25th Nov 2007, 20:08
Interchangeability of parts is prevelant throughout the automotive industry as well as many vehicle platforms. I like the early Vipers very basic and plain interiors with the money in the drivetrain and frame. I even like wind up windows, but not pop outs.
26th Nov 2007, 23:37
In response to 20:08:
Agreed 100%. I was looking at pictures of the inside of a Lexus SC400 yesterday. I thought I had seen that automatic shift handle and gear indicator (lettering, etc.), then I remembered they're in my friend's base model 2004 Tacoma (automatic). Naturally, when that occurs with GM, it's because GM is cheap. But I'm sure in the Tacoma, it represents high luxury.
The radio controls of that SC400 are exactly the same as in a 2001 4Runner as well. All are fine vehicles, and I don't look down on one Toyota (Lexus) for having the same button or panel as another Toyota.
If people put down their Motor Trend / Consumer Reports talking points and start thinking for themselves, people like me and the above commenter wouldn't be in such short supply.
27th Jun 2008, 10:18
There is nothing wrong with a manufacturer using shared components across its product line. It's been done for years by top end marques...
Ferrari used cheap Fiat parts in its 308's, Porsche used VW engines in its revered 356 and 914, and Jaguar used GM transmissions and AC components in the XJS.
Even today, Lamborghini uses Audi parts.
Maybe people are so hard on Corvette for this because, as an American car with shared American parts, it's more evident because they are more common. Therefore, easier to notice. Not many people (US) have been in a Fiat and Ferrari enough to know they use some of the same (cheap) parts. Perception is probably reversed in Europe, where they don't see Corvettes and other American brands as much.
Corvettes are an awesome deal. Sure, they could upgrade the interior a bit but that would mean higher costs.