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patriot45
03-25-2009, 11:21 AM
Stupid little death traps! (http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2009-03-23-smart-car-sales-slip_N.htm)



Tiny Smart cars are stacking up at some of the 75 U.S. Smart dealers because people who ordered them are refusing to take delivery.
Cheaper fuel prices blunt the appeal of Smart's 36 mile-per-gallon rating, and the recession has scared off some who ordered.

The $99 deposit a buyer must put down to order a car is refundable, so it's easy to say "no."

I'm sorry, but I hate these shoe boxes on rollerskates! I remember when I was young and a car was on its last legs, we would have a sledge hammer party! $1.00 a swing, much fun and carnage, the owner would get beer money and the junk yard would tow it away for free.

What could you do when a smartie dies!?! One shot with a sledge would destroy it! :D

Seriously, when I see one on the road I laugh and want to kick it! :D

VWkid06
03-25-2009, 11:23 AM
being a european car enthusiast i kinda like them, but they are so small i would never own one.

PoliCon
03-25-2009, 11:24 AM
Seriously, when I see one on the road I laugh and want to kick it! :Dkick it? I wanna pick it up and burp it!!

linda22003
03-25-2009, 11:33 AM
kick it? I wanna pick it up and burp it!!

They ARE adorable. Kicking a Smart Car would be like..... like shooting a red panda! You just can't attack something that cuuuuuuute.

Here's one that might meet your specifications, Pat45:

http://www.doobybrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/smart-monster-car.jpg

Gingersnap
03-25-2009, 11:45 AM
I have to say that they are cute and they make sense as a commuter car. If I had one, I could ride with Mr. Snaps or with Doc but not with both.

(Just imagine if a Red Panda was driving a Smart Car!)

patriot45
03-25-2009, 11:47 AM
OK, thats cool, except for the fruity body on top!

I just keep seeing this! :eek:

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/patriot45270/smartcar-746500.jpg

PoliCon
03-25-2009, 11:58 AM
They ARE adorable. Kicking a Smart Car would be like..... like shooting a red panda! You just can't attack something that cuuuuuuute.

Here's one that might meet your specifications, Pat45:

http://www.doobybrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/smart-monster-car.jpg

looks like a giant toy car. How far backwards do I have to pull it before it'll go farwards?:rolleyes:

noonwitch
03-25-2009, 12:15 PM
I've seen a few around the area, but big 3 cars are still popular in metro Detroit.

I've seen the smart cars in Royal Oak and Ann Arbor, mostly.

AHeneen
03-25-2009, 01:57 PM
If I lived in a big urban area, like NYC per se, then I would have no objections to getting a Smart car. Unfortunately, I live in a suburban area and need to haul around things like groceries, people, etc and wouldn't feel safe with the thing on a freeway...not to mention how cramped my 6'0" body would be in that little thing for long commutes!

Lars1701a
03-25-2009, 05:49 PM
Its the most fracking ridiculous car I have ever seen. I am afraid of running one over on the highway with my truck :D

PoliCon
03-25-2009, 07:25 PM
Its the most fracking ridiculous car I have ever seen. I am afraid of running one over on the highway with my truck :D

I'd be afraid of running it over with a BIG WHEEL!!

Constitutionally Speaking
03-25-2009, 07:37 PM
Its the most fracking ridiculous car I have ever seen. I am afraid of running one over on the highway with my truck :D

I'm afraid of running over on with my bicycle.

Scarlet
03-25-2009, 11:27 PM
Its the most fracking ridiculous car I have ever seen. I am afraid of running one over on the highway with my truck :D

OMG! I was just too late. I fear running one over also. I did run over a shoppping cart at Vons and didnt even relize it till my friend who saw it called me on my cell phone. I was driving my husbands big half ton chevy. ( I think half ton). I thought I just went over the conner of an planter island. I smashed it. It layed there all broken for about three days. The poor thing. I see those thing here and think what would happen if they were on a highway. It would be the shopping cart all over.
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lacarnut
03-25-2009, 11:41 PM
The only place I would drive one of those death traps would be on golf course cart path or inside a plant for short hops. I am waiting for Consumer reports or the Nat. Safety Council to test them. The smart car being hit on the driver's side door at 30 mph by a med. sized vehicle results in death or serious injury to the driver is my guess.

linda22003
03-26-2009, 04:30 AM
OMG! I was just too late. I fear running one over also. I did run over a shoppping cart at Vons and didnt even relize it till my friend who saw it called me on my cell phone. I was driving my husbands big half ton chevy. ( I think half ton). I thought I just went over the conner of an planter island. I smashed it. It layed there all broken for about three days.

So the real problem with driving a Smart Car is the people who cannot handle the big cars they have. :rolleyes:

linda22003
03-26-2009, 04:35 AM
It has been tested and has done pretty well:

http://money.cnn.com/2008/05/14/autos/smart_fortwo_iihs_crash_test/index.htm?section=money_autos

Sonnabend
03-26-2009, 04:53 AM
I'd drive one. They look zippy and probably go on the smell of an oily rag.

