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Well, I just couldn't stay gone without a smart. I had one of the first boat loads of the 2008's back when they first came to the US and then had to get a 2009 Silver Brabus cabrio to go along with the 2008. After a few years a friend just had to have my white 2008 passion coupe (which had 57k miles on it by then) so I sold it and kept the 2009 Brabus. Then a year later another friend just fell in love with the Brabus and offered me what I paid for it. It only had about 8k miles on it though but I let it go. BAD MISTAKE. I have regretted it every since. Well now to present day. I found this 2008 silver/black passion will all options with only 23k miles on it for only $5k. So now I have a smart again! Just too fun to drive that I had to get another one. Just wanted to give everyone a shout. It has been a long time since I have been here. Too bad I didn't keep my Brabus.... :-(
 

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In the beginning... before buying a Smart I thought it made total sense to buy a car for use an urban area (San Francisco Bay Area). We found a low mileage 2013 pure. My wife hated it after driving for four days. I drove the car to our destinations listening to her grumble about my poor choice. Then I became temporarily disabled and my wife HAD to drive the car. She learned that it goes places where not other car can go and it does things that no other car can do. Now, she claims the car is HER'S and I can drive our Subaru, or motorcycle, or whatever, but NOT her Smart. Sheeesh.
 

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In the beginning... before buying a Smart I thought it made total sense to buy a car for use an urban area (San Francisco Bay Area). We found a low mileage 2013 pure. My wife hated it after driving for four days. I drove the car to our destinations listening to her grumble about my poor choice. Then I became temporarily disabled and my wife HAD to drive the car. She learned that it goes places where not other car can go and it does things that no other car can do. Now, she claims the car is HER'S and I can drive our Subaru, or motorcycle, or whatever, but NOT her Smart. Sheeesh.
I know how the wife thing goes. My wife bought me my Smart and surprised me with it. She seemed to like it until we went places and people would come up and ask questions. She is backward and didn't like that, so she won't drive it and has never driven it. She's scared someone will come up and ask her a question. I can't even get her drive drive it at all. Whenever we go somewhere we always take her Kia Forte or our Kia Rio, but not the Smart. So it's going to be interesting because she has agreed to go to the April Fools rally in Ohio wherever we end up having it. So I'm nervous about her taking a 3 or 4 or 5 hour trip in Max. When I met her she always drove a small stick shift car or truck. I think she might be a little jealous because I do spend alot of money and time tinkering with my Fortwo. I don't know, I can't figure her out. I'm hoping the Rally will convert her. If not I'll just take a friend next time or come by myself. Does anyone else have spouse issues with your Fortwo? DCO
 

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DCO welcome to the club. Originally back in early 2008, the wife's friend's husband bought a smart for hid long drive to work, 15 miles.. She talked me into taking it for a drive and it met my criteria for replacing my Expedition. Low price, I can fit in it, It moves down the road, and could save a bunch of gas. 3 weeks later, I found one on Ebay about 30 miles from home that had 15 miles on it. A guy bought 2 and then got laid off so he sold the one they hadn't driven yet. After a few mods and a lot of driving, I am on my 3rd smart and unfortunately, it is waiting for spring to get repaired.I miss driving it every day! and she is constantly asking to take it places (when it was running)

Your tale is quite common I am afraid...Except my kids also want to take it all the time too...
 

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DCO welcome to the club. Originally back in early 2008, the wife's friend's husband bought a smart for hid long drive to work, 15 miles.. She talked me into taking it for a drive and it met my criteria for replacing my Expedition. Low price, I can fit in it, It moves down the road, and could save a bunch of gas. 3 weeks later, I found one on Ebay about 30 miles from home that had 15 miles on it. A guy bought 2 and then got laid off so he sold the one they hadn't driven yet. After a few mods and a lot of driving, I am on my 3rd smart and unfortunately, it is waiting for spring to get repaired.I miss driving it every day! and she is constantly asking to take it places (when it was running)

Your tale is quite common I am afraid...Except my kids also want to take it all the time too...
Yes Jim I'm afraid you are right. The wife and I are great friends and we get along fine. She would do anything for me. She knew I really dreamed of owning a Smart, so she got me one. But as in any relationship, I know what my boundaries are. Since I am retired I have "unwritten duties" to do at home because she still works and I am Mr.Mom. Our kids are grown and have families of their own so it's just she and I and her two cats. I am expected to keep the yard and house up with repairs and cleaning. I am supposed to do the car maintenace and do washing, dusting, sweeping etc... But there are area's I don't touch because she is extemely territorial. She considers the basement (garage) my area and the finished attic is her domain. She quite often operates by the seat of her pants and her area is organized kaos and that drives me nuts. I like nice neat things. I am constantly straightening things up and I like all my pencils in the drawer to go the same direction. I am 10 times worse with my Smart. My son borrowed our extra car so I had to take Max out on the salt covered roads to run some errands and now he's all dirty. When things are nice and neat and clean I am happy, of they are not I'm stressed, and our old house is a fixxer upper that I am working on. Got plenty to keep me busy. DCO
 

