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    The last four GM trucks my dad has owned have had some way to hold the gas cap out of the way while fueling. However, my dad be the person he is, just lets the cap dangle by the cord while resting on the paint. I have even shown him how to properly use the cap retention system, but he refuses...

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      There's nothing wrong with putting it on the meter...

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        Originally posted by public View Post
        There's nothing wrong with putting it on the meter...
        You can't do that if the cap is tethered unless you want to cut it off.

        I always place the cap on whatever hook is provided. If there is none and the cap is untethered, on the meter it goes.
        "The way I see it a car enthusiast is somebody who is enthusiastic and interested about the motor car in all its various shapes and forms from supercars to East German 2-strokes made of cardboard. Everyone else is merely a car elitist IMO." ~ Captain 70's

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          As previously hinted, I had this for a week of pre-Christmas sunshine:




          A barely run-in 218d with the 8-speed auto, 1400km on the odo when I got it, seven weeks since registration... those must have been tough, it had quite a few battle scars already such as the big dents on the left side of the rear fender.



          Quite well equipped for a holiday rental... one that shouldn't even exist.
          Sixt offers CTMR (manual Mini or similar, sold out when I booked ), ITMR (manual 2er or similar, booked that), LTMR (manual 4er or similar), and LTAR (auto 4er or similar) at LPA... and I was offered a pricey upgrade to a 6er on pick-up, neither the 6er nor the ITAR auto 2er I had are bookable I'm not complaining though





          Much fun was had

          Having driven the 4er a few months ago, I'd say the 2er is even better despite the significantly lower power 218d vs 428i. It's a good case of "I fits, I sits" - once set up correctly, there's nothing seriously wrong to find whatsoever... though they should get rid of the base manual-dim mirror, with the wind deflector up all you see is sky and clouds regardless of what you do with the mirror. Given a list price in the mid-40s that would have been a cheap and useful standard feature.
          The soft top disappearing under a cover in the back is a bit of a faff and agonizingly slow coming from the sub-10s Beetle, but it looks really good and is way too FWP to actually complain about

          In short, it's a really really good car.


          The big star was the island though - Gran Canaria, if you couldn't tell. Lovely weather, great roads, reasonable traffic, cheap fuel
          I was too lazy to bring my dashcam this time, here's an example from the previous trip with a different BMW product:



          If you happen to be there, do rent a nice car and head up the hills and blast along the coast at least. Most other roads are lovely too, for example this involuntary dead end
          If you don't happen to be there, plan a trip
          Octavia
          Fabia
          Beetle

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            Yep, as per my own experience, I agree you with you. In this case, 2 > 4.
            Originally posted by tigger
            The Lord spoke, "Let there be angry V8s, whistling turbos and big ass cams." And it was good.

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              Funny, I drove a couple of 2-series cars just a few days ago. The black one is a 240i and the blue one is a 230i, both xDrive.

              I really didn't like the 240i - it was nowhere near as fast as I expected; the techy interior was annoying and too complicated; the styling was bland. On the upside, the paddle shifters were actually quick to respond to input but would still shift on their own in every mode if you got to redline. The thing that absolutely killed this car for me was the fake pretentiousness - fake exhaust backfire only in sport mode, silly blue interior trim, silly blue brake calipers, etc. It tried to feel "sporty" without actually being sporty.

              The 230i was much better simply because it didn't pretend to be anything it wasn't. Four cylinders, plenty of power, no fake noises, simpler tech inside - lovely. Still not really my kind of car but certainly livable and better than its sibling.

              "Men with guts attack those corners!" - Keiichi Tsuchiya
              2006 Acura TL and 1999 Mazda Miata

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                Originally posted by LeVeL View Post
                fake exhaust backfire only in sport mode[/IMG]
                If an exhaust backfires it should be because it's a carb-fed monster, not because someone with a laptop programmed it to when the sport button is switched on.
                2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
                For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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                  I just got back from the new car expo in my city, even managed to do a couple test drives and sat in quite a bit. In no particular order, here are some initial impressions.