Those test results are a plus as well, a small, well designed car. I'd take one.

(If I could afford it :()

linda22003
03-26-2009, 05:02 AM
Here in the States, if you can't afford a Smart Car, you're going to be on a bicycle. :) They're about $12,000 here.

patriot45
03-26-2009, 08:05 AM
So the real problem with driving a Smart Car is the people who cannot handle the big cars they have. :rolleyes:


Ha, that thing isn't even a speed bump for my Hummer! :D

Lars1701a
03-26-2009, 08:50 AM
Ha, that thing isn't even a speed bump for my Hummer! :D



To my rig its like a pebble :)

lacarnut
03-26-2009, 09:14 AM
It has been tested and has done pretty well:

http://money.cnn.com/2008/05/14/autos/smart_fortwo_iihs_crash_test/index.htm?section=money_autos

These outfits do not test do not test rear end crashes. Even at a low speed with seat belts on your head would hit the windshield cause the air bags do NOT engage in this type of crash. Plus a large vehicle hitting this tiny thing will demolish it and it's occupants at anything over 40 miles an hour in a frontal or side crash.

tacitus
03-26-2009, 09:34 AM
I saw one of these the other day and it made me look for a fly swatter.

Lars1701a
03-26-2009, 09:51 AM
I guess they would be ok for running around a city like New York, kinda like a scooter or moped.

PoliCon
03-26-2009, 10:39 AM
I guess they would be ok for running around a city like New York, kinda like a scooter or moped.

I'll bet they make the exact same sound when they go by too - mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm-GGGaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

CueSi
03-26-2009, 11:37 AM
My Honda Fit could destroy a smartcar.

~QC

hazlnut
03-26-2009, 11:44 AM
I wish Toyota would hurry up with the hybrid Sienna already.

linda22003
03-26-2009, 01:12 PM
This morning I was on Capitol Hill for a meeting, and laughed, thinking of this thread, when I saw a Smart Car parked on New Jersey Avenue, on the street between the Longworth and Cannon House Office Buildings.

It had Nevada license plates. :p

Odysseus
03-26-2009, 04:13 PM
If I lived in a big urban area, like NYC per se, then I would have no objections to getting a Smart car. Unfortunately, I live in a suburban area and need to haul around things like groceries, people, etc and wouldn't feel safe with the thing on a freeway...not to mention how cramped my 6'0" body would be in that little thing for long commutes!
I've lived in NYC and Los Angeles, and I wouldn't own one of those on a bet. First, every commute is a long one, so you'd be cramped no matter what (just going crosstown in Manhattan during rush hour can take an hour, especially near the bridges and tunnels). The risk of accidents with much larger vehicles is actually higher in NYC, where there are more buses and semis than just about anywhere else, and the streets are viciously congested. Plus, getting on and off of the various highways and freeways requires serious acceleration (not to mention getting around and through traffic), and a go-kart with no pickup is the wrong answer.

This morning I was on Capitol Hill for a meeting, and laughed, thinking of this thread, when I saw a Smart Car parked on New Jersey Avenue, on the street between the Longworth and Cannon House Office Buildings.
It had Nevada license plates. :p
I wonder which lobbyist gave it to Harry Reid... :D

AlmostThere
03-26-2009, 04:30 PM
I've owned at least a couple dozen cars in my lifetime. Some very nice, some rolling junk. My favorite was my first; an itsy, bitsy VW bug. Not much bigger or safer than the smart car and I could fill up the gas tank for less than I spend at Starbucks for coffee. Who knows, the smart car might be fun. At least until you're squashed.

PoliCon
03-26-2009, 04:35 PM
I've owned at least a couple dozen cars in my lifetime. Some very nice, some rolling junk. My favorite was my first; an itsy, bitsy VW bug. Not much bigger or safer than the smart car and I could fill up the gas tank for less than I spend at Starbucks for coffee. Who knows, the smart car might be fun. At least until you're squashed.

My uncle is 6'6 and used to drive around in a old VW bug. His wife was 5'5 and almost 300 pounds. You should have seen them getting out of the car. . . . It was like a circus act!:D I've driven some pretty small cars in my life - but this thing looks smaller than the peddle car I had when I was 2!!

ON A SIDE NOTE - I wouldn't own a hybrid right now if you paid me! Damn things are worthless and not at all cost effective unless gas is more than $5 a gallon.

MrsSmith
03-26-2009, 05:41 PM
http://www.emercedesbenz.com/Images/May06/30_ZAP_Ships_200th_Smart_Car_To_The_United_States. jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2336010490_806ef67c19.jpg?v=0

I don't understand why the "Smart" car is supposed to be so smart. The Yaris is essentially the same price and same gas mileage...but with a back seat big enough for 3 (seriously!). :rolleyes:

Odysseus
03-26-2009, 06:13 PM
I've driven some pretty small cars in my life - but this thing looks smaller than the peddle car I had when I was 2!!

