Pop-up Headlamps - 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Long-Term Road Test
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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Pop-up Headlamps

January 22, 2011

Corvette Z06 longterm headlights.jpg I get a kick out of our Corvette Z06's old-school pop-up headlamps. Sure, pop-up setups don't make a whole lot of sense anymore, what with the added mechanical complexity, the severe lack of aerodynamics during night driving and the fact that manufacturers can produce sleek front ends using exposed lights (including the C6 Vette). But not everything has to make sense, and I enjoy watching the lights flip up and down, especially since we might never see them again on a mass-produced car because of pedestrian impact regulations.

On another subject, I have yet to experience the "service active handling" indicator that Editor-in-Chief Oldham witnessed the other day. Maybe I need to drive it harder...

I also checked the engine oil (not to imply that's a great feat on my part), and it's just fine; the Z06 seems to be using the stuff sparingly, which is good to see, although the car's readout says the oil's life is at 17 percent remaining.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 56,628 miles


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