Wednesday, June 10, 2015

a thorough look at the Suzuki Samurai, and why it was not the tip over liability it was reported, in fact, they made it all up.

In 1988, Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, declared war on the Samurai.

 It tested the the Samurai, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, and Isuzu Trooper II on its standard pylon “avoidance-maneuver” course layout as used for the last 15 years.

CU considers this test a “very stringent” maneuver. At 50+ mph, it forces a quick jerk to the left and then back to the right, simulating a rapid double lane change. Any misbehavior of the car’s suspension or other physical traits will either send it over some pylons or make it spin out. The maximum speed that the vehicle can hold indicates its handling prowess and degree of safety.

 After making 37 test runs with the Samurai, CU’s professional test drivers rated it as the pick of the litter that day, as far as handling that evasive course. It was judged as being maneuverable, stable, and easy to control. The driver who made the most runs with it gave it the highest possible rating.

The video documentation was impressive. Both their editorial honcho and their Technical Director showed up as the track tests continued. They became upset.

 A CU staff member had reportedly tipped a Samurai onto two wheels during early evaluations, so they were convinced that the Samurai had a problem, and a top star rating of 5+ on an emergency lane change just would not do.

and the rest is all past the link

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