December 2008 Blog Posts (55)

1st anniversary Grand Opening Party @ smart center Orlando

Date: February 8th



Place: smart center Orlando

4225 Millenia Blvd

Orlando, FL

32839

phone # 407.992.3250



Time: 12 noon- 4pm



smart center Orlando would like to welcome you to our Grand Opening/ 1st anniversary party. It is going to be the grandest social smart event of 2009. With over 60 smart cars and 120 people having already confirmed their attendance this will be the largest smart event in the eastern united states and maybe the entire… Continue

Added by smArtAmber on December 31, 2008 at 11:13am — No Comments

Let's talk trailers...

May all of you smart folks have the very best of new year's, with great health, wealth and super fun RV'ing with your fortwo!



I'd like to start this blog with a request for comments about taking your smart with you when you go RV'ing.



We have lots of customers who tow their fortwo on a Smart Trailer USA, but I wonder how many drive or tow their smart to an RV park in order to have some reasonably sized wheels to run around in after arriving.



So do please add… Continue

Added by Richard Hill on December 31, 2008 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

Over the river and through the woods . . .

Just got back from a 1,000 mile winter road trip from Long Beach, CA to Carson City, NV (visiting my daughter after Christmas). My black/black/black 2009 cab made the trip in great shape. I found I could cruise easily at 80-85 mph. I did have to downshift to 4th for most hills, and on two steep grades I had to downshift to 3rd. However, I could still go over 60 mph in 3rd, and over 70 mph in 4th, so it wasn't a big problem. I avoided roads with snow tire/chain requirements (which required an… Continue

Added by Al Glover on December 30, 2008 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

My Other Smart Car

My picture is my "Li'l Smokie" Smart car that my smart brother made for me at Christmas dinner.

Added by Alice on December 30, 2008 at 12:32am — 3 Comments

Completed my first tank of gas, and my first sales pitch

It only took my 5 days to burn through the first tank in my smart car. However, that was a lot of driving through the freeway system in and around Phoenix, AZ. First tank results = 42.3 mpg. I'll take it. Beat by more than twice what my other daily driver was doing. I purchased Gas Cubby for my iPhone, so I'll have a really solid accounting of mileage, etc, etc.



Yesterday I took it down to Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale to scoop up some after Christmas goodies. Once parked in the… Continue

Added by Kevin Causey on December 29, 2008 at 2:38pm — 4 Comments

this car is haunted---lol

just checking to see if anyone has had a similar experience-----



this morning i tried to lift the hatch to put something in the rear but could not seal the hatch completely.



it happened to me before but corrected itself after riding around for several minutes.



after retracing my steps , i think i might have disrupted the computer by opening the car from the rear instead of the driver's side and the car needed several minutes of driving to "reprogram"… Continue

Added by bill on December 29, 2008 at 12:20am — 2 Comments

It’s the Other Guy I’m Afraid Of

Like a few others posting on this site, I’ve allowed Chicago winter weather to temporarily interrupt the enjoyment of my Smart. pulled mine into the garage about ten days ago, with twelve inches of snow on the ground and near zero temperatures, and didn’t even attempt to drive it. Little of that interruption was due to concerns about how the Smart handles snow or inclement weather. I find it handles as well as anything on the road—not as much traction as a AWD SUV, but less weight and thus… Continue

Added by Alan Brask on December 28, 2008 at 10:53pm — 4 Comments

New Smart Calendar

I just got my Smart Calendar for 2009. I love the fact that Smart continues to surprise us with little treats. I wish they had made it either desk top or to hang. I will enjoy showing off the pictures!!!

Added by Mary Ann on December 28, 2008 at 6:18pm — 3 Comments

Chicago Snow

Well, my little smartie was no match for the recent snow & ice in Chicago! After trying to get her out of the garage with about 6" of snow and a sheet of ice underneath, I enlisted my husband's help to push her back in and left her there for the duration. As I walked around town, though, I felt good that mine was not one of the many, many cars I saw spinning their tires, sliding sideways, or even denting their fenders just trying to navigate the side streets. Now that the rain has ridded us… Continue

Added by SandraK on December 27, 2008 at 6:37pm — 8 Comments

First Impressions - 2009 Passion Coupe

After an eleven month wait I received my 09 Coupe yesterday (23rd), new darker metallic gray/black, pretty much loaded. I've only been able to drive it 50 miles so far but here are a few 1st impressions.



- Fun to drive with the exception of highway driving (65-70 mph). I'm hoping I get used to driving it on the highway since that's about 75% of my driving. Even the smallest of wind gusts, semi turbulence, or larger cars and utility trucks will get you off course. Impossible to keep… Continue

Added by 1AngryMoth on December 24, 2008 at 1:36pm — 8 Comments

Chance Meeting

We had a chance meeting with another smart for lunch at Jaime's in Austin, Texas (8th and Red River).





They were really friendly, of course, and I encouraged them to attend our next CenTex smart Club activity, a poker run.



