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 solution.
Then my son mentioned a Smart Car.
So on his birthday, we went to look at them, and when we saw how comfortable he fit in one we had to take it for a test drive. While we were waiting, we struck up a conversation with a couple who were also waiting for a test drive.
After our test drive we decided that we needed to discuss this a little more.
On June 9, we went to place our order, and encountered the couple we talked to while waiting for the test drive. They were there to purchase an "orphan".
We placed our order, and will patiently wait for the twelve to fifteen month waiting period. If the right orphan comes along in the next six months, then I will probable purchase one then and there.
The way I see it, if I fill up my Suburban and my truck once a month, the money saved is a months car payment for the Smart Car. It will almost pay for itself.