Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Annarbor, Michigan. (a2)
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Not Passing, but Merging.
It was not the get up and go that gave us grief, the problem was it wouldn't keep going !!!
The Smart is a quick little car with superb handling and lots of power. The unexpected down shift was a surprise and a dangerous flaw.
We have had lots of low HP cars and lived in LA. We do know how to run little cars in fast traffic. (Honda 600cc, Subaru 360cc, a couple of VW Bugs, 36hp and 40hp Micro buss. My everyday driver is a 1.3L Festiva.
The set up here was this: drive across the parking lot, out a short driveway into fast moving traffic.
The posted speed limit was 50, and as is typical in Michigan, the traffic was moving much faster. We got it on, halfway made the merg, reduced power a bit to let the trans shift and there we were... Dead in the water.
Being able to really run these cars was a real eye opener. Although the rides were short, I at least had a chance to test how it performed in real city use.
All you Smarties who are yet to take your test drive, when you do drive it give it a real work out, dont just chug around the block. If you find something you're not sure about; have guts, and get back in line and drive it again.
I do hope Smart Corp is reading the forums