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Yes Jim I'm afraid you are right. The wife and I are great friends and we get along fine. She would do anything for me. She knew I really dreamed of owning a Smart, so she got me one. But as in any relationship, I know what my boundaries are. Since I am retired I have "unwritten duties" to do at home because she still works and I am Mr.Mom. Our kids are grown and have families of their own so it's just she and I and her two cats. I am expected to keep the yard and house up with repairs and cleaning. I am supposed to do the car maintenace and do washing, dusting, sweeping etc... But there are area's I don't touch because she is extemely territorial. She considers the basement (garage) my area and the finished attic is her domain. She quite often operates by the seat of her pants and her area is organized kaos and that drives me nuts. I like nice neat things. I am constantly straightening things up and I like all my pencils in the drawer to go the same direction. I am 10 times worse with my Smart. My son borrowed our exrra car so I had to take Max out on the salt covered roads to run some errands and now he's all dirty. When thongs are nice and neat and clean I am happy, of they are not I'm stressed, and our old house is a fixxer upper that I am working on. Got plenty to keep me busy. DCO
I'm with you buddy....nobody wants to see a dirty thong...

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C'monn Jetfuel. You cot my typp ! I shuldn't rant if'n I cant sphell, prooofred or tip corectly. Tanks budy .....
C'mon Jetfuel. You caught my typo ! I shouldn't rant if I can't spell, proofread or type correctly. Thanks buddy....
Guys I need some serious work done to my brain.....Can't blame it on middle age, I passed that years ago...
 

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My partner (sorta wife) has ridden in my smart maybe three times in almost eight years. She hates it and is convinced it is a death trap. I am down to two cars now and she won't ride in either one. We take her suv all the time if we are both going some where. :shrug:
 

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People keep telling me that I am going to die in that smart. I keep asking WHEN??? no answers yet... still waiting...
 

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My partner (sorta wife) has ridden in my smart maybe three times in almost eight years. She hates it and is convinced it is a death trap. I am down to two cars now and she won't ride in either one. We take her suv all the time if we are both going some where. :shrug:
I know what you mean 1983. Years ago when the wife and I were dating we spend weekends out on the boat and she would even ride on the back of the motorcycle with me sometimes. I play music in a band and she would always come to hear us and bring snacks and some of her friends. Then we got married and over time we don't seem to spend time together sharing each others hobbies anymore. She likes to play bingo and like to go to a casino every once in a while and gamble. I go with her and pretend to be happy and enthusiastic about it. I mean she bought me the Fortwo and rode in it 2 or three times, and now she won't hardly go near it. I think or should I say I know that my fortwo is the slowest car I've ever had and the hardest ride sometimes, but it is also the most fun car I have ever had and I find that I am way more attached to it than any other car or truck I've owned. And that's saying something because I have my old green GMC dually, 4 wheel drive and a 4 speed and I built it from 3 trucks myself and I've had it for 26 years. It's a part of me, but if push came to shove and I had to sell the truck or the Fortwo, I would sell the truck and keep the Fortwo. Why do some people get so attached to a vehicle and other people couldn't car less?
 

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My partner hates riding in the Smart. Doesn't mind driving it but cannot stand riding in it. Says it is too bumpy on the crappy roads here. So we are always stuck taking the Prius when we go anywhere. Since he doesn't like driving much anyway, the Smart only gets driven by me. I'm fine with that though.


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A smile , nod and a wink works for me. And don't forget to wave as you pass them by the filling station.

I have learned that there are a lot of people that are convinced they know everything they will ever need to know so I go for a drive instead,
 

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I've been torn about keeping my 2009 Brabus coupe. It has the panoramic roof with all of the symptoms of micro cracking, and the surface is rapidly becoming flat vs shiny. It only has 33,375 miles, and had a new head put on last March, sort of a "soft" recall. It only cost me $500, corporate picked up the tab for the balance of the bill.

I'm tempted to just have a new pano roof put on. Did anyone ever find out if the new pano roofs are made of something that will last longer? I think it will cost about $1,200, so if I have the roof replaced, I'll feel that I've committed to the car for another 5 or 6 years, at least.

It's been a great car, and I still enjoy it, so maybe I've answered my own question.
 

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The "new" roof is supposed to be more UV resistant but I'm not sure how much more. FWIW, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to replace the roof just because it's crazed. Other than being unsightly, there's no real problem. :)

PS - good to hear smart USA stepped up on another head replacement...
 

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I made a rod for my own back by taking her to a couple of the "meets" that we have here in the UK. Thats when she got the bug. So I had to buy her one so that she didn't keep wanting to drive mine. We've since replaced both but because mine is the new 453 and hers is a 451, She keeps giving me stink eye!!
 
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