Like a colleague of mine has said once before; you get what you pay for.
When buyers decide to invest into supercars, they are subject to two options; Buy a niche supercar made by some manufacturer you have never heard of before, or buy a more mainstream automakers’ flagship vehicle. Most people opt to get the more well-known brands in the hopes that among all of the great things that come with owning a supercar, the supposed reliability that is to be had with a top-tier product from a major automaker is a deal-maker.
However that is not always the case, as our friends at Car and Driver found out. Unfortunately their long-term tester C7 Corvette Stingray suffered from an engine blow-out after a mere 6,000 miles (9,656 km). The LT1 V8 engine needed to be completely replaced under warranty. This also meant the Stingray was out of service for a rather long time—something that would be expected from a small Italian manufacturer, not Chevrolet.
The Stingray was apparently stung (excuse the pun) by metal debris from a bad oil filter getting into the lubrication system, knocking out a connecting rod bearing and caused the engine to completely self-destruct. GM is apparently investigating the issue to see if the problem is widespread or just one particular case. But the question is, can one bad apple spoil the bunch?