Observations about smartcar reviews both pro and con.

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

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Comment by Jim Yedor on November 29, 2008 at 12:34pm
Harry- If you go to "smartUSA.com" there is an interactive dealer map that will help you find the one closest to you. The dealers usually have a few demo cars that you can test drive and often have a few "orphans" for sale as well.
Comment by Howdy1LC on November 29, 2008 at 10:05am
I wanted my Smart because I loved it's unique design. Is really not practical for my family life but it will be perfect for my worklife (I am a Sign Language Interpreter and I travel A LOT). I am keeping my Blazer for family outings and my Jack will be my everyday drving car. I can't wait to have it! I already have nay sayers but I just tell them the car is not for everyone and if they tell me is dangerous, I say so is a motorcycle and people still but them.
Comment by Henry on November 28, 2008 at 6:08pm
I have yet to find a Smart on the road -- where are the dealers
Comment by Jim Yedor on November 27, 2008 at 11:26pm
There is not any single car that fits everyone's needs- how could it? For those of us who own and love driving our smarts it's a blast every day. When people ask about mileage I tell them but add- "After 30 who cares?" Most seem to agree. The smart is safer than most small cars and many larger cars. People don't buy giant SUVs because they are good drivers. If they can't see you they can't hit you! My experience has been that the positive comments run about 20 to 1 vs. the negative ones- and the negative ones come from grumpy people!
Comment by Bob on November 26, 2008 at 10:37pm
Eric, your friend sounds like a good subject for a cartoon! Show him on a donkey trudging down a dirt road with smartcars circling around him in a mocking sort of way!

Have fun with that!

Comment by Eric on November 26, 2008 at 9:32pm
I got the Smart for more than just cool gas mileage. Honestly there are some other cars that get great milage, but this car is more for the artsy side of me, which i am a cartoonist and a graphic design student. This car is certainly not your run of the mill ecno box, and that is what i love about the car. I do have one naysayer co-worker who from day one has said all sorts of mean stuff about my Smart both behind my back and to my face, and really that silly boy has gone green since i have Mr. Blue. Green in the face that is.
Comment by Rmichael on November 26, 2008 at 3:17pm
No car is for everyone but I must say that I can't stand the NAW sayers. People who hate it or won't even get in it (co-worker)! What's that all about? Is it jealousy? My mama taught me to keep my mouth shut if I had nothing good to say. I don't love my smart IN SPITE OF it's idiosyncrasies, I love it BECAUSE of it's idiosyncrasies.
Comment by Paul Serowik on November 26, 2008 at 12:38pm
I'm just wondering about the Smart FourTwo's handling in the Winter Climates? Being familiar with the old 70's VW Beetle, that car was phenomenal in the Snow, with it rear engine over the rear driving wheels. The car was light as well and handled superbly. I would imagine that the FourTwo has similar handling characteristics. Since I live in Michigan, that would be one of the criteria I would consider when considering buying a FourTwo. Any further suggestions?
Comment by Kevin on November 25, 2008 at 10:36pm
I so wish i could have one. My sister and brother in law are cops and they can't stand the thought of me getting one. They drive a truck and a small SUV and they always say that it is too small to even get in. I wish i could get one and show them wrong. Congrats on getting one.
Comment by Nancy & Gary on November 25, 2008 at 9:47pm
Happy driving with your new orphan. I as sure you will love it as much as I love mine. I agree, either you love this car right off the bat for all it is or you hate it. My neighbor won't even ride in it with me as she thinks it is so unsafe and just way to small to be on the road.
Nancy & Gary

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