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I recommend NOT getting the 'Smart Car'

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by rayd8, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. rayd8

    rayd8 Formerly Portland, now Alabama! Member

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  2. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Got to put it into prespective. How would a chevy suburban hold up if it was run into a 18wheeler at similiar speeds? Go figure the vehicle with the larger mass wins????

    Steven
     
  3. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    That does not scare me at all. I ride a motorcycle. It is all subjective.
     
  4. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    if everyone drove a smart car it would not be a issue
     
  5. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I would love to own a Smart Car. They are really roomy inside and drive nice.

    Think how easy parking downtown Portland would be.

    the ones sold here in America aren't made by Mercedes though. They are made by Penske.
     
  6. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    The Smart car gets 33 city and 40 hwy mpg and has to use high octane gasoline. My VW Golf diesel is rated at 41 city and 49 hwy mpg - and has a trunk and holds three more people...

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    bcp SW WA Member

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    bcp SW WA Member

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  9. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    If our new bar does well I intend to buy one of these later this year and have our company logo done up on it. :)
     
  10. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    I still rather have my Geo Metro... I average 49mpg on unleaded in the winter when I let it warm up 10 minute before leaving for work. In the summer I average 53 mpg. The best tank I've ever had was 58mpg!
     
  11. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    Just shows there are other options out there. Are they still being made?

    (Do we have to relate this conversation to guns somehow so it won't be locked?)
     
  12. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    thats what i was going to ask

    what ever happened to the Geo Metro it was smarter better gas milage and i could pack a marshall half stack in the back of a hatch back


    i think the problem was it got too good of gas milage in fact they had to change the earlier ones that got 40+ so they would only get 35mpg max
     
  13. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    The Smart Car wasn't designed to be the most fuel efficient.
     
  14. rayd8

    rayd8 Formerly Portland, now Alabama! Member

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    True enough, but the Smart car has zero 'crumple' zones. Most cars are designed to absorb the force as they compress.

    I used to own a motorcycle, so I see the subjectivity, but if I'm in a CAR, I want to at least feel protected.
     
  15. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    The reason the Metros didn't survive, is that most American's in the 90's wanted their big trucks and gas seemed cheap at the time... The XFI model was the most fuel efficeint vechile produced, something like 54 mpg hwy, and I've know people who have drive them nicely and bettered 65mpg. I have one with title issue that I want to get on the road this year. I purchase it in Eastern Oregon and drove it back to So. Oregon, while driving +65 mph I still managed 56 mpg.

    The 3 cyl cars can still be found, the JDM motor are still available if you don't want to rebuild... The real weekness in the motor is the number 2 exhaust valve if your timing is set to the factory 6 btdc... if set to 10-12 degree the car runs stronger and doesn't burn that valve as quickley.
     
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    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    No... The Metro was rebadge in 2001 as a Chevy and I believe it was discontinued that year.
     
  17. A2theK

    A2theK Olympia Member

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    It holds more than three people in the trunk? Must be the "Coyote Especiale Edition" :laugh::laugh:
     
  18. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Nope! It's in the correct location (Off Topic) :thumbup:

    What was it designed for? I've always been curious about that.
     
  19. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    I bought it from a guy named Vinny in new Jersey.
     
  20. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    The idea behind the car was to create a vehicle easy to park and short enough to allow "nose-in" parking. Its length of 250 centimeters would equal the width of a regular parking slot, allowing two or three Smarts to park in the space as one normal car.

    Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch started the Smart Car project.

    The name Smart is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ART.