What are some of the more outrageous claims you’ve heard or read, where a driver says something about their vehicle that has 0 or virtually 0 chance of being true . . . ?
Here are 2 that quickly come to mind
the other day, on another website, a guy claimed that a “mid-1990s” Corolla would easily get fuel efficiency in the mid-40s, meaning easily over 40+mpg . . .
This one is seems outrageous to me, as I owned a 1995 Corolla 1.8 DX with a 5-speed stick for several years, literally a mid-1990s Corolla. And my dad owned it from new, so the car was only ever owned by my family. My dad never got that kind of fuel efficiency, and he was a very good driver, never one to race or drive fast. And when I had the car, the most I ever got was 37mpg, and that was mostly freeway driving.
and when somebody says the car should easily get 40mpg or more, that implies to me the average driver, average driving style, etc. should easily get 40mpg or more, in mixed driving.
Here’s the next case . . .
Years ago, a young guy claimed his essentially stock VW Mk1 GTI would do 250km/h. I was living in europe at the time, hence metric. I know for a fact the engine was bone stock, the only thing this guy had money for were bigger tires and rims, maybe lowering springs and k&n air filter. But that’s it.
sounds like he was daydreaming, in my opinion. Even downhill with a massive tailwind, I don’t see the car getting anywhere near 250km/h
Mind you, I never agreed with the guy. I just politely listened and kept my thoughts to myself. I just let it be, because he was having such a good time talking about his car
I just thought of another one . . .
Years ago, another guy I knew claimed his Jeep Wagoneer . . . the unibody one with the straight six that looked like the unibody Cherokee, think 1984 . . . got 40mpg. Needless to say, I also didn’t believe him, but kept my mouth shut. Seems even less likely than the Corolla to get 40+mpg
I realize it’s possible somebody’s going to say that it is theoretically possible to get 40-something mpg in their mid-1990s Corolla. But I would ask them . . . did they own such a car? Or are they merely saying it’s theoretically possible?