I had a car that size when I was a kid, now that I think of it. It came with a plastic track and you could set it up to do loops and banking curves. I'm trying to remember if it was made by Hot Wheels or Matchbox... :D


http://www.emercedesbenz.com/Images/May06/30_ZAP_Ships_200th_Smart_Car_To_The_United_States. jpg
ACTUAL SIZE :D

CueSi
03-26-2009, 06:31 PM
http://www.emercedesbenz.com/Images/May06/30_ZAP_Ships_200th_Smart_Car_To_The_United_States. jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2336010490_806ef67c19.jpg?v=0

I don't understand why the "Smart" car is supposed to be so smart. The Yaris is essentially the same price and same gas mileage...but with a back seat big enough for 3 (seriously!). :rolleyes:


Hush you... the Smart is for people who want to look even more smug than the hybrid owners.

~QC

MrsSmith
03-26-2009, 08:28 PM
Hush you... the Smart is for people who want to look even more smug than the hybrid owners.

~QC

Yeah? Well, I look pretty darn smug in my Yaris...at an average of 36 mpg to and from work, though we got 38 going to Alabama...with 2 kids and suitcases along.

Plus, it's actually roomy inside...even my 6' son fit nicely. And the back seat is large enough for a couple adults to be comfortable...3 kids fit fine, even if 2 are in car seats.

I think "smart" cars are really dumb.

biccat
03-26-2009, 09:53 PM
Here in the States, if you can't afford a Smart Car, you're going to be on a bicycle. :) They're about $12,000 here.

So nearly the same price and MPG as a Chevy Cobalt (http://www.autobytel.com/content/research/searchresults/index.cfm/action/selecttrim/make_vch/Chevrolet/model_vch/Cobalt).

No wonder people are ditching the death trap.

PoliCon
03-26-2009, 10:13 PM
So nearly the same price and MPG as a Chevy Cobalt (http://www.autobytel.com/content/research/searchresults/index.cfm/action/selecttrim/make_vch/Chevrolet/model_vch/Cobalt).

No wonder people are ditching the death trap.
I have to tell ya - I had a cobalt for a while - thing was awesome on gas and had plenty of pick up considering!

CueSi
03-26-2009, 11:46 PM
Yeah? Well, I look pretty darn smug in my Yaris...at an average of 36 mpg to and from work, though we got 38 going to Alabama...with 2 kids and suitcases along.

Plus, it's actually roomy inside...even my 6' son fit nicely. And the back seat is large enough for a couple adults to be comfortable...3 kids fit fine, even if 2 are in car seats.

I think "smart" cars are really dumb.

Yeah... I think the owners are looking for some sort of validation from the prius owners, but they're too busy laughing.

~QC

PoliCon
03-26-2009, 11:52 PM
Yeah... I think the owners are looking for some sort of validation from the prius owners, but they're too busy laughing.

~QC

a Prius? a BLUE prius?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL7J4Vcy8SE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf81dE4DS20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-MmzCQSuFw

linda22003
03-27-2009, 08:15 AM
The Yaris is essentially the same price and same gas mileage...but with a back seat big enough for 3 (seriously!). :rolleyes:

I've about had it with these invented car names. What the hell is a Yaris? It sounds like a Dr. Seuss character.

linda22003
03-27-2009, 08:17 AM
I have thought the Smart Cars were cute ever since I saw my first one in Paris two years ago. However, it's not really likely to be my next car. I'm narrowing the choice down for when I move up from my Saturn - whenever THAT will be, the car is low mileage and in terrific shape.

The only question is, will the move-up car be a "C" series or an "E" series....? :)

Odysseus
03-27-2009, 10:26 AM
I've about had it with these invented car names. What the hell is a Yaris? It sounds like a Dr. Seuss character.

The Yaris in Paris

With apologies to Dr. Seuss

While walking along on the road to Bulgaris,
I soon met a man who was driving a Yaris.
He told me that had just come back from Paris,
Where carmakers came up with names to embarass.

The big auto makers were all rather fond o'
the names of the cars that were coming from Honda
Except for the kids from Kalamazoo
whose cars were all made by the new Subaru.

Some politicos thought that the cars were too heavy,
and complained of the products from Chrysler and Chevy.
While enviro-morons thought smaller was super
and talked us to death about minis from Cooper.

The French auto makers were willing to go
with anything they made that reeked of Peugiot.
And the Brits auto makers were still kind of smartin'
from taking the lumps on their old Astin-Martin.

Sometimes I just have too much fun... :D

BTW, my Honda Civic gets about 30 MPH and seats four comfortable, five with a bit less comfort, and has more pickup than my old Jeep Wrangler. We also have an Odyssey (which goes well with my screen name) and Mrs. O won't even let me look at anything but a Honda for a replacement when the time comes.

MrsSmith
03-27-2009, 08:10 PM
I've about had it with these invented car names. What the hell is a Yaris? It sounds like a Dr. Seuss character.
What's a yaris? Does anyone speak Japanese? Babelfish can't translate it...