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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:03 pm 
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I had to rent a "full size" car in LA last week (never -- NEVER -- rent from Thifty!).

I got a 2016 Altima. It has 9k miles on it.

I had rented a 2012 Altima a few years ago, and noted that it had a very good CVT.

This 2016 has a newer version, Xtronic, and it really impressed me. Cruise on LA freeways at 70+ at 1400 RPM. Accelerate smartly from a stop and never go above 2000 RPM. Nice!

I'm less impressed with the engine's NVH; it was fairly buzzy. But that transmission is a jewel. It even mimics "shifting" when you do a full-throttle launch: the revs rise way up, then suddenly drop 1000 RPM, mimicing a shift, even though it's a CVT. And very smooth, of course.

Learn more about it:
https://www.nissanusa.com/blog/xtronic- ... ansmission

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1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.


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Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:32 pm 
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asavage wrote:
(never -- NEVER -- rent from Thifty!).

Guessing that Thrifty forced you to "upgrade" to the full-size car against your preference?


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Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:35 pm 
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No, I reserved a full-size car all right (who thinks an Altima qualifies as FS, though?).

Two things:
* I had to extend my stay in LA for two more days. I had to use a different credit card for this extension, because I'd blown out my other two cards paying for an $11k funeral, which I wasn't expecting. Thrifty will NOT do this over the phone. I was REQUIRED to drive back to either LAX or Burbank airports and do this in person. A franchise Thrifty location much nearer was NOT able to handle this, even in person. Wasted HOURS.

* Various fees made what looked to be a $190 rental actually turn out to be nearer $1000. It's all legal.

NEVER USE THRIFTY!

I'm going back in two days, and I'm trying Avis this time. I hope I get an Altima again, I liked it well enough.

(A Taurus or whatever they call it these days was my 2015 rental, and those damned turn signals!)

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1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
1981 720 SD22 (scrapped 04Sep07)
1983 Sentra CD17, 255k, bought 06Jul08, gave it away 22Jun10.


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