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Well I appreciate all the responses and the honesty. I do love the idea of the Smart Cars, as they are very cute, and I think they would be a breeze to drive around in. Parking too would be awesome! When I mentioned the Cobra earlier, I should have said that I would be selling it in order to get another car. Frankly I just can't have 2 cars at this point time because I'm going to school and I live in an apartment with not a whole lot of parking space. I'm also looking at saving on mileage for a few extra bucks in my bank account.
While I understand that Smart is owned by Mercedes I kind of look at that as a negative... I happen to know Mercedes costs an arm and a leg if you need repair work. How bad is it for the Smart car? Also, how easy is it to access things like oil filter, fuel filter, drain plugs, bulbs, and so on? My family and I are pretty mechanical and generally do all the work on our vehicles so I'm just wondering if specialized tools need be part of the equation in order to do work. On my Cobra, and all my past Mustangs the engine bay is rather large and everything is easily accessible.
Does anyone know what the exact RPM is when cruising at around 65mph? My GF has a VW New Beetle with a 5 Speed and the thing is screaming at 65mph which is neither good for the motor, tranny, or good for gas mileage. I didn't see a Tach on the Smart, but maybe I missed it. I would imagine with the tiny tires and only a 5 speed transmission, it can't be breezing along which would worry me.
While having 4 doors and/or 4 seats is convenient I think I can make 2 of each work. Storage room should be fine so long as I can get my golf clubs in. I have a normal sized golf bag and I go almost weekly with some buddies. Would my buddy's clubs and mine fit in their fine?
Lastly, I've never really followed the Smart company and is there any new engines/trans, AWD models, or body styles coming out that I should wait for? I'm kind of saddened that the Smart doesn't get better mileage being how small it is. While the mileage is certainly on the top of the curve, other cars are achieving the same mileage with a NA gasoline engine with 3 times the power and probably close to double the weight. I think I read that the Diesel engines in Europe get better mileage but for some reason they have not brought them over.
Thanks in advance!