Rate My Rig: Biron vs Bond

Rate my Rig was conceived by Mackinley Shaffer and Chris Killoran in order to highlight some of U-32’s best rigs. From pickups to coupes we want to see who U-32 thinks has the raddest rig. Vote on a rig, and the winner at the end of the year will receive a prize, as well as bragging rights. Enjoy!

Celine Biron’s Cadillac CTS


img_4963On a brisk fall afternoon the Rate My Rig team walked out to the parking lot with U-32 junior Celine Biron. Celine drives a blue 2003 Cadillac CTS complete with tan leather interior.

“I love my car! It’s fast, it’s cool, and it gets me from point A to point B.” said Celine. Upon first inspection the team noticed that the car was a little bit dirty on the exterior, but that can be expected from our Vermont roads. The headlights were a little scratched up and there are a few dents. The car itself is in good shape with no noticeable large problemsimg_4962.

“He’s a six cylinder with turbo tuning. I call him Carl the Cadillac,” she explained. Local car expert Andy Bond was on the scene: “Sounds like she has some knockin’ valves.” When we started her up the car made a good purr but with some noticeable knocking noises.

The CTS can hold the standard five passengers. With a 3.2 liter engine and 220 horsepower, it gets 18 city miles per gallon and 25 highway. The interior was a bit messy with some empty bottles including a chocolate milk on one of the seats. Overall this is a cool rig with personality just like its owner.

The RMR team scored this rig a 7.


Andy Bond’s VW Jetta TDI Coupe

Amidst the pouring rain and cold temperatures, Andy Bond’s Volkswagen Jetta TDI Coupe sits alone at the furthest end of the parking lot. The slick red car likes to stand out, and Andy definitely doesn’t mind showing it off.

“Yeah she’s decent,” says Andy. “She cranks pretty good and it handles too,” he added modestly.image01

Although the car is a “her” to Andy, she has no name, which is hurting him in terms of the rig’s rating. He makes up with what’s under the hood.

The Jetta is a six speed manual turbo diesel. Just what you’d be hoping for in a sporty little car like this. Although only four cylinders, the turbo really makes up what could be lost to a six cylinder.

Unlike a lot of other cars you’d find in the U-32 parking lot, Andy’s is clean inside and out. The large touch screen display and Sirius radio give the car a very modern feel while the heated cloth seats making even the coldest Vermont days a little more bearable.

The RMR team scored Andy’s rig as a 8.75.



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