Energy Costs Drive Up Prices of Nearly Everything
by Christopher Joyce
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Morning Edition, June 18, 2008 · When oil prices go up, so do natural gas prices, and both increases have a ripple effect on the economy. Shampoo bottles, pantyhose, buttons — you name it, and it requires oil or gas to make it.
Is Another Bubble Behind Soaring Gas,… Continue
Added by Sue Melton on June 25, 2008 at 11:17am —
1) Pick your nose
2) Park too close to the inner end of a parking space
I don't actually go around picking my nose in my car. But it occurred to me today, after the second person in less than 5 minutes hung their head out the window of their SUV and gave me a thumbs up as they passed me in my smart car, that I'm being watched.
A guy at PCC and his wife actually got OUT of their own car and snapped a photo on his camera phone of me and Bobbin getting out of the smart… Continue
Added by Heather on June 25, 2008 at 12:33am —
With about 3000 miles on my new smart (I commute in Montana about 50 miles round trip 5-6 days a week.), I am averaging 42 mpg city and about 52 on longer trips. I wonder if I might be the first person to run OUT OF GAS in my smart!! I was not paying attention to the gauge, and boom! OUt of gas! My friends laughed so hard! That's the only thing I wish was different---I wish the gas gauge would chime when it got down to the reserve amount in the tank. Just intermittently, not constantly. I am… Continue
Added by Leslie Davis on June 24, 2008 at 11:41pm —
I luv this site! It's awesome to read other people that have the same experiences! I've never had a car that has ever attracted the kind of attention that this car gets. It's a double edge sword but never dull.
From reading other people’s blogs, I've realized that we were very lucky in getting the Smart as quickly as we did. We literally took a look at them on a Sunday, and by the following Saturday, we owned one! We were smart enough to be on the orphaned list. From the sounds of… Continue
Added by J1m404 on June 24, 2008 at 11:21pm —
I filled up the tank on the Smart car for the first time June 18th. I thought it appropriate to post some stats.
I'd had the car for exactly 1 week before the last "gallon" dropped off the meter.
I'd put 290 miles on it by the time I rolled into the gas station.
I pumped 7.7 gallons into the 8 gallon tank, at a cost of $4.61 per gallon.
So I'm averaging about 37.6 mpg in the car so far, and about $35.50 a week in gas.
Compare that to the 18… Continue
Added by Heather on June 24, 2008 at 4:41pm —
We picked up our car June 11th after work. What a blast :-) My 3-year-old daughter was just head over heels giddy with the notion that she'd get to ride "up front" next to Mommy in her car seat. And when I put the convertible roof down after we got off the freeway, she was just beside herself. "Mommy! Look! Look up at the SKY!"
We logged over 50 miles before the first "gallon" disappeared from the 8-gallon indicator.
My husband's car is now officially up for sale so if you… Continue
Added by Heather on June 24, 2008 at 4:38pm —
Added by Susan/Rachel on June 24, 2008 at 12:46pm —
Added by Susan/Rachel on June 24, 2008 at 12:45pm —
I saw a police officer drive by my office really slow and my boss told me he was sitting behind my Smart for a few minutes. All I could figure was he was running the tag to make sure it was legal. About 30 minutes later I need to run out and sitting in the turn lane of the main road was the same officer. I was stopped at a light and he pulled up next to me and started asking me questions. Of course he had to ask "What would you do if you got hit by a semi in that?" I just looked at him and said… Continue
Added by Colleen on June 24, 2008 at 10:00am —
Aftermarket parts are an awesome idea to make your Smart car more unique than any other. Although some aftermarket parts will void your current warranty, the aftermarket part should come with a warranty for itself. IF anybody needs any recommendations for anything about their smart car, please feel free to ask. I researched into the smart car for 6 years before mine finally arrived and was one of the first people to put my name down for the reserve once it came up. I am currently working on a… Continue
Added by Brett Harrison on June 22, 2008 at 2:45pm —
Heard all kinds of comments about the Smart's transmission (see NY Times). What is going on here? Also have not heard much about the cost and availability of parts- love to hear how others have experienced getting parts like oil/AC filters, replacement parts like side mirrors, etc. Since my nearest option is also a Mercedes dealership in SF who does not have a reputation for service and parts, I sure like to know what I have to look forward to...