I've been driving with my sunscreen pulled back this week for the first time and I love it. It's just been so hot here in Texas and the sun is so bright that I only wanted to block out the sun. Now with the temps in the 30's and the sun… Continue

Added by Rmichael on December 23, 2008 at 8:25pm — 3 Comments

Mary Ann Tsompanas ( I don't know what a post title is)

Hi, we live in Colonial Beach, VA and we thought it would be great to start a club. However, we do not konw if there are any members is our area. Colonial Beach is in the beginning of the Northern Neck of Virginia and we have seen other Smart Cars but we do not know them.



We are a Golf Cart community. Instead of buying a golf cart we thought it would be better to own a Smart for Two. So along with that a club would be great since the golf carts have there own club.



Anyone… Continue

Added by Mary Ann Tsompanas on December 23, 2008 at 3:42pm — No Comments

90-Day Window

We have a difficult situation about to happen. But, maybe not?

We have adopted 2 orphans. Mainly because our configured models were not supposed to be in until 'who-knows-when'.

We put in our reservation back in May 17, and with no emails of configuration, we opted to get orphans. The smartcenter of Louisville was open, with the smartcenter of Cincinnati not due to open for several months, we were informed that our configured model would be delivered there.

After about 2 months… Continue

Added by Steven C. on December 23, 2008 at 5:42am — 1 Comment

Drove home in the rain

On day two of ownership, I had the opportunity (rare) to drive an hour in the rain from Tempe to Cave Creek, AZ. The smart car was amazing. It handled well, loved how much of the windshield was kept clean by the wipers, and cornering/puddle jumping was no problem at all. For such a small, inexpensive vehicle, having anti-lock brakes, traction control, intermittent wipers, plus a cabin that's roomy and comfy with temperature control seems to be unheard of.



A drive that would normally… Continue

Added by Kevin Causey on December 22, 2008 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Took delivery on Saturday, Dec 20th after only 9 months

I really couldn't be happier with Tracey, Jessica and Dana at the Smart Center in Gilbert, AZ. Tracey (sales manager) informed me that my car was due to arrive in Long Beach on Dec 16th. She kept me up-to-date with the status, and let me know the car would be in Phoenix on Thursday night (18th). I opted for nice window tint (it is Arizona) and she had the car prepped and ready for me to meet her and her staff at 9am on Saturday morning. Jessica walked me through the features of the car, gave me… Continue

Added by Kevin Causey on December 22, 2008 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

There is a difference in Gas Quality

If someone tries to tell you that all gas is the same, don't you believe it. I've tracked mileage before in my vehicles, but never to the extent that a little application for my iPhone has enabled me to do it. Not only am I able to track and determine Miles Per Gallon, I can figure out what gas gave me better mileage. I have only put 93 Octane in my Smart since I've owned it, but my guess is that I'm probably not getting 93 octane from certain brands and stations.



Included is the… Continue

Added by SailorJ on December 22, 2008 at 5:48am — 8 Comments

My car is on it's way

I found out it is in Long Beach and will arrive in 7-10 days. The only problem is I'll probably have to leave it in Seattle until I can drive it over Snoqualmie pass. Maybe by then it will be ok but the weather is very bad. I left 2 feet of snow in Spokane to get to Seattle for the holiday. Now alot of roads are closed. I am excited to get my car.

Added by Nancy Cotter on December 21, 2008 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Dust Protectors

I am curious is anyone has located anyone selling the "dust protectors" for the smart wheels. I worked on Mercedes Benz for a number of years and this was a VERY popular addition to keep the brake dust from staining the aluminum wheels. I believe, if someone produces these, they could be used on the front to keep the dust of the wheels, like intended and on the rear to cover the brake drum. The rear would be strictly cosmetic. If no one produces these commercially I may have to just make my… Continue

Added by JIM AND JACKIE LINTON on December 21, 2008 at 9:36am — 3 Comments

9" Snowfall

The area received 9" of fresh snow during the morning, stopping about 1:30pm. After cleaning off the driveway and letting the plows clear the street I ventured out in my Cabrio about 5pm. I encountered some pretty deep snow at intersections and in shopping center parking lots, but my Smart cruised right through it. It was nice to finally experience the traction control system first-hand. It took a couple of times to realize that was what was happening when, while going through 6+" of slushy… Continue

Added by Rick Leedy on December 20, 2008 at 8:08pm — 5 Comments

Winter Blast

The car is fine for winter, but (here is comes) If you get hit with a good amount of snow (6+ inches) the car fights you (at least it seemed to for me.) Driving down the highway I could here the snow dragging on the front bumper at times. I made it home fine. I don't have winter tires on it so take my review with a grain of salt.(make that tons of salt ;) ) I was doing around 40 mph on the highway bouncing in the tracks of other vehicles. Traction control work perfectly for me. If you get stuck… Continue

Added by Tom Owens on December 20, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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