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ALSRAC 03-26-2010 12:35 AM

Brand new Crossblade for sale in Mexico
 
When I say "brand new" I mean it, is a 2003 Smart Crossblade but it has "0" miles on it, it's literally brand new, just driven within the dealership and from the showroom to the storage area, but the total distance driven it's not even 1/2 mile, and now is for sale in Toluca, Mexico :eek:
The asking price is about $30,500 dollars, a little pricey but worth it, here are some pictures:

http://i42.tinypic.com/ib9oiq.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/5b1dah.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/n55zcn.jpg

jimvw57 03-26-2010 05:43 AM

Perfect for those January drives out to the ice fishing shack...

JPaul 03-26-2010 05:51 AM

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Originally Posted by jimvw57 (Post 324450)
Perfect for those January drives out to the ice fishing shack...

Heated seats?

forestacademy 03-26-2010 06:02 AM

Got to Love the Wheels




the_dude 03-26-2010 08:38 PM

i'm calling bs on the 0 miles...it's already got a brabus shifter, pedals, & fuel cap, and those aren't standard for the crossblade. this thing's seen some action.

ALSRAC 03-28-2010 08:22 PM

You're right those accesories were not standard on the Crossblade, however, where do you install them? At the dealer which means you don't need to drive it outside to get them installed, you can put the stuff to make it worth more not just to drive it, specially if this was thought to be a collectors item since day one. I have no doubt this indeed has 0 miles, a picture of the odometer should help, I'll see if I can get one

briansmart 06-17-2010 08:49 AM

ALSRAC,

is that price in USD?

wrumbarger 06-17-2010 09:06 AM

The lowest mileage I have ever seen on a NEW smart is 3.2miles.

They drive it from the factory to the factory parking lot, drive it onto a train, drive it off the train to a parking lot in Bremerhaven, drive it onto a boat (RORO = Roll on Roll off) drive it to a parking lot at port, drive it onto a car carrier, drive it off the carrier at dealership, drive it around the dealership for inspection, logging into inventory, display, etc.

So "0" miles is probably not possible, but I would believe less than 10?

briansmart 06-17-2010 10:47 AM

Is it possible they have it set on tripometer instead of the odometer?

chieftmc 06-17-2010 12:42 PM

A/C ????? :p

Miss Mercedes 07-08-2010 05:18 PM

Time to bring something back from the dead...Now to not jinx myself but lets just say well, I'm now in the market for a smart (sort of) :wink:

But any links or anything?

navy48 08-27-2010 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Neonspinnazz (Post 351686)
Time to bring something back from the dead...Now to not jinx myself but lets just say well, I'm now in the market for a smart (sort of) :wink:

But any links or anything?


well, you were 'sort of' on July 8th. how about NOW? :rolleyes:

ALSRAC 08-30-2010 07:19 AM

Asked for pictures or proof of the 0 miles, never got them, you guys can say this was a scam or not true, I still believe it could be true...

jediknight36 12-30-2010 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by ALSRAC (Post 324431)
When I say "brand new" I mean it, is a 2003 Smart Crossblade but it has "0" miles on it, it's literally brand new, just driven within the dealership and from the showroom to the storage area, but the total distance driven it's not even 1/2 mile, and now is for sale in Toluca, Mexico :eek:
The asking price is about $30,500 dollars, a little pricey but worth it, here are some pictures:

http://i42.tinypic.com/ib9oiq.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/5b1dah.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/n55zcn.jpg

God thats a beautiful car...

jimvw57 12-30-2010 08:15 PM

I like the rims!

Miss Mercedes 12-30-2010 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jediknight36 (Post 402199)
God thats a beautiful car...

Welcome back to the asylum jedi, and welcome to the other, unknown ward...:)

The things I'd go do get my hands on that...

I dream of the day of me screaming down the expressway or Lake Michigan shoreline in one of those.

