George Bastuba
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I've been a smart owner since
March 15, 2008
I've been a smart reservation holder since
February 15, 2007
My favorite things about smart
The cutting edge technology, amazing cargo capacity, fun factor, quality of workmanship (and easy parkability!)
About Me
Technologist and part-time golf club maker. My wife is a photojournalist and PR manager. I put my reservation in almost as soon as the system went online: February 2007. Yes, 2007!
My smart's name
Ichigo (It means "strawberry" in Japanese, and could also mean "Go, Number 1!")

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Signing off

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:31pm 1 Comment

Just to update everyone (anyone?) who's still out there: I have opted out of all my remaining group memberships, but I am going to keep this account active in the off-chance some big news comes our way.  

All in all, the experience of owning the smart was a mixed bag: sometimes a lot of fun, sometimes a surprisingly big bill for such a little car.

I've moved on, but I will never forget Ichigo!

Gone but not forgotten

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 11:28am 0 Comments

"I no longer own this smart car. We needed more room, so we moved up to a Fiat 500. I still miss it, though!"

This car is now for sale.

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 12:49pm 0 Comments

This smart is now for sale. (Is it okay to tell you that here?) Details can be seen at

This is the smart that was featured in the NY Times on 6.15.08.



Reviewing insurance options

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 10:26am 2 Comments

I just did some comparison shopping for insurance coverage, and I found a wide range of premiums among the various companies. I found that State Farm offered the lowest premium for my smart--actually the lowest by far!

When I first purchased my smart, in March, 2008, there was only one company offering coverage in my area: Liberty-Mutual. when my premium went up a bit after the first year, I called them to find out why. They told me it was the… Continue

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At 12:26am on April 5, 2009, Natty said…
Hi George!

My name is natty and I see you're a fellow NY'rker like me. :)

anyways, I've been trying to find more participants from the city to take my Smart Car owner survey. This is for a marketing strategy plan that I have to do for one of my classes at Fordham University. It'll only take a few minutes and my group and I would really love to hear from you. :)

Just copy and paste this link onto your browser.

Thanks so much!
At 2:23pm on July 18, 2008, Shira said…
long time since i loged in...
I'm embarrassed to say that i didn't get into pick up the phone and order it! its been too busy in my life with my mom who came to visit for 3 WEEKS! god.... but it's on my list and i want it. Also, the delar called me about new system they have for the car includes: gps, blue tooth , backup camera and something i am looking forward to get my littel baby some attention! :0)
So, how about you? still enjoy driving?
At 3:25pm on July 15, 2008, Rmichael said…
It was a paint job. The dealer got an unencumbered smart that they could do anything they wanted to with it because they get such good customer satisfaction. They painted it and offered it first come first serve to their orphan list. I got lucky. It's a blue/green chameleon.
At 10:01pm on June 29, 2008, Suzie said…
Hi George! Hope your stay in Michigan was pleasant. I did a rode trip to Cincinnati 2 weeks ago and Chicago last week and did not see one other Smart either!
At 2:18pm on June 27, 2008, Shira said…
Cool, thanks!
Will let you know how that worked out as soon as ill get it!
At 10:10am on June 27, 2008, Shira said…
i am ordering today, but i hope i can still install the bumper cause the cabrio door open from the top not from the bottem. hope there is enough space....
i guess i will know soon!
At 12:57pm on June 26, 2008, Shira said…
went back to that site and found the price. $40 !
i'm sold!
Thx george!
At 12:51pm on June 26, 2008, Shira said…
cool. i really like that bumper. i will try to see how much and where to get it. thanks so much!
Funny you have that pic of your wife/girlfriend? my husband is chinese...
At 10:00pm on June 25, 2008, Shira said…
Hi!,,,,you got my car!!!!
is it convertible? mine is.. and i can tell by the pic.
i am usually down town


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