Added by Mariner Mel on June 22, 2008 at 11:39am —
I test drove a ForTwo Passion at the San Jose Dealer several months ago. In many ways it felt similar to Madge (my 1969 Beetle). It gets real cozy in the VW when a passenger comes with but the ForTwo seems roomy by comparison. The two cars seem to accelerate about the same. Madge gets twitchy above 70 so I never go faster but I image her top speed would be about 85 mph. I've heard, absent gusty winds, the ForTwo is relatively stable at higher speeds. On the test drive, I took the ForTwo on the… Continue
Added by Undecided on June 21, 2008 at 11:32pm —
I tell my young single friends that this car is the way to meet people! at traffic lights, people yell from their cars to get information. One evening a guy chased me down the sidewalk to catch me at the traffic light. People on the Turnpike have pulled up with cameras in their hands -- taking our picture! Gas stations, grocery stores -- we always seem to have people looking at it while we do our business. Yes - at least 15 minutes to extend a trip. I've consider charging people for rides --… Continue
Added by Linda Lawyer on June 21, 2008 at 10:41am —
As yet another person called out to me through my open window, and I called back "half the car, twice the mileage!" and got the big smile and thumbs up, I told my dad about the best ever reaction I had gotten to my little smarty:
I was driving along a wooded roadway, playing with the paddle shifters and going a bit fast when I figured I'd better slow down for the upcoming traffic. A county sheriff pulled up next to me at the light and motioned for me to roll my window down..."Are you… Continue
Added by SandraK on June 20, 2008 at 9:01pm —
how come i have to wait so long to get mine!!!!! thats what sucks! .... waiting... and i probably won't get it till..... the end of 2009! thats so far!! and being with out a car!!! it sucks! i hate not having a car. i know when i get my smart imma take it everywhere!!! ^.^
Added by Talia on June 20, 2008 at 6:35pm —
In 2006, I purchased a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am for my son.
My son is tall, and continued to grow. He is 6'7 and has outgrown the Grand Am. He does not drive much, so we let him drive our 2003 Suburban, and I have been driving the Grand Am.
I was considering a VW Jetta or Paasat with a deisel engine, but was just thinking.
However, after filling up the Suburban and my 4X4 diesel crew cab truck recently, I started to consider a more economical… Continue
Added by adstx19 on June 20, 2008 at 1:30pm —
We have a Passion Coupe ordered sinse summer of 2007. And some how during the earlier ordering process we were lost, but found in February of 2008. Our delivery date is around September of 2009. I let it go until last month and decided that I would call and see if there were any Orphans around. We give them a color preference and standard options. Two weeks later I got a call that there is one availible with color choice. We crused up to Penski in Phoenix. Within 2 hours I was headed back to… Continue
Added by Eileen Markley on June 20, 2008 at 11:57am —
I just moved into my new home. The garage is an old one, built in 1949. It has two heavy sliding doors, each one locking with a padlock on either side of the garage.
I had parked my Smart in the garage on one side. My wife backed out our other car from the other side but had neglected to unlock my side of the garage. So I simply did a U-turn in my garage and drove out the other door after turning around.
I love how small and nimble the car is.
Added by Richard Bliss on June 20, 2008 at 12:46am —
My frreakin car is commin soon.......... i'll be back.
Added by peter on June 19, 2008 at 11:30pm —
I went to the dealers and they let me test drive one of the Smart Car they had in the dealership.
It made me want one even more. I really am so excited about this car. I am waiting to here when mine will
come. When it finial get here I know it will be everything I want it to be. And anyway go things come to whom
Added by Marie Lee on June 19, 2008 at 4:30pm —