I have been curious about the smartcar ever since I first discovered them in Europe five years ago. I became seriously interested in them once I discovered that they were cleared for sales in the US. During my "reservation" waiting period, I began to read some the Blogs regarding the smartcar. I might add for those on the waiting list, that I cut that time really short by calling the dealer to find out that they actually had five smarts sitting on the lot, while I couldn't even get anybody to tell me where I was on the schedule for delivery! Back to the review issue. After I took delivery of my new smartcar, two weeks ago (off of the dealer's lot) I started to read the Blogs to compare my experiences with others.
I read a consistant volley of both negative and POSITIVE owner's comments regarding the transmission, overall handling, low engine power, which manufacturer made the engine, the brake pedal being awkward to manipulate, and so on, I came to the conclusion that this is a very unique automobile that requires the owner to be unique as well. If you want to talk about shortcomings in cars just read the Business Section of your local newspaper about the Big Three! They have enjoyed a long and, until current times, profitable history of selling cars with notable shortcomings!
So, what is the point here? My point is that, finally a car appears in the US market that offers so much for comparatively less. Is it for everybody? Of course not. Can you think of anything that ever suited everybody? So, either you love this car for everything it is and, can overcome some the shortcomings you experience or be miserable in your experience. I have found the quirks liveable and learned to function very well with the smartcar.
Be unique! Enjoy the car! Be smart!
Bob aka Mini-MBZ