Just took delivery of my new Smart Passion coupe yesterday in San Antonio. What a dynoooomite car. I've been involved with import European cars for close to 40 years, including Ferrari's, and this is one of the coolest cars I've owned in years!!! It was well worth the 14 month wait!
Check out my Bantam Smart car trailers at... www.bantamtrailersusa.com , sorry for the plug, but some of you will need my product. Some of us will pull these little beauties behind motorhomes, and some of… Continue
Added by Winston "Flash" Gordon on July 10, 2008 at 10:49am —
I belong to 3 other smart forums and I use one other forum (full of technical info and brilliant people) all the time but "insider" is my favorite. It's a community. It's full of people who love the smart BECAUSE of it's idiosyncrasies while other forums are full of people who love the smart IN SPITE of it's idiosyncrasies (faults). That distinction makes for a different tone to the forum, at least for me. Maybe this site will, once heavily populated, get that same tone but for now it's a… Continue
Added by Rmichael on July 10, 2008 at 9:14am —
Well, the financing is pretty much wrapped up. Saturday morning I will be taking delivery of my Blue/Silver/Black Cabriolet! At the moment it seems kinda unreal but most of the footwork has been completed. Tomorrow, an early morning call to the Credit Union ... and a visit at lunch to pick up the draft. They told me their underwriter would only go 100% and to lend me enough to drive off the lot would be 109%. That means I had to secure what amounts to the sales tax from another source ... but… Continue
Added by Victor on July 9, 2008 at 10:30pm —
We have a trip planned for the middle of Aug to middle of Sept from Portland, OR to Rice Lake, Wisconsin for two SmartCars. Are there any SmartCar groups meeting during that time period? We would love to meet up with you. Linda
Added by Linda Tininenko on July 9, 2008 at 9:12am —
I have been told that the Smart Car requires Premium gasoline. Please say it ain't so. The engine is under-powered, and the ride is harsh and uncomfortable. Any owners out there want to comment?
Added by Harry Neff on July 9, 2008 at 3:49am —
Our little Smart Car isn't due to be delivered until this fall, but we already have his personalized license plate. Look for our little yellow and black dude around San Antonio this fall with his tag "INSTYN". Can't wait! Drove a demo model a week or so ago and already experienced the "standing out in a crowd" feeling. Had a big SUV drive dangerously close behind and beside us, with folks pointing, smiling, and giving thumbs up!
Added by Tad n TJ Corgill on July 8, 2008 at 10:47pm —
Today I went to the Smart car dealership and looked at the cars again. We just cannot wait for ours to be delivered and it is hard to imagine waiting so long for a car. While there, I bought a tiny little replica of the real thing for $15 for my desk to remind us of the little hatchling that is under construction. Then I drove away in my fuel sucking SUV and headed straight to the gas station.
Added by SmartyMarty on July 8, 2008 at 10:00pm —
I live in Manassas,Va. I have seen one other Smart car around town. Hopefully there are more.
Sure would like to meet others to chat with. LOVE my 2cute
Added by Joyce on July 8, 2008 at 8:20pm —
I see where some members have seen a timeline for delivery dates greater than 90 days out? Where can I find this information?
Added by D Brown on July 8, 2008 at 5:02pm —
I LOVE driving my smart sooo much that I planned the first Central Texas meet-n-drive. Finally a Central Texas Cruise. An Austin meet-n-drive. The first one! Saturday July 19th. We'll meet on the deck of Central Market North (CM) at 10am, chat-n-snack a little, then drive. We have a terrific photo op planned for our short drive (send me a private email and I'll divulge the secret). We'll drive a little around Austin, see and be seen by the natives then end the ride at CM (or nearby school… Continue
Added by Rmichael on July 8, 2008 at 4:48pm —
I was surprised to see 4 door models and 1 really cool sports model in Italy recently.
Added by Smarttom on July 8, 2008 at 4:40pm —
Anyone out there in NorCal interested in forming a club for Smart owners? Is there one already?
Added by Chris Thompson on July 8, 2008 at 4:27pm —
It is a good thing that I am retired because no matter where I go I have to spend 15 minutes showing and talking about my Suzi Continue
Added by barbara ciocchetti on July 8, 2008 at 4:23pm —
I want to fancify my smart. I just can't decided on what to do.
Should I add a wind-up key? A wrap job? New prism paint? Adorn it with smart-related bumper stickers?
Should I use it as billboard space? Maybe make some money?
I'll be all but settled on something, and then I'll look at Domo. And nothing seems quite right. Nothing matches him. He's a sweet little car, my blue and black smartie. Sweet and simple. I guess he'll stay how he is for now. At least, until… Continue
Added by rozz on July 8, 2008 at 3:54pm —
I got my new plate yesterday and got it on quickly. I posted that and also posted a picture taken at Bloomfield smart Center in Michigan. Do those cars belong to any of you? I just loved seeing all of them together! I am over 1500 miles and really love driving my smart. It is just such a joy to jump in and go!
People are getting used to seeing me now and the questions are becoming a little less. But I still get asked what it is and how many miles per gallon does it get? Luckily, I do love… Continue
Added by Barb on July 8, 2008 at 9:49am —
Someone on another smart forum was asking what is it about a smart, other than gas mileage, that makes it so special. They said that they saw the car and were impressed but not enough to want to fork over $14,000 for it. Some folks had different replies: that the car made them happy, that it's fun to drive. Others said it's like being a cat person or dog person, or, if you have to ask then you just don't get it.
What makes anything special for anyone? It comes down to how you connect… Continue
Added by moonhilda on July 8, 2008 at 4:10am —
My fourth of July weekend was like a million others this year; Bobbin and I watched a local parade, we went to the big annual celebration in the park, ate a lot of hot dogs and drank a lot of lemonade, stayed up late and watched fireworks, etc. etc. But there were a couple of small anomolies where the Smart was concerned
First I was kicking myself as I watched the parade - there was a section (as there always is) of the parade dedicated to the big-engine, midlife-crisis,… Continue
Added by Heather on July 8, 2008 at 1:22am —
As I hit the PUBLISH button I saw that I had written "everyone WANT to know where to get one..."
I KNOW that it should say "Everyone WANTS to know where to get one"-- BUT once it is out there... well... I'm just letting anyone reading this KNOW that it should be-- everyone wants to know!
Added by Nancy Smith on July 7, 2008 at 3:45pm —
I got my Smart on Thursday, July 3, 2008. It is even MORE fun to drive that I imagined! EVERYONE want to know what kind of car it is and WHERE they can get one! I tell them that I had the BEST experience at the Smart Car dealership in Latham, NY. Everyone there is great and I thank them for helping me get my dream car!
Added by Nancy Smith on July 7, 2008 at 3:38pm —
Today was so cool! I LOVE driving this car! I was driving around Austin and had LOTS of people stop, stare and smile. Lot's of drivers turing their heads too. The coolest ones were the pacers. A silver corvette paced me to look while I was on the highway and so did a tricked out red (with flames) convertible mustang, but the very best was from the Durango driver who actually leaned out his window to look. Driving is fun again, even without the attention. It handles well, I lOVE the transmission… Continue
Added by Rmichael on July 7, 2008 at 2:30pm —