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#457 of 864 Re: Get gas where you can [fintail]
Jun 19, 2012 (11:09 pm)
You're right. If we had packed our GPS we probably could have found one. This experience alone is enough reason to do so in the future. Thanks for the idea.
#460 of 864 Re: Get gas where you can [bhill2]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 20, 2012 (6:23 am)
That someone could be you.
Jul 17, 2012 (11:34 am)
Saw an odd car today - Honda Fit with barcode, CA plates, no plate frames - sure looked like a rental. Maybe some kind of private corporate fleet?
I also see Hertz is offering some performance cars - MB E63 can be rented out of a few locations, but at ~$200 day, it requires some commitment.
#465 of 864 Chrysler 200 convertible
Jul 20, 2012 (11:19 am)
On trip through California this week so naturally went for a convertible (can't dream of putting a top down in summer TX weather so taking advantage). I'm not a big Chrysler fan and I know the old Sebring has taken a beating for years for being the darling of rental fleets everywhere (read, appliance) but this car was surprisingly pleasant. Even though this is just an updated Sebring i think Chrysler has come a long way in interior quality. Would've preferred the pentastar six; however, the four was adequate even in the mountains between San Diego and San Francisco. It was also more powerful, smoother and quieter than the similar fours in the Fusions and Malibus I have in my fleet at work. Got 24 mpg overall. The drop top and trunk setup is genius IMO. Huge trunk when you are running with the top up, and not bad at all with it down, plus you get a nicely finished hard tonneau covering it all. The tonneau is actually the deck lid and it operates in both directions. Very slick and neatly done.
I have a business relationship with Enterprise so got a great rate too. Returned the car early when we got to SF yesterday to avoid these ridiculous 50/day parking rates.
Great rental experience overall.
#466 of 864 Rental car shenanigans
Jul 25, 2012 (9:40 am)
I spent the last week in California ... but I drove, so I don't have any first person rental car experiences to share.
However, my sister and BIL did rent a car last week. Their primary family vehicle is a Lincoln Navigator, which works well for their three boys and German Shorthaired Pointer. They drove up to my folks house on Saturday with the whole family. On Sunday, they picked up their rental for a week long trip to Monterey, San Francisco and Napa Valley - the Navi was too big and too thirsty for the trip, so they reserved a "mid size" in the hopes of getting something more fuel efficient.
Apparently, Hertz only had one car --- a Toyota Yaris. No frills whatsoever - not even cruise control. And, it was white -- a true "appliance".
They seem to be happy with it, especially the gas mileage.
(BTW, their other car is a BMW 330i with ZHP)