As one of my friends would say about a Ferrari: That car is SEXY! :)

Miss Mercedes 12-30-2010 08:49 PM


jediknight36 12-30-2010 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Neonspinnazz (Post 402259)
Welcome back to the asylum jedi, and welcome to the other, unknown ward...:)

The things I'd go do get my hands on that...

I dream of the day of me screaming down the expressway or Lake Michigan shoreline in one of those.

As one of my friends would say about a Ferrari: That car is SEXY! :)

That IS a sexy car! It's good to be back! Wanna go halfsies?

Miss Mercedes 12-30-2010 09:43 PM

I wouldn't be able to let it go, I'd cry to see it drive away with me not at the wheel.

If only I had 50k. Now that I think about it, maybe the one for sale has been converted like a G&K car and thus the high price?

jediknight36 12-30-2010 10:10 PM

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I wouldn't be able to let it go, I'd cry to see it drive away with me not at the wheel.

If only I had 50k. Now that I think about it, maybe the one for sale has been converted like a G&K car and thus the high price?

But still, I could get a new MB for that much... and a loan for it.

RACNXTG3 12-30-2010 10:26 PM

To the poster that said it's been around the block and seen some action...

Just because it's new doesn't mean you could add stuff to it. Anyways, I absolutely love the Crossblade--even though realistically you gotta think about it; 30K isn't expensive with something as new and rare as this.

jediknight36 12-30-2010 10:29 PM

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It's only worth that to someone who thinks its worth that much. Hey, if I could get a note for it, I would.

radar231 12-31-2010 06:55 AM

Can it even be registered in the US or Canada?...eg safety etc

Brabus007 12-31-2010 07:16 AM

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Originally Posted by RACNXTG3 (Post 402279)
To the poster that said it's been around the block and seen some action...

Just because it's new doesn't mean you could add stuff to it. Anyways, I absolutely love the Crossblade--even though realistically you gotta think about it; 30K isn't expensive with something as new and rare as this.

Buffalo "CHIPS" ain't as plentiful as they used to be...BUT...That don't make them Valuable...

jediknight36 12-31-2010 08:17 AM

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Can it even be registered in the US or Canada?...eg safety etc

It's safer than the jeeps I see driving around with no doors and no roofs.

jediknight36 12-31-2010 08:18 AM

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Buffalo "CHIPS" ain't as plentiful as they used to be...BUT...That don't make them Valuable...

I know where we can get some brand new, low mileage chips right now!

RACNXTG3 01-03-2011 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Brabus007 (Post 402319)
Buffalo "CHIPS" ain't as plentiful as they used to be...BUT...That don't make them Valuable...

Neither was the Pontiac Aztec. It's all in the looks and how much everyone wants them.

ALSRAC 01-04-2011 07:42 AM

Just for the record, in Mexico car dealers don't have this bad american custom of taking the cars out of the lot with dealer plates drive them everywhere and after some hundred miles on them sell them like new. In Mexico, when you buy a brand new car is literally brand new. Every car dealer has demo cars for test drives, and the dealer's employees and owners drive their personal cars.
That's why I don't doubt this car has 0 miles.

smarticus 01-04-2011 11:15 AM

Moving the car around the factory lot, loading and unloading the ship, and scooting it around the dealers lot should be good for at least a good 8 to 10 miles or so. Mine backed off of the truck with almost 7 showing.
The crossblade does not have wipers on it's wee little windshield and that would get it into trouble with the feds.
The crosstown is as close as we would likely get to a blade, and it doesn't look promising for production.
I would grab one in a second if they would make them.

jediknight36 01-04-2011 11:26 AM

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I want to know how importers get away with bringing them in the US is wipes are an issue. Motorcycles don't, but this has four wheels.

