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post #1 of 28
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i rented a car in denver from advantage rental for a few days in mid-December. i was doublechecking my reservation and noticed my jeep liberty was 2WD. I freaked, why do they rent 2WD SUVs in Denver in the winter? So anyway, I called them up and asked if they had any 4WD Liberties. They said it was fine and told there was no difference in price.

If you are expected a 4WD vehicle when you rent an SUV make sure to double check the detail of the car in case the weather gets bad.
post #2 of 28
What's bizarre is that Jeep only manufactures 2WD trucks for the U.S. market. Anywhere else, 4WD is the standard and 2WD isn't available.

My wife (originally from Los Angeles) drove her Jeep Grand Cherokee from L.A. to Calgary in February a few years ago. I was a bit worried about her making the drive alone (she refused to let me come down and do the driving) but I felt some small sense of comfort given the fact she was in a Jeep. She ended up totaling it in a snowstorm in northern Utah, flipping it into a ditch. It was then that I found out it was only a 2WD. I was livid; I'd never even heard of a 2WD Jeep before. So American renters beware. Apparently Jeeps down there are treated like station wagons and unless you specify 4WD you won't get it.
post #3 of 28
ANyone know where a 4x4 can be rented for a reasonable price in Denver? HEaded out for 5 days in March, and the best price I've found has been $479 for 5 days
post #4 of 28
I rent from Thrifty at DIA. I got a five day rental for $289 (incl. fees/taxes). This is for mid-December though.

I always reserve a smaller SUV and they are always out; I end up getting a Durango instead. I love a Durango.
post #5 of 28
Wow. Good tip. They're renting Liberty's (yuck!) for $279, but thats the best price I've seen. Any idea if Thrifty has 24/7 pickup @ the Denver airport? I noticed that hertz and enterprise close before 11pm - My flight come into Terminal A @ 10:50pm.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
http://www.arac.com/discount_rental_cars_getaway.htm

Jeep Libertys for $179 a week here. I'm renting mine for 4 days. My flight gets in at midnight and it looks like I'll have an interesting late night drive to Steamboat with snow in the 10 day forecast.

Just make sure you ask for a 4WD!
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI View Post
I rent from Thrifty at DIA.
I always reserve a smaller SUV and they are always out; I end up getting a Durango instead. I love a Durango.
Shhhh...that's my little secret too!
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by skierdon View Post
http://www.arac.com/discount_rental_cars_getaway.htm

Jeep Libertys for $179 a week here. I'm renting mine for 4 days. My flight gets in at midnight and it looks like I'll have an interesting late night drive to Steamboat with snow in the 10 day forecast.

Just make sure you ask for a 4WD!
Awesome, thank you!

The $179 rate is good thru 2/28 - of course I arrive on 3/1! I'm hoping they'll give me the same rate. This makes my deciscion so much easier. Since I really only need a car to get to/from the airport (I probably would have taken CME if I weren't getting in so late - last shuttle @ 11pm - or if they didn't want to pick me up @ 6:30 for a 11:45 flight!) I was toying with the idea of staying in Denver for the night and taking CME out in the AM, but that would be expensive as I would be paying $500 for the condo in Vail that I wouldn't be sleeping in, and probably another $130 or so for a lousy hotel in Denver.
post #9 of 28
Doh!

It sounded SOOO promising...

For my rental, 3/1-3/6, I was just quoted $635 for a Liberty!

Any other cheap rental options in Denver?
post #10 of 28
Advantage was renting cheap mid-size SUVs for mid-Dec at DIA. I got one for 6 days for $200 including all taxes and fees.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by skierdon View Post
..... I freaked, why do they rent 2WD SUVs in Denver in the winter? .
On a Denver to Summit county trip, we ended up with a chrysler wagon thing (it was traumatic---I've forgotten the model name) last year as an "upgrade" with Enterprise when they did not have somthing that fit our one requirement --- a fold down rear seat.

It was a hemi powered, two wheel, rear drive,does everything automatically without your input, beast of a car to drive.

hated it!


good thing was -- I just casually mentioned ALL its faults when the guy checking us in at the end of the trip asked a simple "how did you like the car?" and they knocked off a bunch from the bill---which ended up being something paltry like 115 bucks or something for the 8 days
post #12 of 28
I'm guessing they gave you a Magnum. I had one as a rental in Ft. Lauderdale last month, and it wasn't that bad, actually. Of course, I wasn't trying to control a RWD hemi V8 in the snow!

I'm going to have to see what kind of deals Thrify or Budget has going on. Hertz and Enterprise's rates are both obscene.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by jgb View Post
I'm guessing they gave you a Magnum. I had one as a rental in Ft. Lauderdale last month, and it wasn't that bad, actually. Of course, I wasn't trying to control a RWD hemi V8 in the snow!

I'm going to have to see what kind of deals Thrify or Budget has going on. Hertz and Enterprise's rates are both obscene.
That was it --- thanks for reviving some repressed memories!
post #14 of 28
You think that's bad,

I rented a Jeep Wrangler in Hawaii 15 years ago of course to drive on te beach. Pull onto the sand , try to engage the 4wd, NADA thing.

Got stuck up to the gas tank.

The Rental Company disconnects the shift linkage for 4WD.

