Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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About to Purchase a Smart
Good morning all!
I recently relocated from the quiet valley's of Southern Oregon, to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. For the last 5 years I have driven a BMW 3-Series, my first a 2007 and most recently a 2014. As I have grown into Los Angeles, I start to understand the woes of a full size sedan. Parking is more challenging, maneuvering city blocks and fuel efficiency becomes much more important! And beyond that, lets face it, the repair bill on a BMW in L.A. is significantly larger than in Oregon. So because of this, I have decided to part ways with my 3-series, in search of something more "practical."
I have driven a Smart For Two year ago, when my uncle owned one as a commuter car. I loved the car. So fun to drive, quirky, and I never even payed much attention the small size. Fast forward to now, I think that the Smart is the car for me. I drive 50 miles round trip for work 5 days a week. This is just not feasible in the 3-series for the long term, and I think that the Smart is a great alternative.
I am not too concerned about losing cargo space, as my partner has a full size Honda sedan. But I have been perusing the forums here everyday for about a week now trying to learn as much as I can before I make the decision. I am looking at a 2013 smart passion Cabriolet tomorrow with the red softop, and red interior. The car is white on the exterior with silver safety cell. It's in great condition body wise, and appears to be in good mechanical condition. The owner is an avid Smart enthusiast.
My question to the group here is, what should I be looking for when I first look at the car? What are some things that I could expect to go wrong with a 2013 smart with about 70k miles right now? As far as I am concerned, as long as I am confident the car is in good mechanical condition, I plan to buy it!
Thanks in advance for your input!