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I was down in sunny FLA to catch the tail end of Red Sox spring training last week and rented a 2005 Sebring Convertible... Let's just say that I appreciate my 01 SE HOT Conv. soooooo much more after spending a week in that thing. OK, disclaimer to anybody that actually owns one... big car, works for a family wanting a convertible and lots of trunk space I guess. But what a ridiculously underpowered engine. I had to floor it on the highway to pass somebody as the car would actually slow down if I gave it too little gas. Second, ugly top, no cover when it's down (although it does go down in like 3 seconds...). I don't know, just a lot of annoyances, not to mention that 1 out of every 4 cars on the road down there was a Sebring conv (all rentals I'm assuming). Anyways, it was nice to come home and put the top down for the first time this season in my car.

It's the little things that make us appreciate our Saabs! Curious to hear other peoples rental car experiences. I travel a lot for work and have been given everything from Mustang convertibles and Cadillacs to Kia's and Daewoo's (thanks to my wonderful travel dept.).
 

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Hey, I floored one getting on the highway and just held it..it was fun..and yea it was slow.

I had it as a rental car..drove it with my friends in it. The best part was..didn't have to say "HEY WIPE YOUR DAMN FEET"...

Yeah..great times.

I've also had teh Kia deals..and the Monte Carlo (my favorite).

Avinash.
 

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I had a V6 malibu when I travelled to Indiana last summer... Boy did I miss the Viggen.. There were such cool back roads everywhere, and I had a 40 minute commute through farmlands to get to my class... I kept that poor car floored as much as safely possible that week. It didnt seem to appreciate it at all:confused:

You'd think with all them extra cylinders they could squeeze in a bit more power:roll:

Had a 7 passenger Chrysler Pacifica for a week when the Viggen was down and had to travel to Boston. Nicely Optioned! Had Navi in the middle of the speedo with steering wheel controls and a DVD player on the ceiling for back passengers. Kept that car floored as much as safely possible that week. It seemed to like it ok.. but there wasnt much of a result at the flooring :roll: Perhaps I'm just spoiled.

BTW: Navi + Big Dig = Computer telling me to drive the car into the river. Navi: "Turn right now"
Ed: "But we're on a bridge!?"
Navi: "BEEP!!!"
Boy was that one tempting:roll:
 
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Oh man, that's funny. Yeah, the big dig is a mess... roads change daily, people driving the wrong way, bridges dissapearing, leaks, you name it. Good times.


I had a Hyundai Sonata in NJ a few weeks ago... It had a "manu-matic" which was interesting in a Hyundai. I was red-lining a Hyundai Sonata in 1st, then tap into second and the car DECELERATES for like 2 seconds and then pops into 2nd. Scary when you're pulling into traffic.
 

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I hate Sebring convertibles. Offense intended to anyone here that owns one. :cheesy: Before we bought our first Saab vert my wife REFUSED to even look at one.
"Those things are eveywhere! Everybody and thier mother has one!".

I'd rather have a Cavalier vert ( *wink raggy* ).
The Sebring convertible is Chryslers' best selling car in Ohio.

I once rented a 1997 Ford Thunderbird on a business trip. They had me slated for an Escort. I was like "ewwww". I asked how much for an upgrade. "Well sir, since you get a corporate discount it's an extra $4 a day for a T-Bird".
LOVED that car. I was driving through Philadelphia though, and was astounded by the lack of radio stations. I was ready to move there and start my own station...until I realized the TBird antenna was busted. LOL
Came home from the trip, and 2 months later bought a 1992 Tbird. :cheesy:

Also had a Mitsubishi as a rental in Vegas once. That is the experience that forever made me hate 'Bishi's. That was the most pathetic excuse for a 4 cylinder car I have ever driven. Then of course, they started hiding all those recalls. :roll:
 

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We just rented a Sebring for our Easter weekend trip out to the girlfriends parents (1400km roundtrip). I was not impressed at all. What a pathetic and poorly put together car. It was so sad of a vehicle that I didnt even want to drive. I took shotgun for the entire trip and let the girlfriend drive it all. That was pretty scary too!
 

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Cars I've rented since owning my Saab:

2003 Chevy Cavalier
Compared to the heavier HOT 9-5 it was quicker off the line with immediate acceleration, but after that there was no power at all.

Felt very light and flimsy, thought I was going to blow off the road at times. Very sensitive brakes.

