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So much depends on the engine
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Posted by Ari [Email] (more from Ari) on Sat, 17 Jan 2009 16:24:06 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Peugeot 306 Rental - Europe ?, R.T., Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:28:27
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Compared to the US, cars in Europe come equipped with a wide variety of engines. Most cars are offered with a couple of gas and a couple of diesel options, at least. So it all depends on what is under the hood. And there are a range of trim levels.

Automatics are a lot less common in Europe than in the US, so autobox rentals tend to show up in more upmarket trim and engine combinations.

I've rented a few different cars in the UK with 1.9l turbo diesels (Saab offers one in Europe, also!). I haven't driven a turbo diesel in the UK that I haven't loved. Fast, pretty quiet, and 50 mpg (adjusted for Imperial gallons). I've been much less impressed with the gas engine cars I've had.

When you get to the counter, don't be surprised if it isn't a 307. I rent from Avis (company requirement), and they'll offer a class and say it's a 307, but I've never driven one - it's always something else. But ask what they've got. And if it's a turbo diesel, get it.

I suggest that you track down the driving laws in the countries you're going to visit. Don't assume your US experience covers everything. Many countries ban Right On Red. Speed limits can be confusing - in the UK, you can tell the speed limit by the spacing of the street lights, so there aren't any signs posted in many places. Sometimes you'll see a 30 mph sign, sometimes you need to watch the street lamps - except when it's posted for another speed. And many countries have speed cameras EVERYWHERE, so knowing the speed limit is crucial. The information is out there - Google is your friend. And if you do get a speeding ticket, the rental company can charge it to your account after the fact, so don't assume an ocean will keep the law away (ask me how I know!)

This isn't meant to scare, just to inform. I actually prefer driving 'over there' than 'over here.' Go figure.

Enjoy!




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