2008 smart ForTwo Consumer Reviews

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2008 Smart Fortwo
4.5
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Fun to Drive, Great MPG

by from Richmond, VA on July 29, 2009

I drive my Passion Coupe to work and shopping, I have accumilated about 11,000 Smart mile with an average of 40 MPG and have made as high as 44 MPG. Think about this; 70 HP from 60 CU (1.0L), that giv...
I drive my Passion Coupe to work and shopping, I have accumilated about 11,000 Smart mile with an average of 40 MPG and have made as high as 44 MPG. Think about this; 70 HP from 60 CU (1.0L), that gives the car the same HP per cube as a Corvette, it just doesn't have as many cubes as the Vette. About the transmission, it has a pause to shift, just like someone needs to pause between gears on any stick shift car. If something happens to mine, I will buy another in a NY minute. It is a love or hate car, it is in a class all by it's self. Freedom of choice, if we all drove the same car, what a boring place this would be!
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The best car I've ever owned!

by from Grove, OK on April 19, 2012

Despite it's small exterior size this little gem is big on the interior. Only when you step out of it do you realize you're in a small car. It handles well on the freeway just as it does in two-lane t...
Despite it's small exterior size this little gem is big on the interior. Only when you step out of it do you realize you're in a small car. It handles well on the freeway just as it does in two-lane traffic. It's reliable, well built and a real attention getter! It easily handles a weeks worth of groceries for the two of us. Changing the oil is a piece of cake. (I'm a lady, by the way.) Should I ever hit the lottery, my first purchase would a second Smart Car.
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My Little Trooper!

by from Chicago, IL on August 8, 2009

I have had my smart for about a year now. Comfort- Superb, you sit up high, and visibility is great! Performance- 71 hp is deffinatly enough to make this car zippy in the city, or on the highway! H...
I have had my smart for about a year now. Comfort- Superb, you sit up high, and visibility is great! Performance- 71 hp is deffinatly enough to make this car zippy in the city, or on the highway! Handling- "Think Go-cart." Love it! Styling and Design- Only the best! This car is Art on wheels! Features- Panoramic roof, heated seats! Value- A brand new car for under 13,000.00.. that come standard with this many safety features is always worth the money. You can't put a price on life. Reliability- Never any problems.
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Most fun I have ever had driving

by from Chicago, IL on June 23, 2011

Want heads to turn? Want to have fun driving? Want to park almost anywhere? What reliability? Want great gas mileage? Want a car priced below $15,000. Consider the Smart Car by Mercedes Benz
Want heads to turn? Want to have fun driving? Want to park almost anywhere? What reliability? Want great gas mileage? Want a car priced below $15,000. Consider the Smart Car by Mercedes Benz
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reliable fun to own car that's good on gas

by from Sarasota, FL on May 9, 2009

No serious issues. Reliable with 11,000 miles on it. Most used car in our household. I save the big car for schlepping others around. It's safe to drive and it has many safety features that the compet...
No serious issues. Reliable with 11,000 miles on it. Most used car in our household. I save the big car for schlepping others around. It's safe to drive and it has many safety features that the competition doesn't even offer.It's a little speed demon and with a quick zero to 30 will keep anyone at bay in heavy traffic, at 90 mph the mileage drops for sure and the car settles down to a good 75mph on its own As for a head turning reaction... it's better than driving a Maserati or some other exotic vehicle for a fraction of the cost. Highway speeds are easily attained and it will stay in it's lane as asked. It's not meant for highway driving as much as it is for urban or suburban needs. Yet I wouldn't hesitate driving long distances e.g., 100's of miles. As for truck's and wind, well it's a small car and up to now big rigs never caused the smart to involuntarily change lanes yet. Suffice it to say that the smart driver needs a bit more input into the steering wheel than a large Chevy would. It covers well over a 300 miles distance on a 8.7 gallon tank. My complaints are... only 2 year warranty and no spare tire included. It has a NASCAR type safety cage that has proven to keep the occupants safe when merging with a larger car and the end result dumbfounds the police and fire fighters when they reach the scene of an accident. The smart may sometimes have less damage than the other vehicle. The outside plastic panels are made from recycled material and can be changed to another color within 2 1/2 hours by any dealer. How many other cars can claim this...?
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Love it, love it, love it

by from Mooresville, NC on October 20, 2011

This is the car I have wanted since I saw one in France in 2005. Now I have a yellow convertible and I could not be happier with it. I added wood tone skins to the dash, etc. and they really dress it ...
This is the car I have wanted since I saw one in France in 2005. Now I have a yellow convertible and I could not be happier with it. I added wood tone skins to the dash, etc. and they really dress it up. It really is an eye-catcher and I get stopped all the time for information on it. I highly recommend it.
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Best car I have ever owned

by from Bremerton, WA on April 18, 2011

Great little commuter car with over 40 MPG. Plenty of room and lots of fun to drive. And looks, yeah you get lots of looks in it.
Great little commuter car with over 40 MPG. Plenty of room and lots of fun to drive. And looks, yeah you get lots of looks in it.
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quirky charm

by from Vero Beach FL on October 29, 2008

To rate the smart by the above categories doesn't really fit. This car is one unique little ride. I've had mine for about 6 months, and have driven it about 8,000 miles. I love it! It's not just an ap...
To rate the smart by the above categories doesn't really fit. This car is one unique little ride. I've had mine for about 6 months, and have driven it about 8,000 miles. I love it! It's not just an appliance like most cars today. You need to think to drive it and get the most out of it. Most of the criticisms are probably true (choppy ride, although compared to my Geo Tracker, it's a limo; quirky transmission, hey, get used to it! It's that way for a reason; you can get different economy cars for the same money, but 'yawn', when it comes to them; premium gas, if you use less by using premium, isn't that better for the world, even if it's not as cost efficient?...and the list goes on.) If someone wants purely cheap, reliable transportation, get a Fit or Yaris or Versa, or any of many really good little cars. Or if you want really cheap, get an old 3 cylinder Geo Metro. They're great also! But, there is nothing like a smart. It's unique, it's fun, it's in a class by itself, and it's so called negatives only add to it's charm. Not for everybody, but certainly loved and appreciated by a lot of us who own them. By the way, I drive it around town, on the highway, everywhere and love it all.
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2008 smart for two

by from cary,NC on January 31, 2009

I have been familiar with the Smart car since it was called the Swatch car- it is a proven platform in Europe and was only reluctantly configured for the States. I have an "orphan" - which I only dri...
I have been familiar with the Smart car since it was called the Swatch car- it is a proven platform in Europe and was only reluctantly configured for the States. I have an "orphan" - which I only drive in manual mode - which is fun-it gets great gas mileage and is agile enough to move in and out of traffic. The interior is acceptable- the 6 CD changer is nice and the speakers operate very good for such a small car. The car does not travel well on rough roads - over bumps - with the short wheelbase it is difficult to ride smooth ---however it is tolerable- noise level is o.k. - but also tolerable. Overall - it is a fun car to drive - ad has enough space to bring home the groceries and run the errands and unbelievably easy to park!
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Fantastic car, I & everyone else loves it.

by from Gap, PA on January 18, 2011

Feel of dramatic shifting takes some getting used to, car is not very good in snow/ice, obviously, otherwise super fun to drive, good pick up for speed when needed, unbeatable turning radius, park vir...
Feel of dramatic shifting takes some getting used to, car is not very good in snow/ice, obviously, otherwise super fun to drive, good pick up for speed when needed, unbeatable turning radius, park virtually anywhere. I love this car. I have the Smart For Two, Passion Cabriolet & recommend it to anyone who questons me about it.
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