Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > TravelBuzz
Reload this Page >

Perfect rental car

Perfect rental car

Old Sep 3, 05, 10:41 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: California, USA
Programs: HHonors Diamond, Gold Passport Diamond, Starwood Gold, Leaders Club
Posts: 156
Perfect rental car

I have concluded that the perfect not-to-big and not-to-small rental sedan is the Buick Le Sabre. Aside from roominess and easy to find controls, its 3.8 liter V-6 is amazingly powerful! Both Hertz and Budget have them.

I traded in a Monte Carlo (don't like two-door cars) for a La Sabre this week, and that Buick will RUN CIRCLES around that "performance" Chevy coupe.
sonofliberty is offline  
Old Sep 3, 05, 11:58 pm
  #2  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Four Seasons Contributor BadgeMandarin Oriental Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Seat 1A, Juice pretty much everywhere, Mucci des Coins Exotiques
Posts: 32,809
I prefer the Avis Mercedes C class myself. Always a nice upgrade.
stimpy is offline  
Old Sep 4, 05, 2:35 am
  #3  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 13,144
I'm always cheap with regards to rentals. Unless I have a huge party travelling alongside me, I would always choose the lowest economy compact whenever possible.
Rejuvenated is offline  
Old Sep 4, 05, 11:31 am
  #4  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Pittsburgh
Programs: MR/SPG LT Titanium, AA LT PLT, UA SLV, Avis PreferredPlus
Posts: 27,929
G35 or Mazda 6. Whenever I get "upgraded" to a Taurus, Monte Carle, Le Sabre, etc., I go back and switch. Although I didn't return the Jag
CPRich is offline  
Old Sep 4, 05, 6:09 pm
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: California, USA
Programs: HHonors Diamond, Gold Passport Diamond, Starwood Gold, Leaders Club
Posts: 156
Originally Posted by stimpy
I prefer the Avis Mercedes C class myself. Always a nice upgrade.
Sure, but can you get one for the price of a LeSabre?
sonofliberty is offline  
Old Sep 4, 05, 6:38 pm
  #6  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Four Seasons Contributor BadgeMandarin Oriental Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Seat 1A, Juice pretty much everywhere, Mucci des Coins Exotiques
Posts: 32,809
Originally Posted by sonofliberty
Sure, but can you get one for the price of a LeSabre?
Why yes, I can. I book a normal full size, and get an upgrade to a Mercedes, a Vel Satis, or if I need the size, an Espace.
stimpy is offline  
Old Sep 4, 05, 7:03 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: WAS, FLL
Programs: AA, B6, CO, DL, FL, UA, US Gold (only took 10k miles), WN, Amtrak
Posts: 1,299
Originally Posted by sonofliberty
I have concluded that the perfect not-to-big and not-to-small rental sedan is the Buick Le Sabre. Aside from roominess and easy to find controls, its 3.8 liter V-6 is amazingly powerful! Both Hertz and Budget have them.

I traded in a Monte Carlo (don't like two-door cars) for a La Sabre this week, and that Buick will RUN CIRCLES around that "performance" Chevy coupe.
Agreeded. I drive my grandparents all the time and for a car the size of a small barge (don't get my started on the Grand Marquis they used to have ) it is not at all a bad car. Boring as hell but for a long drive I find it hard to beat.
GWU ESIA STUDENT is offline  
Old Sep 4, 05, 7:53 pm
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: FLL -> Where The Boyars Are
Programs: AA EXP 1.7 M, Hilton Gold, Hertz 5*, AARP Sophomore, 14-time Croix de Candlestick
Posts: 18,669
In my past job I used to rent weekly in the US from Avis, and got a lot of mediocre GM junk. One thing was consistent - the turn signal indicators all seemed to go out when the car had more than 20k miles...
Non-NonRev is offline  
Old Sep 5, 05, 12:32 am
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Programs: Frontier 50K elite, DL estranged 1MMer, Spirit VIP, CO/NW/UA/AA once gold/plat/comped gold now dust.
Posts: 30,475
I like those G6es that National often gives to Emerald Club members as midsizes (it's an IXAR rather than ICAR, so I dunno if the general public has a shot unless everything's out). Have also liked getting a Dodge Stratus or Chrysler Intrepid, though Buicks lead the way in Homer Simpson-style plushness. Yeah gimme a padded armrest and motorized seat controls!

