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I decided to drive one tank as light-footed as possible, just to see how many mpg I could get. Unfortunately, it got really hot and I had to turn the a/c on, and of course that really drains the power in town. So, here I was, sloooooowly pulling away very snail-like and sluggishly coming up to cruising speed.

Then this pickup truck pulls up next to us, and I notice they are not going away. After they got our attention, they revved their engine, making little mocking lunges ahead of… Continue

Added by Monty on June 21, 2009 at 5:01pm — 13 Comments

Is there some kind of conspiracy against the smart???

A story about the smart appeared all over the country today. In my paper the headline was "Micro cars can mean major repair bills, study says." The picture accompanying the article is a smart4two.

In the first place the only "microcar" in the article is the smart. The others are mini cars. If you read the whole story you realize that the smart car was far less expensive to repair than any of the mini cars. As you know, it is one of the least expensive cars to insure as… Continue

Added by Monty on June 14, 2009 at 10:41pm — 11 Comments

Cheap Insurance

I put this in forums but it didn't get much notice. I thought it was significant enough to repeat here.

I read on MSN Money that the smart4two defies conventional wisdom by being one of the cheapest cars in America to insure. According to MSNM you might think that because of its size the smart would be regularly totalled in acidents, but in fact collision claims are low (as we already knew from first hand accounts at

Safety is attributed to both the… Continue

Added by Monty on June 7, 2009 at 11:24am — 5 Comments

Can't Get It Up

I like to look at my engine every now and then. Not that I would be able to do anything to it, I just like to know it's still there.

First, though, you have to find it. I got out the manual to find out how to get to it, and of course it had the usual photographs with indistinguishable details. I tried to follow the written instructions, just imagining what the photos would have looked like if they had been big enough to see. I didn't get very far.

You're supposed to pull… Continue

Added by Monty on June 1, 2009 at 9:38pm — 14 Comments


Over on there is a post asking people to name the worst cars in the last 25 years. The Smart is getting trashed unfairly. I'm defending the little guy, but I could use some help. Let's gang up on them.

Added by Monty on May 19, 2009 at 1:40am — 10 Comments


If I hadn't lived in Texas all my life, I wouldn't believe such a place exists - like Lilliputt, or Animal Farm. You'd think a fifth-generation Texan could navigate here. Yeah, right.

When I applied for Bruiser's plates, I received a confirmation that said they would be ready in two weeks and (I THOUGHT it said) they would email me when they arrived, and I could pick them up at the main tax office in downtown Ft. Worth, never mind that the sub-courthouse where I pick up my normal… Continue

Added by Monty on April 2, 2009 at 2:53am — 4 Comments

World's Worst Driver

One of the reasons I bought a Smart car was because I was always backing up into something in my wife's Avalanche. Today, I proved that it wasn't the Avalanche that was at fault.

I was so proud of myself for pulling headfirst into a parallel parking space, without having to back into it.

When we got out, I checked front and back, and was pleased to see that I had TONS of room front and back. I was parked right in front of this crowded sidewalk cafe, and I looked up to meet the… Continue

Added by Monty on March 22, 2009 at 5:36pm — 5 Comments

Tire Pressure

My tire warning light came on, so I went down and bought a funky little tire gauge that lights up blue to match my Smart and after a few fits and starts figuring out how to work it, I found that all four tires were low, providing the opportunity to test my theory. I figured that with those little tires, I could air it up with my bicycle pump. Here are the results of my experiment:

1. Yes, indeed, you can air your tires with a bicycle pump.

2. Only a complete idiot would attempt number… Continue

Added by Monty on March 14, 2009 at 1:07pm — 11 Comments

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