Last post on Dec 08, 2007 at 4:03 PM
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smart fortwo, Hatchback
#3 of 42 Smart Tour
Jun 05, 2007 (7:32 am)
Has anyone in the Midwest heard anything about the tour? I put down my $99 and was told the closest event to me was Denver or Salt Lake (I live in Iowa).
#4 of 42 Re: Smart Tour [74apollo]
Jun 07, 2007 (6:25 pm)
The tour will hit Minneapolis June 16-20, Chicago June 23-27 and Kansas City in October. Check out smartusa.com for the details.
#5 of 42 Re: Smart Tour [poeti18]
Jun 15, 2007 (3:46 am)
Thanks for the report.... it will be October before
they will be in my neck of the woods...
#6 of 42 A Statement Car....
Jun 17, 2007 (7:47 am)
Living in San Francisco, and having a 100 mile per day commute.....I ordered this car back in February. For $14K you can't go wrong with a statement car that obtains over 50MPG. It gets two guys equaling over 500lbs in weight to a speed of over 80 mph on the freeway. It's relatively quiet, handles well....What more do you want?
I don't see them doing as well in the burbs....but definitely an urban blockbuster. Someone environmentally conscious who can't quite justify plunking down that extra $8K for a Prius.
They are a bit soft in the UK and considered pricy for what they are....But what do we have here like this in the land of the fuel sucking Dinosaurs. The Yaris...Cute, but doesn't quite have the personality of the Smart car. Not to mention a similarly equipped Yaris is actually more in price. The FIT...More in price and has those hideous two extra doors....Korean Cars: Let's not even go there....Safety is adequate...as it is in all of the rest...
A well engineered and well equipped urban dream that will get you up to the Sierra's for a quick weekend get away.
#8 of 42 Extremely Disappointed!
Jul 12, 2007 (3:55 pm)
Missed the Chicago debut, so I took a day off and drove down to Indianapolis to see the smarts. VERY cute. Looked even smaller in person. Not that it makes the slightest bit of difference, but during the half-hour wait in the air-conditioned trailer I felt very much like a little kid at the pony rides, having picked out the one I wanted to drive- the blue or black.
I got my last choice- the yellow- oh well. I gotta say, the inside looked... DORKY. Sticking up, on the passenger side dash, is a "v" with with two 2" round tachometer and... an analog clock! (Was there really a demand for this?) It looks tacky, it blocks part of the windshield and if it were mine, the first thing I would do is take a hacksaw to it.
That was irritating, but fixable. However, this cute little car that's supposed to fit EVERYBODY doesn't have a height adjustment on the seat! I couldn't believe it! The last three cars I've owned had this feature, I won't buy a car without it. Many of you may be thinking, so what, use a seat cushion, no big deal. But if you are a short person and/or have back problems, trying to "retrofit" the seat are unsuitable and impossible to keep in place.
I spent hundreds of dollars and countless hours trying to construct something that worked reliability and they would never last. THEN- on my next car, a Honda Civic, I went for a test drive, got in, adjusted the seat and it was PERFECT. Never had a moment's problem after that.
I can't believe that a car company smart enough to design such as... well, smart car, could be so STUPID as to not have what I- and most Americans- consider to be a standard feature- an adjustable seat!
It was a deal-breaker for me.
#9 of 42 Hartford, CT Stop
Jul 12, 2007 (5:34 pm)
Dropped by the Hartford Connecticut stop today and took one for a drive. My daily commute is just shy of 100 miles round trip and I could easily see myself having one of these as a third car and my daily commuter car. It felt like a full size car to me! The two issues I have with the car are the price and rear wheel drive.
Jul 15, 2007 (9:24 am)
Great shots.... thanks!!
#11 of 42 Removing pictures soon
Jul 16, 2007 (11:52 am)
I will be removing the pictures linked in my original post soon. I have decided to buy a Mini Cooper instead. If anyone wants to copy them and host them somewhere else, feel free!
#12 of 42 Re: Removing pictures soon [lostchild]
Jul 17, 2007 (4:43 am)
Good luck with your Mini. Sure would like to see the Mini D over here!!