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Old 09-23-2003, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Car rentals

I've rented plenty of cars in my lifetime... but lately I've had the means to rent more interesting vehicles.

What have you rented?

In recent years I have rented a:

BMW Z3
Suzuki Jimmy
Nissan Primera
Suzuki Vitara
Pontiac Sunfire convertible
Mistubishi Montero

Next month when I get to Europe:
Saab 95
Mercedes C200
Mini Cooper
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My family has rented cars when I was younger but me, myself have not yet.
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Old 09-23-2003, 10:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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will rent some sort of convert when my gf and I go to Cancun w/ about 3 other couples.

the ex-inlaws rented a big azz Caddy one time when we went to Chicago about 6 years ago. The ex-father in law and I dogged the chit out of that Caddy in the snow
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Old 09-23-2003, 10:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I dont know where you are going in Europe but my advice if you arent going cross country to see small towns is to not rent a car and do public transportation, parking gas and insurance in most metor areas is outrageous along with the fact that theives target rental cars.
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Old 09-23-2003, 10:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had two rentals when my car was getting fixed after someone rear-ended me.

2003 Dodge Neon - What a pile of shit. Slow, uncomfortable, plowed in turns, the transmission shifted so roughly it locked up my seatbelt at times, and I warped the rotors after 100 miles (had 3500 total). So I had the insurance company trade me up to a...

2002 Chevy Malibu. Boring as hell, and handled worse than my dad's '94 Grand Cherokee. 30 mph on a 25 mph offramp had the tires screaming for dear life. But it had good midrange power, a nice smooth drivetrain, and a cool radio that would grab the station names, weather data, etc. My year-old $250 Pioneer head unit doesn't do that!
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Old 09-23-2003, 11:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Chevy rox......
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Old 09-23-2003, 11:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally posted by bigjule
I dont know where you are going in Europe but my advice if you arent going cross country to see small towns is to not rent a car and do public transportation, parking gas and insurance in most metor areas is outrageous along with the fact that theives target rental cars.
going cross country and touring... we won't be in any metropolitans for very long. I live in NYC. I don't leave anything valuable in my car at all. Ever. Same applies when I travel.

thanks for the reminder
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Old 09-23-2003, 11:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Location: Reading, UK
Peugeot 206, 307, 406
Renault Megane
Volvo S40, XC70

And as for the safety:
Just got back home (UK) from a huge tour around europe. Driven over 4000 miles in 16 days. (Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, France)
Never had any problems. (This is not the first time I did this.)
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Old 09-24-2003, 07:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Brand new Protege5 a few weeks ago.

Since I'm under 21, I wasnt''t allowed to drive it due to company policy, so I only drove it twice.
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Old 09-24-2003, 08:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My company pays for a rental once a week for me to commute down to HQ. As such I am becoming an expert on intermediate late model U.S. Cars. Here's the list:

2003 Chevy Impala
2002 Ford Escort
2002 Chevy Cavalier
2002 Ford Focus
2004 Chevy Cavalier
2002 Pontiac Sunfire
2002 Hyundai Elantra
2003 Ford F-150 SuperCrew FX4 5.4L
2003 Ford Focus

The F150 and Hyundai were when the place hooked me up, and not surprisingly the best vehicles.
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
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let them next time you want the 2004 Pontiac GTO
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Old 09-30-2003, 04:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i've rented a geo metro (tiny deathtrap), '02 protoge (pretty fun car) and a 03 neon base base base (what a a crap car), all due to accidents.
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Old 10-01-2003, 04:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Too many to remember them all but here are a few:

Geo Metro
Ford F150 Crew Cab 4WD (for a bit more than a month when my car was in the body shop)
Dodge Neon
Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible (for the Florida Keys)
Jeep Wrangler (for Mexico)
Chevy Impala
Ford Taurus
Geo Prizm
Chrysler Concorde
Pontiac Sunfire

Almost rented a Jag convertible once but I was under 25 and they wouldn't let me get it. Had to go to another place and got something pretty crappy instead.
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Old 10-03-2003, 01:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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2002 Dodge Intrepid
2002 Toyota Corolla
2001 Buick Regal
2001 Ford Taurus

The intrepid was othe most fun
1. cuz it had 900 miles on it (didnt even have permanent plates on it yet)
2. Cuz it was a drive across 3 states.
3. It doesnt feel like its gonna come apart at 100 mph like the others did.

Bad cuz, it was the most often i had to stop for gas....ever.
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Old 10-03-2003, 09:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i beat the piss out of a 2003 Mitsu Diamante, it was pretty peppy inline or V6 i think, great handling. I had it up in Northern Maine on the back roads and got the tires to squeal at 80 going through some turns Although for a FF car i couldn't get it to break free from a stand still w/o turning the wheel, but alas it was an auto. I liked the look of it almost like a new 5 series but inside it was a little small.
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Old 10-04-2003, 08:18 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Ive only ever rented one car. In 1988, I rented an 88 Grand Prix, fully loaded. Nice car. Had it up to 130 when I decided it was time to stop pushing my luck. Let off the gas and was doing about 80-85 when I passed the cop sitting in the median. Fortunately, it was like 5 am on a sunday morning and he must have been asleep. He didnt come after me.
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Old 10-04-2003, 03:53 PM   #17 (permalink)
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One was a 2003 Chevy Z-71 the other 2000 ford mustang convertible, then the last 2004 Caddy deville
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Old 10-05-2003, 03:29 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Peugeot 206...
mmmm...now i wanna watch wrc
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