                  Volvo S90. Best Interior (that I could sit in). Holy crap, what an amazing place to be. I was able to get to the car when no one else was crawling around it so I was able to close all the doors with the windows up. In an instant all the noise of the show disappeared and I felt like I was a Japanese zen garden.

                  Ford Focus. This was a surprisingly good car to drive, even with the slushbox and NA 2.0L. The route covered broken urban streets, railroad crossings, and a few moderately quick stretches (I got it up to 50). For the size, the car was very quiet and composed, even over the rough stuff. The handling was responsive and I felt in touch with the road, but I was also very comfortable. The dash and interior were both stylish and efficient, it was a pleasant and modern feel without being dreary or annoyingly eccentric.

                  Ford Fiesta. This one felt more like a small car, it was a bit more bouncy and a bit less insulated (and comfortable) than the Focus. The car was nicely responsive to the throttle and took of eagerly. I was actually surprised with how well it got off the mark in the parking lot, I was expecting a much slower response. If I had to use a Clarksonism, the Fiesta is a bit like driving an excited terrier. As good as it was, I certainly prefer the Focus.

                  Honda Civic. For all the promises about the new "upscale" Civic, I was very disappointed. To start, the car was loud. Even sitting still in the parking lot I could hear the clatter of the valve train inside the cabin. The interior was very busy with a ton of farkles, I get that this was the top-end model brought out for demo purposes, but the layout was far from intuitive. There is also a grab-bag of textures going on, some of the buttons on the steering wheel were clear acrylic, but I could feel the sharp corners of the buttons because they didn't sit quite flush. There is an annoying textured slider thing for your left thumb to control the volume on the stereo that feels more like a half-assed game controller than anything else. The wheel itself is a hot mess of buttons, switches, and odd controls that just seem crammed on any which way. The center stack fell victim to the "glue a tablet to it" approach to interior design, complete with an odd little switch at the top to adjust the brightness. The car is equipped with a god-awful CVT that resulted in a leisurely acceleration at WOT despite the cacophony of noise from under the hood.

                  The dash itself looked like the thing got up to 88mph and crashed head first into a 1980s digital dash. The center is a very nice (if somewhat busy looking) LED screen, but the temp and fuel gauges would look at home on KITT's dash, being a boomerang-shaped LED bar next to printed markings. The seats were not particularly comfortable and the whole car reeked of, "I see what you tried to do there."

                  None of this was helped by the drive experience either. The Honda rep made Kiki sit in the back seat while I drove and he knew fuck-all about the car itself, every time I asked a question he tried to read it off the window sticker. He finally admitted that he worked for a marketing company and was just hired for the gig by Honda. It was pretty embarrassing, the college girl that did the Focus and Fiesta drives with us knew the answers to almost every question I asked about the car and how else they could be optioned. Ford just blew Honda out of the water in terms of the car and the test drive experience.

                  Oh, and everything is done through a cell-phone style touch screen (not pressure sensitive), so if you are driving in the cold with gloves on: Fuck you, because you can't do a goddamned thing with the center display.

                  Mazda 3 Looks good, but the interior is still a bit "meh".

                  Kia Soul This car taught me that I'm old. The car is funky and cool, the interior is funky and cool. It's a nice practical car with lots of space, miles of head room, and the ability to move an entire dorm room. And I would absolutely never, ever buy one.

                  Ford Raptor I love everything except the size of it. Ford, if you give the new Ranger the Raptor treatment I will sell a wheelbarrow full of organs to have one. I especially like the integrated auxiliary electrical on the headliner, trying to add that to my XTerra will be a massive pain and probably run about $400 just for the control unit, having it from the factory is a great option for modders like myself. The interior was fantastic, the seats were amazingly comfortable, I really had no gripe about the vehicle other than it simply won't fit many places I want to go.

                  Mercedes Meh. I don't know, it just doesn't do anything for me. I don't like the styling and there is nothing about them that I find appealing. Even if I did have the disposable income to drop on one, I don't think I would. The most interesting one there was the G-Wagon, and that is a holdover from the 1970s (it still has the same door lock plungers we had on the family car back in the 80s).

