October 2008 Blog Posts (69)

What To Expect ...

So the car I configured is coming in soon. And I'm trying to rack my brain about key points I should mention. I figure my post way back when about "Smart Car Dumb Questions" would be a good start. I'm starting this blog post to get a list for him based on my experiences. {And others experiences if anyone cares to chime in.} He's in a small town in the middle of Louisiana and there's only one other one that he knows of near him. So he'll still get lots of attention.



I'm in Dallas/Fort… Continue

Added by angel on October 17, 2008 at 11:04pm — 3 Comments

call from the dealer

The dealer called and said my car was being built on 11-27-2008. Then told me I will get it in December. I still look at the dde 4 times a day. For the people who got their car, now what do you look forward to? I need help with names for him when he comes in. Thanks, he is a white and black hard top with leather seats.

Added by trip on October 17, 2008 at 9:34pm — 2 Comments

Locking & Unlocking with the Key buttons

Does the beep .. Beep ... Beep when you lock and unlock things from the Key Fob annoy you?

This was a question I just saw in the polls.
My smart doesn't beep when I use the buttons on the key.
Am I deaf or is Mr. Zip Dumb ????

Added by Richard E on October 17, 2008 at 3:11pm — 13 Comments

My Smart's getting a WING!!!

















I just got it today, still needs painting and installation. Post more pictures when it's complete. Eric from Street Image customed this wing for my Smart, and it looks great. Email him for more info:… Continue

Added by 1QSMART on October 16, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Preserving the natural order of things

I adopted a Passion Coupe in June, and have enjoyed the entire experience. My rally red cab is due at the end of November. It's entertaining to talk to people about the car, and see their expressions when they encounter me on the road. I love the reactions friends have when they ride in the car - "it's not a cracker box, it doesn't feel small in here, it's got leather, you can get two sets of clubs in here," etc. Everyone I have encountered has been impressed, or at least amused by the car. No… Continue

Added by Robert Cordle on October 16, 2008 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Backing up...

I was at a soccer game on Sunday. In the parking lot to my left was empty parking spaces, to my right was a SUV, sidewalk in the front. After the game I was about to leave, there was another car blocking me perpendicularly, the driver was talking to the guy loading up his SUV next to me. There was about 3 feet of space to the front of my Smart, 2 feet in the back to the car that was blocking me. Since there was room, I started backing up about another foot or so. Then I heard the other guys in… Continue

Added by 1QSMART on October 16, 2008 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

I Can't Believe It .... {another mpg post}

Ever been one of those folks on a forum hearing how folks are getting great mpg but for the life of you .... you can't manage to get near the top folks? I'm usually the one scratching my head and beating the keyboard screaming and muttering about my mpg in comparison.



I have to admit there have been a few times I worried about Belle.



I have tracked each and every single solitary fillup. Every drop. Every penny. I keep an Excel file on my computer. It's got the formula's in… Continue

Added by angel on October 15, 2008 at 12:51am — 12 Comments

Luv My Orphan

So back in April {on the 20th to be exact} I adopted my Blue Belle. Belle has been a lil gem. I like to think of her as my lil sapphire. ~soft smiles~



Last month we got a call from our local dealership ... the 30 day call. ~stiffeled giggles~ Already they called to move the delivery date. For those who don't know .... The 30 day window of pick up starts from the call NOT from delivery at the dealership.



So I have the orphan. Part of me… Continue

Added by angel on October 14, 2008 at 12:08am — 4 Comments

10/13 Gas Mileage

I have been very happy with the gas mileage I am getting with my smart so far. The first four tanks have been:
41.00
40.67
41.99
43.20

Very nice. I think the last one was during a pretty typical week of driving for me. I now have 1300+ miles on the car, so maybe this is going to be my mileage level. Sure is better than the 28 - 30 I was getting in my 2002 Neon.

Added by Rick Leedy on October 13, 2008 at 6:38pm — 5 Comments

Blue Orphan

I just got a call that there is a Blue/Silver Orphan @ the Jax,Fl Smart dealer. Anybody tried of waiting?????

Added by Mary Ann on October 13, 2008 at 4:59pm — 3 Comments

550 miles and now car is stuck in park....

