"The serious problem I have had is that my dog can turn the key off. She is 75 pounds and when she sits upright, all is well. When she curls up on the seat to lie down she bumps the key and turns the car off, bad idea on the freeway, or pops the gear…"
Fell in love with Smarts years ago after seeing them in Europe. In my youth I owned a VW Bug and a Renault Le Car. I have always liked small cars! But, It has taken my 70 pound goldendoodle a few weeks to get used to this size vehicle. She still misses stretching out on the back seat.
Ran into another Smart at the 5-0 Club the other night while leaving after having a "Juicy Lucy". He was pulling in as we were leaving and had a nice chat. Fun to see others. What was really funny was that the lot was full and he had to wait fo us to pull out of this 'little' spot that only he could use. I could just see people who saw our blue car when they went in and then see a red when they left thinking "Maybe I shouldn't have had that LAST beer!"
No. I got my car in May. But, I did drive their demo in the spring and drove it in a big lot that had PLENTY of snow in it. I tried to spin it and had a hard getting it to slide because of the traction control. The ABS kept the car going pretty straight when I slammed on the brakes also. I even drove it on an are of the lot that all ice and it was ahrd to slide on that too. I figure that if ther is 7-8 inches of snow that everyone will find it slow going until the plows clear the streets for the first time. Besides, I am guessing that most households still have another larger vehicle sitting in the garage like we do (we have a Volvo XC90 tha is currently NOT using gas). Ther is one more thing abouyt the Smartcar that everyone in the north seems to forget. The rear wheels are wider that the front so you won't be "tracking" in the same tire paths. This should make the traction better with a rear wheel drive car.
Hang in there. It is worth it. We went to a fireworks display that was the finale of the summer festival in Minneapolis called the "Aquatennial" (because Minneapolis is called the "city of Lakes") downtown the other nighta nd one of the lots we tried to park in had a cahin across it saying "Lot Full". So I pulled up to it anyway, honked the horn and the guy came over and I asked him if he had space in there for this little thing. He said he did and removed the chain. When we pulled in he said the price was $10. I said, "Are yoou serious? I parked in her just a few day ago and it was $6.00. He said, "What the ehck. Make it $5. You're only half a car." Silly things like this happen all the time with these cars. That is what makes driving them fun.
Not bad. You have 71 horse power AND 70 pound "dog power". I might loose half of MY dog power if my wife takes one to pull her Smartcar. I have the coupe and she has the convertible so we have TWICE THE FUN.