July 16, 2012, 3:43 pm
Originally Posted by DinanBimmer
@WagonTheDog how'd yours perform on that trip to reservoir? That's a long ways, and to think I was afraid of taking mine to Vegas.
I just can't say enough about this car... I drove myself, a small dog, a fair amount of luggage, and a plastic tote containing all critical bodily fluids, extra belts, an extra coil, road flares, mechanics stethoscope (the glory of which I've written about in previous posts), tools for practically every fastening device on the car, and anything else I might need in case something broke, or otherwise failed. I got the oil changed before I returned to CA, but other than that, nothing in my little (massive?) emergency kit ever saw the light of day.
One of the most impressive parts of the trip was when I was climbing through extremely high winds on the 8 fwy, en route to what I believe is the Kumeyaay Summit... Those are fairly steep twisties to begin with, and in high winds it can feel like you're suddenly driving on three cylinders, but I'll tell you what man... I just notched it back into 4th, and flew up the side of that mountain at a steady, and what seemed like effortless, 70mph... It was almost as if 4th gear was tailor-made for the application, and passing anything and everything going up that hill gave me indescribable pleasure. Lol, oh the dirty looks...
Quite honestly, I was MORE worried about Vegas because of the heat... The combination of heat, with a rise in elevation (Sea Level to I think 4000+ on the way to Vegas), is what really puts a cooling system to the test. I completely overhauled my cooling system at about 160k miles, but that doesn't mean I wasn't nervous under such extreme conditions. Fortunately, I was able to remain as cool as a cucumber throughout.