic vibration? Primary on even firing is in balance. Are you talking an old Iron Duke or the early Quad 4?
And who is a former GM line worker? You? Certainly not me living all my life in either Columbus Ohio or West LA as it would be one very long drive.
Moraine final assembly in Dayton would have been the closest, but that closed before I moved back here, when the production of the GMT360 ended. Southgate B-body was closed before I got to LA. Van Nuys F-body closed not long after.
I’ll tell you something. Politically, I know we’re basically on the same side of the fence, but the more I read of you, the more full of shit I think you are. So there .... that’s your ad hominem attack.