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The beginning of April marked the 10-year-anniversary of when my wife and I picked up our smart convertible.

We'd seen a smart for the first time in Amsterdam in May 2001 and while we were hardly in the market for a new car, I thought that with the price of gas going up over $1.50, a little car like that might be pretty economical in the future, apart from the fact that it looked pretty cool.

I spent several years following the gray-market smarts that were imported into the USA, but at $30K each, they were way out of our reach, although the City of Portland bought several. I managed to get interviewed by the "Car Talk" guys asking about how to get a smart—they were pretty dismissive about it and the segment never aired.

In the spring of 2007, the announcement came out that smart was going to enter the US market, and we put down our $99 pre-order. Two months later I was laid off from my job, but I still picked the car up the next spring, even though I was just doing some freelancing. In the winter of 2008, we took the smart to the beach for an anniversary party.



In the intervening decade, a hit-and-run driver who was road-raging with some girls in the next lane rear-ended the smart at a stop light. My wife and I were near the end of a day driving up from San Francisco along the coast in 2012 when a deer jumped across an otherwise empty road, hit the front on the driver's side and slid up the windshield toward the open top (we managed to drive 500 miles home the next day). The day after the 2016 election, a rotten tree branch fell on the roof, crushing a couple of the struts. But it's still going after 108,000 miles, and we've got the top down every chance we get.
 

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The beginning of April marked the 10-year-anniversary of when my wife and I picked up our smart convertible.

We'd seen a smart for the first time in Amsterdam in May 2001 and while we were hardly in the market for a new car, I thought that with the price of gas going up over $1.50, a little car like that might be pretty economical in the future, apart from the fact that it looked pretty cool.

I spent several years following the gray-market smarts that were imported into the USA, but at $30K each, they were way out of our reach, although the City of Portland bought several. I managed to get interviewed by the "Car Talk" guys asking about how to get a smart—they were pretty dismissive about it and the segment never aired.

In the spring of 2007, the announcement came out that smart was going to enter the US market, and we put down our $99 pre-order. Two months later I was laid off from my job, but I still picked the car up the next spring, even though I was just doing some freelancing. In the winter of 2008, we took the smart to the beach for an anniversary party.

In the intervening decade, a hit-and-run driver who was road-raging with some girls in the next lane rear-ended the smart at a stop light. My wife and I were near the end of a day driving up from San Francisco along the coast in 2012 when a deer jumped across an otherwise empty road, hit the front on the driver's side and slid up the windshield toward the open top (we managed to drive 500 miles home the next day). The day after the 2016 election, a rotten tree branch fell on the roof, crushing a couple of the struts. But it's still going after 108,000 miles, and we've got the top down every chance we get.


Great story and history with your Smart. I first saw a Smart when in Germany in 1999. I was a senior in college and fell in love! I finally got a new-to-me 2011 Cabrio with 65K miles last June after years of watching eBay and Autotrader. Being in central Arkansas they are not plentiful. The past 10 months have been so much fun! I drive it more than either of my other cars.

Thanks for sharing your 10 year relationship!


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Congrats on 10 years of smart ownership. I, too, put my $99 down back when they first started taking reservations and mine was one of the first 3 in Arkansas. I then bought a silver Brabus cabrio then wound up selling them both making some money on each. Something I had always regretted. But now I have bought not one but two to replace the two I had gotten rid of. A low mileage 2008 (27k) and very low mileage 2009 cabrio (18k). I'll hang on to these for a while. Hey, tim_arkansas, I am in central Arkansas as well. We need to meet up sometime and talk 'smart'!
 
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