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Yes, some like them and some hate them I ave had 86 cars in the last 15 years must high end bmws and slks,I have more fun with this than my new mini Cooper and lve to drive it, I live in th country so all roads are 50plusmph, I get 50mpg and love it.
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Even dealer mAint is not bad at all.
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The dealer maintenance experience will largely depend on which dealer you visit (are they a Mercedes dealership with smart attached or stand-alone?) and what you consider to be a "fair price."

I've been very happy so far but have only dealt with two stand-alone dealerships: Portland, OR and Orlando, FL.
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It's a fun car to drive for...in town or on the interstate. If you need room for more than one passenger, forget it. The SmartCar exceeded my expectations in every way...speed, power, and handling. My wife has a large SUV and drove it back and forth to work until I bought the SmartCar and now she's taken it away from me. We use it for 'around town' weekend driving and on all trips when it just the two of us. I don't hesitate to take it on long trips. I'd do the same thing if I had it to do over again. But I agree with the person that recommended a good test drive...and it all depends on what your expectations are. As you see from all of the different responses, it's all about what YOU want. Bill
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Can the smart handle mountains?

Here is one post that might help that was posted for another potential new smart owner:

https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...06/#post403047
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To answer you golf club question, yes they will fit. I am fairly tall (6'3"), so I take my woods out and put them in at an angle behind the seats, but I have taken my son golfing several times, and can tell you they fit fine.

As far as rpm, it's not going to loaf along at 2200 rpm @ 65 like your Cobra. It's a small engine, and it's designed to rev. I don't have the tach in my car, but I believe it's about 3500 rpm @ 65. This car has a 4:56 final drive, so it's got a little grunt down low. I cruise along at 75 every day on my commute. I did 12 hours to the Nationals in KC last June in a smart caravan, and we ran 80 most of the way out there.
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I get a lot of people asking if they should buy a smart and I usually surprise them by saying no. The smart isn't a car you think about and then get, you either NEED one but not sure why or you don't buy one.

The smart doesn't do anything better than other cars available and it's not cheaper than any of the cars that do stuff better.

So, if you didn't immediately have to have a smart the minute you saw one, you shouldn't buy one.
@Evilution,

Can you please elaborate on what you mean here? How do you just know you want a Smart Car? What does your Smart Car mean to you? What is it you can't get from another small or fuel efficient car? What does driving a Smart Car say to other people?

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65 MPH in 5th is about 3200 RPM. I thought it was a little high a first too, but since it's such a small engine I think it works out about right.

Really, I don't think you would want it much lower; when going 75, I have to downshift to 4th for even little hills. That puts it at about 4500. Really, thinking about it in terms like mean piston speed, 4500 isn't that fast at all. What's a little more surprising to me is that redline is only 6400.

Never mind that, though; I just ran through some numbers for airflow per power output recently, and assuming 100% volumetric efficiency, the smart has a BSFC of 256 grams/kilowatt hour at 4500 RPM WOT. For comparison take a look at these maps. That list includes some very high thermal-efficiency engines, and the better of those use about 280 g/KWh at 4500 RPM WOT (not counting the Prius, but it's a miller cycle - no fair ).

The way I did the calculations, the BSFC is dependent on the volumetric efficiency and vice versa. This means it might be 110% VE and 281 g/KWh, or it might be 90% VE and 230 g/KWh. Any way you put that, it looks good to me!
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If you're referring to the one year anniversary video, make sure you check out the latest version including year two.

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