Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Francisco
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Tired of waiting, going for a MINI Cooper
I reserved in early July, rez # 1282, and by my own guesstimates (solidly based on others' confabulations : -) I won't be getting my smart til the last quarter of 2008, so I will just have to go with the second choice on my short list. The cancellation over the phone was very quick.
I visited the smart dealer in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and while the smart rep said that their delivery numbers would be ramping up, he said that they had a very long list of deliveries to go thru. He said something to the fact that they were one of the dealerships in the nation with the largest number of reservation holders.
So the wife and I headed over to the BMW dealer down the street and checked out the Mini Cooper. She was just as delighted with the styling of the Coop as with the smart, but the definite deal breaker for her was the back seat on the Mini. It allows to safely carry our baby there and the occasional passenger(s) without needing to go back home and exchange cars.
For me, the deal zinchers were the MPG and the performace. The real life MPG numbers are not that far off between the Mini and the smart. And for about the same gas economy, I could enjoy a more spirited ride on the smart.
Sure, some of the super tight parking spots I was hoping to scoop up downtown are now out of the question but the Mini can still fit in some spots passed over by other cars.
I think that in a few years from now, when maybe a smart diesel is on the market, I will be looking at the smart again.