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#369 of 855 Re: . [berri]
Oct 29, 2011 (6:36 pm)
Just thought, I don't want to be accused of picking on specific regions of the country, so let's cover the rest of 'em: Cafe Teria in the northeast it is sarcasm like Tarshay is to Target. In the midwest its probably more like "WTF, that place isn't in the phone book. In the southwest that place probably actually exists! See, I've gotten around the country a lot before I retired.
#370 of 855 Re: . [berri]
Oct 31, 2011 (10:21 am)
Cafe Teria in the northeast it is sarcasm like Tarshay is to Target
Ding ding ding - we got a winnahh.
Oct 31, 2011 (2:02 pm)
I have to say I am reasonably impressed with this Regal rental. It handles pretty decently, steering isn't bad at all, it is quiet at high speeds, seems very well assembled, mileage is acceptable. On the other hand, although It's hard for me to make reasonable performance comparisons as my normal daily driver is in a different league, the transmission hunts around a bit at low speeds, it doesn't like to hold itself in place very well on hills, spec sheets have it very close in weight range to my E55, the interior "black" and shiftgate trim are insane fingerprint magnets, and the direct injection noises aren't reassuring. A comparison with the turbo would be interesting.
I also haven't seen another on the road yet, which is cool to me.
Nov 02, 2011 (4:28 pm)
Walked through my hotel parking lot - spotted 1x Aveo Rio and Accent, 2x Forte, 2x Camry, 2x Avenger, 2x Impala, 1x Caliber, 1x Durango, 1x Yukon, and my Buick.
Nov 04, 2011 (5:49 pm)
Took the Regal rental to a car wash again today as the dead bug count was annoying me...car wash worker actually asked me about the car, he thought it was pretty sharp (in bright white). Surprising from a guy in hi early 20s. Car continues to hold together fine for 20K rental miles now (I've probably put nearly 10% of those on it myself), but I am still not used to the low end lack of acceleration and the 4cyl noises.
#374 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 04, 2011 (6:47 pm)
You're plaing your cards wrong buddy. When it gets all buggy, forget popping for a car wash. Take it back and say its not running right and get something else instead.
#375 of 855 Re: . [berri]
Nov 04, 2011 (6:55 pm)
Nah, I put some work into cleaning the interior glass, and I don't mind the car at all - don't want to bother going back to get another, not to mention I could end up with something I don't want. I'm happy with it, esp for the rate I paid.
From what I can tell it has been registered for 8 months now - will likely be out of the fleet soon.
#376 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 06, 2011 (6:44 am)
So it's the non-turbo model?
I've actually been putting this car on my "next car" list....maybe...
Since you drive a RWD powerhouse, and know what a good car should be, what's your opinion of the driving dymanics of the FWD Regal?
#377 of 855 Re: . [slorenzen]
Nov 06, 2011 (4:45 pm)
Non turbo base CXL model (I don't think we get a cloth model), with 18xxx undoubtedly harsh rental miles on it when I got it, and will have around 21K when it is handed back. My opinion of the car is generally favorable. Handling and steering feel are fine for a FWD car, higher speed acceleration is good but off the line is nothing special and not what I am used to. My main annoyance is the transmission, which hunts around a bit much and seems to shift when not needed sometimes - but it has an easy to use manual mode too. The 6th gear is no doubt the saving grace for cruising.
Build quality is high, with these rough miles on it, it is still very tight and quiet. Material quality is good, seats are nice and kind of Germanic, but the lower hard plastic door panels are cheap feeling. Switchgear is good quality. On highway runs have easily hit or passed 30mpg (not exactly sure as I could never completely reset the computer as the car lacks a manual). I'd like it more maybe if it had some more lower end torque, and maybe xenons as normal lighting looks cheap on what is supposed to be a mildly premium car.
I have seen these things in screamer print ads for like 22-23K - probably a good deal at that price and an unusual alternative to a similar Camcord - the Regal is an uncommon sight and not bad looking.
#378 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 07, 2011 (12:30 pm)
Yeah, I could see fintail going back to trade the Regal for something else...and gets a Sonata! EEK!