Help! I think my dad is an idiot... (long)
OK, here's the scenario:
I came home from college this weekend, and we decided to take a drive by the coast. Not having had a car for over 7 months, I jump at the chance to drive whenever possible. So we decided to take the GS3 out for a spin. On the way back, we missed our turn and had to quickly take another exit to get back home. In order to get on said exit, I had to pass a CLK convertible which was approaching quickly, so I punched it and the engine revved to 5600RPM.
My dad immediately starts sreaming at me, saying things like:
"Punks like you are the reason people are worried about buying used cars..."
"Do you want to destroy the engine? Do you know what else you could have done? The water pump could blow, the oil pump could blow...I'm sending you the repair bill when this car turns to a rickety piece of shit in 2 years. What are you, retarded?"
"Do you know the reasons race cars have to have their engines constantly rebuilt? It's because of this kind of revving!"
"Did you have to do that? The car didn't go anywhere. It just revved up and sent all the power to the torque converter, which I'm sure you know everything about."
"You've just taken years off this car's life."
"Did you have to redline it?"
"I can just see how you're going to drive that stick shift once you get it."
This tirade went on for about 5 minutes straight, filled with cursing and all that good stuff. The rest of the ride was perfectly silent.
Oh, here are the technical details:
GS300 (2002; 13,000 miles)
3.0L I6 engine, 220HP/22TQ, 6700RPM redline
Four passengers (including mom and sis), had to be a total weight over over 4000lbs
So did I really do harm to the engine? What possible negative effects could this have? We've had the car since new. He really makes me feel guilty about this. This is my mom's car, and I know the engine has not seen speeds north of 90MPH or 4000RPM.
I mean will this really cause problems down the line? He seems to think that this one occasion has caused irreparable harm to the valves, seals, transmission, TQ converters, differential, air compressor, various pumps, etc., etc.
Is he wrong? I know running your car at redline and high speeds constantly will decrease life, but what about occassionally revving it up?
I must say the car didn't feel responsive at all, it indeed seems that it just revved up a lot and didn't really yield a great increase in speed. I attribute this to Lexus' decision to intergrate a Terminator-stlye Neuronet Processor/learning computer which has learned my mom's very conservative driving habits and then was confused when I got on the throttle.
But again, my dad thinks that I've damaged the car.
So is he right, or am I justified in thinking he is an over-reacting idiot? If it's the latter, please give me some technical explanations as to why/how I did not damage the car so I can use them in my defense.
Thanks for reading.
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