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Old 9th February 2019, 08:51 PM
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Post a pic of the Holden Sean
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Old 15th March 2019, 02:21 PM
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I'm currently in Cincinatti Ohio and have a Chevy Malibu as my rental car. its based on the same platform as the Holden commodore. Its ok, but a bit yawn.
Rides better than mid/full size American cars of previous generations though. Space is good but visibility is poor. I've rented some real shockers over the years - but this car is better than most rentals.

However, for a car the size of a W126 the 1.5 liter turbo four just doesn't cut it. No torque to speak of, and the engine is coarse when pushed, which you have to. Might be an ok car with a v6. Since the Holden has a v6 as an option, I could see it being much better. I am not pushing the car too hard yet the gas mileage is crap because the engine is too small for the car.

based on Sean's other thread I did pick up a vacuum gauge at harbor freight today, to adjust the timing on my SLC.
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Great write up Bryce.

Yep,
Small turbo engines should only reside in smaller cars.

It sounds like a bit of a chore to drive.
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Old 16th March 2019, 05:46 AM
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Here is a photo of the car:

The best part about it was the colour, which I liked



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That is a great colour Bryce.

We only got the 2 generations old Malibu here.

That looks great.
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Could not agree more about Rental Cars in America Bryce. Like you do now I have rented many over the years ( Pre 2000 ) The very worst one, a Camaro, I gave back after one Day ,it was down right dangerous to drive.
And I recall Clarkson saying in Top Gear, all American Cars are rubbish.
But then again I remember a Quote ..." French made Cars to suit their Roads"
"America made Roads to suit their Cars"
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My last hire car was a fairly new imported Camry in Rockhampton. It had 8k on the clock.

Iíve never been a Camry fan at all, but boy O boy, this car was unreal.
Super quiet, and not a single rattle or squeak and I canít believe how it rode over bumps and potholes.
I was almost shaking my head in disbelief.
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Old 16th March 2019, 09:11 PM
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I have seen the light ... I believe !!!!!
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My last hire car was a fairly new imported Camry in Rockhampton. It had 8k on the clock.

Iíve never been a Camry fan at all, but boy O boy, this car was unreal.
Super quiet, and not a single rattle or squeak and I canít believe how it rode over bumps and potholes.
I was almost shaking my head in disbelief.
It is one of the reasons why Toyota was (and still is) the Number One seller for years.
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Thatís an interesting comment Michel.
Made me think (unusual for me )

Yes number one, would the typical Camry buyer be looking at, and listening to the car as you and I would?

It would be interesting to see why Camry buyers buy Camryís
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Having never bought a Japanese Car in my life , always European , I first was attracted to the redesigned Camry Hybrid because of he technology. How did Toyota get a dual planetary gear System to behave like a CVT ? And the G11 drive motor to rev to 17000 RPM. I'm still not sure I understand it . Then, after I drove the Car, the handling and the quietness convinced me.
A plus, a big plus, was, I was able to extract a $2000 discount on a newly released model !!! It has been absolutely faultless for now at 9000 Ks. Compared to the 5 new Mercedes..2 new BMW.s..a.new VW Bettle . Though 2 new VW Turbo 6 speed manual Golfs were 100% reliable.
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Good points Sean.

This car just shows the reputation of Toyota will be perpetuated.

All the families I know that have had & still have Toyotaís, have sworn by them since the 70ís.
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Good points Sean.

This car just shows the reputation of Toyota will be perpetuated.

All the families I know that have had & still have Toyotaís, have sworn by them since the 70ís.
I think the reliability is a big factor. I know people who swear by toyotas because they almost never break down. My brother in law has a corolla and he bought it after experience with a Holden Astra
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He would be so happy after the Astra.

I know people who are on their 3rd Astra since the name started with Holden in 1984, which was a re badged N12 Nissan Pulsar. They currently have a 2018 model, and they have been very lucky, as each one has been faultless.

Saying that, I know people who have had nothing but trouble with their Astraís since the 80ís also.

So hit and miss with quality & reliability.
This is where Toyota shines.
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It would be interesting to see why Camry buyers buy Camryís
I've been an American (Chevrolet and GM) and Mercedes-Benz car buyer forever (bar a couple of Fiats purchased in my youth overseas).
However, a couple of years ago my eldest son Albert convinced me to buy a Camry Hybrid for Paula to drive, replacing her CLK convertible that was written off... (part of the convincing was that it had a rare beige interior option-ha).

I have to admit, it's been flawless and a pleasure to drive...
Super quiet thanks to noiseless Bridgestone Turanza tyres and very economical when driven correctly (4-4.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
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