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Old 05-19-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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For the last week and a half I was in alaska and had a base dodge charger as a rental. The car was brand new. (it had 120 miles on it when I picked it up). It was very nice inside, very roomy and comfortable. It does give you the feeling you are in a chopped hot rod. very short and wide windshield with alot of hood sticking out in front of you. It had a great sound system for a stock vehicle, the wierdest thing about the interior of this car was that there were no cup holders for teh back seat, no built-ins, no flip down, just none. As far as power, this only had the base v-6. It was by no means the fastest car I have ever driven, but it would still chirp the tires quite nicely. I was on alot of dirt roads and it was impossible to get it sideways with the traction control on, but when you turn the TC off it would slide very nicely to a point then it felt like the traction control would still come in and try to straighten you out, even though it was turned off. Fuel milage was good. i put 516 miles on the car and went through 1 1/4 tanks of fuel with it being i believe a 17 gal tank. As far as handling, the car handled well, but inspired zero confidence. I found my self slowing through corners that I'm sure the car could have easily handled. Part of the problem was that the seats had no side bolstering. So I could come into a hard left corner, but I would practicaly have to be leaning into the passenger seat. I'm sure the upper levels of the car have better seats and the sterring would provide abit more confidence then the base level I had, but I was very unimpressed with the handling of the car. I would have to say the best part of this car though is the look. This thing is very impossing when it is in your rear view. I had more cars move over for me to let me by, then I have ever had before, and alaska doesn't use the chargers for police cars, so they weren't moving over because they thought I was a cop. They would just move over.

C/N: nice car, but If I were to get one, it would have to be one of the upper levels.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:17 PM   #2
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early 20-something Ford Focus - absolute ****
20-something Chevy Malibu - below average in just about every category, exept for excelling at neutral bombs.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:18 PM   #3
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:21 PM   #4
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Saturn Aura XR (the 6 cyl)

Peppy, damn good looking, surprisingly nimble-ish, and ridiculously comfortable. I was SHOCKED.

I'd rock one in a second if I was looking for a not-fun car.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:29 PM   #5
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i had a dodge caliber 4 weeks ago and thought thought it was alright. nothing great, but not bad.

last week, i had a Buick Lucerne. what a boat load of crap! i know it's a buick and buicks are supposed to have soft suspension, but this was ridiculous. i'd stop at lights and the car would just lurch back and forth about 4 times before the entire car would come to a stop. the wheels would be at a dead stop, but the suspension just let the car bounce all over. and the front bench seat was just ridiculous! soooo bad. i yelled to my boss and as he looked i nosed the car up to a cement wall and started smoking the tires.

this week, i was given a ford explorer and returned it once i laid eyes on it as i can't stand driving SUVs when i have to try to park around town. plus, i don't need a big car when i'm just driving myself.

instead, i got a ford focus and really like it for what it is. it's definitely not an expensive feeling car, but for what they retail for, it's nice to drive. plus, parking that thing is a breeze.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:29 PM   #6
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Pontiac G6 sedan....

had the turning radius of a f'ing school bus. Seriously, my Chevy Trailblazer makes tighter turns than the G6. Don't rent this if you plan to drive on busy city streets.

The engine also had a really weird hesitation when pressing the gas pedal that made merging onto highways scary.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:30 PM   #7
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Chevy Aveo...

I was pleasantly surprised with this vehicle. It's an econobox, and it functions very well. It actually had a decent amount of power and reasonable acceleration, especially considering that we had 3 full sized adults riding in it.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:32 PM   #8
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Purple convertible PT cruiser in downtown LA.

Worst car I've ever driven. Horrible interior...No power. I can't believe Americans buy this junk. . Plus the car honks when you unlock it so everyone looks at you whenever you lock/unlock your car. Forget about parking at oontzy nightclubs or anything.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:33 PM   #9
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Do pool cars count?

Buick Allure (Lacrosse in the US.. I drove it 2 times in Canada) = worst modern car I've ever driven.

I've had several Camrys, Mazda minivan, Chevy Malibu, etc. The Allure is the only car that really stands out as ****ing terrible.

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Old 05-19-2008, 07:35 PM   #10
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Rental lady: Well we do have a compact if you would like that.

Jerry: Fine.

Rental lady: Alright. Well we have a blue Ford Escort for you Mr. Seinfeld, would you like insurance?

Jerry: Yeah you better give the insurance, because I am gonna beat the hell out of this thing!
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:37 PM   #11
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Rental lady: Well we do have a compact if you would like that.

Jerry: Fine.

Rental lady: Alright. Well we have a blue Ford Escort for you Mr. Seinfeld, would you like insurance?

Jerry: Yeah you better give the insurance, because I am gonna beat the hell out of this thing!
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:38 PM   #12
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Rented a 08 Nissan Murano, it is nice, on road and off-road.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:45 PM   #13
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Chevy Aveo...

I was pleasantly surprised with this vehicle. It's an econobox, and it functions very well. It actually had a decent amount of power and reasonable acceleration, especially considering that we had 3 full sized adults riding in it.
Last car I rented was also a Chevy Aveo. Apart from the all manual interior, I felt it was a step above the 2006 Yaris I had test drove.

I was also pleasently surprised by the acceleration of the car. It probably could have given my 90 Miata a good run.

