2009 Smart Fortwo
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Great car

by from Florida on December 23, 2010

I picked up the 2009 smart new in december 2008. I drive ALOT because of my business. Coming from a Lexus SC to to the smart car is a hug difference but not in a bad way. The car has saved me quite a ...
I picked up the 2009 smart new in december 2008. I drive ALOT because of my business. Coming from a Lexus SC to to the smart car is a hug difference but not in a bad way. The car has saved me quite a bit of money for example... 46.8mpg on my last fill up! I got rear ended @10mph and also got backed into in a parking lot on the drivers side door and NO DAMAGE! not even a scratch! The doors do not dent easily at all, if that was my lexus the repair bill would be $500+ I take it on the highway all the time at 70-80mph and the only time there is a little instability is if the wind is blowing 20+moh. The only thing I think they should improve is.. 1. offer regular gas option 2. bring diesel to the US 3. cruise control (dones not come with, but you can get it) 4. number of available smart centers in the US, I do all the work myself but it would be great to have one thats closer than a 2.5hr drive away. Overall the car has saved me a ton of money on gas and repair bills/maintinance bills. Solid car.
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Perfect for me, but not for everyone . . .

by from Los Angeles, CA on October 21, 2011

I love my Smart. That being said, it's not for everyone. I was not in the market for a high-performance car; I wanted a fairly inexpensive, reliable, fuel-efficient car. The Smart fits all these crit...
I love my Smart. That being said, it's not for everyone. I was not in the market for a high-performance car; I wanted a fairly inexpensive, reliable, fuel-efficient car. The Smart fits all these criteria. It's also really frigging cute, and I love that. I get 40 mpg, and never have much problem finding parking. There are some minuses, however. For the most part, these apply to city driving in stop-and-go traffic: the Smart has a serious transmission issuer, which is basically a design flaw. In lower gears, the drive can be very jerky. You learn how to baby the gas pedal to try to avoid this, but there are still times my car literally jumps and jerks forward. Until you get up to 28-30, you can feel the gear shifts, and there is a slight hesitation as it shifts up. Going from a red light to green light, the car takes several seconds to get up to speed; you may find cars behind you getting impatient with the slow acceleration. there just isn't a lot of get-up-and-go. That being said, on the highway, most of these problems disappear. In higher gears and constant acceleration, the Smart has no trouble with 75 mph, and easily keeps up with surrounding traffic (I laugh when people ask me if it's highway-legal, like its some kind of golf cart!) And, when I only spend $30 to fill the tank (in Southern California!), I always smile. Especially when I see the customer before me spent $80;)
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40 MPG

by from Ct on January 19, 2010

Had the Smart for almost 1& 1/2 years 18K miles.So far no mechanical problems.I commute 60+ mi @ day so this car is saving me bucks. I consistantly get 40 MPG. The car flies and easily cruise at 70+ o...
Had the Smart for almost 1& 1/2 years 18K miles.So far no mechanical problems.I commute 60+ mi @ day so this car is saving me bucks. I consistantly get 40 MPG. The car flies and easily cruise at 70+ on the interstate no problem. Snow is a no no as far as I'm concerned.Not going thre I'll use my 4x4 in that weather.Did get the passion so with all the extras it came to a little over 19K. Thought that was high for this car, but hoped to make it up on gas savings.In CT. I did not have to pay sales tax on this car YEPPEE!! It does hold the road well but in extreme wind it stays in the garage. Recently took a trip to VT. a 5 hr ride and did not come across another smartie.Maybe on the wet coast there are more on the road,but in New England not too many.
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Smart Brabus 2009

by from Seattle, WA on March 17, 2010

This is our second Smart car. We drive it mainly in the city and love the way it handles. We are comparing it to our Lexus SC430 and our Toyota Sienna. It is definitely not a Lexus, but I drive the Sm...
This is our second Smart car. We drive it mainly in the city and love the way it handles. We are comparing it to our Lexus SC430 and our Toyota Sienna. It is definitely not a Lexus, but I drive the Smart most of the time. It has an automatic and a manual transmission mode. The manual mode is what makes this car fun to drive. Think of driving a go cart... The driver/passenger compartment is very comfortable. The heated seats are comfortable and warm up much quicker than our Lexus or Toyota. Your comfort suffers when driving on an expressway due to the very short wheel base....pretty bumpy. Great mileage! Y
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Pleased with my car

