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HotRod10
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Message Posted: May 23, 2008 8:45:44 PM

Not me! My Geo Metro gets 45 mpg to the SMART's 40 and has room for 2 more people plus more cargo space. Not to mention I could restore a Metro to cherry condition for half as much as the $20K sticker for a SMART. If I ever got hit, I'd much rather be in my Metro than that little plastic bubble any day.
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DrVenture
Rookie Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:52:24 PM

Lets be real, the "Smart car" was made for Euro City Streets Driving, and Parking. The Smart will not mainly work in the USA because it is way to small for our highways, and if you do not live in the city parking isn't so bad in Suburbia. Besides the EURO smarts all have Turbo!
emtrob2012
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 3:29:01 AM

not me
emtrob2012
All-Star Author Myrtle Beach

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:07:27 AM

u can keep em
ber5
All-Star Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:06:12 PM

no, i have a smart phone, how could I handle a smart car too...
beachd8
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:02:06 PM

No.
1) I get claustrophobic just looking at it.
2) I like the flexibility of giving a herd (gaggle?, pride?) of teenagers and their pile of stuff a ride at any time.
3) I don't like gas stations enough to go there waaaaaay more often to fill the tiny gas tank. Assuming the advertised 40 mpg and 8.7 gallon tank is accurate, I'd lose 150 on every tank. I don't want to get to know my local gas stations that well.
4) I like having a car that holds pretty much anything so I don't have to ask others to carry large items for me.
5) I can easily remove the minivan seats to help a friend move.

For me, a smart car doesn't seem very smart. :)
Jeff1226
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:39:13 PM

no way
BigHorne1
Champion Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:54:01 AM

Not me, love my gasoline vehicles
b899
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:49:10 AM

not me
tdioiler
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 7:40:52 PM

NotCook - It's not a roll cage in there. It's called a space frame. And Nascar only has to worry about the vehicle kinetic energy of one vehicle. Not the other one that hits you with 4 times more energy to apply to that timy space frame you are riding in.

But you are right the body panels are not part of the safety equipment, just like Nascar.
aalix
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 6:45:44 PM

Only for short distance driving.
NotCook
Rookie Author Akron

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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 5:40:40 PM

We had one for a couple of years, and really liked it. Not sure about the $20K sticker, as there were 3 models at $14K, $16K and $18K (Cabrio). It isn't the skin of the vehicle that is going to protect you in a collision, but the frame. The smart has a NASCAR-class roll cage.
Jeff1226
Sophomore Author Flint

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:26:47 AM

not me. too small
glambgirl
Champion Author Victoria

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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:09:03 AM

Not me.
robareid
Champion Author Hamilton

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 8:01:14 AM

I still cannot figure what would be smart about it.
CaptainAnhyzer
Champion Author Albany

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:14:08 AM

A coffin on wheels................no thanks !
waynecz
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:49:18 PM

I call it the Dum-de-Dumb-Dumb car. (in tune)
tdioiler
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:40:54 PM

Oh, you mean the 'Stupid' death trap. A motorcycle is safer since you can hear the truck coming.
Jeff1226
Sophomore Author Flint

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:47:37 AM

not me
b899
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:10:57 AM

not me
floridakeys
Champion Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:24:04 PM

You couldn't pay me enough to drive one . Besides looking silly ,these Toni things are a death trap.
Z12
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:52:15 PM

No thanks
LKnight598
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:39:21 AM

I really don't think the smart car is all that smart. There are other cars out there that ride much better due to a longer wheel base, seat more people, get better mileage and don't have to use high test gasoline. Purchasing a smart car would seem to be DUMB!
b899
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:28:37 AM

not me
weddy11
Champion Author Phoenix

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:17:53 AM

not me, to expensive to drive, gas mileage not what it should be for such a small car, and not safe when involved in an accident with a larger vehicle.
doonieb
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:55:49 AM

Not me
moregas1966
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:40:00 AM

not me
b899
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:10:45 AM

not me
b899
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:03:32 AM

not me
emtrob2012
All-Star Author Myrtle Beach

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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 3:18:50 AM

not me
Vaad
Sophomore Author New York

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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 11:25:32 PM

i would love a smart car just for parking
gaskingblm
Rookie Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 8:52:05 PM

Not Me! they are just overpriced...
kstarev
Rookie Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 5:44:02 PM

SMART car looks and feels so small I will be afraid to go any road that the limit is more than 70km/h.
prassu2012
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 5:17:36 PM

may be in 2015
jrferrari
All-Star Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 11:03:30 AM

Amazingly the SMART car is incredibly rigid and resistant to impact.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju6t-yyoU8s

I don't think that would motivate me to buy one though. They say in the video that the car may be more likely to survive than the occupants.
d_clark
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 3:44:23 PM

no
Jeff1226
Sophomore Author Flint

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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 7:07:02 AM

Not me
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2012 5:34:20 AM

My honor roll kid is smarter than my car.
GrumpyCat
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 9:34:19 PM

You asking because you are giving one away?

I'll take it.
Z12
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 9:13:39 PM

No thank you
traffic cop
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 8:47:59 PM

Thanks, JohnTIZ! Good work-- we have to be careful and skeptical about these things, even when the visual evidence is compelling and seems convincing. What with Photoshop these days....

For those of you who haven't checked out John's link, it was a bonafide accident--but NOT the Indian SmartCar. It was a Ford Escape! The Sheriff's office said this would have been the case with any car...

Paul writes, "examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good" (CEB) I Thessalonians 5.21.

JohnTIZ
Veteran Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 6:32:32 PM

@traffic cop

I had to look!

But my spidey senses were tingling as I viewed that photo.

Sure enough: http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/smallcar.asp
ultimate
Champion Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2012 9:57:51 AM

no
JasTheAce
Champion Author Raleigh

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:58:43 PM

not me
tdioiler
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 4:19:53 PM

I went into a SMART dealer to ask if I could get the casket option included; the one with six side handles to attach after the accident so I don't have to invest in a pine box.

The salewomen looked a little angry. Hehehe
ams040493
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 2:21:28 PM

NEVER
jack4141
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 1:43:55 PM

Nope
ultimate
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 12:24:15 PM

no
ultimate
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:40:02 AM

no
sarasotasingle
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:50:25 AM

NO and NO
fkkf92
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:36:05 AM

no
ultimate
Champion Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 8:13:56 AM

no
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