Car stuck in park. No brake lights. Abs light turns on while engine is running. Wont go outta park even with the engine not running key position 1. Went back to working but I had it towed anyway I dont wanna get stuck anywhere. Anyone have this happen before?

Added by Tom Owens on October 12, 2008 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

CenTex Kirby Lane Meet

Another great, but small, meet in Central Texas. We met at the New Kirby Lane Cafe location in NorthWest Austin.





We had 3 smart enthusiasts join us this time and boy were they excited to meet up and talk about the smart car.





Seven smart cars joined us for brunch. Although they sat us at different tables some planning occurred for our next events. A continuation of our FourTue (Fourth Tuesday) meet at Central Market was planned. Braille… Continue

Added by Rmichael on October 11, 2008 at 2:03pm — 5 Comments

MY ABS LIGHT!

Hello fellow Smart car owners. I am having an unusual issue. After my accident and about 5 days into driving my car after getting i back from the FCC, my ABS light and ESC light both went on. This is scaring me because I now don't have ABS and ESC according to the manual. I am going to see if the dealership is open Columbus day to solve this because everything is under warranty. Does anybody have any idea or want to guess at what the problem is before I bring it in? Also, is there any way I can… Continue

Added by Brett Harrison on October 11, 2008 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

Gear Shift problems

Has anyone had a problem with your smartie not going into Park? I had that problem this week and had to have the car towed. Apparently this problem is a factory defect and they have already had to fix the exact same problem in 30 smarts here in Atlanta. Why is there not a recall?

Lois in Atlanta

Added by Lois Sifen on October 11, 2008 at 12:31pm — No Comments

I configured my Smart today!

Fortunately, I am enjoying driving my Orphan Passion Coupe, but I am so looking forward to getting my cabriolet!

Can anyone tell me how long a wait I should expect now that I've configured? My DDE says March 09 to May 09. What are others of you experiencing?

My blue with black trim will be back in "orphan status" when my new one arrives.

Added by Becky on October 9, 2008 at 8:10pm — 2 Comments

Novelty Itemes

Driving with a friend the other day I saw a Smartie go buy and as it did I saw the coolest novelty item on the back was a wind up key that actually turned. My friends started screaming she wanted to catch up and ask where they got it so I could get one for my Smartie but we never did get past grandma in front of us.



After that we started talking about cool little things to put on Smarties one good one was a spare tire on the back (like SUV's have) but instead of a tire put a Tonka… Continue

Added by Colleen on October 8, 2008 at 9:59pm — 7 Comments

sales are slowing down?

I stopped by the smart dealer today and talked to the salesman. He was telling me that sales have slowed down a lot. He has orphans on the lot that are not selling with the $2500. add-ons . What do you guys think maybe its just the north east? On the other hand I was looking at an 09 benz and he was not moving at all on the list price. Two years ago I ordered one from the same dealer and paid under list. I don't get it.

Added by trip on October 8, 2008 at 9:09pm — 6 Comments

Does anyone have any idea what the extended waranty price is? and what it includes?

I am due to have my car at the bigining of November and have called the dealership but they have not given the information that I would like. They have not even returned my call to say that they could not give it to me.

Added by Melanie Burnett on October 8, 2008 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Delivery Date Estimator Excitement!

We paid our reservation fee at the end of May 2008. They told us we would have a 16 month wait. Not long after, we checked the DDE on the website and it said Sept 09-Nov 09. Since, we check it about once a month and the latest DDE said Dec 08-Feb 09!!! We are trying not to get our hopes up...but happy to see that it could be a possibility.

Added by Christy & Trent on October 7, 2008 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

near a week and 300 miles later....

Near a week and 300 miles later I am still loving the car. I filled my first tank at the local shell station (93 octane) $23 filled it up! averaged around 38 mpg on first tank!! I figure not bad considering its still break in period. Lots of looks not to many questions about the car to be honest (so far.) I got my chip in my window fixed he has lifetime warrentee on the window fix so I am sure it will be fine. Well thats all i have for now bye all!

Added by Tom Owens on October 6, 2008 at 11:32am — No Comments

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