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  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    I actually saw a very basic new Impala LS on the road with cloth interior, so they are not all loaded ones on the lot. No rental sticker on it, but an old guy was driving it.
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,376
    I was at the SLC airport a few weeks ago. Avis had the new Impalas everywhere. Not a bad looking car.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    I think the Impala is a pretty sharp car too and it's styling lines and cues may actually stay fresh longer than some of the new Ford stuff, but of course styling is a very subjective and individual thing. Unfortunately, the large sedan is a shrinking market I'm afraid. I think if GM had put that kind of styling effort into the Malibu they'd have a home run on their hands. It gives me some hope that GM might be starting to return to it's former styling leadership! I guess time will tell the story one way or the other.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,175
    I was in Boston over the weekend and I had my car parked in two different garages during that time. Each one had an Avis rental hub and not one of them had the new Impala. Old ones sure, but no new ones so far. They had a ton of Cruzes and quite a few Rentibus, but no Impalas. Oh, they even had a couple of Volts as well.

    I was kind of disappointed because it could have given me a chance to view one up close without having to deal with going to a dealer and getting the runaround...

    Still a pretty scarce car here in N.E. I have only seen 2 on the roads so far.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,818
    I was in Boston over the weekend and I had my car parked in two different garages during that time. Each one had an Avis rental hub and not one of them had the new Impala.

    Probably because the Impalas are at the airport location. Boston is in full tourist mode at this time of year and the hotel locations are geared toward residents renting for the day or weekend.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    Now that the tech is out there and with the success of the Caddy ATS, hopefully the next generation Malibu will get the attention it needs to be one of the best midsizers out there. We drove one up to West Palm yesterday, an LTZ unit, and it is a looker but the interior is still a disappointment unfortunately. It drives well enough but it's really dated compared to the new Sonata I also drove yesterday...it just feels so old school. If GM just gets all the pieces to fit, it could give the Accord and others a good run for the $ as there are many folks who want to purchase American and the Buick Regal being a bit to expensive.

    GM knows what they have to do and I know they will step up to the plate with the next generation Malibu.

    The Sandman

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,458
    and saw a huge # of the new Rav4s. Wife thinks they are ugly, but they must be selling a ton of them.

    also saw a number of the C Maxx Fords. either they are finally getting out there, or just a coincidence.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    Lots of the RAV are rentals, too.

    Saw an ATS rental today, barcode read LCAR (luxury class).
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663
    Fin, saw a black Fintail like yours over by the Sixt place here in Lauderdale...it's been there for a few months now and never seems to move. A real sharp vehicle!!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,540
    My second in the wild - this one was parked in front of a Fresh Market (upscale grocery).

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,679
    Must be spending all of their saved gas money...

    We like to go to Fresh Market, but mostly just to window shop. They have some specialty items that are harder to find at regular grocery, but a lot of their staples are just overpriced... Looks good, though..

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    Ha, local dealer to me must have at least 50 Leafs sitting around the lot, they even used an adjacent vacant lot to store them. Seriously.

    I've been in podunk areas for several days now, haven't seen any remarkable new cars. No Teslas out here!
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,540
    Fresh Market has really nice flowers so we usually grab some for my mom. Got a good deal on a two pack of orchids this time and gave some to my sister-in-law for putting us up.

    Camping last night got me thinking (actually it was the rudenik who cranked his rattling diesel rig up and swamped the campground with fumes, but that's a different discussion), you'd think more cop shops would embrace hybrids and plug-ins. Using just the EV mode, they'd be able to sneak around the neighborhoods more easily, especially with some quiet tires on.

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,162
    ...white 2014 Chevrolet Impala travelling north on Bingham Street near Levick in NE Philly.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    That big diesel truck was probably also registered as a commercial vehicle and is being used as a business expense. They do that in WA anyway - and I think the older ones have no emissions equipment, and the newer ones remove it. When you see a 00s era truck "rolling coal" being driven by the stereotypical compensator driver, you know something had been modified.

    Cops also like to catch people and go on adrenaline-filled chases, not going to happen in a hybrid or especially something like a Leaf. I don't think an EV is going to be any sneakier than a slow moving conventional patrol car either.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,540
    It wasn't all that big though - just an F-150 size, not even a double cab.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    Dodge diesel pickup drivers seem to be the best at the loud annoying truck. It doesn't take more than a rig driven by a wannabe cowboy who lives in a tract house and works in a suburban office complex (it's hilarious how much of that exists in the PNW - gotta have a truck for the yearly trip to Home Depot!).
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,855
    I'd love a video game where I can blow up Dodge 2500 diesel trucks and Harley Davidsons. (without occupants, of course).

    If you've ever ridden a bicycle in traffic, you'd understand.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,577
    A guy I know with one of those Dodge diesel pickups talked about how he was going to tweak it 'to get 30mpg, like a friend of mine did'. I just had to bite my tongue....
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,855
    Lots of people put various 'chips' in them, but it sounds risky.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,577
    Those add-on controllers are risky, for sure. Long discussion on another forum about how a guy fried his $50k Ford diesel with one, brand new, and of course Ford AND the controller maker said 'tough luck'...OUCH.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    So he's going to tow it half the time with a larger truck?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    edited August 2013
    Often the same group own both. With occupants wouldn't be much of a loss either.

    http://youtu.be/ZdDxjge5hmY

    Only in a second or third world area, which is a lot of the country.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,855
    bad karma, that.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,713
    edited August 2013
    Fun comments there.

    It's really past time that such trucks have license endorsement requirements. Of course, that wouldn't be "business friendly", so there's no chance. Especially now that I am visiting in a less urban area, I see a lot of stupidly driven large trucks on the road.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,540
    Scion FR-S, with FR-S vanity plates.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    While out this morning I saw a Scion coupe in an odd color that looked like metallic grey primer. It seems like Ford and Toyota share a trait of occasionally putting out an odd and ugly color that generally only sticks around for one model year. But flubbing a grey; usually it's some green, yellow or purplish hue when it happens.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,855
    and the point of those license plates...is? LOL!

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  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,540
    The plates were a big help to me to help me ID the car.....

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,855
    True, all new cars should have bar codes that you can swipe with your cell phone to make an ID.

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