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Would Any Of You Buy This Car?

Wed May 10, 2006 12:16 am

Considering the high price of gas, would anybody invest in these super-efficent fleet of microcars? It says that soon they will be available for sale in the U.S but that they are all the rave in Europe......


http://www.zapworld.com/cars/smartcar.asp

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Wed May 10, 2006 12:17 am

NEVER EVER!!!

I hate smart!!!

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Wed May 10, 2006 12:18 am

If the price was right (which it won't be, I'm sure..) I would consider it.
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:20 am

People who can afford SUV's and luxury cars wouldn't be affected by high gas prices anyway. This car is purely for economy not for getting laid..............
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RE: Would Any Of You Buy This Car?

Wed May 10, 2006 12:20 am

Quoting Alberchico (Thread starter):
but that they are all the rave in Europe......

Not quite.
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:22 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 2):
If the price was right (which it won't be, I'm sure..) I would consider it.

You're right. When the car is up for sale in the U.S. , the Euro-Dollar conversion will really jack up the price of the car, scaring most potential buyers away.....
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:24 am

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 5):
You're right. When the car is up for sale in the U.S. , the Euro-Dollar conversion will really jack up the price of the car, scaring most potential buyers away.....

The car was pretty famous here in Germany when it was brandnew! Now it is several years on the market and people doent buy it as much anymore...
There has been a Smart fourfour and some other things, they already stopped building it... too expensive and not enough people bought it anymore...

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Wed May 10, 2006 12:27 am

I would never buy a Smart, but I must admit that it is a cool car somehow. The quality is good, it was developed by Mercedes and is built in France (shhh, don't tell anyone in the US  Wink ) close to the German border...

There is one Smart which was driven 570 000 km (more than 350 000 miles) without any gear or engine change... Quite remarkable for such a small car.

The only drawback is that the speed is limited to around 85mph. Not very funny on a German Autobahn when many drive in excess of 100mph...
 
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:30 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 7):
The only drawback is that the speed is limited to around 85mph. Not very funny on a German Autobahn when many drive in excess of 100mph...

But means nothing in the US  Smile Question is whether it has acceleration though?
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:30 am

Not the Smart, but I would definetley consider a Toyota Aygo/Peugeot 107. They get better mileage than the Smart plus they have four seats. And it still looks somewhat like a car.

http://www.mthai.com/webboard/upload_images/152569.jpg

The Smarts were getting popular in Toronto just after they were introduced, but I think its just a fad. They don't make much sense in North America with the easy availability of parking - but I think cars like the Aygo/107/Fiesta would probably sell in North America now with high fuel prices.
 
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:33 am

Yeah, I saw the Aygo online. Any word of US release? The smallest here is the Yaris.
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:36 am

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 6):
The car was pretty famous here in Germany when it was brandnew! Now it is several years on the market and people doent buy it as much anymore...
There has been a Smart fourfour and some other things, they already stopped building it... too expensive and not enough people bought it anymore...

What to do with Smart is currently a big headache for Mercedes.

The Fourfour didn't sell and they are stopping production, the roadster has been cut last year. The baby 4x4 has been cancelled and now they are only going ahead with the replacement for the FourTwo.

It hasn't turned out the way M-B hoped it would by any means.
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:37 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 10):
Any word of US release? The smallest here is the Yaris.

Dunno about the US release! but the Yaris is a pretty good car! some friends of mine have it and are really happy with it! even for longer trips its comfortable!

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Wed May 10, 2006 12:38 am

for those who want something hip,trendy and cool the company that make the Smart also makes the Smart Roadster

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Wed May 10, 2006 12:38 am

Well, it does beat a pink Nissan Micra CC  duck 
 
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:39 am

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 13):
for those who want something hip,trendy and cool the company that make the Smart also makes the Smart Roadster

No they don't - they stopped production a while back.
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:41 am



if you take a look at the photo it seems that these microcars have good crash protection...
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:42 am

Quoting Cornish (Reply 15):
No they don't - they stopped production a while back.

Why ? Wasn't it selling well ???
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:44 am

This is the Yaris that's coming to the US:





Look familiar to anyone?

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Wed May 10, 2006 12:48 am

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 17):
Why ? Wasn't it selling well ???

Sadly not well enough - and the FourFour was simply too expensive. However the Mitsubishi Colt which the FourFour was built alongside (as they are the same cars under the skin) will continue to be built in the Dutch factory.
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:49 am

No thanks. Period.

The thing is prectty uckin fugly
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Wed May 10, 2006 12:50 am

Where is SATX? I'm sure he'd buy one  duck 
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Wed May 10, 2006 1:23 am

Pass on that thanks. Unless you only use it to commute by yourself to and from a nearby workplace, it looks pretty useless. Sure it may be fuel efficient, but at the expense of all utility and versatility. So then I would need one vehicle for commuting, and another for utility reasons. Sort of negates the whole savings idea. On top of that, I wonder how something so small and light would handle in snow or high winds?
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Wed May 10, 2006 1:25 am

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Would Any Of You Buy This Car?

