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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-15-2015, 09:04 PM
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Cool thread but a couple of pictures were a little....."weird."

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Lol at the 'Leg Thing." Made my morning.

I read the comment about it and though maybe you had a goiter or some other odd freak-like leg deformity....then saw the follow up pics. Hee hee
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Great thread!

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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
I agree with your disagreement. I had a M3 E46 as a daily driver; loved the torque, handling was not too bad for it's weight, but I hated how the traction/stability control tend to think what's best for you.
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Lol at the 'Leg Thing." Made my morning.

I read the comment about it and though maybe you had a goiter or some other odd freak-like leg deformity....then saw the follow up pics. Hee hee
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This year I rented a 1966 Corvette convertible. It is great that one of the Toronto area companies rents these classic cars.

The rental period was 24 hours but the car developed some ignition problem after about 5 hours. So they towed it and fixed it overnight. They extended my rental period into the following day.

I spent both days taking friends from the office out for rides. The younger crowd were very surprised by the vintage items in the car...lack of air vents, manual window knobs, the tape deck, no airbags, the manual steering and so on. The older crowd rejoiced in being able to see a well known classic.

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Best - I can't believe someone rents this! Loud and easy to spin the tires.
Worst - Very poor handling. I guess it was a 60's thing.
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I agree with your disagreement. I had a M3 E46 as a daily driver; loved the torque, handling was not too bad for it's weight, but I hated how the traction/stability control tend to think what's best for you.
You can turn that off, you know.

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This year I rented a Polaris Slingshot. It is a three-wheeled car using a GM Ecotec 2.4 litre engine.

The transmission is car-based. The single rear wheel drives the car using a belt. The price in Canada if you were to buy one new is around $35,000.

I took some friends from work out for rides in the morning and then showed it to my family and neighbours later in the day. Feedback from pedestrians was immense and cell phones were clicking non-stop.

Surprisingly it drove well on the highway but without any doors you do feel insecure.

I really liked how the front opens to expose the whole engine bay. I wish my Elise had that feature.

2015 Polaris Slingshot

Best - The radical styling and the attention it received.
Worst - On the highway, you feel like a bug about to be squashed.
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This year I turned 60 and decided to rent a really nice car. I rented a McLaren MP4-12C in volcanic orange.

As is my custom, I take as many of my co-workers, friends and family as I can out for a ride during the 24 hour rental period. I slept just 5 hours so that I could spend more time in the car. The car was orange, my shirt was orange, and I gave away orange flowers too. I felt 16 not 60 if only for one day!

The butterfly doors were a crowd pleaser. Cornering was sensational, much flatter than my Elise. I also liked the door entry. There are no traditional handles. Instead you sweep your hand under the door and if you are lucky it unlocks.

I absolutely loved the speed of the car. The sound was not as entertaining as the Ferrari 360 I rented years ago. I suppose though that you could probably throw on a different exhaust if need be.

I was even lucky enough to find an orange Lotus Europa parked in a mall near my house. I'd never seen an Europa in person before. I stopped to take a photo and to chat with the owner.

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Best - FAST with very flat cornering.
Worst - Bland sound during normal driving.
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Great thread.

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Thanks. I guess my secret is that I hang out with younger people. It is hard to find older people at my age.

Also I have a great wife who, although she does not encourage these sort of rentals, does tolerate them.
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