At the other end of the scale, I've always avoided booking subcompacts out of fear I could get one. Can't say I was too crazy about the Geo Prizm, either. Something like that should get more mpg for the suffering.
RustyC is offline  
Old Sep 5, 05, 7:51 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: NYC (+LHR+HKG+SFO mostly)
Programs: UA GS, DL Plat, SPG Ambassador & Lifetime Plat, Marriott Gold, Hertz Prez, AVIS 1st, Amtrak Select
Posts: 3,172
Originally Posted by CPRich
G35 or Mazda 6. Whenever I get "upgraded" to a Taurus, Monte Carle, Le Sabre, etc., I go back and switch. Although I didn't return the Jag
I like the Mazda 6 a lot--often get it at SFO, which is good. It's not too big for negotiating the city but find it very zippy.
EnvoyBoy is offline  
Old Sep 5, 05, 10:35 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Home
Programs: Virgin FC, Qantas, Golden Circle, Sofitel, Hyatt, Starwood, Nectar, and my Tesco Club Card
Posts: 1,695
Chrysler 300M - the new type

We hired a Chrysler 300M (the new big chunky shape) from Dollar (via Airline Network in the UK)- got it for 28 per day inc all taxes, insurances, and fees

3.7L I think but not that powerful but a very comfortable car that turns a few heads - it has a presence copaired with British cars!

Build quality wasn't too great (gaps around the lights, Carpet cut too short, bare sharp metal in the boot etc) - but for that price and that overall comfort we thought it was a bargain - did us fine through California and Nevada!
Kettering Northants QC is offline  
Old Sep 5, 05, 11:53 am
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Programs: UA 1K MM, DL MM, AS, Hyatt Diamond, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 1,437
Originally Posted by GWU ESIA STUDENT
Agreeded. I drive my grandparents all the time and for a car the size of a small barge (don't get my started on the Grand Marquis they used to have ) it is not at all a bad car. Boring as hell but for a long drive I find it hard to beat.
Ditto here. I drive my 85-year-old mother around when I go to visit her. With her limited mobility, she finds it hard to get into and out of seats that have too big a rise at the outboard edge. The Buick's seats work well for her, the doors give her a lot of room to get in and out, the trunk has a lot of space for her walker, and for me, the car isn't too much of a land yacht. When they upgrade me to a Grand Marquis or Town Car, I take it because my mom will consider it a treat (although I won't). When I get an Impala, which is also considered the same class (at Avis anyway) I exchange it--the high-edged seats are the worst around for her.
SJC1K is offline  
Old Sep 5, 05, 12:42 pm
  #13  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Soon to be LEGT
Posts: 10,928
I have never driven a Buick, but I have found the Mondeo (which, of course, has a lot in common with the Mazda 6) much better than the C-class.
graraps is offline  
Old Sep 6, 05, 4:05 am
  #14  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: South of London.
Programs: Delta SE, Marriott Silver, Omni Select Plat
Posts: 14,955
My perfect rental car was the Olds Alero. It's not flash, but it was perfect for my needs in FL last year. I would even choose it over the Merc I rented a couple of months ago.

The worst rental car I ever had was a Kia automatic after being 'downgraded' from a Focus. That thing was trully the most gutless POS I've ever had the misfortune to drive.
USA_flyer is online now  
Old Sep 6, 05, 4:28 am
  #15  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 13,144
I wish they still have manual transmission vehicles available for rentals at many outlets. Hard to find one these days!
Rejuvenated is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: