I don't get the Smart Car

Discussion in 'Mercedes-Benz' started by seanof30306, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Ford Man:

    ___From the 85 - 07 EPA to the 08 looking forward, there was an ~ 10 to 15% haircut due to the extra 3 test cycles. See the Hwy's and How to Hypermile article for more details.

    ___Good Luck

  2. southerncannuck

    southerncannuck Well-Known Member

    Hello Ford Man,

    Your post made me currious. I looked at the EPA ratings of the 88 Escort and the Smart. The Ford has a 24 mpg combined cycle versus 36 for the Smart. I can't find the weight of the Escort, but I suspect they are very similar. The 88 Festiva weighs 1700 # compared to the smart's 1800#.

    It's not for everyone, but then, is any car?
  3. Mike T

    Mike T smart car dummy

    Exactly. I see few people criticising people who buy a 2 seat Porsche like the Cayman or Boxster....because it only has two seats or can't haul a load of lumber. Those who like it will buy it, those who don't, won't.....and so it goes......
  4. kngkeith

    kngkeith Well-Known Member

    If logic and practicality were the sole mandates in car design- we'd all be driving Trabants and Zaporozhets. I'll keep my Miata, thank you. And cheer on the Smart.

  5. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    It depends on whether you are looking at the old or new EPA ratings. The combined old rating on the '88 Escort Pony with a 1.9L 4 Speed is 37 MPG. I don't know the weight of the Escort either, but I'm sure it's a few hundred pounds heavier than the Festiva. I'm not against the Smart I just think they could have done better on FE.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2008
  6. I'd buy the electric smart just not the gas burner.
  7. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    I like the Smart for city use for ease of parking, assuming the distances were too great for a bicycle and I didn't have to carry much with me.

    But for most other uses I'd get a Fit MT or perhaps a Yaris MT over a Smart any day, given the insane mpg's people here are getting with them.

    Still, the Smart, especially the convertible, ranks high on the cuteness factor (as does the Fit, which invariably makes me smile whenever I see one).
  8. Mike T

    Mike T smart car dummy

    How about getting "insane plus" fuel economy in a convertible smart?

    Frankly, the car is more at home on the highway than it is in the city.
  9. fg2chase

    fg2chase Member

    Funny thing about these smart cars, While stationed In Germany as a US soldier, some other mischevious soldiers beligerantly drunk would often pick up these cars in groups of 4or more and move them down the street. Sometimes even flip them on their sides and take off before the polizei arrived. Ridiculous yes, but also funny..
  10. southerncannuck

    southerncannuck Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, nothing quite like getting drunk and turning cars over to improve international relations.
  11. fg2chase

    fg2chase Member

    Yeah, I have always been responsible and didn't participate in that but it does happen. :flag:
  12. Mike T

    Mike T smart car dummy

    Yes, a laugh a minute.
  13. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Interesting discussion. I think the problem is that most people are trying to compare the smart with a fit, or a yaris, or a versa. If you are doing that, then the smart is not for you. I am not saying that to be rude, it's just the truth. When i told my wife that the smart was going to be avaialable in the US, she simply said"i want one". She didn't suggest we compare it to a Honda or anything. In fact, she has zero interest in owning a Fit or a yaris.
    From a purely practical standpoint, the fit is a better value(at least the first gen was). But how many people will approach you in a parking lot and ask to look inside your fit? How many people will hang out the windows of their car to take a picture of your yaris as you drive by? The driving experience in a smart is unlike the other cars. As to cargo, mine holds a weeks worth of groceries..LOL
  14. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    Blackbelt, I don't think there is another car on the market with the same appeal! I hope we get more. I think the original Insight had it? H
  15. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Nobody seems to give my Insight a second glance (unless they are mad because I can't accelerate like a Corvette) -- interesting since most people haven't seen one.

    I like the Smart -- it just doesn't come with the mileage I think it ought to. The lack of a straight manual transmission doesn't help fulfill my wishes either...
  16. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    You just don't notice it Sean? Both Insight and Smart are very unique auto's. H
  17. rdprice64

    rdprice64 Still Learning

    I must admit that there are 3 Insights that park in the garage near my office building and I have met each of the owners because I still find them to be so unique. I haven't convinced any of them to come join us here yet, but I do wave or say hello (well we say "Hey" here in Louisville) when we are arriving or leaving at the same time. I'm still hopefully that they will come around soon.

    I haven't been able to do that with any of the Smart owners in the garage (there are 5 that I have seen), but I am hopefully that I can be the 6th one when QVC calls to tell that I won one of the 12 that they are advertising on the site over the last few weeks. That would be sweet :D
  18. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    The smart car is not for me, I don't like the way it looks. The gas mileage rating does not make up for this disparity. I'm not sure what the fun factor for this car is, so I cannot say anything about that, but from experts, usually a manual transmission with nice tires and decent suspension with a low stance gives great handling. I find a couple missing from the smart car.

    If I had the money, would I go out and buy a corvette? maybe, maybe not. It all depends on what it's worth to you at that point in time. I don't think a time will ever come for me where I would go get the smart though.
  19. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Heh. I actually had a corvette honk at me last week, because I wasn't accelerating like a ... well... corvette! :p
  20. voodoo22

    voodoo22 Cheaper than the bus

    Did you honk at him a mile down the road when he was filling in gas?:D

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