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Jun 14, 2012 (4:47 pm)
New car is identical to the old one, but has the IMO nicer two tone interior, not a bad place to rack up the miles:
Damage at the end of the day's journey, not bad as it counts a few stops and some slow stop and go in town driving - no interstates used, only mellow state highways:
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by steve_ HOST
Jun 14, 2012 (5:22 pm)
Mmmm, plood. Reminds me of my Outback. The seats do look nice.
Wonder if they'd freak if they pulled up the message screen and the average was over 90ish for ~300 miles. Might get you blacklisted.
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by kyfdx HOST
Jun 14, 2012 (5:53 pm)
I'm betting it's the real stuff...
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by steve_ HOST
Jun 14, 2012 (6:05 pm)
Could be. Seems like even the real stuff is plasticized to keep it from splintering in a crash, or maybe it's just too polished for my taste. Just not my favorite dash look (unless it's, say, a TR6), nor is the chrome trim on the steering wheel. Rather have some soft touch plastic instead.
#445 of 739 Re: . [steve_]
Jun 15, 2012 (1:06 pm)
It's real wood, but in the German tradition - laminated and shined up to the point where it doesn't resemble wood. I've had the dark maple in my car accused of being marble. However, this rental does have pleather.
Trip computer stuff is easy to erase
Jun 19, 2012 (12:26 pm)
Well, I have now returned this thing (parked in marsha7's town square next to a 90s vintage Choo Choo Suburban):
Was able to top 30mpg even in faster driving from GA to Orlando, where 75-80 was the norm. I was reasonably the impressed. Negatives include weird acceleration from stop - economy mode has 2nd gear start, maybe, and a drone under some acceleration inputs that reminds me of the hoary Nissan/Infiniti 3.5 noise. But it was well built and smooth on virtually all roads, the high def nav screen impressed my friend, it could get moving if you pushed the heavy throttle, and the styling is aging well. I'd rent it again. The rental return lady remarked how much she likes these cars, which is what the agent who handled my exchange also said.
At the return station they had a full house - a couple other Es and several Cs, many MLs, an SLK and a nice E cabrio, Chrysler 300, Taurus, a couple XC90, several Explorer and Flex, various smaller GM/Ford/Hyundai/Toyota/Nissan cars, Chrysler vans and a wrecked Kia Sedona, and Camaros and Mustangs per usual for Florida.