                  BMW See: Mercedes. These are just unimaginative and boring.

                  BMW i3 That is all.

                  Hyundai Elantra Surprisingly nice, especially with the full glass roof. I wish Hyundai was doing test drives so I could run it after the Ford. The interior was pleasant, I had no complaints. Things were nicely laid out and it seemed pretty well nailed together. It is a perfectly acceptable city hatchback, practical, and inoffensive.

                  Hyundai Veloster Turbo After the pajama-wearing sea-cow was done letting her snotgbblins walk all over the center console, jump on the seats, and try to smash the screen, I was able to sit in it. The seats in the Turbo are fantastic and the throw on the gear lever was about 20% shorter than the BRZ, which felt just about perfect. I was surprised that I fit in the car, but I'm not sure how much I would like it as a practical city hatchback due to the low seat height. The visibility out the back was not as bad as I expected, but I would want to get it on the road to see where the cross member for the hatch sits; I worry that it will be right at the horizon.

                  Subaru BRZ special edition. Not particularly comfortable for me and I noticed the shifter would benefit from a short-throw kit. To say the rear seats are vestigial is generous, I'm not sure that even my small dogs would be comfortable back there.

                  Lexus Everything is gray. Seriously, the entire display was gray, all the cars were gray, and there was almost no one there looking at them. I think even some of the sales reps were gray. The entire area looked boring, so I went to look at Toyota instead.

                  Toyota Tacoma TRD First, I am not a fan of the Tacoma. I have a somewhat irrational dislike for the vehicle, mostly because of all the Tacoma owners I know who could star in an episode of "I've Been on the Internet and I've found THIS!". That being said, I did want to like the new TRD and I tried to give it a fair shake. That being said, I fucking hate this thing. Toyota redesigned the hood of a lot of their vehicles, including the 70-series Land Cruiser, Hilux, and apparently the Tacoma. Toyota has been putting fake hood scoops on for ages, but now they raised the entire hood and recessed the fake scoop. This means the entire hood is very high, even at 6'4" I can't see a goddamned thing out the front of this vehicle. The Tacoma ahead of the one I sat in was probably 12 feet in front of the bumper and I could not even see the bottom 5" of the tailgate. Trying to take this truck off road would be absolutely miserable because you would have to memorize the trail a mile away before it disappeared beneath the hood. The roof is low, so the cab is very dark and claustrophobic, even the Veloster had better visibility. The seats were not particularly comfortable and the seating position was awkward for someone of my height, which was odd, because a shorter driver would not be able to see the ground at all out of the windshield. I would like to comment about the layout of the center stack and the dash, but I honestly don't remember it; which means it is probably the typical Toyota level of boring.

                  Toyota 4Runner TRD This one managed to hide behind the door when Toyota was handing out the new hoods, so you can at least see vehicles in front of you. The roof juts out quite a bit, so the cab is a bit dark and I would have trouble seeing traffic lights. Seriously, what is wrong with a sloped windscreen on a truck of SUV, Toyota? You don't have to make it vertical to make it look tough and utilitarian, I would like to be able to look up sometimes. The interior was okay, with nice big controls that are friendly to gloves, but it still falls short of the Ford trucks.

                  Toyota Land Cruiser For nearly $90,000 I expect to not have the plastic door handles from a Tundra. Also, the $30,000 GMC has a soft-drop tailgate, why is the tailgate on the Land Cruiser just slamming open before hitting the end of the string? Don't misunderstand, I would love to have a basic bare-bones Land Cruiser to buy, but if you insist on making this a bloated luxo-barge then pay attention to the details.

                  Toyota Corolla iM This is a hatchback version of the Corolla that was previously branded a Scion. While I'm not a huge fan of the side skirts and body kit, the car at least looks interesting. The interior is far better than the "stick stuff on a frame and drape plastic over it" of the last Corolla and the cargo deck has plenty of space. It's actually a pretty nice looking car, I just hope the driving experience matches the looks and isn't the typical dreary Toyota drive-by-remote-control insulated feel. I asked if this was available to test drive, but they didn't have one available.

