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#495 of 855 Re: Lucked out and got a KIA Optima- did I just say that??? [fezo]
Nov 09, 2012 (8:27 am)
Maybe their patrons just have low expectations?
I've never had a real problem with them, just some cars that were the worse for wear. Their corporate siblings seem a lot better.
#496 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 09, 2012 (9:04 am)
I checked it out. I have the lane warning system and TV tuner (which works), but no night vision. Oh well.
#497 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 09, 2012 (11:42 am)
I wouldn't complain! You could've ended up with this!
#498 of 855 Re: . [lemko]
Nov 09, 2012 (12:42 pm)
See? That's what I'm talking about with Enterprise.....
Not quite but one time they rented me a Malibu (maybe a 2006) that smelled like someone had died in it. Ugh. I said no, this won't do and they replaced it with a Kia Optima which was a perfectly ordinary car. It worked fine but had no personality at all.
Next time the rented me a Hyundai Accent base. Crank windows, no power lock the whole bit - yet it had a USB port!
#499 of 855 Re: . [lemko]
Nov 10, 2012 (10:02 am)
Luckily, the people at Pig in a Poke didn't plan my trip
Although sometimes my itinerary seems planned down to the minute.
I wouldn't expect much personality from a rental, but is nice to have something that isn't beat up, or unpleasantly stripped. A friend of mine opted for a cheapo rental at MIA a year or two ago - got a Rio with no cruise control Fun for those Florida highways.
The A8 I am in now is like driving a big computer, in a way. ...with a leather chair attached.
#500 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
by kyfdx HOST
Nov 11, 2012 (8:38 am)
What is the acceleration like in that diesel?
I don't think you could sell a "flagship" euro sedan in the US with a diesel.. Buyers expect super-car acceleration in a $90K+ car..
#501 of 855 Re: . [kyfdx]
Nov 11, 2012 (9:42 am)
I think 0-60 is around 7.6. Not slow, but no supercar. The only diesel luxoboat offered in the US in decades has been the S-class. The current model is offered in diesel in the US, 4Matic only, but I do not think it sells at any volume. Those spending 100K on a car don't care about gas prices, so it only sells to die hards.
Nov 20, 2012 (10:49 am)
Well, my rental sled is now returned, the fun is over. It was a nice car, but I don't know if I found the value to be higher than in a normal mid lux (5er, E, A6), as in the case of the Audi especially, the A8 is in too many ways just a big A6. The cost on my rental wasn't much more (maybe 20%), but I don't know if I got 20% more enjoyment out of it vs something like a 535d.
My likes on the car were the economy (overall over 30mpg), the 8 speed transmission was actually pretty smooth and logical, the adaptive cruise control was fun, it handled well for such a barge (I would toss it through empty roundabouts for fun)...but it is a boat for European parking garages, and was pretty numb. And I really wish it had head up display, such a great feature for Autobahn driving.
#503 of 855 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 21, 2012 (5:47 am)
Thanks for the review fintail. Glad you got to try the A8, like you said you only live once. I liked your comment about it being a big computer with a leather chair attached. Also if I had the chance to drive one I imagine I'd agree on it just being a big A6, which isn't bad I guess but not worth the price premium. For me adaptive cruise control is one of the best options available.
#504 of 855 Re: . [jpp5862]
Nov 21, 2012 (7:03 pm)
I'm glad someone is interested
I am back home now, my normal everyday car (older E55 with a big lazy V8) feels very light compared to that Audi cruise ship, maybe that much more so because it predates many of those gadgets.
Oh, and a forgotten drawback to renting in Europe - no satellite radio.
When (it better not be "if") the next time I rent in Germany, I will probably just choose the E/5er/A6 class.