I will, in my typical fashion, step in where angels fear to tread. I am so afraid some person not having the pleasure of owning a smart may read comments which may discourage him or her from taking the plunge.
I love my little smart. It is the most fun car I have ever owned, and at 4 score years I have owned a bunch. As an indication, when I bought the smart I liked driving it so much I disposed of 2 Bentleys, a Porsche and a Jeep which I no longer drove: a guarantee of sudden death for automobiles. For years I drove race cars in vintage sports car racing, so IMHO I know the tricks of driving well.
I love Munchkin's little quirks, including, perhaps at the top of the list, the cute little transmission. A quirk I encounter almost every day, for example, is the glove box lock. Once upon a time "Righty, Tighty; Lefty, Loosy" was the watchword. But not on Little Munchkin. Unlocking and locking the glove box makes me grin with pleasure, as it reminds me of all the fun little quirks.
I have owned and driven her from new, more than three years ago, and I have visited the dealer but once, only because I was ignorant (didn't read the manual closely) of "reteaching" the transmission. I have done all my recommended servicing -- on schedule. I have learned that if I treat Munchkin right she treats me right
Jim, College Station, TX
I agree totally with Jim & Ann in the previous thread. Our two smarts are the most fun cars to drive, especially on long trips in a group & driving in the local mountains doing some canyon carving. We enjoy driving in the So Cal Smartie events & the other active members enjoy doing the same thing & love some of the little quirks about the car.
Thanx, Rob. We need more like you. And we need more heard from who have no litany of complaints. It is not unusual for a few complainers to make the loud noises, while those happy many, like you and me, go smartly on our merry smart way.
BTW, I fibbed in my earlier note. I forgot about a trip to the dealer. After I returned to Texas from the Denver smart meet the fan for my air conditioner/heater failed intermittently when I hit a bump. When I hit the next bump it would go back on. It was replaced by the dealer on my extended warranty. After reading up on this failure on Evilution and SCOA I learned that I could have most likely repaired it myself with a little cleaning and lubrication.
Along those lines, if nothing serious happens to little Munchkin during the next few months the most expensive waste of money on her will have been the purchase of the extended warranty. Nothing breaks -- what a shame. :)
Our paths probably crossed at the Denver Nationals. We had a great time driving there in a caravan from So Cal. We had some people from Texas hang out with us for awhile while at the Nats.
I also wasted my $$ by buying a 5yr. 60 mi. Extended warranty. I used it once and it cost $100.00 deductible to replace a $35.00 part that I could have easily replaced myself. I also purchased the tire/wheel warranty & never used that either.
As for the complainers, they expect a car to be like an appliance. IMO, the smart is a car that you wear. You have to be aware of what the car is doing, what you want it to do for you, & how you should properly communicate with the transmission, steering, brakes, & suspension. If you are not into cars, the smart is probably not for that person.
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