                  Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon. Not a terrible interior from GM, for a change. The 4WD shifter is in an annoying place and the key would drive me mad, being directly over my right knee on a weird cancerous bump sticking out of the steering column. The driving position is quite comfortable, visibility is good, and you can spec it out with lots of towing goodies, including an integrated trailer brake control, something I didn't see on any other truck in that class.
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                    Thanks for the capsule summaries. I saw the Volvo in the wilds of Richmond (blech!) yesterday, and it really is handsome. I want to like it and consider it for a future used car purchase (way too expensive new), but I have little faith in Volvo's decisions to stick twin-charged 4 bangers in everything. It needs a V8, or even a six. Hell, for its intended purpose, I'd take it with a turbo diesel four, or even a (gasp!) fully electric drivetrain. As it stands, it looks like a pretty but ultimately pointless appliance. I'll still try and drive one this summer for fun, though.

                    Originally posted by Blind_Io View Post
                    Toyota Corolla iM This is a hatchback version of the Corolla that was previously branded a Scion. While I'm not a huge fan of the side skirts and body kit, the car at least looks interesting. The interior is far better than the "stick stuff on a frame and drape plastic over it" of the last Corolla and the cargo deck has plenty of space. It's actually a pretty nice looking car, I just hope the driving experience matches the looks and isn't the typical dreary Toyota drive-by-remote-control insulated feel. I asked if this was available to test drive, but they didn't have one available.
                    Ahem, may I direct you to my first hand review of this pile of rubbish? Not even driving it through beautiful Andalucia could mask this car's complete and utter sadness.

                    https://forums.finalgear.com/general...5/#post2369759
                    Originally posted by tigger
                    The Lord spoke, "Let there be angry V8s, whistling turbos and big ass cams." And it was good.

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                      So typical dreary Toyota driving experience then.

                      I see why they didnt have one for test drives.

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                        Originally posted by JimCorrigan View Post
                        Thanks for the capsule summaries. I saw the Volvo in the wilds of Richmond (blech!) yesterday, and it really is handsome. I want to like it and consider it for a future used car purchase (way too expensive new), but I have little faith in Volvo's decisions to stick twin-charged 4 bangers in everything. It needs a V8, or even a six. Hell, for its intended purpose, I'd take it with a turbo diesel four, or even a (gasp!) fully electric drivetrain. As it stands, it looks like a pretty but ultimately pointless appliance. I'll still try and drive one this summer for fun, though.


                        Ahem, may I direct you to my first hand review of this pile of rubbish? Not even driving it through beautiful Andalucia could mask this car's complete and utter sadness.

                        https://forums.finalgear.com/general...5/#post2369759
                        Originally posted by Blind_Io View Post
                        So typical dreary Toyota driving experience then.

                        I see why they didnt have one for test drives.
                        "The way I see it a car enthusiast is somebody who is enthusiastic and interested about the motor car in all its various shapes and forms from supercars to East German 2-strokes made of cardboard. Everyone else is merely a car elitist IMO." ~ Captain 70's

                        Get out of my way! I have photocopiers to sell! ~ Perc

                        "A computer is a Lite-Brite for bad fucking ideas."

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                          Originally posted by rickhamilton620 View Post
                          The aygo is not the Corolla iM. It's a subcompact based on a shared PSA platform.
                          You are correct. That's my fault for tapatalking at 5 am.
                          Originally posted by tigger
                          The Lord spoke, "Let there be angry V8s, whistling turbos and big ass cams." And it was good.

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                            Octavia
                            Fabia
                            Beetle

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                              Originally posted by JimCorrigan View Post
                              You are correct. That's my fault for tapatalking at 5 am.


                              Viva la Targa!

