The Rest of the Riffraff

Motor Trend (USA) - - Your Say... -

An­gus Macken­zie felt pretty good about him­self as he flew around Sil­ver­stone in the Mclaren Senna un­til he watched Lewis Hamil­ton best his times con­sid­er­ably (“The Big Pic­ture,” Au­gust). I can re­late. Some 30 years ago I at­tended a track day at Lime Rock spon­sored by the As­ton Martin Own­ers Club. With my RHD 1977 As­ton Martin V8 Van­tage [sick hum­ble­brag—ed.], I at­tacked with vigor. A guest there was one Stir­ling Moss. I watched him through the esses and thought, “I’m a truck driver, and he’s a bal­let dancer.” In all, a great ex­pe­ri­ence. PAUL GOLD­STEIN CLEVE­LAND HEIGHTS, OHIO I, like many peo­ple, dis­agree with the ver­dict of the hot hatch com­par­i­son (“Sport Com­pact Car Re­vival,” Au­gust). The Fo­cus RS should have won by a land­slide. I’m also con­cerned about the Type R used. You said it had an as-tested price of $34,990, yet in your Car of the Year piece you said to ex­pect $10,000 or $20,000 in dealer markups. Also, you stated there was no un­der­steer, which seems im­pos­si­ble be­cause the Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI, for ex­am­ple, has about 100 less horse­power and un­der­steers like crazy. I de­cided to test this with a lap of La­guna Seca on Forza Mo­tor­sport 7 with a rac­ing wheel setup. They both un­der­steered like crazy, and the Civic could not stay on the track. JOHN GRANT CAMP­BELL CHATSWORTH, GE­OR­GIA Heh. We’re not sure if you’re se­ri­ous or trolling. We hope the lat­ter. Forza is a fun game, but it’s just that. To see how the Civic Type R did against the re­ally big boys on real roads, check Best Driver’s Car.—ed. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how Scott Evans fares with the long-term test on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Ti. I rushed to buy a gor­geous new 2017 Ti Sport and can cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate why Mo­tor Trend hailed the 2018 model as Car of the Year. The driv­ing dy­nam­ics made me fall in love like a sixth grader pin­ing for the eighth grade cheer­lead­ing cap­tain.

Af­ter 27,000-plus miles, though, the hon­ey­moon was over. In the 13 months I owned the Gi­u­lia Ti, it re­quired monthly ser­vice vis­its. Con­stant soft­ware up­dates af­ter all the id­iot lights flashed on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. I was truly frus­trated with the lack of knowl­edge­able ser­vice tech­ni­cians at my lo­cal deal­er­ship, and even more frus­trat­ing was the lack of a true U.s.-based sup­ply chain for parts. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions my beauty sat on the lot in ex­cess of three weeks wait­ing for parts to ar­rive.

Sadly, af­ter los­ing my beloved steed to the ser­vice depart­ment for over two months cu­mu­la­tively in my 13 months of own­er­ship, I made the de­ci­sion to part with it. Re­li­a­bil­ity, good ser­vice, and avail­able parts all need to be weighed against the pas­sion of the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Af­ter all, what good is own­ing a phe­nom­e­nal driv­ing ma­chine if you can’t drive it?

For­tu­nately I made the jump to MT ’s Truck of the Year—the 2018 Ford F-150. Op­po­site ends of the spec­trum, but prac­ti­cal­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity won out—at least for the time be­ing.

Good luck, Scott! I hope your ex­pe­ri­ence is filled with more sub­stan­tial bliss than I ex­pe­ri­enced. TONY KENNARD VIA EMAIL Sorry to hear about your Alfa, Tony. There’s no deny­ing that some early Gi­u­lias were plagued by is­sues. It’s early in our time with our tester (page 102 for those who haven’t caught it on­line), but we’re happy to re­port so far, so good—rest as­sured we’ll keep you up­dated on the own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, warts and all.—ed.


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