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I thought I would post some photos of cars I've rented over the past number of years. Once I turned 50 I started to rent various cars.

1) Ferrari 360
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3) G2 Three wheeler
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5) Dodge Viper
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I'm guessing it is Canada-specific, but what service did you use? Seems like a great way to mix it up a bit for less than the tax alone on buying one.

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Not a mid-life crisis..

I just like to rent cars which I wouldn't want to own full-time.

ie: MacLaren
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I'm guessing it is Canada-specific, but what service did you use? Seems like a great way to mix it up a bit for less than the tax alone on buying one.
My wife has been trying to find out about that for years.

If you google around you can find some places. There are currently three in the Toronto area, one of which seems to have locations in other cities too.

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@David Craig I have to call bs on that! That's got to.be your brother. I didn't see one picture with the leg thing!
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I guess that was my brother...these ones are me (Viper and Corvette).
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I just like to rent cars which I wouldn't want to own full-time.

ie: MacLaren
What was your impression of that car? I imagine the doors attracted crowds?

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I thought I would post some photos of cars I've rented over the past number of years. Once I turned 50 I started to rent various cars.
David: What was your impression of the i8 compared to other internal combustion only sports cars?
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What was your impression of that car? I imagine the doors attracted crowds?
I did have a Murcielago reserved but apparently the gearbox wasn't cooperating. The McLaren was lots of fun. Pretty comfortable for a road trip. More attention than the Esprit gets. I had many people asking to take pictures and some just taking pictures while driving down the road.

It was lower than the Esprit, so while I was keeping the nose out of parking curbs, I did scrape the bottom on some dips. At least they didn't check for that upon return.

I didn't really get on it too much as I was already nervous enough about driving around something costing as much as a house, but lets say performance was "decent".

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David: What was your impression of the i8 compared to other internal combustion only sports cars?
i drove an i8 a year ago, for a test romp - my initial impressions were - Its very cool. but, it is not a sport car by any stretch. its a gt, and as far as that goes - its not a very fun to drive hard gt. the car flip flops making it "weird, frustrating, unpredictable, slow to respond and or resound differently at different times"

for just looking cool and cruising about - its neat. not sure its 150k or whatever they sell for neat though.... from a "for what it is" perspective. the i3 is a "much better execution" and is a a lot of fun to drive. - IMO.

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David: What was your impression of the i8 compared to other internal combustion only sports cars?
It was the fastest of the eight cars I have rented. It was very quiet as well so it was quite easy to surpass the speed limit if you weren't paying attention.

It did have a sport mode that added some engine noise but I think some of that is artificial sound pumped through the stereo.

What I liked best about the car were the cool doors and the stunning interior. It did feel space age inside.

Regarding the "quiet" part. I gave many people rides and I always asked them "Are you ready for this to turn on?". Everyone was excited but then when it turns on there is no noise at all. The dashboard just lights up.

Could I see owning one? Yes. But I would be worried about the longterm maintenance with there being two drivetrains (gas/electric) to worry about.

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i drove an i8 a year ago, for a test romp - my initial impressions were - Its very cool. but, it is not a sport car by any stretch. its a gt, and as far as that goes - its not a very fun to drive hard gt. the car flip flops making it "weird, frustrating, unpredictable, slow to respond and or resound differently at different times"
I find your description of the "feel" or lack of is endemic of all BMWs. The dealer price gouging is also right on the "money" - $150K. One is foolish to ever pay sticker or above for ANY car.
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Wow, looks like fun! Good way to get the "midlife crisis" out of the way

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I find your description of the "feel" or lack of is endemic of all BMWs. The dealer price gouging is also right on the "money" - $150K. One is foolish to ever pay sticker or above for ANY car.
well i would disagree slightly. my d.d. is a 328 coupe. and thats about as close to perfect for a non-expensive GT daily driver. very agile, good control. plows a bit much, and stability control is overly intrusive, but in the price point. its really very good and a drivers car for sure. the i8 is no where near as much of a "drivers car" as my 328 (2007 my - manual, sport). the i8 suffer from bi-polar disorder... on the upside that is all a systems integration and software management issue. it 'could' be amazing with development - i DO agree with you though that it never will be, i suspect the target audience doesn't want, not would like it if it were a true gt and a drivers car. so i suspect a lot of my criticism is intentional design on bmw's part.

i have my long term eye on a maserati grandtourismo to replace the bmw.

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I didn't really get on it too much as I was already nervous enough about driving around something costing as much as a house
I agree with you on that point. I kept thinking "you break it, you bought it" when I was in any of these rentals, especially the Ferrari.

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I thought I'd give a "best" and "worst" comment on each rental.

Ferarri
Best - Intoxicating sound when accelerating.
Worst - A droning sound when driving on the highway.

AC Cobra replica
Best - The hollywood muffler with a stick shift.
Worst - Handling was very poor, could not use all its power.

G2 Three wheeler
Best - So unique.
Worst - Felt like you could be squashed like a bug on the highway.

1965 Mustang
Best - Someone actually rents a vintage car. Wow!
Worst - Dated handling, poor acceleration.

Viper
Best - The long hood and the 10 cylinder engine.
Worst - Very few people knew what it was.

Aston Martin
Best - Great engine sound.
Worst - Too much of a lazy GT car for my liking.

Corvette
Best - I always wanted one as a teenager.
Worst - Looks are ordinary by today's standards.

BMW i8
Best - Those sexy doors.
Worst - No impressive engine sounds.

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