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Old 18 April 2013, 05:03 PM
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Like I said, Studebakers aren't sold anymore because they aren't reliable. An Avanti that hit 169mph wasn't likely to be stock, or rather, it wasn't a "random sample" but a "shill" that was modified for testing. Car magazines today still tend to get their cars - including long-term testers - from the manufacturer - which still allows them to modify or pick an exceptional example for testing. (A long-held urban legend is that the early examples of the Renault Alliance - which won many "Car of the Year" awards - were virtually hand-made - and that the regular models made in the plant were, well, disastrously bad.) I believe that consumer advocacy publications like "Consumer Reports" don't get their products from the manufacturer but buy them anonymously.
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