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Old September 24th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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Over the weekend I reserved my new car, the smartcar. I don't need a big car or four seats. It gets great gas miles too I have choosen the middle model. So far over 21,000 people have ordered one. Anyone here who has done this too? Here is the web site It's a fun site too!

http://www.smartusa.com/index.aspx


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Sue is this a joke I just don't get?
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maybe she meant to post this link http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/
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maybe she meant to post this link http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/
AAAARRRGGG it's from France
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I've seen and read quite a bit about these cars. I think they would be a good alternative for urban travel and commuting.

The negatives I can see is that the gas mileage isn't "that" good. It's around 50 mpg. I think it's touted at 60 but the American version is less. It also has a very short wheel base and that is not good in icy or wet road conditions where it will have a tendency to over steer. I'm not sure if there have been transmission changes done in the American model but the European models have problems with overloading of the transmission. This may be corrected.

If I lived in an urban area I would "think" about it but where I live it isn't feasible. It would never make it through the snow. I would also worry about what would happen in the event of a crash. I wonder what the insurance rates are?

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I really don't think I would drive this. I am currently in the "smallest" car I ever owned (Dodge Caliber) and it gets decent gas mileage 30 mpg and frankly, I feel like it is going to lift off the interstate when a 18wheeler passes by; sheyot even when a large SUV passes me, the car feels like it is gonna lift off the road. So I couldn't imagine driving anything smaller on the interstates, especially I-4 and I-95. This is one car that I will have to say "Pass"
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Wohhhhooo there!!!. Better check out the Consumer Reports on this car
It tested the worst in the catagory of small cars.October 07 page 18
to quote CR " We tested the Diesel-powdered Canadian version of the previous generation Smart.
It exhibited clumsy handling, harsh ride and lurching transmission, making it the worst vehicle we've tested in recent years, We hope the U.S. version is redesighen, and we hope better"
We only 84 HP how can it even climb a small hill???
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We've had Smart Cars available in Canada for a couple of years. There's quite a few to be seen on the roads, their "cute factor" seems to be a good selling point. I've only talked to a couple of people who own them, and they use them strictly for city commuting, and store them in the winter months.

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Mike, I live in an urban area of California with no snowy conditions and No Way would I order this car. I commute on the freeway and I would be road pizza under one of the big SUV in something like this. The SUV won't even realize it ran over me. If I were traveling short distances, then this would be a good idea. But this is not a freeway driving extreme commuter type car.
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Kat:

When I refer to "Urban" commuting I mean city and not metroplex type commuting on major Interstates. Something you could drive around San Francisco, itself or within New York but not a daily I-880 run. Though the motorcycles do a good job.

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We have pot holes bigger then this in NY.

I would last about 15 minutes on my roads and hills.

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When I refer to "Urban" commuting I mean city and not metroplex type commuting on major Interstates. Something you could drive around San Francisco, itself or within New York but not a daily I-880 run. Though the motorcycles do a good job.

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Mike I wouldn't drive that car is San Francisco because it will happen that you are going the wrong way down a one-way street and that car won't last a head on. I do 1-99 to I-50 I was an 880 commuter but I moved to this fair city (sacramento land of turkeys).
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Interesting thought guys! If you go on the website the car was changed a bit from the german version. Safety wise it has a lot of good gadgets!

I will drive this car just to the market, movies and church. Not on the highway. The smartcar has been a good seller in Germany for years.

It does get 40mh to the gallon which is great. I am hoping to get it by March 2008. My beetle has over 150,000 miles now and needs to be exchanged

I added power steering, leather seats and an alarm system. Mabe I can park it in my livingroom overnight?
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When I saw them I thought they would be great for "rent-by-the-hour" operations in big cities, where there are lots of dedicated pick-up and drop-off parking lots and you just grab one, drive it for as long as you need it, and drop it off at the lot nearest where you want to be.

I've noticed that they do claim a lot of good safety features, including both front and side airbags, but for highway driving I'd still feel a little, well, little.
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Now listen up guys. You all remember Chuck and Mary who we stayed with for a week Near Ottawa, Canada? Well they own one and love it. I rode in it and had a wonderful ride. I felt safe even in traffic. Being small you can park most anywhere. Even head into the parking space. I vote for this one. It is built by Mercedes and it is well built. Here take a look.
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I don't know anybody who drives one, but the only ones I've seen around town have been a) pizza delivery b) the GEEK SQUAD (computer repairs) c) exterminators. You get the idea....
Don't think I would drive one, especially in our climate, and besides, I probably wouldn't get my long legs under the steering wheel!

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I hear they are working on the next generation Smart Car... tentatively named the Fart Car. It has zero emissions, cuz it works off of YOUR emissions.
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Donna, maybe you should reconsider this car. After all, you can buy wheels and tires down at the roller rink!

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So just what does one of these things cost ?
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So just what does one of these things cost ?
from what i saw more than a Hyundai once you convert dollars to pounds
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looks like the low is 17 grand, average 20 grand, high end 32 grand

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Why not? It's no more dangerous than a motorcyle...Actually, probably quite a bit safer than one and you can drive it all year round.

Trekker...I like consumer report too...However, I wouldn't hold my breath about them liking anything American, especially an auto' lol. I know they do rarely like some American Autos but seems like if it isn't Honda or Toyota most of the time they kind of turn their noses up.
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Wohhhhooo there!!!. Better check out the Consumer Reports on this car
It tested the worst in the catagory of small cars.October 07 page 18
to quote CR " We tested the Diesel-powdered Canadian version of the previous generation Smart.
It exhibited clumsy handling, harsh ride and lurching transmission, making it the worst vehicle we've tested in recent years, We hope the U.S. version is redesighen, and we hope better"
We only 84 HP how can it even climb a small hill???
Once upon a time Consumer Reports was a great source for auto reviews, with a focus on value and economy. Alas, they have grown old and have become addicted to luxury cars.
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Why buy a little tin box that gets perhaps 40 mpg when you can buy a large 4 door sedan that gets 30 mpg on the highway and is sporty and comfortable like our new Buick Lucerne.

I can understand the reasoning if one person is going to drive the car and drive mostly around town, but for two or more persons who frequently take long trips, the large sedan is a much better choice. My wife gets to sleep while I drive.
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have driven in one of these cars and I would never put my money into buying one. Besides the fact I need leg room, is is for me not the right car. I bought a relatively fuel efficiant car, it sure is alot better than the van that I drove, but I still need space, I drive teens, and I transport alot of rescue animals,some large, alot of cages and so this car would just ot be for me. Driving it, I didnt personally like it.
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I have recently considered one of those Toyota Prisms. Since I live 4 miles from work, I could probably get 7 - 8 MONTHS on a tank of gasoline.
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