Nearly the last of the Boomers...recently embracing my inner hippie and establishing a deeper relationship with the planet - and a frustration with American automakers and our government's environmental policies in general. I like this car because it flies in the face of all that's big and greedy and I think this car will help me downsize my propensity for clutter....
I just wanted to let you know I finally added Jack's pics to my profile. You will see my baby looks like yours but mine is a passion. I already have 8600 miles in 3 months. Now you know I wanted him. My son figured out Jack is a chick magnet and now he is always asking for rides. (He is 14) LOL
Hi Sara, though we reserved on the same day, I am still waiting. I keep hearing disturbing things about the Smart cars transmission, it rides rough, and how it won't keep up the speed. What can you tell me about the ride. I am in Oklahoma and will drive it to work which is 10 miles of interstate 35. Thanks for letting me know.
Yes, I think is the fact that I have no hills and do 50% of my driving on the highway, but then again I am going at Highway speeds then. I think the manual shifting is what is doing it, when I had it in auto I only averaged 37. I just did my third tank (I drive a lot), and I am still getting 40 to 45mg. Iam very happy so far. I used to fill up on my Blazer every other day. I just filled up after 4 days! I was so excited and the fill up only costed me $16. YES!! I will be posting so pics of Jack later on. His decals are properly placed and his antenna ball is on.
So far so good with Jack. I am driving it manual now, it is a lot smoother that way. I prefer to shift with the regular shifter, once in a while I use the paddles. I am getting great mielage so far but I don't know if it is only with the first tank. 48/50 mpg for 50/50 driving. I am enjoying the car betteer now. I think my right brain was freaking out after I picked it up and it really sank in how small it is. I am lovng it! The smile factor is huge but it is scary to have all kinds of people coming out to ask you questions and wanting to ride it. LOL I work at a high school and I am suddenly a Rock Star. LOL
I just got Jack today! I am so happy. I am getting used to the manual transmission, I am sure within a few days, it will be no problem. I will post pics of Jack as soon as I get all his decorations on. LOL BTW I love your pics.
I had read about that electric car on http://www.ecogeek.org/ (another great green site that updates daily) and I couldn't agree with you more about the US manufacturers. Considering that Edison & Ford both knew electric was the best solution 100 years ago there's really no excuse for our current situation other than greed on the part of just a few. Well, at least it looks like our country has a good chance to get back on track hopefully w/ in just a couple of years :)
Thanks for the encouragement on the test drive - I'll definitely follow through. I like your idea about the parkway since it feels made for the Smart w/ the top down ;) Yea Raj, I'll be right back....
take care and enjoy the warm weekend.
Thanks for the reply and please excuse my tardy response. My Uncle passed away last week and I traveled to and got snowed in Buffalo :/ Needless to say I did not see one SmartCar in either of the two blizzards. Anyway, yes you surely will enjoy the EV-1 movie. They are talking about a followup to be called Who Saved the Electric Car :) Raj is my salesman too (I gave him a copy of the movie) and he said there's not much I need to do before the February 16th date they gave me. I feel like I want to test drive a Smart again before then since it's been since last spring that I drove one. I bought my mountain bike at the shop on the corner and blasting around those roads in the Smart reminded me of how much fun I had demoing the bike I bought too. Raj said that I should take the car out on the highway to test it at speed. Since he offered I guess I'll do it. That'll be fun building an earth shelter. Should be an enjoyable never ending learning journey. When I traveled around the country windsurfing my friend and I lived out of a small round travel trailer that we named BioSphere III. Not quite the same but your earth shelter just brought reminded me of that. You are right about the Prius until they make them plug-in. Then the much needed and entirely possible option of commuting to work every day w/o using any fossil fuels will outweigh the battery impact on the planet. Extended range electrics like the Chevy Volt and the Aptera will provide the best all around vehicles for both commuting and trips. Although after seeing the EV-1 movie and reading Internal Combustion I have very very little faith in GM doing the Volt properly. Not that they couldn't...just that they won't. As a matter of fact the only reason that there is an actual production year slated for the Volt is because last year the UAW put it in as one of their demands to come back to work. They could see the writing on the wall a year ago and also know exactly how GM operates and therefore wisely forced the issue. If you want to see our realistic Jetson's future check out Aptera.com Please let me know how your Smart is in the mountains. I was driving through some little winding rolling ones near Gunston trying to imagine how much fun it would be in Mitts (my future Smart).
Take care and have a wonderful couple of holiday weeks!!
I lost touch with a friend named Sara Ax. When I knew her, she lived in South Bend, IN, and was a mail carrier and part-time physics instructor at Notre Dame. Are you she? If not, I apologise for bothering you.
Let me know how scooty goes in the snow when you can.? Once you finalized your last configuration what happened next? did you get an e-mail or a phone call and how long after that did you get your smart?