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Consolidated "Renting at PDX; What Kind of Cars to Expect?" Thread

Consolidated "Renting at PDX; What Kind of Cars to Expect?" Thread

Old Apr 4, 17, 10:53 pm
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Consolidated "Renting at PDX; What Kind of Cars to Expect?" Thread

Hi,

My PDX experience: Had to break my 2 week rental into 2 separate bookings, the first rental, I received an email with my assigned car - directly an Infinity Q50. After returning it and collecting my second car, I was allocated a Camry (booked Inter.) so I went to the Gold counter to ask if I could have an Infinity again - there were a couple of them in the lot (and even the guy at the return said they have tons of it), but was told that only if I paid the $20 per day extra.
Asked why - and was told that they have limited units, so no free upgrade.

Did go to the PC area - and rather pathetic selection - mainly Corolla's, Versa, Elantra. There were a couple of Sonata's but it was with Neverlost. Had to go back in and managed to get a Hybrid Sonata.

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Old Apr 23, 17, 1:37 am
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IFAR(Q4) in PDX June - Ultimate Choice or Premium Upgrade

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Got a question - not sure what to do: I rented a IFAR in PDX for a good daily rate (around 30 USD pr. day) - and got a mail saying that I got ultimate choice or the chance to do Premium Upgrade for 35 USD (just Gold member).

Can't figure out what it means - does "Premium Upgrade" mean I can choose essentially any car - or what is the limitations on that (I would like a "nice" SUV with build in navi - not necessarily a large SUV)

And "Ultimate choice" - given that it is an IFAR I see that I can only "ultimate choice" within Intermediate. Any idea if an AmEx Plat (which should give 1 class upgrade) helps here ?
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Old Jun 22, 17, 9:20 pm
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Hi,

Back again @ PDX. I received an email reminding me that I could choose anything from the UC selection and lower. Upon arrival at the UC lot, it was mainly the normal suspects, Sonata's, Camry's and Optima with a Chrysler 300 between the whole lot.

To my luck, as I was approaching the lot, a worker pulled in with an Infinity Q60 2017 model. Of course i turned my direction towards that. I was doubtful at first if it was part of the choices (the upgrade section is basically next to the UC section). Confirmed that it was indeed a UC choice, so choose the car and I can say it is a car with the wow factor. Love the power, handling and design - great car at least to my opinion

Hope that they do keep the UC selections close to such standards.

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Old Sep 25, 17, 9:39 am
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Yesterday at the PC area, sadly no Infiniti's available, all were at the Premium upgrade selection. Asked about it and they said if I wanted one, I had to pay for it.
In the PC lot, mainly the usual suspects - Kia Optima's, Sonata's, Camry's. The only exceptions were lots of Chrysler 300's - in the different model's - S, G and C.
Took the S (Sport) model - not too bad.

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Old May 4, 18, 2:53 pm
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Any updated reports now that the location has had UC for awhile (and maybe heard from corporate to put some nicer stuff on the line)?

I can do an Alamo midsize this weekend (picking up tomorrow) for $65 for 3 days, or I can get a midsize from Hertz for $78. Just wondering if it's worth the extra $13 for access to the PC section...if it's Corollas and Camrys, probably not, but if there's a chance of something more interesting, I'll probably splurge.
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Old May 6, 18, 10:20 am
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Following up on my own post:

I was pleasantly surprised at the selection. Granted, it was 8pm on a Saturday night and rates were in the toilet ($14/day, so demand obviously wasn't very high), but I encountered a PC line with:

-6x Chrysler 300
-2x Infiniti Q50 3.0t
-1x Chevy Silverado
-1x Jaguar XE 25t
-1x Dodge Charger R/T
-2x Infiniti QX80
-1x Chevy Camaro convertible (no trim line badge AFAICT)
-1x Jeep Wrangler
-1x Infiniti QX60

I waffled between the Q50, Jag XE, and the Charger R/T and ultimately settled on the Jag as I have never driven one. It's the least powerful of the three (though also the lightest) but it is so far a pleasure to drive--very well engineered.

