long-termer – n. a test car acquired by a publication for an extended real-world trial, typically 20,000 to 40,000 miles
Being an alumnus of the publication, yours truly happens to know that each long-termer that Car and Driver tests has no prior usage, to rule out the possibility that some previous hoon might have gotten too brave behind the wheel and compromised some part of the vehicle. In this case, however, I’m not sure that it matters; the engine failure was apparently due to metal particles breaking loose from the oil filter (likely from tapping the filter’s threads) and causing the failure of a rod bearing.
The implosion called for a complete replacement of the LT1 V8 (under warranty), and General Motors says that they are currently reviewing their manufacturing processes, to ensure that this fluke won’t affect other models. While that piece of the story comes as a relief, murmurs of similar engine failures exist within the C7-driving community. And though the issue is (thankfully) covered by warranty, engine failure coming that prematurely is at the very least inconvenient, and at the most, certainly disconcerting to owners of the car.
Here’s to hoping that the Car and Driver C7 makes it the remaining 30,000 miles without suffering another aneurysm.