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Thread: SMART fortwo car...do you have one?

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    with gas like it is, I am thinking I need something more economical as I have to run all over town all day between clients...some days it takes up to 1/2 tank of gas in my mini van!

    http://www.smartusa.com/models/passi.../overview.aspx

    They have these over in Tulsa and I found out I can have the cutest WRAP put on it too....BUT, need more info on them. I can not just jet over to Tulsa (a 2.5 hours drive) to test one right now....

    if you have one, or have been in one, please tell me what you think/thought about it!

    Thanks

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    I don't have one and don't know too much about them except when I was in Europe 4 years ago, they were all over the place. Very popular car in Europe.

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    They are more and more of them on the road in So Cal! Cute for buzzing around town, but I would go very far with it.

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    Have a friend who has one. They love it. We are thinking on getting on in a couple of years when my car is paid off. We have to see how they ride and perform. Mybe I will trade my car in for one sooner than we thought because of the gas prices.

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    I sure do not want a Smart Car. I would feel safer on a
    bicycle. There is nothing in the front for protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    I sure do not want a Smart Car. I would feel safer on a
    bicycle. There is nothing in the front for protection.
    from some of the "fender benders" I have seen around here lately NOTHING gives you any protection now....especially not the FENDERS!

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    Frankly, they look like a roller skate to me. I would be very reluctant to drive one in heavy traffic. I would look for a small economical regular car if it were me such as a Corrolla, a Kia or a Focus. Your timing is great as the April issue of Consumer Reports is all about cars and you ought to be able to get it at your library. I would look it up for you, but just realized we didn't get that issue, so must call them and get it sent out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    Frankly, they look like a roller skate to me. I would be very reluctant to drive one in heavy traffic. I would look for a small economical regular car if it were me such as a Corrolla, a Kia or a Focus. Your timing is great as the April issue of Consumer Reports is all about cars and you ought to be able to get it at your library. I would look it up for you, but just realized we didn't get that issue, so must call them and get it sent out.
    the Kia and the Focus both get poor MPG ratings...the Corrolla is out of my price range and hard to find in rural OK...we have about 30 Smarties here in town now...thinking I might end up with the Cobalt or Aveo...sigh...had my heart set on a red camaro..but alas...

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    Go for the red Camaro--just kidding but I'd love one!! My neighbor has a SmartCar; it's really cute but after riding around the neighborhood (no traffic) I would never own one. There is nothing behind you except the hatch back/rear window. If you were hit from behind even at a low speed, there is NO protection, just your seat back. Also since they're so small, trucks and large SUVs just don't see you. But the neighbor loves it and drives it in traffic without fear. Check out the new Ford Fiesta-we just got DGS one to drive to college--all the safety features, 30-40mpg, and really cute. (Not as cute as a Camaro...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Go for the red Camaro--just kidding but I'd love one!! My neighbor has a SmartCar; it's really cute but after riding around the neighborhood (no traffic) I would never own one. There is nothing behind you except the hatch back/rear window. If you were hit from behind even at a low speed, there is NO protection, just your seat back. Also since they're so small, trucks and large SUVs just don't see you. But the neighbor loves it and drives it in traffic without fear. Check out the new Ford Fiesta-we just got DGS one to drive to college--all the safety features, 30-40mpg, and really cute. (Not as cute as a Camaro...)
    I did see the Ford Fiesta gets great MPG ratings...might have to try one of those on for grins as well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    They are more and more of them on the road in So Cal! Cute for buzzing around town, but I would go very far with it.
    That would be my thought. I fear for the people in them on the freeways around here!

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    I have a couple of friends and family members that own one.. and they LOVE it........Yep, EVERYWHERE in Europe! they also have a 4 door version...( 4 person)
    When they first came out they were so pricey, glad to see they are becoming more resonably priced.
    We would consider one , if we were in the market for a new car. We are retired, do not drive alot of miles, mostly trips to TX and Back to MN. My Nissan Altima gets over 30 MPG, is paid for and relatively low milage, so I don't think we will be shopping anytime soon.

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    They are actually not much worse than any other car in a collision. I was always afraid of what would happen if you were hit from the back, but saw one and it wasn't bad. I crossed the country in an Aveo, which is not much bigger and it held so well it was amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    They are actually not much worse than any other car in a collision. I was always afraid of what would happen if you were hit from the back, but saw one and it wasn't bad. I crossed the country in an Aveo, which is not much bigger and it held so well it was amazing.
    I looked at the Ford Fiesta just now..wow...and in LIME SQUEEZ too,,on the lot....going to check out the Aveo next....

