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Experience In Driving and Other Tidbits
I received my invitation and went for my test drive in Chandler, Arizona on Friday. Check out my post under News & Rumors - Making Reservations...to or not too - Hopefully some good information for all that has reserved so far.
This was my first time at driving a Fortwo. Not bad. Steering was OK. I found that it shifted a little hard. I am an automatic person and when it was in automatic I was OK. Rep & I decided to also switch it to standard and I used the little paddles. That was when I could really feel the shifting, but it could have just been me I was told later by someone that was experience at driving the Fortwo that if I would drive it for about 20 minutes, I would get the hang of it.
I was in the convertable and the Rep put down the top with ease and I had her put the top back up since it was already about 110 degrees. Air was excellent and we tested out the radio...no problems in hearing it.
Cupholders...how many times have you bought a car and took your first drink Iinto your car and found out that the cup was too large for the cupholder? No problem there. One cup holder could handle one of those very,very, large drinks and the other looked like a regular or large drink.
Other things that I found out:
1. There is no spare tire. The car comes with a tire repair kit and a compressor. (Does anyone know if Auto Club would come out to fix a tire like this????)
2. After receiving your car and you want to change the color, you can buy different color panels. It is part of the accessories that the dealer will carry. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to change the panels. No cost was available.
3. The dealership that I went to has not been named yet as a Smart Car Dealership. They are awaiting word. But I did ask about "trade-ins". The Smart Car Rep had me talk to the Dealer Rep and I was told that "trade-ins" would be welcomed.
4. Speaking of dealerships, I was told that the Fortwo is very low maintenance but I would have to take the Fortwo to an "authorized" dealer for service. That means, right now for me, I may have to go 100 miles for my Fortwo to be servced.
It will be my first car without a spare and the servicing issue could b a problem (but I could see my granddaugher that lives in the same area)...
YES I STILL WANT ONE !!!