Needless to say, I did not utilize my cheaper Alamo reservation.
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Old May 6, 18, 4:21 pm
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@jackal, thanks for the report. I have a one week rental at the end of the month and am hoping for decent pickings on a Sunday morning. By any chance, did you see any minivans in PC or 5*?
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Old May 7, 18, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by jackal View Post
Following up on my own post:

I was pleasantly surprised at the selection. Granted, it was 8pm on a Saturday night and rates were in the toilet ($14/day, so demand obviously wasn't very high), but I encountered a PC line with:

-6x Chrysler 300
-2x Infiniti Q50 3.0t
-1x Chevy Silverado
-1x Jaguar XE 25t
-1x Dodge Charger R/T
-2x Infiniti QX80
-1x Chevy Camaro convertible (no trim line badge AFAICT)
-1x Jeep Wrangler
-1x Infiniti QX60

I waffled between the Q50, Jag XE, and the Charger R/T and ultimately settled on the Jag as I have never driven one. It's the least powerful of the three (though also the lightest) but it is so far a pleasure to drive--very well engineered.

Needless to say, I did not utilize my cheaper Alamo reservation.
Wow, that's a very impressive selection. Beats anything I've seen from Hertz or National in terms of premium/luxury cars.
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Old May 7, 18, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
@jackal, thanks for the report. I have a one week rental at the end of the month and am hoping for decent pickings on a Sunday morning. By any chance, did you see any minivans in PC or 5*?
No vans in PC--the largest options were the QX80s. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the Five Star section except to notice out of the corner of my eye as I drove past it that there was something nicer/sporiter than I expected in the end stall nearest the exit aisle I drove through...I don't even remember what it was, but I want to say something like a Q50. Didn't pay attention beyond that as I was too mesmerized by the PC section.
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Old May 28, 18, 6:50 am
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PDX was surprisingly well-stocked yesterday morning around 0900, the Sunday of the three-day holiday weekend. Every space in the PC section was filled; I remember seeing an Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS, Chevy Silverado Crew Cab, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder, several Infiniti Q50 and a sole Q70, and many Chrysler 300s. I took the keys to the Q70 and then walked around the lot and noted a good selection of cars, SUV, and minivans spread throughout all sections. At the very end of one of the Gold rows, I found a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan with 1,500 miles on the odometer and working Sirius/XM. It was exactly what I was hoping to find.
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Old Jun 2, 18, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
PDX was surprisingly well-stocked yesterday morning around 0900, the Sunday of the three-day holiday weekend. Every space in the PC section was filled; I remember seeing an Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS, Chevy Silverado Crew Cab, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder, several Infiniti Q50 and a sole Q70, and many Chrysler 300s. I took the keys to the Q70 and then walked around the lot and noted a good selection of cars, SUV, and minivans spread throughout all sections. At the very end of one of the Gold rows, I found a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan with 1,500 miles on the odometer and working Sirius/XM. It was exactly what I was hoping to find.
Was it burgundy? I rented one there for one day last week to haul a couple of friends and all of our crap to the airport. Did a free one day rental on points and grabbed a brand new Pacifica out of the PC area. It was surprisingly nice.
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Old Jun 2, 18, 5:26 pm
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LOL, no. It was white (and I mean *was* as I drove it on some gravel roads and the car's back end is covered in dust). I put close to 600 miles on it in the week I've had it and really enjoyed all the extra bells and whistles.
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Old Dec 14, 18, 12:25 pm
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I just booked CCAR (but can downgrade to ICAR if the model is "interesting" enough) at PDX. What should I expect?
I would like to get either a Mazda3 or downgrade to Focus or VW Golf. I don't know why a Golf is classified as ICAR. Just trying to avoid Toyota and Kia/Hyundai.

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Old May 16, 19, 5:53 am
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I have a 11 day ICAR rental coming up next month. $373 with all taxes and fees included using AAA code. I'll try to report the selection next month as there hasn't been a recent report for PDX in this thread. I am PC tier.
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Old May 16, 19, 2:45 pm
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I've been at PDX twice in the past 2 weeks.

Thursday afternoon at 3pm the PC area was about 50% full. Quite a decent selection:

Cadillac XTS
Infiniti Q35
Infiniti Q60
3 Pacifica minivans
2 Dodge Ram King Cab pickups
1 Toyota Avalon
2 Toyota Camry
1 Subaru Forester
3 Chrysler 300
2 Ford Fusion Titanium
2 Ford Edge
1 Toyota Rav4
1 Jeep Wrangler
1 Maxima
An assortment of F size sedans that I didn't pay too close attention to

I was back there on Sunday that same week to swap the XTS I'd originally selected for one of those minivans; ended up with one with less than 700 miles on it and working Sirius. Was perfect for hauling colleagues around for a few days. The car selection at that time was not nearly as robust, but I did notice 1 Land Rover Evoque and 1 Nissan Armada in the PC area.
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