We are so elated!!! We finally have our Smart! After nearly a year of waiting we got a phone call from Tim at the Santa Barbara Smart Center last week, telling us that the car was in customs but would be released to him by this Monday (04.06.09). So yesterday we decided to take the train down to Santa Barbara; we live about 2 hrs north of SB and wanted experience the driving back to be one we could share. The train ride was really fun. It runs along the pacific coast with very few stops...almost the entire ride had a view of the ocean!!! It took us a little longer to get down there then it would have if we drove, but it was well worth it. Once we got to the station, Tim picked us up and drove us to the dealership. Our car was sitting directly in front of the front entrance. It was sure a nice surprise to have it waiting right there for us!! After finishing the paper work we decided to drive out on the Santa Barbara pier for lunch!! It was a gorgeous day until we headed out of town. It literally started to downpour. My husband was driving and said it handled extremely well!! It felt a little shaky from the wind, but seemed to drive just as well as my old Mazda did in those conditions! The poor car definitely was put to the test that day. The two hour drive home went as smooth as expected though.

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Comment by Wallyee on April 17, 2009 at 11:08am
We had tix to ride Amtrak to pick ours up BUT the day before was when the Amtrak AND UP trains trains crashed @ Chatsworth . SO we had a friend drive down with us to drive our other car back .. The wind around Gaviota does not make for a good ride .. What color did you get AND have you rodered personlized plates yet !!! Hope to see you around town ... IF you come to the beach ...
Comment by tommyk on April 9, 2009 at 6:53pm
that train ride is fun we used to take the ride from san deigo to santa barbara pier for lunch then bad to sd.. live back east now and love my smart have fun with it
Comment by Christy & Trent on April 9, 2009 at 2:09pm
I love driving to work! I work at a winery about 12 min from town. The road is really fun to drive on!!! Thanks!
Comment by Debra on April 8, 2009 at 4:25pm
Congratulations! You are going to love it...I've had mine since October 2008 (not as long as some) but love it every day....going to work is a pleasure. Happy Miles!
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