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Old 02-28-2008, 05:08 AM   #1
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Taking a smart car along

One way to take a smart car along with you. Saw it yesterday in South Texas.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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Great idea! Think I'll just throw one in the bed of my 1/2 ton for scooting around the campground.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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I wonder how you get that off of there?
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:35 AM   #4
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I wonder how you get that off of there?
Didn't your ever watch Speed Racer?
You just press the right button on the steering wheel and it jumps off!
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Believe it or not, those were just rated A+ by the highway safety commission, or crash test testers, or whatever that gov't group is.

Pretty cool, and gets better gas mileage than most hybrids!
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I heard the same IIHS report. The caveat that the reported offered was that in a crash with a larger vehicle (ie: SUV, Pick-en-up truck) physics works and the Smart Car loses.
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I think even a miata would qualify as 'a larger vehicle' to that little thing!
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I saw the exact same rig a couple of weeks back on I-20 in Mississippi. I didn't have a camera, thus no proof and I was sure NOBODY would believe me!
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Smart Cars have been in Europe for 5+ years or more. Accident safety ratings and stats have shown that they are safe. My family in Naples, Italy have one and think it's great. I would buy one here but there is a waiting list a mile long.

Physics aside, and there is no way of beating the laws of physics - these cars are safer than say a MGB, or a Yugo but I would think you would still lose with a F250 in a headon with a 18-wheeler - physics you know .
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Actually we saw dozens of Smart cars 2000, during our honeymoon in Italy.

Should've brought a couple home with us in the carry-on luggage, I suppose.
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Guess What?

I checked with the local Smart Car dealership, and there's a one year waiting list for them. They are kinda cute in an original VW Beetle sort of way, and very roomy for TWO. Or one person and two sacks of groceries.

Um. No. Don't think so. 41 MPG rating. Base model has no AC no radio. Here in VA air conditioning is not an OPTION.

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yeah, I don't get how these are all that "smart"...unless they're, like, wicked cheap, or something. seems that something that small oughtta be able to get better than 41mpg. Heck, I got only 3 less than that in our old Mazda protoge, without trying. (i.e. "driving conservatively"). It seated 5 adults comfortably, and you could put a weeks worth of groceries for those people in the trunk at the same time. AND it had a/c and a radio!
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No offense, but I'm not sure most American's get it. Vehicles like the SMART are intended to be urban and inter city vehicles, not long distance commuter cars. Their extremely small size makes them perfect for tight parking spaces and low speed maneuvering (and collisions) and not much else.
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yeah, I don't get how these are all that "smart"...unless they're, like, wicked cheap, or something. seems that something that small oughtta be able to get better than 41mpg. Heck, I got only 3 less than that in our old Mazda protoge, without trying. (i.e. "driving conservatively"). It seated 5 adults comfortably, and you could put a weeks worth of groceries for those people in the trunk at the same time. AND it had a/c and a radio!
Exactly what I thought. Wicked cheap? Well $10-$12K for a base to low end model, $15K nicely tricked out. Sort of Airstream cool... you get it or you don't. I think it's the next new status symbol, for economy cars. Supposedly you can take them on the Autoban in Germany.

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