So, here begins the written word for my quest for a smart car. I first became aware of the smart car in 99. I was fasinated by the little cute car. I live in Seattle on Capitol hill and parking has always been a consideration, I am sure its like that for most major cities. Back in the early days of desiring this vehicle, I tried to find a way to get one here in the US. I figured if they can get the really expensive cars brought over from Europe why cant I get a smart? None of the avenues I… Continue
Added by AndyB on June 27, 2008 at 10:07am —
Today went to lunch at a Sushi place just down the street. As I pulled up, a Japanese couple was walking into the restaurant. They stopped and watched me get out of the car.
He then said, in limited English..."Japanese car, very small"
I said, "No, Mercedes"
He and his wife both opened their eyes wide, then rushed over to my car, asked to sit inside, they both sat in it. Then the owner of the Sushi place rushed out, obviously a friend, and began to talk in rapid… Continue
Added by Richard Bliss on June 26, 2008 at 8:31pm —
I came out of the bank to find several people gathered around my car, gawking, pointing, asking questions. After they left, I turned and looked at the car parked next to me. Not a single person paid it any attention.
He shouldn't park that Jag so close to my Smart if he wants attention.…
Added by Richard Bliss on June 26, 2008 at 8:12pm —
I put this note in my window to help answer all the questions that I have been getting.
I was at the bank sitting with a loan officer. There were a lot of people coming and going. A woman walks up to me and says...
"I love your car"
"Thanks" I said..."how'd you know if was my car?"
"You're the only one in here over 6' so I knew it was your car"
WoW! She read my note, came inside and walked… Continue
Added by Richard Bliss on June 26, 2008 at 8:08pm —
Reserved 20 May 07
Visited dealership and asked to be on orphan list Jan 08.
Configured 1 March 08.
Estimated Date of Delivery Nov 07 - Jan 08.
Wrote a letter and mailed off 5 copies to 5 addresses on 6 April 08 to Roger Penske.
Adopted an orphan 19 April 08 and took delivery 21 April 08 with dealer added options of pin striping, window tint and LoJack.
Last week got a FedEx pkg letter from Dave Schembri.
The rest of the story:
Added by angel on June 26, 2008 at 8:30am —
I have been inducted. I am One of the few. The proud. The smart.
I was heading towards the freeway; he had just gotten off. We saw each other from a distance - two cars, identical in colour and model. Our roofs were both up; it looked like rain. As he passed me he flashed me a peace sign. I jumped up and down in my seat and waved excitedly back at him.
A fellow smart car driver on the road. I've heard they are out there but had not seen one. Until today.
Added by Heather on June 26, 2008 at 12:26am —
Would love to know what owners of smart cars feel is the best things about their smart cars. Any feedback would be appreciated. Are these cars a fad or are they a smart alternative to a full size gas guzzler?
Added by Susan/Rachel on June 25, 2008 at 12:07pm —
Added by Susan/Rachel on June 25, 2008 at 12:03pm —
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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 —