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Old 10-07-2008, 12:11 AM
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4 or 5 years ago at Road Atlanta, a group of guys drove the Jaguar XJ they had rented for the weekend from Hertz or Budget. Not bad!
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:36 AM
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+1 on the brake pads. I was at California Speedway when one of the guys in my HPDE group had to run to Autozone to get front pads for the 350Z he rented
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:46 AM
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Boy, I hope these stories never get back to my kids...
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For the right price I can make sure of that.

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Old 10-07-2008, 08:59 AM
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FWD rental car + McDonalds plastic trays under the back wheels + parking brake = fun.
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A friend of mine rented a BMW Z convert to do the BMW Ring school some years back. Needing seat time in a hurry, he left the rental parking lot drifting the car down the garage ramp, pulled up to the automated ticket booth and promptly opened the door in a steel barrier putting a huge ding in the door. You could not turn around or get back over the tread gates once you exit. Not hearing traffic, launched it backwards up the ramp 3 floors, (no cars behind him). Went back inside and asked them to note his paperwork for a ding they missed in pre-inspection.

Another renter with us called the agency to get a new car because the rotors were warped. They could not reproduce the problem at the exchange place of course. (You had to do half a lap on Nurburgring to get them hot enough).

It appears the days of rental cars on the Ring are going away unfortunately.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:19 AM
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Peter:
that vette had rental company installed GPS and I asked the driver if it also reported to the rental company. He did not know but it would be interesting to find out if he got dinged for "speeding".
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:36 AM
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A guy from the west coast flew into Ohio to run at Mid-Ohio DE a few years ago. He rented a Chysler 300. After two sessions, he cam in dripping brake fluid everywhere. Turns out he blew out a caliper piston seal. He drove it back to the rental company using the e-brake and got another car to run the track.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Bryan Watts View Post
FWD rental car + McDonalds plastic trays under the back wheels + parking brake = fun.
Who thinks of that????
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Bryan Watts View Post
FWD rental car + McDonalds plastic trays under the back wheels + parking brake = fun.
Plastic water meter covers are better than trays. They are hard ABS plastic that you will not wear through. Tray Slides a lot easier when the plastic stays for multiple slides.

On other notes I have heard of guys returning rental cars with tires that sound like they are going over train tracks when driven down the highway from doing too many J-turns, transmissions that barely work due to some grinding of the gears, smokey fwd burnouts by pulling the front tires up to a curb setting the ebrake and stepping on the gas. These are just some of the things I have heard of guys doing to rental cars. All of this is why I would never buy one from Hertz after they are done with them
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Originally Posted by Seth Thomas View Post
These are just some of the things I have heard of guys doing to rental cars.
cough cough snicker chortle
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:23 AM
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Did I also mention putting the car in neutral, pulling the ebrake on the highway, doing a 180 so you are going backwards down the interstate, and then whipping the car back the right direction at 80 MPH?

Or using a loading dock area as a mini halfpipe for a minivan?
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:34 AM
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Several years ago (right after VIR reopened) the chief instructor at a BMW event drove around in a rented Taurus. I think it lasted two sessions before the tires and brakes were shot. He parked it the rest of the weekend. I've never heard tires howl like that since!
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:55 AM
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We once brought back a lincoln after a weekend at Road Atlanta with rear tires corded(best burnout ever!), a minivan so covered in Georgia red clay that you could see out of the windshield in spots only(parked in a field, ebrake on, full throttle in reverse. Worked like a mud sprinkler) , and a rental golf cart that we off roaded. It was a great weekend.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by dmoffitt View Post
we uh, MAY or may not have rented a Dodge Charger and proceeded to have back-to-back autox laps of it with 6 co-drivers at least year's Champagne Run. Er I mean, No, who would do such a thing
Please, that one pales in comparison to the some of the others.

Or have the statute of limitations not expired on the others?
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Originally Posted by Veloce Raptor View Post
...and then there are the epic Grand Marquis rental car track sessions at BMW events at Barber.
Yeehaaa!!!
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