Car Discussion [Talk] Thread

Old Nov 11, 09, 9:37 am
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Car Discussion [Talk] Thread

Since most of us (I assume) are car buffs, I thought we could start a thread to discuss some new and upcoming cars that might hit the EA/ES, or just to discuss current ones.

I'll start; the ES has a fair number of Volvo S60s. Pam aka "Queen of the Board" suggested that the Volvos are high maintenance. If National continues to buy Volvos, I hope they purchase the new 2010 S60s. Front has a bit of Opel/Vauxhall to them, but better looking than the current generation.



And what about that new 2010 Rondo?



Just minor revisions for 2010. Nothing major dear Tuneman.

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Old Nov 11, 09, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by drzoidberg View Post
I'll start; the ES has a fair number of Volvo S60s. Pam aka "Queen of the Board" suggested that the Volvos are high maintenance. If National continues to buy Volvos, I hope they purchase the new 2010 S60s. Front has a bit of Opel/Vauxhall to them, but better looking than the current generation.
There are no US-market MY2010 Volvo S60s. There will be MY2011 S60s starting late summer/early fall 2010. How that release timing fits with Enterprise fleet buys is another question.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 11:24 am
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I'm not a car buff. I just want a vehicle with a lot of headroom. My happiest time as a car renter was when Budget got a deal from Ford for a ton of Ford Ranger pickups, and was renting them as a speciality subcompact for $25/day. I loved those darned things.

What concerns me about National's fleet is how the replacement for the Trailblazer have far less head room. I can't even sit up straight in a Highlander. I'm better off with an Edge, but those are sparse.

That being said, I am a tremendous fan of the Volvo V70, even though it's a bit of a challenge for me headroom wise. How does the S60 match up sizewise?
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Old Nov 11, 09, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by ElmhurstNick View Post
That being said, I am a tremendous fan of the Volvo V70, even though it's a bit of a challenge for me headroom wise. How does the S60 match up sizewise?
S60 is a little smaller than V70 and I think there is somewhat less headroom - so probably won't work well for you

I'm a bit of a car nut and it might be interesting to see what people here have for their personal cars.

I'm a bit embarassed about mine (2007 Range Rover HSE - partner's is 2008 MB E350-4matic).
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Old Nov 11, 09, 12:10 pm
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I don't know much about cars but I did enjoy a Volvo C70 a few weeks ago. I thought the pickup wasn't too great but I loved how it handled. And of course love the hardtop convertible. Gas mileage was quite poor (as with all the volvos I've driven) and really my only complaint.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by ElmhurstNick View Post
I'm not a car buff. I just want a vehicle with a lot of headroom. My happiest time as a car renter was when Budget got a deal from Ford for a ton of Ford Ranger pickups, and was renting them as a speciality subcompact for $25/day. I loved those darned things.

What concerns me about National's fleet is how the replacement for the Trailblazer have far less head room. I can't even sit up straight in a Highlander. I'm better off with an Edge, but those are sparse.

That being said, I am a tremendous fan of the Volvo V70, even though it's a bit of a challenge for me headroom wise. How does the S60 match up sizewise?
I'm a big fan of the Volvos too- best seats in the business, although the engine hp/fuel economy is generally pretty poor. As I recall, the V70 only has a base 235 hp engine, pulling all that wagon mass, resulted in pretty poor acceleration.

Any chance National will be getting some of their mid-sized XC60s?
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Old Nov 11, 09, 1:12 pm
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The only modern Volvo I've driven a lot is the S40, which I liked even though size-wise it's a tad small. I'd love to find an S60 or V70 on the ES next time I'm stateside.

My personal car right now is a 2005 Corolla Sport belonging to my step-sister (she's out of town on a course right now). When I eventually have to give that back, I'll be driving either my girlfriend's '93 Cavalier Coupe or I might buy her brother's '89 Escort GT. Or I'll just keep on rentin'...
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Originally Posted by peteropny View Post
I'm a bit of a car nut and it might be interesting to see what people here have for their personal cars.
A 1997.5 Nissan Altima, with only about 82,000 miles on it. (I've had a relatively short commute for years.)

Thus, whenever I rent something, I'm amazed at all the gadgets and gewgaws they put into cars in the 21st century. Cupholders that can actually hold cups successfully! A display that tells you your tire pressure! A way to listen to your iPod that doesn't involve an adapter shaped like a cassette tape!
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Old Nov 11, 09, 2:38 pm
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I drive a 2003 Lincoln LS, only have about 50K miles on it. Best domestic sports sedan ever built (the Pontiac G8 doesn't count since it's really an Australian import). Too bad Ford killed the LS with a lack of advertising and updates.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by drzoidberg View Post
I drive a 2003 Lincoln LS, only have about 50K miles on it. Best domestic sports sedan ever built (the Pontiac G8 doesn't count since it's really an Australian import). Too bad Ford killed the LS with a lack of advertising and updates.
I always liked the look of them, but never got to drive one. I also liked the idea of being able to get a manual transmission on the V6. It does seem to be one of the "forgotten children" of this decade.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 4:27 pm
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I drive a 2003 Lincoln LS, only have about 50K miles on it. Best domestic sports sedan ever built (the Pontiac G8 doesn't count since it's really an Australian import). Too bad Ford killed the LS with a lack of advertising and updates.
Yet the Jaguar S-Type lived on quite sometime afterwards. Other sleeper of the decade IMO is the Cadillac Catera (I know lots of people don't like them) but I actually did (had one as a rental from National DCA once ).
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That being said, I am a tremendous fan of the Volvo V70, even though it's a bit of a challenge for me headroom wise. How does the S60 match up sizewise?
Sorry ElmhurstNick, but do not dream of $40K Volvos on the ES. If you want headroom your reliable bet is a $22K Hyundai Sonata, managing to cross into EPA Large category while Camry, Malibu and Altima are midsize. (I had a Maxima as Premium and loved it, but that's still a midsized car and isn't going to meet your headroom challenge.)
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Old Nov 11, 09, 5:32 pm
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Sorry ElmhurstNick, but do not dream of $40K Volvos on the ES. If you want headroom your reliable bet is a $22K Hyundai Sonata, managing to cross into EPA Large category while Camry, Malibu and Altima are midsize. (I had a Maxima as Premium and loved it, but that's still a midsized car and isn't going to meet your headroom challenge.)
One of the locations reportedly had a CTS on the ES. I forget which one though.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 6:26 pm
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One of the locations reportedly had a CTS on the ES. I forget which one though.
Saw one at MCO last year.
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Old Nov 11, 09, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by 3Cforme View Post
Sorry ElmhurstNick, but do not dream of $40K Volvos on the ES. If you want headroom your reliable bet is a $22K Hyundai Sonata, managing to cross into EPA Large category while Camry, Malibu and Altima are midsize. (I had a Maxima as Premium and loved it, but that's still a midsized car and isn't going to meet your headroom challenge.)
Actually, I can do ok with an Altima if I send the seat way back. I'm still looking through the tinted glass a little bit, but I'm not banging my head and it is comfortable. I'm more comfortable in a base Impala or Charger, but I prefer the overall ride on the Altima if I'm alone.

There are some 2009 V70s floating around the east coast as Premium vehicles. I've been lucky to get them a couple of times on the ES at BWI, and for a $13/weekend-day upcharge from the ES at DCA. And yes, with only the base engine, the acceleration is mediocre. But it's the best vehicle I've seen in the National fleet for a "classy" ride with somebody.
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