2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Scrapes on Everything
April 01, 2010
I've been driving and enjoying our long-term 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06 for the last few days, but I have one significant gripe: The black plastic front spoiler (highlighted above in red) hangs so low it scrapes on everything.
And I mean everything. Every driveway in, every driveway out. Every speed hump up, every speed hump down. It'll even touch down on road dips or intersections than have any kind of elevation change.
It's obviously is meant to do that. That's why Chevy makes it out of flexible plastic, but it's hard to look cool when your car is crunching against the ground constantly. Pedestrians and other drivers look at you like you're a fool. A fool that just took out his front end. The only way to avoid it is to come to a complete stop and roll over the obstacle, and that only works about 50% of the time.
To this extreme, this problem is unique to the Vette. No other supercar I've driven in the last 10 years hits the pavement this often, and that includes our old long-term 1984 Ferrari 308.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 44,822 miles