I don't get the Smart Car

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

  1. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    A big part of the smart appeal is it's unique styling. If you don't like the way it looks, then you are correct, it would make no sense for you to own one. There are other cars that can get the same or better mileage.
  2. Mike T

    Mike T smart car dummy

    The smart cabriolet on wide wheels and tires is really very fun to drive. Even the very slow cdi diesel that I have owned for 4 years.
  3. KrazyDawg

    KrazyDawg Well-Known Member

    Given Mercedes reputation, how reliable is the smart car?
  4. KrazyDawg

    KrazyDawg Well-Known Member

    I had a Prius honk on me on a two lane highway. I guess his time was more important.
  5. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    I've had Prius tailgate me and flash their brights while doing the aforementioned. Honking they do as they run away vs the jacked pickups they do it while tailgating and flashing
  6. Mike T

    Mike T smart car dummy


    At the above link are the breakdown data for 2007 from ADAC (the largest German motoring club). It's quite reliable, better than the Toyota Yaris for 2006 and 2007 model years. The figures are the # of breakdowns per 1000 vehicles.
  7. Ptero

    Ptero Hydrogen Nut, Battery Skeptic

    :bananapartyhat:I do get the Smart Car. 13k since March. My best tank was 65 mpg from Laramie to SLC. I love the transmission. Waiting for the mileage chip. Don't believe a lot of the baloney you hear about this car. It's a blast!
  8. JHZR2

    JHZR2 Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of really dumb prius drivers who do way over the speed limit and likely only get 30 mpg because of theri driving style.

    That said, other than the parking efficiency, I see no practical reason to buy a smart car when a prius can give well over 40 MPG while providing cavernous space... meanwhile the smart giving precious little over 40 on the highway.
  9. seanof30306

    seanof30306 Member

    What is the mileage chip?

    Also, is there anyone who has driven the Smart Car on regular gas? Most cars requiring premium fuel do so because the manufacturer has tuned the car to optomize it for power. My neighbor has a 2007 Corvette, which also requires premium fuel. He bumped the base timing up two degrees and runs 87 octane with no problems. He has an automatic, and a manual, with it's tendency to lug, and therefore detonate, could be more problematic, but I wonder if you could bump the timing on a Smart Car a bit and run good old 87 octane?

    You know what I'd buy in a minute? A GNG Smart Car with a home fill. My buddy has a CNG Honda and loves it to death.
  10. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    When Wayne did a review on the car a while back he asked and was specifically told that the car would run regular grade fuel just fine.
  11. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Well there might be one practical reason. You can get a Smart for about Ten Thousand Dollars less.
  12. desdemona

    desdemona Well-Known Member

    I am seeing a lot more of them. In NM we have no parallel parking, big wide streets, but tiny garages. I think that might be what is so appealing. I can think of all sorts of extra things that could go in my garage! OTOH, I don't know about them in a (still) world of SUVs despite the apparently excellent safety record.

    BTW, I am seeing guys in them. I think it might be a great chick magnet. I think that a guy who drives one is secure. LOL!


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