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    Have been in quite a few in England, my Step-Daughter has one (her second in fact), her husband had one, ex-boyfriend had one ... etc. I was very put off by them at first but not any more after viewing some safety video's, and riding in them as well (including on the dreaded M25 racetrack to Heathrow!!). The "egg" that surrounds the car is actually quite protective and the lightness of the car makes them "bounce" rather than just "crumple".

    That said, I think they're fantastic CITY cars, I would not however want one if I did all Interstate driving because of the heavy truck traffic. With the big Semi's it's not so much that I think I'll get hurt more in a Smart than I would in another vehicle, cause no matter what your driving when a Semi decides to hit you - your toast. What I am worried about is that the car is so darn small they're not easy to be seen by larger trucks. Trucks are not used to looking that low to the ground for other vehicles :)

    But how much "stuff" will you need to haul around town? If more than a few small grocery bags, you will be looking for additional space. Smart cars are not made for hauling much more than the oxygen that the driver requires to remain lucid.

    If your primary focus is fuel efficiency, there are more fule efficient cars out there that will have more space as well ... Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion, Honda Civic Hybrid. Not 100% sure how each of these stacks up in purchase price compared to the Smart though (suspect the Prius at least is pricier than the Smart). Hubby and I test drove the Insight and the Prius and we didn't like them - both for the same reason - reduced rear visibility (they both have this bar across the back split rear window - bothersome). And of the course the Nissan Leaf which is all electric. I personally have no use for an all electric because of the limited range before you need a re-charge.

    That said ... I think the Smart are fantastic little cars built by one of the most reputable automobile makers in the world (Mercedes Benz), and designed by one of the most innovative companies of the 20th century (Swatch).

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    [quote=jaciqltznok]
    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I looked at the Ford Fiesta just now..wow...and in LIME SQUEEZ too,,on the lot....going to check out the Aveo next....
    The Fiesta is a good car, well respected in Europe - about time Ford brought it back to the US.

    The Aveo I can't say the same about. It's basically a Daiwoo with a Chevy badge. Not a good reputation.

    While your out shopping check out the Honda Fit.

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    As already said, there's not a lot there to help protect you, in a worse case scenario. Yes, many others aren't much better ... but there is better!

    Ditto on the concerns re highway driving. I drive an ML, and even on windy days, I can feel the wind hitting it. I often wonder if Smart's and other similar mini cars, would blow right off the road! At the least, gaas mileage would be sure to drop, as it fought winds.

    When they first came out, and I was getting my new ML, I asked the dealer about it. He said, he saw them as an enclosed golf cart and something or Senior's as a run-about in their gated community! Being someone who was selling them and saying that, his comment has stuck in my mind.

    BTW there was a remake on the original design and engine a few years ago. Be sure you know which you are getting and whether it has maintained it's ratings with the new specs. Friends had one ordered at the time, and when they found out about the remake, they cancelled it before it showed up.

    The only way you are going to really know if it is for you, is to go the distance to your nearest dealer, and give one a try. I'd want to rent one for a week or more, to give it a better fair try!

    Good Luck ... getting a new car, can be very stressing, and too, a lot of fun!! :)

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    I thought I had read that they don't get that good of gas mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decky
    I thought I had read that they don't get that good of gas mileage.
    I "think" the original diesels had terrific mileage .. and the newer gas version, not so.

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    I normally don't get in conversations like this but look at the Scion. We got the XD in September and we are getting an average of 35 mpg. Nice car, we have had no problems and it is fun to drive. Just a thought.

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    How about a Civic or an Echo? These are known to be reliable and get good mileage- Scion is a good choice, too.

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    Being a safety officer for the oil field, we discuss things like vehicles all the time. I had an email sent to me of a smart car that got caught in-between two semi-trucks in Louisiana, it was not pretty. I know that with the fuel prices and such right now that we all want to try and save money, however, putting your life in danger just is not worth it.

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    No thanks. I like the protection my truck gives me no matter the gas prices-11 yrs old and in great shape. Best of all, it's paid for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrelandDragonQuilting
    Being a safety officer for the oil field, we discuss things like vehicles all the time. I had an email sent to me of a smart car that got caught in-between two semi-trucks in Louisiana, it was not pretty. I know that with the fuel prices and such right now that we all want to try and save money, however, putting your life in danger just is not worth it.
    It wouldn't make a difference what you were driving if you got caught between two Semi's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Quote Originally Posted by IrelandDragonQuilting
    Being a safety officer for the oil field, we discuss things like vehicles all the time. I had an email sent to me of a smart car that got caught in-between two semi-trucks in Louisiana, it was not pretty. I know that with the fuel prices and such right now that we all want to try and save money, however, putting your life in danger just is not worth it.
    It wouldn't make a difference what you were driving if you got caught between two Semi's!
    Good point!

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