We just recently returned from Paris France and I have been astounded by how many Smart cars line the streets, only outnumbered by motor scooters! We just purchased a 2008 Passion convertible with all the toys, and love it! I am presently reading up on all I can regarding how to's, maintenance and getting acquainted with all the things that make it a Smart car. Two tanks of fuel into it, we have averaged 48 mpg! I am especially enjoying the Hybrid kind of fuel economy in a very understandable, approachable and fun car to tinker with. I look forward to learning from all of you as we zip around the back roads of Western Maine. We are already planning our first real trip to Quebec! All the best.