I was PI**ED ! Thank goodness some local yanked me out.
post #15 of 28
Avis with my wizard number just quoted me $391 inc tax for 11 days from Dec 21-Jan 1 AFTER I confirmed the reservation. It originally quoted $627 but the price changed after I hit confirm. Strange but true !
post #16 of 28
Another bet is hotwire.com. We've gotten a Trailblazer and Cherokee thru them for DIA for a week in the lo to mid 200 range. Yes, four wheel drive for sure. Road the Alpine Loop in the San Juans in our rental and man, did we ever need it.
post #17 of 28
If you are renting for more than a couple of days it is worth getting a quote for a city pickup instead of at the airport. This year we rented a vehicle for 21 days from Denver, and a 12% airport recovery fee on the total bill makes a big difference, saved heaps by picking up in town. It does mean a shuttle ride into town, but I ws going to do that anyway, it is not a good idea driving after you have been travelling for 24 hours. It was a bit of a nusiance having to drop off in town at the end of the trip, especially when taxis and shuttles refused to take a booking for the following morning due to extremely icy roads. We called in at Avis in town in the morning and they said we could drop the vehicle off at DIA for no extra charge - I think if we'd only had a short rental period it might have been different.

We rented thru Avis, on their ski week deal.
post #18 of 28
Here's the crazy part about renting an Intermediate SUV with 4WD from Budget in DIA, the clerk tried to put us in a Pontiac Vibe, instead : I asked him if he thought the Vibe was considered a mini SUV with 4WD???

Yup, we saw some Liberties with 2WD and I'm glad we took the 4WD instead, lots of snow on the interstate
post #19 of 28
I've ended up booking a 4WD Grand Cherokee from Thrifty for $368 ($474 after taxes, but before insurance). Of all the places I looked, they were the only ones I saw with Grands, and the price for the week was $2 more than a Liberty. I'm on my 4th Grand Cherokee now, so I'm happy to know that I'll get a vehicle that I'll be able to drive comfortably in even the most miserable conditions.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by jgb View Post
Doh!

It sounded SOOO promising...

For my rental, 3/1-3/6, I was just quoted $635 for a Liberty!

Any other cheap rental options in Denver?
http://www.sidestep.com/car
post #21 of 28
Just got back from Denver where we (wife and I) had reserved a mid size (Chrysler Siebring 4 door) car from Budget. The clerk put a lot of pressure on me to upgrade for an extra $20 per day to a 6 cyl or 4wd. Said that the 4 cyl we reserved was "horrible" in the mtns. I was not aware that they rented by the no of cylinders in a car. He seemed to be angry when I wouldn't upgrade for an extra $20/day. After several minutes of pressure ("you really don't want to take a 4 cyl into the mtns") and me repeating over and over "no, I think that the car that we reserved will be fine, we'll be on the interstate", he says I'll have to take a Monte Carlo because that is all they have but that it will be the same price. Well, the Monte Carlo was not in the parking spot W7 so we ended up with a yet a different car which he said was also an upgrade.
Well I'm not sure if all mid size cars have 4 cylinders or not but Budget is now on the bottom of my list (I'm sure they care?) for trying to squeeze a little too hard when they didn't have a midsize car and didn't want to admit it. The guy was just a jerk.
post #22 of 28
At Thrifty a couple years back they tried to pressure me into upgrading from the smaller SUV to the Durango. I said no and they ended up having to upgrade me since they had no smaller SUVs left.

Always go with Plan A.

Last year at SLC I violated this by "upgrading" to PT-Cruiser from a full-size car because the clerk insisted that the rear seats didn't fold down. The PT-Cruiser is a tiny POS (they look so much bigger on the street) and the skis barely fit with the seats down.

Always go with PLAN A.
post #23 of 28
Out of DIA last March I rented a piece of crap Chevy Cavalier from Budget for next to nothing. It had snow tires and a fold down rear seat. Tossed the skis in the back and off we went. It snowed almost every day we were there and the thing did just fine. We stayed in Frisco and drove to Vail and Copper in the snow. Moral of the story: you don't need to drop 500 bucks for an SUV and you don't need a ton of power to get up I-70.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by jgb View Post
I've ended up booking a 4WD Grand Cherokee from Thrifty for $368 ($474 after taxes, but before insurance). Of all the places I looked, they were the only ones I saw with Grands, and the price for the week was $2 more than a Liberty. I'm on my 4th Grand Cherokee now, so I'm happy to know that I'll get a vehicle that I'll be able to drive comfortably in even the most miserable conditions.
Probably already know this, but keep checking for a new rate every week or so up until your trip date. Prices vary over time and just drop old resv for a better one.
post #25 of 28
Current Costco rate for renting a full-size SUV from Alamo 3/1-3/6 is $357 inculding taxes.
post #26 of 28

Will the Jeep Liberty hold a set of skis/sportube inside it?

I remember one time renting a Liberty at DIA and upon seeing the actual vehicle thinking it night not even hold my ski's in their Sportube. I went back to the counter and asked if they could give (comp) me anything bigger and I did get something much bigger.

So has anyone that actually drove the Jeep Liberty find that it was indeed big enough inside for 2 people, luggage for a 5 day trip and one set of skis?

Thanks
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
Probably already know this, but keep checking for a new rate every week or so up until your trip date. Prices vary over time and just drop old resv for a better one.

Good point - thats actually the other part of my 'master plan'. All of these car rental places take unsecured reservations, so I really have no obligation to keep the reservation. I'm going to keep my eyes open for a better deal, however, it'll have to be a pretty decent deal. I wouldn't go from a Grand Cherokee to a Liberty even to save $100. I'm not so happy about the price, but being in a vehicle that you are used to and are comfortable driving in the snow goes a long way!
post #28 of 28
yes the liberty is big enough for your requirements the rear seat should be a 60/40 split, my wife has one and we can do 2 adults/one kid in a carseat (and all the crap that entails) plus luggage plus however many of my demos (usually under 184cm) that i want to take to ski on or lend to friends who will meet us (say 6 pairs)
that is packed tight but not Quebecois moving to Alberta tight....
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