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The Eiffel Tower! Austin Drive - wee bad!


as you can see from my picture from today's test run in preparation for the First Austin smart Meet-n-Drive on July 19th, we are gonna get some COOL pictures. That's right people we're headed back to the motherland with our smarts. It's just a short drive, IF you know where you're going and you're going with the Central Texas (Austin and surrounding areas) smart Car Club! That's right, wee bad. I can hardly wait to post a pic of all our smarts around the Eiffel Tower.… Continue

Added by Rmichael on July 12, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

This Website is about "Smart" ... Enough with the non-"SMART" advertisements

For those who are about "SMART"

Today I was surfing through the blogs and videos. Apparently, a number of people have given something "SMART" to the table.

But lately, there has been a new trend of blogs and videos on the Smart USA insider which has nothing to do with the "SMART" experience. I would like to be the first to stress; this website is for the true "SMART" fans.

Earlier today, I looked at the video site and… Continue

Added by J L Reese on July 12, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Business meeting first impression - and a parking ticket

Went to visit a prospective client today. Took along a partner. We decided to take my car, my red and black Passion.

We got to the appointment on time, parked around the corner from his office building, walked in to find him standing in the foyer with the security guard chatting. Seems they were discussing the red and black Smart that just drove by.

Rather than sit down immediately we walked to Starbucks which happened to take us by my parked Smart.

Another… Continue

Added by Richard Bliss on July 12, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

I put on a new exhaust system sold by smart and am using 'Ethos'. Getting 48mpg combined city and highway driving.

I put on a new exhaust system sold by smart and am using 'Ethos'. Getting 48mpg combined city and highway driving. Continue

Added by Peter Brumlik on July 12, 2008 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

Miles and miles before the weekend is over!

Can't wait for weekend extended>> driving time! LOL! We drove from Syracuse to Utica, NY yesterday (about 60 miles each way) and got about 40 MPG! We are still laughing! How can this car be sooooooo cute..... soooo much fun to drive... AND be sooooooo economical! I smile all the time... people look over and SMILE!!! and give thumbs-up... driving is really fun again! If anyone is ever looking for me... I am in my Smart!

Added by Nancy Smith on July 11, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Scoring points with my mortgage broker

My mortgage broker came over today to have me sign some papers. Seems he is a car nut and really REALLY wanted to sit in my Smart. We drove around the block as I talked about the features of the car. When we got back to the house I noticed that he had parked his Hummer H2 across the street.

I said, "Check this out" and rather than parallel park in front of him or behind, I pulled straight into the curb. He couldn't believe it, especially when we got out and looked at how far I stuck… Continue

Added by Richard Bliss on July 11, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments


I just want to say that the treatment I recieved at Plaza Motors in Creve Coeur, Mo. was GREAT. Marissa and Jamie have gone out of their way to insure my satisfaction with my new Cabroilet that I recieved on June 25th. The same goes for Steve, the head service technician. After spending the better part of an afternoon at the dealership and owning my own retail business, I understand the pressure they are under to try to please people who are waiting on a product in extreme demand with very… Continue

Added by Bobby on July 11, 2008 at 1:22pm — 4 Comments

Lois from Atlanta

Hi - I am interested in starting a smartcar club in the greater Atlanta area. Is anyone interested? I know there are other smarties out there in Atlanta, so let's get together!

Added by Lois Sifen on July 11, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Powder coated rims

There was so much happening when I bought my smart that asking questions about the black wheels was not something I did. It took me awhile to figure it out. My wheels were powder coated black and I think they look great! I've seen pictures of a yellow smart with yellow powder coated wheels and that was AWESOME!

Here's what I found on another site to explain the process of powder coating:

"They have to strip the wheel to bare metal, ground the rim and then using a charged spray… Continue

Added by Rmichael on July 11, 2008 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

to much money?

a few days ago While I was heading home from my friends house I saw a smart car in front of a store for sale. I pulled up next to it to see what the sign said on it. I think it was a 2000 year model, and it didnt look like the passion cabriolet. They were asking for more than $14,000.00 for it! I mean my model I am getting is a passion coupe with some extra things added and it cost almost the same as it and its new! why are they asking for so much money for it? I think its because they dont… Continue

Added by pocket sand on July 11, 2008 at 4:21am — 3 Comments


I had my car for almost two months now and it has been back to the dealer a number of times with electrical problems. The latest for over a week and not sure when I will get my car Back. The latest problem started when the gas gauge started blinking (and stayed blinking) after filling up. The service manager told me that they found that the fuel pump is causing the problem and has to be replaced and they are not sure when one is due in as they are on backorder from Smart. The other problems… Continue

Added by Peter Livolsi on July 10, 2008 at 9:52pm — 4 Comments

Stop touching! (or ranty, ranty, rant)

Seriously. I feel like a stripper, I swear to God. Everywhere I go, I'm discouraging people from touching. "Look, don't touch, please." And I'm not even getting dollars in a g-string for my trouble! I'm going to start charging people $5 every time they touch my smart.

I'm sick to death of the hand prints and face marks on my car. Leave it alone. I know my car rocks. That's why I bought it. Its coolness is not an open invitation to rub your greasy, covetous hands all over it. I'm just… Continue

Added by rozz on July 10, 2008 at 6:37pm — 4 Comments


AM I EXCITED GOT THE TAG ORDERED TODAY!!!! and guess what? they had what I wanted
the name of my car [ O2CUTE ] IT'S TRUE every day I say to my grandchildren IT'S YOUR LUCKY DAY today was mine

Added by Joyce on July 10, 2008 at 3:50pm — No Comments


The past two times I filled my Passion Coupe and calculated the mileage...24 mpg. I have been running the AC and thought that might be the problem but the service folks at the local dealer had no suggestions or ideas.

I am

Added by Louis Borgenicht on July 10, 2008 at 1:26pm — 10 Comments

USED /Pre ownes Smart car

Yesterday I was riding down the road and out side of a car dealer I spotted a smart car Covert which was preowned. I stop and asked the salesman what was the asking price??? Are you ready $29,999.00


Added by Joseph J Bechta Sr on July 10, 2008 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

After 14 months ,IT"S HERE!!!

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... , 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 — No Comments

Why I like smart USA insider

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 — 7 Comments

72 hours from now, a smart fortwo comes home

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 — 8 Comments


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 — No Comments


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 — 36 Comments

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