Very plasticy and unrefined interior.

Made me appreciate my Saab



2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Best of the rentals thus far.

Felt underpowered and sluggish, but in a different way from the Cavalier. Similar to my Saab from standstill, but lacking any midrange punch.

Brakes were inadequate.

Handling and road holding surprisingly good.

Very plasticy and unrefined interior.

Still made me miss my saab.



2004 Chevy Trailblazer

Oh god what an awful vehicle.

Not only did the 60 miles I drove use like 8 gallons of gas, but the thing handled terribly. No way I'd want to have to swerve in lane on the highway in one of these.

Almost killed myself when I had to slam on the brakes on the highway at 55mph and the thing started skidding despite antilock brakes and pointing the steering wheel straight forward.

And did I mention it was terribly sluggish?

By far the worst vehicle I have ever driven. Has made me swear off SUV's forever. At least large ones.




2003 Toyota Corolla

Handled slightly better than the Cavalier (stiffer frame?), but otherwise mostly the same in all respects.


One of these days when I rent I'm just going to say, screw it, and rent something decent instead of saving money...
 
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Yeah, it's scary how underpowered the V6 engines GM/Ford, etc... are putting in their cars. I had one of those new "Malibu Maxx" things down in Phily recently and that thing SUCKED!!! First, it had the turning radius of an oil tanker, way underpowered even with the V6 and it was ugly as sin. The complementary loaner my local Saab dealer gave me when I had the car in for service was a Chevy Aveo which was hands down the most embarassing car I've ever driven... All the Impala's and Sables I've driven have been pretty boring too. The best rental I've ever had??? Hmmm, maybe the Mustang convertible I had in Utah, but I think it was the drive that made it enjoyable and not the car. Makes you appreciate your Saab all the more!
 

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Heh, I dont think the Fords here are underpowered, the most basic Falcon has 182kw and 380Nm of torque. Next model up which is the XR6 turbo, is a V6 single turbo and it has 240kw and 450Nm of torque. XR8 which is the V8 model has 260kw and 500Nm. Ive driven XR6 and the base Falcon and let me tell you its awsome when you push the pedal to the floor to overtake, zoooom! :cheesy:
 

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Yeah, it's scary how underpowered the V6 engines GM/Ford, etc... are putting in their cars...

.... All the Impala's and Sables I've driven have been pretty boring too.
I used to own a 1997 Mercury Sable LS , and I found that there was an ENORMOUS difference between the trim levels on them

Mine was the LS, with the 200hp Duratec V6, slightly tighter suspension, better anti-roll bars and four wheel disc brakes. And I thought it was a decent car when I owned it (if it werent for the tranny braking down), but - of course - I had no Saab to compare it to at the time.

That being said, if it had somewhat stiffer suspension and better anti-roll bars as well as a standard transmission, it mihgt be a car I'd consider owning again. (again, if not for the quality issues)

The base level Sable/Taurus with the rear drum brakes and the 140hp Vulcan V6 is terrible. Driving them both its hard to believe they are the same car...
 

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The base level Sable/Taurus with the rear drum brakes and the 140hp Vulcan V6 is terrible. Driving them both its hard to believe they are the same car...
Yuck, its amazing how backward you americans are;), our most base model Falcon which is the Taurus equivilent is a v6 250hp with 4 wheel disk breaks and ABS all as standard. :cheesy:
 

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Yuck, its amazing how backward you americans are;), our most base model Falcon which is the Taurus equivilent is a v6 250hp with 4 wheel disk breaks and ABS all as standard. :cheesy:
It's only like that because we have a huge uneducated customer base. People here just don't care to educate themselves prior to making large purchases. ;oops:

So instead of getting well engineered products, a lot of the time the companies take full advantage of this and we get the cheapest possible consumer products, and the companies try to sell them on looks alone... This is the GM/Ford philosophy, and it's already starting to work its way into the Saab product line :(

The vast majority of my countrymen make me sick. :roll:

No wonder Americans have such a terrible reputation abroad... :(
 

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"It's only like that because we have a huge uneducated customer base. People here just don't care to educate themselves prior to making large purchases."


Well, it's also kind of odd when you know more about the cars your looking at than the friggin' dealers do. I got asked if I was a prior dealer or mechanic at the local Scooby dealer (where I got my SAAB, great customer service I might add, THE best actually)
 
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