I was not amused with its dismal mileage. Especially for an economy car!
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:26 PM   #14
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Default Chevy Uplander minivan

Our Toyota Sienna minivan got rear-ended and needs the rear bumper replaced. So I dropped it off at the body shop and was issued a Chevy Uplander as replacement transportation while the minivan is out of service.

I have some history with GM automobiles. Growing up, my father had a collection of Caprice Classics issued as company cars, followed by a series of Cutlass Cieras. We owned a 78 Cadillac for many years, and my grandmother still owns it and drives it to bingo. We also took delivery of a Suburban and sold it with 190K miles on the clock. My dad also had a couple of Regals, which were pretty decent cars, all told. So getting into the Uplander, I was expecting a OK ride. Nothing spectacular, as it was a minivan, after all, as well as a vehicle aimed squarely at middle America.

All that said, my advice to GM is to give up; you cannot assemble a minivan. Putting the kid seats into the vehicle makes me wonder how in the world you can take all the outer shell of the vehicle provides and take it away. Dr. Steven Hawking might want to talk to some of your engineers, since it's obvious that a space-time rift exists between the outside shell and the interior of the vehicle, since it's so substantially smaller. Also, while I appreciate contrasts in life, I can't figure out where in the world you are going with the bargain-basement interior furnishings, and the spendy DVD player included. I'd rather you spent the money on something like seat coverings that didn't remind me of my grandmother's dining room table.

Once I got situated with the basic controls, I was ready to go. Backing up, the integrated bumper warning system was pretty cool and let me back up with more confidence, since the rear view is pretty limited. The integrated tire pressure monitoring system lets me know that the tires are inflated to 38 PSI all around, which is pretty much wear I keep the WRX and Sienna. This provides a nice ride in the WRX, not so much here. I wonder how people will know when their shocks wear out in this beast, as with a few ticks over 3000 miles on the clock, they seem pretty worn out to me.

Putting the accelerator to the floor provides some decent acceleration, and to tell the truth, some engine noise that's not half-bad. Traction control intervenes and keeps the front tires from becoming clouds of smoke, although a button on the dash allows soccer moms to defeat the controls to allow for a bit of fun on the way to the market. At highway speeds, the ride is kind of unsettled and not at all a place I'd like to spend a long family trip. The interior closes in a bit, in a non-friendly way, and the motion of the vehicle might make some reach for some Dramamine. It's very easy to induce tire squeal.

So, to sum up, I can't wait to get the Sienna back from the shop. Were I given the choice between the Uplander and a mid-size GM car like a Malibu and I didn't need the rear seats, I'd take the sedan every time.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:29 PM   #15
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a few weeks ago got a Dodge Avenger as a rental car; interior was disturbingly bad. Possibly Chevy Cobalt bad.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:33 PM   #16
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Renault Megane - manual w/100hp petrol @ Hertz

Handles well, nice engine start button, snug seats, decent interior, good gas mileage, slow as sh**, rent something else
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:35 PM   #17
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Pontiac G6- very meh. I liked how I didnt have to crank the engine to start, just one turn of the key. Also the radio stayed on after the key was removed until a door was opened. 4 banger power sucked, steering was ok. Parking brake wasn't that fun to use, didnt really do much.

Hyundai Sonata- Very comfortable. More power than the G6. Turns were much more fun with the handbrake, could lock the rear wheels up. Really good radio. The cup holders sucked, its basically a big rectangular opening. I put a cup of apple juice in it, left the parking lot and got on the freeway and went to take a sip, but found the cup floating in the apple juice
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:36 PM   #18
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ford mustang v6 auto: not bad if you're a redneck, female, or a redneck female. the interior feels cheap and hollow. i don't like ford's leather. thankfully this had cloth seats, which were tolerable. a dog off the line of course.

chevy cobalt:
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:44 PM   #19
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pt cruiser. Horrible mileage for a 4cyl, crappy interior, horrible to drive, i don't know how they managed to sell these pos
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:54 PM   #20
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08 suzuki forenza a few weeks ago

Worst car ever! EVERYTHING sucked. You name it it sucked

slow, suspension sucked, steering sucked

bad breaks

wouldn't stop

back door handle BROKE off on the inside

ergonomics sucked. I was uncomfortable driving around the city for 10 mintues, and im a small guy. This is the bottom of my list of bad cars I have drove. And I have drove everything from Bentlys to Neons. Big and small.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:00 AM   #21
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how the hell do you get manual at a rental?
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:02 AM   #22
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pt cruiser. Horrible mileage for a 4cyl, crappy interior, horrible to drive, i don't know how they managed to sell these pos
got a free '08 rental 2 weeks back.

i violently agree with you.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:03 AM   #23
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how the hell do you get manual at a rental?
You rent outside North America.

When you rent a car in Europe, you need to request an automatic or you may show up and have to learn really fast if you don't know how to operate a manual transmission.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:06 AM   #24
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2005/2006 Chevy Impala.... worst POS I've ever driven. When I got the STi back after a week, it was like finding Jesus. Why would anybody in their right mind drop $23-25k on one of those things? Ugh.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:10 AM   #25
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Dodge Nitro

Dangerously unstable handling.
Ugly.
Loud but weak motor.
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