It started out as his dream car but wound up as his worst nightmare.
Let’s hope an explanation from General Motors is forthcoming and will help convince this Corvette Z06 owner to stay in the fold after his Arctic White 2016 coupe inexplicably went up in flames on I-81 in Salina, N.Y., over the weekend.
Keith Haughton told CNYCentral.com that he was taking a friend on a cruise in his Z06 between the Hiawatha Boulevard and the 7th North Street exits around 12:30 p.m. Sunday when he heard a loud thud under the hood “like one of the tires had popped.”
He says he could feel a vibration, like something was shredding.
“I realized something was happening so I slowed down,” he said, “and then a little light came on on the dashboard that said suspension system. At that point, I lost power steering and power to the car.”
He steered the car across three lanes of traffic to the side of the interstate, then suddenly realized the Z06 was on fire. The two occupants hopped out, escaping injury, but could do nothing to save the car.
By the time the fire department got there just three or four minutes later, the Corvette was already pretty much a total loss.
Haughton, who had traded in another Corvette for this one last year, says he’s having to reevaluate his situation now that his ultimate dream car has gone up in flames.
After the fire, he reached out to Chevrolet to make sure they knew about the situation but hasn’t heard back yet.
We’d love for Tadge Juechter himself to reach out to Haughton and set his mind – and the mind of countless other enthusiasts – to rest.
“If someone helps me understand what happened, that would make me feel more comfortable,” Haughton said, “but until someone can explain why it happened, I probably won’t buy another Corvette.”
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