smarticus 01-04-2011 11:52 AM

Something like "you can fool some of the people some of the time". If you should get stopped for something and an observent cop starts paying close attention to the vehicle, you "could" end up with a real problem with federal compliance. You could also make some clip on wipers.
As I recall, the wipers were not the only problem. Weren't all 450's that were legally imported required to have certain mods made by a registered
"shop" to be legal? I don't think they did any crossblades. Not just anyone can do the mods and have them be legal, even if it's as simple as just screwing on a new mirror or light, it has to be done by a federally certified shop.

jediknight36 01-04-2011 11:55 AM

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And as far as emitions go, I bet one could find a Fortwo engine to put in. Don't know If It would fit though. I did read it isn't hard to import them, but I want to talk to a few people who have done it before I dive in head first.

smarticus 01-04-2011 12:27 PM

If you are not a U.S citizen, you can bring one in very easily and drive it all you want, where ever you want,...for a year. Then, it must leave the country or be placed on static display where it cannot be road driven. If you have your own estate and racetrack you could still drive it, but not on a public road.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you must make the car compliant to Federal standards. That means the engine, the crash safety, lighting and everything.
If the car is deemed sufficiently unique from the other variations made, they can even require that you crash a few of them so that they can be studied by the National Highway Safety circus.
If you go through all of that expense and hassel and are merrily driving down the road one day and get into an accident with a fatality, watch out, their lawyer will take your head off at the ankles.
You might be able to legally pull it off if you could bring one in as a "kit car" where you buy the parts as a kit and assemble it yourself. Depending on the state you live in that can be a pain, or a breeze.
In all instances, it is EXPENSIVE. I know because I imported a "special" vehicle once. It was a royal pain in the rear and took about 6 months to do.
How badly do you want one?

jediknight36 01-04-2011 12:36 PM

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Well, bad of cours but what I want to know is how different, in the terms of safety, emitions, ect is a 2002 Crossblade from a 2008 Fortwo or even a 2002 US spec car? And it looks like many of the older smarts here have fowtwo vins on them anyway.

smarticus 01-04-2011 01:41 PM

There were NO U.S. spec 2002 smarts. ZERO. There are only "grey market" modified imports. Virtually everything on them is non interchangable with the 451 series smart.

jwight 01-04-2011 02:22 PM

Continuing to flog a deceased equine...
 
How many times do we have to go over this; smarticus summed it up very well, but there is no, repeat no, exception for kit cars (as in importing the parts and then reassembling in the USA.)

https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/for...-europe-11309/ :)

ALSRAC 01-04-2011 02:34 PM

Hey let's not forget this one moving freely in the Kansas City Area:

http://i49.tinypic.com/2woc6fk.jpg

There's always way...

forestacademy 01-04-2011 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by ALSRAC (Post 403613)
Hey let's not forget this one moving freely in the Kansas City Area:

http://i49.tinypic.com/2woc6fk.jpg

There's always way...

I bet it is not moving all that freely this time of year




Miss Mercedes 01-04-2011 03:47 PM

Isn't that Leroy's crossblade? Didn't he say that it wasn't exactly legal for road use?

Yes, most USA smarts have just under 10 miles on them upon delivery. However, I have seen a picture of a Euro spec smart in a smart center with only 2km (less than 2mi) on it.

So it's possible that it's moved less than a mile (onto truck and to its destination) and thus, it shows "0".

As for importation goes, it has to be converted. Even the grey market 450s (they're on the import list along with Hayabusa bikes) had to be converted by a certified importer prior to being legal.

That said. There are a few loopholes you can jump through to avoid such costs. Some of them aren't as legal as one might please though. You can:

1. Disassemble the car and the powertrain (make it a glider) then ship them separately at different times. Doing so might make the car eligible under the current "kit car" law.

2. Find a wrecked 450, apply its VIN plate, enjoy.

3. Secretly import it in (the hay bale idea?) and do all in your power to attempt to register it.


Hey, if it was possible for a member to obtain a roady and a few others cdis from Canada, then how hard could it be to get a crossblade in?

jwight 01-04-2011 04:59 PM

EPA kit car policy
 


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