Everyone help! I need encouragement. (continued.... Thanks to All!!!!!)

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.

Teri


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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.

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Comment by Craig S. on January 6, 2009 at 9:40pm
Congratulations Teri, that's fantastic how it all worked out!! I'm jealous (still waiting) and happy for you.
Enjoy the ride!
Comment by Kevin Causey on January 6, 2009 at 5:21pm
I have to add, that at 6'4", I don't use a backup camera. I simply reach out of the back window and stop when my hand touches something.

luv my smart car!
Comment by grwhitaker on January 5, 2009 at 2:58am
Teri-you've made it this far, the finish line is in sight, so just keep going. I'm in the LA basin also, and just love the car to death. One thought, since most of the SoCal dealers have orphans on hand. Have you checked with any of them by phone to see if they have one that mostly or completely matches your reserved car? You could pick one up this month instead of paying for more repairs and orphan your reserved car.
One more thought-gorgeous day [65 and clear blue skies] today here in Long Beach, and buzzed around town with the top down due to the great weather. You won't get to do that in the Prius...and besides, if you get a Prius you'll have to haul around three glass half-empty friends instead of one!
Comment by Teri on January 4, 2009 at 1:14pm
Wow! Thanks everyone. All of your comments have been a great help. I am going to try going to the dealer tomorrow to see if there is an orphan. If not I may just have to rent a car. Either way, I feel much better about waiting for my Smart.
Comment by Juha on January 4, 2009 at 8:09am
Hang in there, Teri! I just picked up an orphan and what a blast it is to drive - I have never been this excited about a car (well, make it since the Citroen 2CV)! As to the comments you are getting, there are smart people,... and then there are some not-so-smart people out there. ; )
Comment by Ellie on January 3, 2009 at 8:29pm
If you lived close to Delaware I'd lend you my neglected Solara so you don't lose your smart. It is SO worth the wait and hassle.
Comment by Rick Leedy on January 3, 2009 at 7:36pm
I agree with Wayne...Just passed 5,500 miles on my Cabrio and love it every time I drive it. Every single time I go out in it people look. People notice. Every time. It is great. I waited 13 months for mine and it was worth every day I waited.
Comment by Nancy & Gary on January 3, 2009 at 6:14pm
Oh! Teri,
I hope that you are able to find a car to drive until your wonderful little smart car comes. They are so worth the wait. We didn't need another car, we are both retired and we bought a new Avalon 2 years ago, but once I feasted my eyes on the smart I had to have it. Now we are back to being a 2 car family and love it. I look for excusies to drive the smart even tho my Avalon is a dream to drive with all it's comfort . Good luck on what you decide. Hope we all helped you.
Comment by Jim Yedor on January 3, 2009 at 2:34pm
Teri- There is no limit to the un-kind comments of the un-informed. A friend asked me just the other day if I drove my Cabrio on the freeway- I assured him that I did- He said that he would be "terrified" to drive a smart on the freeway. He drives a Honda Fit- it isall of two feet longer than a smart and he has no hesitation taking it on the road!

There is nothing better than dropping the top on a smart Cabrio, zooming along on a nice day, and enjoying this little wonder. I get waves ,smiles, and horn honks with a thumbs up all the time. the smart car is definitely not for eveyone- but many people drives giant SUVs and equate that with safety as if mass equals control. If they were good drivers they wouldn't own a giant SUV.

Go see your dealer and if you haven't driven a cabrio with the top down , go do it. Then drive a Prius. It will make your decision much much easier.
Comment by Holly on January 3, 2009 at 1:49pm
My dad has a Prius and isn't thrilled with it. The mileage has not been as good as advertised, and the back window is hard to see out of (have they fixed that now?). And the control panel on the dash, which controls everything, is often hard to see because of lighting issues. I have heard some cons about the batteries -- replacing them is expensive, disposal is envrionmentally bad -- but I didn't research it because I found out about the smart and never looked back. I've only had my cabrio for 2 weeks and there are so many positives about it. One of my favorite things is that it makes people laugh out loud. Does a Prius do that?

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