CHASE VAN SHAKEDOWN - TRIP 1 - July 3-7, 2001
400+ miles, varied road conditions and terrain

EASTBOUND

From :   Bolingbrook, IL
Via:     South Bend, IN; US 33
To:      Fort Wayne, IN
Mileage: 203.3 mi
Time:    Approximately 4:28
Weather: 80-90 degrees, rain for the middle 60 miles

WESTBOUND

From :   Bolingbrook, IL
Via:     US 30; Warsaw, IN
To:      Fort Wayne, IN
Mileage: 184.8 mi
Time:    Approximately 4:35
Weather: 80-90 degrees, sunny


 

VEHICLE PROBLEMS

Major problems

NONE

Minor problems

  1. Transmission shifts a little roughly ("jumps") around 18-22 mph during acceleration

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  3. Transmission shifts a little roughly ("jumps") around 53 mph during acceleration

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  5. Engine makes a "trucklike" roar when running over 60 mph for sustained periods; fuel economy is around 27 MPG anyhow

  6.  
  7. Driver's seat slightly loose; seat rocks slightly during starting and stopping of vehicle

  8.  
  9. Driver's seat belt sticks during retraction

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  11. Small 'cats-eye' knick near edge of windshield on passenger's side

Other Observations

Conclusion

Provided the minor rough shifting does not indicate future transmission failure, this vehicle is ready for the open road.