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2008 Smart Fortwo

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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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4+ months in a smart

by from Woodridge, IL on May 27, 2008

i got the first 2008 fortwo in illinois, first tank of gas was 37mpg and it's only gotten better, last 2 tanks were 53 & 47mpg resply. 53 mpg at 55-60mph, 47 in my normal stop and go commute. i have n...
i got the first 2008 fortwo in illinois, first tank of gas was 37mpg and it's only gotten better, last 2 tanks were 53 & 47mpg resply. 53 mpg at 55-60mph, 47 in my normal stop and go commute. i have no idea what the mopes at the EPA were smoking to get 33mpg city and 40mpg highway. it handles well on most roads, and you can take on/off ramps at 50% over posted limits comfortably (go cart comes to mind) it has a low center of gravity, the entire drivetrain, which is most of it's weight is about 1 foot off the ground, the rest of the car is plastic and glass. on it's own, you'd think it was quiet at speed, unless you have a drive in a luxury car before or after driving the smart (i had a mercedes E class for a year before getting the smart) and drove both cars for a month before selling the E. it's a little jerky when shifting at low speeds, more pedal pressure gives smoother accelleration, sometimes it "hunts" between first and second at slow speeds, that can be annoying, the cure is popping it into "manual" and shifting it yourself. i can get a ton of stuff in back, easily fifteen 30-can cases of beer, luggage for two for a weeks' vacation is no problem. with what you save at the pumps, you can rent a pick-up once in a while when you need one. driving a smart, you become an "instant star" people will stare, point, smile, give you "thumbs up", video you with their cell phones... after 4 months, it hasn't stopped! when you're parked or stopped, you will get lots of questions, be prepared! it's safe, it feels big on the inside, looks small on the outside. my older benz felt smaller in the front seat area. drive one once, either you'll love it or not. it never lets you know you're driving a "micro-car" while inside. it's the "future", catch the wave!
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Very Sleek and easly on the wallet!

by from Lewisville, TX on February 15, 2008

Extra small dosnt mean unsafe. $11,500 gets you into the most fuel efficient gas only car on the market. I have driven this car 3 times and am now in line for it. Very nice. This is not a sports car. ...
Extra small dosnt mean unsafe. $11,500 gets you into the most fuel efficient gas only car on the market. I have driven this car 3 times and am now in line for it. Very nice. This is not a sports car. This is a city commuter. Its a bit slow to start, but is fast enough for highway use. Rated 35-40mpg, but some have reported 50+mpg. Great for anyone. Im 6ft 350lb and fit nicely with my large wife. There are videos of taller and larger people fitting nicely. The transmission is an automated manual. That means no clutch for stop and go traffic. It also has a sequential shifter, so you dot have to worry about which gear it is in, just up or down. It has a light on the gauge that tells you when to shift for maximum mpg. This is a lovely car, so dont knock it before you try it!
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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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