                              "Anybody who accuses this of being a girl car, needs to get into a Miata or Fiata on a back road. This is the most fun you can have in a car - without a girl in it." - Jason Cammisa about the ND platform
                              "Changing gear is a vital form of self-expression that I'm being denied." - Richard Hammond on the Gen 4 Clio RS
                              "These cars remind us, what driving - and in a wider sense, what motoring is all about. It's about the sensation of controlling a machine - not the speed with which you cover ground." - Chris Harris on the Caterham Seven and the purity of driving

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                                Still using a first gen iPad Air (but I get your drift )
                                Originally posted by tigger
                                The Lord spoke, "Let there be angry V8s, whistling turbos and big ass cams." And it was good.

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                                  Originally posted by Blind_Io View Post
                                  Mercedes Meh. I don't know, it just doesn't do anything for me. I don't like the styling and there is nothing about them that I find appealing. Even if I did have the disposable income to drop on one, I don't think I would. The most interesting one there was the G-Wagon, and that is a holdover from the 1970s (it still has the same door lock plungers we had on the family car back in the 80s).

                                  BMW See: Mercedes. These are just unimaginative and boring.

                                  BMW i3 That is all.
                                  Damn, I could have typed that.

                                  Almost the whole "standard" range of Mercedes seems rather boring to me and I'm also utterly lost which car is supposed to fill which role. The G-Wagon is a standout, but mostly because it's simply very old and they don't make cars like that anymore. I do however fondly remember the 190 with the v6 that my grandpa used to own. Did my first roadtrip in that car.

                                  BMW is also rather boring to me, but at least I understand they product range.

                                  Edit: I understand it for the most part. Still better than the one of Mercedes.
                                  Last edited by CD82; January 18th, 2017, 10:20 PM.

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                                    Originally posted by CD82 View Post
                                    BMW is also rather boring to me, but at least I understand they product range.

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                                      They've solved that dispute by introducing 4-door SUV coupes for us to argue about.

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                                        Mhhh ok let me rephrase that into "I understand their range *better* than the one of Mercedes".

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                                        I just remembered that I recently got a crappy rental car I could bitch about for a bit.

                                        VW Sportsvan


                                        (stock image)

                                        Contrary to its name, it wasn't sporty at all. And surprisingly, VW managed to make a petrol engine sound like a diesel engine and also behave like a (very bad) diesel engine regarding torque and power delivery. Ok that's unfair on the diesel. The car I had the "joy" of driving for two days was reasonably quiet below 1500 rpm. But as soon as you went above that number, the engine got really really really loud but it didn't seem to produce any more power. That small band of torque you generally associate with some of the poorer diesels was just straight up missing from this engine at all. There was no torque and no noise, then there was a lot of noise and still no torque, and then there was even more noise but no more revs to go.

                                        I managed to average something like 9 liters per 100 km without any sort of aggresive driving, while my own car averages below 6 l / 100 km on the same trip. Ok petrol vs diesel, but c'mon 50% more fuel consumption for an engine that produced approx. no power at all is just straight up bad. Also, my own car is heavier than the rental and way more powerful and it still uses a lot less fuel.

                                        It also had an electronic parking brake which I found very irritating because you had to engage it with a tiny buttom that they placed right where you expect a proper handbrake, expect you have to bend your hand way back onto your own arm to reach the stupid button. And it had a noticeable delay when you engaged it as well as when it disenganged on its own.

                                        Suspension was alright, and when the engine was kept as close to idle as possible, the car was surprisingly quiet. No wind or tire noise. But as soon as you prod it with a stick, the engine just screams at you, and not in a nice way.

                                        Overall verdict: Didn't like. But at least it made me appreciate my own car a lot more.
                                        Last edited by CD82; January 19th, 2017, 8:08 PM.

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                                          The Golf Sportvan is a Golf for old people. Seriously. I haven't ever been in one but I have a feeling it has an upright seating position and good visibility and is easy to get in to and out of and all that.

                                          The name simply caters to the target market, making the buyers feel young again because they own a Sportvan.
                                          2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
                                          For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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