Hey RexIQ and others,
The IQ vs smart comparison
When I test drove The IQ for the first time, My first thought was the handling is really lacking, way to much sway, it did not feel solid and connected to the road, it just swayed way to much .
During my test drive, at 65 mph (Freeway) I steered the steering wheel back and fourth quickly to see how much sway there was, i complained to the salesman, letting him know that, it just did not feel safe. The handling kinda sucked.
I did not buy the car at that time, due to the soft, steering and large amount of sway, it felt a little dangerous to me.
Drove My IQ some more yesterday, with the new Rear Sway Bar Installed. WOW what a Difference.
To me the Scion TRD Factory Rear Sway Bar, Is a Absolutely MUST HAVE Item No questions asked.
It substantially improves the handling manners of the IQ, It feels like a different car. Much Sportier, even with the stock wheels and tires.
I need a car that can perform accident avoidance when I need it to.
I have been driving several times in the past, some at 65 mph and needed to avoid a car in the fast lane that was sideways in front of you (and was in your lane) that is not seen until the last minute.
I also had a Truck that was over loaded, dump it's load in front of me on the Freeway doing 65 mph. Accident avoidance at it's best. That was driving a Brand New 99' Civic SI on both issues.
But Between the Rear Sway Bar & hard Center Bushings, & The Two Front Sway Bar Hard Center Bushings, the Car is Greatly Improved.
I have not pushed it to the limit yet, and may never. Yea right!, I have about 900 miles on her maybe in a couple of weeks, i think that the max rpm my car has seen so far has been about 4K, Another 100 miles and, i can rev on the redline. 8)
Any way, I now feel much safer knowing that the car is able to to keep up handling wise.