by from middle Georgia on July 29, 2009

`Purchased my smart cabriolet in October 2008. In 8 months I have accumulated 19,000 trouble fee, fun-filled miles. No mechanical problems! These miles have included Interstate trips of 300 ? 600 mile...
`Purchased my smart cabriolet in October 2008. In 8 months I have accumulated 19,000 trouble fee, fun-filled miles. No mechanical problems! These miles have included Interstate trips of 300 ? 600 miles, and many back road & in-town travels. This is a unique car that is not (nor is it intended to be) for everyone. Every type car on the market is designed/targeted for a specific need. If your needs do not fit the smart ? don?t buy it. More importantly don?t criticize the car just because it doesn?t fit your needs! If you need a back sit ? don?t buy a smart! If you need the smooth ride of a Cadillac ? don?t buy a smart! If need zero to sixty in less than thirteen seconds ? don?t buy a smart. I could go on and on but I?m sure you get the picture. Know what it is BEFORE you buy it and don?t buy it expecting it to be something it isn?t. I have the typical likes and dislike as most smart owners: I wish the transmission shifted smoother; better acceleration would be nice; a smoother ride would be accepted with pleasure. BUT, none of these take away from the pleasure this car gives me. I enjoy the buttons and whistles it has that most small cars do not offer: In addition to the expected ones (power windows, steering & brakes) the heated leather seats, TMPS (tire pressure monitor system), tachometer, heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, automatic lights, chrome wheels, up-graded sound system (subwoofer under the driver?s seat) are all welcomed accessories. I have added an aftermarket GPS and cruise control. I LOVE the top-down ride and the fact that I can open/close the top while driving ? a very handy feature when an unexpected rain shower occurs! Things I don?t like are the lack of rear view visibility. Even with the top down the back line of sight is very limited and can be dangerous. One must learn to compensate for it. I would feel more secure if a spare tire was onboard. Another dislike (no fault of smart) is the lack of respect on the Interstate. It appears that other drives do not realize that I can ?play with the big kids?. They want me to get out of their way until they realize that I can set the cruise control at eighty miles per hour and stay with them. Interstate traffic frequently cuts me off or tries to blow by me as if to say my smart is insufficient. Overall I am well pleased with my smart and plan to purchase another new in 2011.
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It is awsome!

by from on December 27, 2011

I think that I could become a car salesman now that I've owned my secound smart car. I had my first car called a passion model .I had it for four days until I saw the brabus modle . I traided it in an...
I think that I could become a car salesman now that I've owned my secound smart car. I had my first car called a passion model .I had it for four days until I saw the brabus modle . I traided it in and bought the brabus. I'm somewhat of a sports man when it comes to cars and this little baby is whats hattin!!!!!! Every where I go someone is asking questions about the car so it takes 5 minutes longer to get to my destination . I truely feel like this car is the car of the future. Just Bill
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Super fun to drive.

by from Washington, DC on February 14, 2012

I drive a few miles to work each day. The gas economy is excellent. I have the cabrio an I like that I can drop the top when I am moving down the road. Very fun car to drive. The wind will blow it aro...
I drive a few miles to work each day. The gas economy is excellent. I have the cabrio an I like that I can drop the top when I am moving down the road. Very fun car to drive. The wind will blow it around on the highway if it is a windy day and you have to watch following a semi truck because you will be blown around by the wind coming off the truck. But for city driving it is a lot of fun. The cargo area is plenty big enough for groceries and light shopping.
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Economical and fun

by from Annandale, VA on September 13, 2009

I looked at the Smart primarily for the good fuel economy but after further scruinty and looking at other cars, i felt the Smart was more than just your average economy car, but it is a very unique ca...
I looked at the Smart primarily for the good fuel economy but after further scruinty and looking at other cars, i felt the Smart was more than just your average economy car, but it is a very unique car in ever shape and form. It is truly a fun little car, though it may not be as fast as those other two seater cars on the market, but then again, it is not meant to be a sporty car but more of a commuter car ( Unless you go for the Brabus edition). I really have a great time with the car, it drives very well in most situations, however due to it's high profile, you can get snagged in a crosswind very easily unless you ride into the wind and not against it. Other drivers will nitpick at the transmission, but it is an automated manual meaning it will drive like a manual without the need for a clutch. It takes a huge amount of patience to get used to the tricks of the cars transmission, but once you get used to it there is not a real problem. I for one feel it is very obvious when it changes gear, and it is not the smoothest tranny around, but id rather know it is working well than not. I went into the car knowing what to expect, so there are no shockers there. On the very plus side this little wonder is very roomy for the size, it feels like you are in a bigger car, and even the space behind the seats is very roomy for what the size of the car is. It is no truck, but for somebody who is single like me, or for a couple, it does the job for shopping trips very well. I do have the Smart for two pure, and even with such options like Air Conditioning, radio, and metallic paint, you can still come out on top with a price tag of 13K. Others complain about the fact you need premium gas to run this car, but the car has a 8.7 gallon tank and you can get a full weeks worth of driving before the next fill-up at what i average 38.9 city driving. The cost of a fill up on high test gas is not all that expensive after you crunch the numbers. Overall, I love my little Smart and even after 16,000 happy miles i can still say i love it.
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50mpg, more looks than a Ferrari, go-cart handling

by from Annapolis, MD on September 17, 2013

Can't go wrong with this car if you want a super fun, economical, great looking, great handling, easy to drive and park anywhere, attention getter. Always a conversation piece. The 2009 Smart Four Two...
Can't go wrong with this car if you want a super fun, economical, great looking, great handling, easy to drive and park anywhere, attention getter. Always a conversation piece. The 2009 Smart Four Two, Brabus Edition, Cabriolet has got to be one of the most under rated vehicles on the road today. Designed and built by Mercedes, it is extremely safe and always brings a smile and laughs wherever you go. We purchased the car from Manhattan Land-Rover, Jaguar of Bethesda, MD. Their customer service and friendliness was icing on the cake. The entire experience was nothing short of excellent.
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2009 Smart Pure Two 4 Two Coupe

by from Los Angeles, CA on February 25, 2016

I owned a 2009 Smart Two4Two Cabrole Convertible. I was damaged in an El Nino Storm anc could not be repaired. I replaced it with a coupe and it has the same qualities as my previous car, but withou...
I owned a 2009 Smart Two4Two Cabrole Convertible. I was damaged in an El Nino Storm anc could not be repaired. I replaced it with a coupe and it has the same qualities as my previous car, but without all the "bells" and "whistles" of my former car. It is the true economy car for the money. It is the safest car I have ever driven and the gas mileage beats any vehicle on the road.
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