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.