Join Date: May 2001
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Went for a ride in Monaro last night
My next door neighbour works as a service advisor for a Holden dealer and was allowed to drive the DPs Monaro home. it was just the Holden version, 225kw with auto. I didn't get a chance to go right over the car (didn't really interest me to that much) as it was dark but it looked OK. We just went for a quick fang around the block basically.
Steve couldn't stop raving about it, and how quick it was. I pointed out to him that the 4 door versions go better but he was too brainwashed to care. I also pointed out to him that he normally drives a Sigma so anything is going to feel quick compared to it! In one ear and out the other.
We got onto a straight bit of road and he booted it and it kicked down a couple of gears and started to motor along quite well. I've been in (and owned) heaps quicker cars and I was a bit dissapointed after the way Steve was raving about it. You couldn't hear the exhaust until you planted the foot and started to rev it. It was a bit doughy until it hit fairly high revs then it got going.
The brakes seemed to be a bit of a worry, as we approached a roundabout at about 130-140km/h we needed to slow to about 60km/h to make a left hand turn, Steve hauled on the anchors and it seemed we ween't going to knock enough speed off. Steve let the brakes off at the last minute and chucked the car into the corner and we made it through without any real drama.
The Monaro seemed to handle quite well, the road was quite smooth so it was a bit hard to tell how good it really was. It had the standard 18s with low profile tyres and seemed to ride quite smooth with them.
All in all not a bad car, would want to be for $70,000! It's kind of hard for me to compare to anything because I haven't been in anything else "late model" except Mike's (TeeHee) TE50I or my own EB I6. Mike's TE would beat the Monaro off the lights I reckon but as soon as the LS1 got up in the revs it would be curtains for the Ford. The 2 cars probably handle quite similar but I dare say the T-Series brakes would be better.
The interior seemed quite good in the Monaro, I quite liked the interior door handles that looked like they were brushed aluminium. Everything else, the seats, the dash etc seemed to be black or very dark charcoal grey. I'm not a fan of the two bucket seats in the rear. I understand that the car is marketed as a sports car not a family car but I'm sure there are plenty of other sports coupes with a traditional bench type rear seat. this should of been offered as at least an option IMO. The front seats while looking very sporty and hip hugging actually weren't. Maybe it's because I'm too skinny, might be better suited for a large rugby player or the like.
Holden have my neighbour comletely brainwashed, I ask him how many LS1 powered cars are in the shop getting engine rebuilds and he claims none that he knows about. He used to work at a Ford dealer previously and everyday he would come home and tell me all about the problems they were having but he can't seem to remember any significant problems the Holdens might be having.
Edit: Steve did admit that the Mustang sounded and went better so maybe there is hope for him yet!
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.