That's not always the case, as Car and Driver recently found out. The publication's Corvette Stingray long-term tester blew out its LT1 V8 engine entirely after only 6,000 miles, necessitating a complete replacement. Fortunately, it was under warranty, but it contributed to the 'Vette having to spend an inordinate amount of time in the shop – something you might expect from a small Italian manufacturer, for example, but not from one of the largest automakers in the world.
The problem apparently boiled down to metal debris from a bad oil filter getting into the lubication system, knocking out a con-rod bearing and totaling the engine block. GM is reportedly investigating the issue, which was just one of several problems C/D encountered with the flagship Chevy, but which haven't stopped our compatriots in Ann Arbor from enjoying the time they've had so far with the all-American supercar, or from taking it on long-distance road trips to Indiana, Chicago, even Virginia and New Jersey.