I would like to thank everyone who sent their wishes of encouragement and advice. I am proud to say this morning I bought an orphan almost to the exact specifications to the one I ordered. The only thing different is this one has heated seats and power steering (bonus!), which I did not originally order. I am getting the exact car I want and am elated. The car is still at the dealer having the navigation/backup camera etc... installed. Should be able to pick up tomorrow morning. Thank you all so much for your help.
The entire process of waiting for my smart has been very exciting. I absolutely love this car and would love nothing more but to own one today. Yet, I have a dilemma.
I made my reservation of April of 2008. I have been very lucky the process of receiving my car has been faster than many others, for that I am grateful. My car is due to arrive at port in Long Beach on February 15th, so I probably wont receive my car until the last week of February sometime. My current car is on its very last legs. I have had to spend about 300 dollars a month fixing it for the last for months. Now one of the fuel injectors has gone bad and the car is barely drivable again. I really don't want to spend another $300 - $400 fixing it, but I have to have a car. So I either have to spend the money and wait for my smart or buy a different car. Recently I found out that Prius' are sitting on lots all over Southern California and the prices are dropping because no one is buying them. I have found multiple 2008 Prius for under 20,000, and will cost close to what I am paying for my Cabrio Smart with all its features, maybe even less.
Second, almost everyone I know is very discouraging. They have nothing but negative things to say and are always trying to talk me out of buying this car. I live in Los Angeles where I thought people were more open minded. Most people have a lot to say about the car, yet, they really know nothing about it, aside from seeing a few of them on the road. Still, hearing negative things over and over again, even though I try to explain the positive, is getting very frustrating.
I guess I just need a boost from all the smart enthusiasts out there. I have wanted this for so long, but I think I just need a bit of encouragement to get me through these last two month. If anyone out there has some words to help me, they will be greatly appreciated. Hope to hear from some of you soon.