I wouldn't even steal it!

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Wed May 10, 2006 1:25 am

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Wed May 10, 2006 1:28 am

NO WAY WHAT SO EVER  vomit 

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Wed May 10, 2006 1:32 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
wouldn't even steal it!

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Wed May 10, 2006 1:33 am

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if you take a look at the photo it seems that these microcars have good crash protection...

I hope you're being sarcastic...........
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Wed May 10, 2006 1:35 am

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Must be bad then!

Bit like that Pink Micra CC on Top Gear.  vomit 

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Wed May 10, 2006 1:59 am

I would never buy one. Not being discriminating, but that is not a mans car.

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I hope you're being sarcastic...........

What do you mean? They are safer than a Seat Ibiza for example which is remarkably bigger.
 
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Wed May 10, 2006 2:03 am

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but that is not a mans car.

What IS a mans car?
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Wed May 10, 2006 2:05 am

I really want to get a Smart Car!
They are not crap in anyway.
There is also a Smart ForFour if you need a car that seats 4.

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What IS a mans car?

Impala.....
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Wed May 10, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting Alberchico (Reply 3):
People who can afford SUV's and luxury cars wouldn't be affected by high gas prices anyway. This car is purely for economy not for getting laid..............

If you think that's the purpose of a car, and it's the way you try to get some, then 1. You need to do some growing up, and 2. You're extremely desperate. Big grin
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Impala.....

Something is telling me that I should have picked up the Shaguar.......
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Wed May 10, 2006 2:11 am

NEVER!

I love how they call these 'Smart' cars... right... so how smart are you going to be when you're splattered all over the front of a semi... or large sport utility vehicle...

Not very smart after all!
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Wed May 10, 2006 2:11 am

"What is a man car"?

Real men don´t eat sushi. Anyone remember that slogan?

Dont know what kind of car it was...GM, Ford??

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Wed May 10, 2006 2:18 am

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Impala.....

Not a regular Impala, it must be a 1996 Impala SS Lingenfelter with a 5.7L V8 LT1 rated at 460hp with 440lbs of torque.  Wink

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Wed May 10, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 34):
Something is telling me that I should have picked up the Shaguar.......

Hey it was cool... Big grin

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 37):
Not a regular Impala, it must be a 1996 Impala SS Lingenfelter with a 5.7L V8 LT1 rated at 460hp with 440lbs of torque.

Or simply just get.... a gold coloured one!
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Wed May 10, 2006 3:13 am

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Hey it was cool...

finally we agree on something Big grin
 
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Wed May 10, 2006 3:15 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 39):

finally we agree on something

You like gold Impala's?

Ok.....
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Wed May 10, 2006 3:19 am

Fugly but cool. I'd buy one.
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Wed May 10, 2006 3:26 am

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You like gold Impala's?

lol no. I like the expression "Shaguar".
 
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Wed May 10, 2006 3:50 am

Quoting CPDC10-30 (Reply 9):
Not the Smart, but I would definetley consider a Toyota Aygo/Peugeot 107. They get better mileage than the Smart plus they have four seats. And it still looks somewhat like a car.

Although Aygo/Peugeot 107/Citroen C1 may not necessarily look as "cool" as Smart does, they certainly offer much better value for money.

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Wed May 10, 2006 3:51 am

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This car is purely for economy not for getting laid..............

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Wed May 10, 2006 4:06 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 29):
Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 27):
I hope you're being sarcastic...........

What do you mean? They are safer than a Seat Ibiza for example which is remarkably bigger.

The way the bottom of the car severely buckled is a structural failure of the cars "safety cage" according to the insurance institute for highway safety. The "cage" should have very little to no change in structure after the crash. I wouldn't doubt at all that the institute would give that particular car a poor rating.

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/protocols/pdf/structural.pdf
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Wed May 10, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 43):

 laughing 

I never noticed how similar the three cars were, even the front ends.

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Wed May 10, 2006 4:13 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 45):
The way the bottom of the car severely buckled is a structural failure of the cars "safety cage" according to the insurance institute for highway safety. The "cage" should have very little to no change in structure after the crash. I wouldn't doubt at all that the institute would give that particular car a poor rating.

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/protocols/pdf/structural.pdf

look at this. Both cars from the year 2000:

http://www.euroncap.com/content/safe...y_ratings/details.php?id1=1&id2=69

http://www.euroncap.com/content/safe...y_ratings/details.php?id1=1&id2=66

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Wed May 10, 2006 4:15 am

I wouldn't. My 6'3" frame probably wouldn't even fit in that thing anyway.
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Wed May 10, 2006 4:16 am

I would, as it´s my favourite little car. I would love to own one of these little beauty´s. I´ve loved them eversince I saw them in Spain back in quite a few years ago.
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