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Community Level 2singingbush

singingbush

Driving the Smart Car

AdvantagesEconomic, safe, easy to park, fun to drive.

Disadvantagesat times the automatic transmission can be annoying, a few blindspots

"I always liked the look of the smart car, so when I had to start driving one to do deliveries at work I was quite excited. Although I do not own one myself I have decided to review what its like to drive the Smart Car (this is not a fully detailed review, as I feel the driving experience is more important): When getting into the car for the first time I noticed that the ignition was positioned by the handbrake, set in fluorescent plastic making ..." Read review
24.06.2004

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Community Level 1plinky182

plinky182

They're grrrrreat

AdvantagesSmall, fuel efficient

Disadvantagesonly two seats, no good for a family

"Samrt cars, what a cracking idea. I'm sick and tired of seeing the usual four seat boxes on the road, it's good to see a car that is a little different and vert practical as well. How many people drive their cars every day on their own? Most cars have at least four seats and the back seats are almost never used, what a waste. It costs more to build and needs more fuel to carry round all that excess weight that is not required. The Smart car ..." Read review
24.08.2000

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Community Level 1Kris200

Kris200

Classic car a mini A class Mercedes

AdvantagesFuel economy, road tax ,recycle , parking, Air con.

DisadvantagesNo spare tyre. right shoulder visibility.

"Having driven a Morris Minor for 24 years I found some similarities eg bolt on panels sunvisors and wipers that folded in on themselves. So using the smart I felt at home. I have now had two smart cars. The advantages were ,better breaking and ride and space. I bought my first smart in 2001 and had six years trouble free driving but at 80.000 miles the engine over heated due to and oil leak that had not been picked up at servicing.being left hand ..." Read review
12.08.2008

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Community Level 1Myboomeran...

Myboomerangwontcomebck

Smart car

AdvantagesGreat fun, Clever engineering, more practical than you'd think, cheap to run

DisadvantagesGear change can be tricky, Quirky not for everyone, hard suspension, Road rage target!

"I ran a Smart car for 100,000 miles over three years. It was completely reliable, cheap to run and comfortable (great seats - even on Motorways. I made 400 mile round journeys in it. I found the flat luggage area practical (far better than an MGF I owned). With the upper boot flap open I carried long lengths of wood (from out the boot over the dashboard to the windscreen). The gear change (sequential - no clutch) took a while to master since it's ..." Read review
10.11.2007

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Community Level 2lawrensons

lawrensons

you get what you want

Advantagesvery economical

Disadvantagesnot enough motorway power

"Smart cars are becoming increasingly popular on our streets, my friend has one - they are like minis but more stylish and sophisticated. The pure model for example has a 45 break horse power engine - not exactly a ferarri - but then youre' not going to buy one if you plan to make any long distance trips. This is PURELY a city car. It comes in 8 stylish colours and has full size airbags for driver and passenger, - it comes with ABS braking as ..." Read review
09.09.2000

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Community Level 3elrathia

elrathia

dangerous?

Advantagessmall cheap

Disadvantagesdangerous too small

"Smart cars have been on the roads of poole for over a year now although the majority seem to be left hand drive which is in itself a large minus. I think that they look very ugly but hey looks are only skin deep. I can see that this car will have a lot of disadvantages for starters it has only 2 seats and practically no luggage space so if 2 of you go to tescos where does the food go which seems to be very unpractical. Another thing that comes to ..." Read review
01.09.2000

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Community Level 1Evilution

Evilution

You have to admire the smart car.

Advantagessmall, light, good MPG, stylish, fun to drive, a real head turner.

DisadvantagesGear changes a little slow, suffer in high winds

"The majority of people who hate the smart know nothing about them, you can't complain they aren't a family car, its not like that isn't obvious when you first see it. The only valid reason any person has given for not liking it is "they don't like the way it looks". Well, all people are different, its like marmite, you either love it or hate it, I love it and bought a brand new pure in February and haven't looked back. Sure they can be a bit ..." Read review
10.04.2004

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Community Level 2spawn

spawn

smaaart

Advantagessmart

Disadvantagesdunno

"The Smart car is a different looking car that drives well and has good acceleration and is great for parking. Well that just about sums it up, but it also looks quite good dispite being a very different car design that quite possibly could have looked absolutely horrific. The fuel economy is also an advantage and it comes in to the lowest tax and insurance band which can help out with the bills. However the main reason I wanted to own one of these ..." Read review
02.09.2000

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Community Level 1Toria110183

Toria110183

My beautiful smart car.

AdvantagesVery quick, perfect for city conditions,other smart drivers wave at you!free recovery.

DisadvantagesNo spare tyre! clutch wears out too quickly!

"I bought my smart car 12 months ago, it was a dream come true, i had wanted one since i first saw them. Unfortunately i was yet to pass my test which turned out to be 28/12/03 but i bought it all the same. When it was delivered to my house it was the wrong colour it was a nasty shade of blue instead of the royal blue i had requested, it had to be sent back, the next day i recieved a call from Mercedes Nottingham explaining that the colour i wanted ..." Read review
12.03.2004

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Community Level 4CatK

CatK

SO GOODBYE TO PARKING PROBLEMS

AdvantagesEASY TO PARK

DisadvantagesNO GOOD FOR FAMILY OUTINGS

"I must admit that I really do love small cars and find the Smart Car very appealing. I live in an area where parking can be a big problem, especially as now-a-days alot of households have a couple of cars each and spaces are very limited if you don't want to take a mile walk to your front door. The nice little car solves all those problems and gets into most spaces that slightly bigger cars cannot. The one bad thing I will say about the Smart ..." Read review
09.01.2003

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Community Level 2pishton

pishton

Stupid.

Advantages

DisadvantagesJust Ughh.

"No, No, No. What are smart cars all about? You have all the disadvantages of a motorcycle but none of the advantages. Where do you put your luggage? Imagine driving it on a motorway? It must cost more than a scooter/motorbike to insure. This is a concept similar to the sinclair C5. I am afraid that it will suffer the same fate. I just cannot see people buying these things. Their only market will be marketing departments. If it does go down the drain ..." Read review
25.08.2000

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Community Level 1jln73

jln73

Clockwork cars

AdvantagesSo small it can fit in your pocket instead of parking it

DisadvantagesIt is an awful ugly car

"Could someone please explain to me what posessed Swatch, the watch manufacturers to go into the car market? It is an awful machine, it looks like an overgrown remote control car. My four year old son wanted one to play with!! Ok it may be more enviromentally friendly than most cars, and small enough to park in a matchbox but some one should have really thought long and hard before letting the bodywork designer loose on this project. Apparently you ..." Read review
24.08.2000

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