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#1048 of 1124 Re: Not A Smart Choice [hpmctorque]
May 09, 2008 (10:12 am)
While price and fuel economy of the Smart don't set it apart from cars like the Aveo, Accent, Yaris, etc., there is one other factor that does, particularly in a city - the car's footprint. The Smart can park almost anywhere - heck, you can put two in a one car garage. That's a huge deal in a city driving/parking environment.
That said, anywhere outside of a tight parking situation you're absolutely right - the Smart is selling more on image than economics.
#1049 of 1124 Re: LeCar (steelydan)
May 09, 2008 (10:20 am)
"...the problem with that car had to with frequent visits to Le Garage."
Clever play on words! Unfortunately, it's true from what I've heard. Too bad, because the Renault 5 (LeCar in the U.S.) was fuel and space efficient, rode well for a small car, and in its quirky way, was cute
May 09, 2008 (11:21 am)
Ok so like the Mini, image is big part of buying a Smart car. I get more smiles than in my Real Mini Cooper (original one). it is not only a good car, it adds so much to a chearful day, at least it sure chears up every driver, from Ducatti 996 on the freeway to macho ford f250 drivers.
#1052 of 1124 Re: Smart Drivers [coopergt]
May 09, 2008 (1:11 pm)
My idea of a small car is a good-quality AC Cobra kit. Now that would put smiles on my face and everyone else.
If I could have one TV/movie car, it would be the Muenster-mobile.
Not be caught dead in - most cars are decent theses days; but anything that reminds me of the Dodge Omni & Plymouth Horizons, and K-cars.
May 09, 2008 (8:39 pm)
Probably wouldn't be caught dead in any pickup truck with a lift kit. To me that just screams "Look at me! I have a really big truck because I'm compensating for a small (fill in the blank) . As the owner of a mid 90's Accord, I hate being stuck in traffic with one of those monstrosities near me, makes me feel unsafe, and the drivers of those trucks usually don't care to obey basic traffic laws . That's probably one vehicle I'd never be in.
#1054 of 1124 Decided ti throw in y 2 cents
May 10, 2008 (2:55 pm)
1. Pontiak Aztek (somebody was smoking something while drawing)
2. New gen Ford Focus
3. New gen Saturn Vue
4. Previous gen Huyndai Accent (or all prev gens)
5. Ford Taurus (Previous gen)
6. Toyota Camry (all gens without the ground effects)
7. Toyota Corolla (prev gen excluding S)
8. Lincoln Navigator (new gen)
9. Hummer H2,H3
10. All lifted GM trucks
11. Geo Metro
12. New Toyota Matrix
13. VW beetle
i think i will stop here for now
#1055 of 1124 Re: Not A Smart Choice (snakeweasel) [hpmctorque]
May 11, 2008 (7:48 am)
My point is for about the same price as the Smart, there are better choices.
My point is that "better choices" are totally dependent on the person doing the buying. Most people drive to work either alone or with one other person in the car. If that is the case why get a car that will almost always be used as a commuter car that has more capacity? Especially if it will get poorer gas mileage?
As for me I cannot think of a more perfect car for myself (main car will be the wifes) to go to and from work and run my little errands and go to places like the post.
If you can think of a better car let me know.
May 11, 2008 (8:16 am)
Here's my list of cars that make me cringe on sight:
BMW X3, X5, Z4, 7-series, 6-series, 1-series
Chevrolet Avalanche, SSR, HHR, Trailblazer
Ford Edge, Taurus/500, Expedition, F-150
Honda Ridgeline, Element, Fit
Jaguar X-series, S-series
Lexus all SUVs, SC
Lincoln's "F-150", Navigator
Mercedes-Benz CLS, all SUVs, all roadsters/coupes
Mini Cooper all versions
Pontiac Aztek, GTO (new one)
Buggatti Veyron (actually saw one recently --- WAY uglier in person.)
Everything from Bentley, Rolls, and Maybach, all disgusting pieces of garbage
May 11, 2008 (10:34 am)
I couldn't drive a yellow VW bug. In fact, I don't even think I could let my mom drive one.