The first thousand miles has gone very smoothly in my smart. It's still a lot of fun to drive and I've had no problems to report.

Everywhere I go the smart gets a lot of attention. I met my daughter at Firestone yesterday to get a tire on her car replaced. All of the guys from the shop came out to see the smart. They even asked to see the engine. One of them knew it was made by Mercedes and had a safety cage "like NASCAR." They all seemed to like it but said it was too small to fit on their lifts.

I catch lots of other drivers staring open-mouthed at my smart like they've never seen anything like it before. I"m afraid I'll cause an accident! Lots of drivers give thumbs up or shout "I like your car!" I haven't had any negative gestures or remarks yet. Maybe it's because I'm such a positive person? People of all ages are always asking about the car in parking lots. I've given away quite a few of the smart handouts.

The positive reactions I'm getting regarding the smart are an indication that this country is ready for a change. People have started to think about ditching the SUV. They know that energy is important economically, environmentally and politically. We're headed for a crisis and something needs to be done.

When the iPhone first came out a reviewer described it as "an artifact from the future." It was a paradigm change, so far ahead of the competition it seemed like it came from a time machine.

I've seen the automotive future--I'm driving it.

Bob

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Comment by Ryan on May 3, 2009 at 1:09am
Bruce: Nah.... they need their massive SUV to go around the corner to the gas station for some smokes, and so they can get away from the house to use a cell phone to call the house to see what the people at the house want to drink while he's/she's on the way around the corner.
Comment by George Oller on May 2, 2009 at 9:54pm
My black Brabus coupe should be here in about three weeks. It will become my daily driver since I just sold my 2004 Dodge dually diesel on Wednesday. A young guy and his mother flew down from Memphis to get it and drive it home. I really did not need a 7740 pound truck just to drive to the Wal-Mart. I am really looking forward to my new Smart!!!!!
Comment by Bruce Fromoz on May 2, 2009 at 12:40am
Oh, come on, guys. How else can she dash off a half mile or so to get the mail, or a quart of milk.(!)
Comment by Ryan on May 1, 2009 at 7:57pm
Exactly. There's no reason for people to use precious, nearly non-renewable resources.... to drive themselves around in a SUV that can hold 6+ people.... or a truck that can hold 4-5 people, and haul a couple tons of crap.... but NEVER DO! Kinda like today at work.... some lady pulled up in a massive Chevy van.... freakin HUGE.... don't even think commercial vans are as large as this freakin thing was...... and it was ONLY HER! didn't see anybody else in the freakin thing.
Comment by Bob Hodgen on May 1, 2009 at 9:22am
They haven't ditched the SUV's yet, but they're starting to think about it.

I think it's insane to use a 6,000 lb vehicle to drive one person around town. We could go a long way toward solving our energy problems if we got SUV's and large "vanity" trucks off the road.
Comment by Ryan on April 30, 2009 at 11:11pm
I also agree. With the gas crisis having finally subsided for the time being.... it seems like a lot of people still think "Hey.... SUV's still are king". But what a lot don't seem to realise is.... that once the gas prices start to go up again, IF they go up again.... it's not the greatest financial times to be driving a car that costs you $50+ to fill up on the cheap grade of gas. When gas was getting up to $3 a gallon before, i stopped driving my Durango, and my mom let me drive her '01 Trans-Am to work. Not only did i seem to get better mileage out of it.... but it was like $20-30 cheaper to fill with the high octane than it was to fill the Durango with the low octane.

Like a co-worker said.... When you see all these SUV's and large trucks driving down the road.... what's one thing you tend to notice about probably 75% of them? One person. Occasionally two people. Almost never do you see 3-6 people in a large vehicle. What's the point in spending an insane amount of money on gasoline to drive yourself around? People think i'm a little nuts for buying a Smart.... but hey.... i rarely drive with anyone else, especially going to work.... and it's quite able to move out of it's own way should it have to. Some regard the Smart as being slow.... but if you ask me, the only thing that makes it somewhat slow is the shift lag. other cars don't have that.... and the majority of other cars with a manual trans have a bigger engine. Considering the size of the Smart's engine, with it's computer controlled manual trans.... i'd say it has some decent power. It can really put you back into your seat when the RPM's get a bit higher.
Comment by Howdy1LC on April 30, 2009 at 1:35pm
Bob,
All I can say is "Ditto". I put 5k on my smart in 2 months and 5 days. The more I drive it the more I like it. The smile factor is awesome! I bought my Jack, because I love it's looks and I wanted to realize some gas savings with all the traveling I do. I am saving 300.00 monthly in gas and that is a better return than my stocks are doing right now. LOL I hope you continue to enjoy your smartie!

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