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Hi all,
Seems lots of folks plan on having more than one car. Doesn't really fit the SMART ethic, IMHO, so I was wondering how many of us out there would have the SMART as their only car and if so, where do you live?

Cheers!


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Not counting my wife's Jaguar, it will be MY only car. Lessons I've learned - she gets to keep the house and the Jag! Then it would really be my only car. ;)
 

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My wife and I do occasionally have to haul extra people and things about, and that'll be what our second car does. I work out of my car (50-100 miles a day), and drive the most, so I'll get the smart because I'm rarely with anyone else, and my tools and stock items will fit just fine behind me.
 

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My wife and three daughters have a Suzuki XL7 that we use to go places together. I have a Honda Valkyrie Motorcycle and a Geo Tracker. The Tracker is going to be sold in order to make room for the fortwo so it will be my "only" car.
 

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As an empty nester we will be using it for the many trips we take around town. but we definitely will keep the 5er for the road
 

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The Smart may end up being my only car. But, my wife's Lexus isn't going anywhere - we do like to take out other people occasionally. I also have a '93 Toyota pickup that is useful for light hauling - it's not leaving either. The only optional vehicle that may get replaced is my Audi TT.

I didn't know that there was a Smart ethic...it's a car that fits the time, and should have been here long ago, but it isn't an indication of my lifestyle. I am not buying the car to make a statement, it just makes sense.
 

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I currently drive an SUV, which I will keep for towing my trailer, bigger shopping trips, etc. Right now I drive about 10,000 miles a year at 18mpg; once I get the smart that should change to 8,000 miles at 50mpg and 2,000 miles at 18mpg. In addition, the reduced wear and tear on the SUV means it should last at least another 10 years (and I intend to keep it until it falls apart).

If you compare the alternative (i.e. buying a new SUV in a couple of years), the overall savings in energy consumption over the next decade (including manufacturing, operating and recycling the vehicles) represents a worthwhile net gain.
 

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52 years old
Still work, as does wife
Young adult children and grand kids all dispersed around the country
Live in the country and commute 32 miles a day to and from work
1993 Harley FXR
2000 Ford Escort
2002 Ford Ranger
2004 Nissan Xterra
2005 Ford F350 V10 powered 4 door 4x4 long bed
2005 27 foot Travel Trailer
2004 18 foot ski/fish boat

2008 Passion Cabrio will be second commuter vehicle reducing fuel costs and taking load off other vehicles extending their useful life

No problem with American citizens who have a minimalist ethos, want to lower their carbon foot print, do more with less, yadda yadda...

Me, just seems like another practical decision for our transportation needs.

Oh BTW the travel trailer is on a rear hitch so the Smart will fit in the bed and not over load the rear axle (grin)
 

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My wife drives an '07 MINI Cooper S. I drive an '07 Subaru Forester. My summer daily driver is an '06 Miata. I also have a whole garage full of motorcycles, too many to list. We're doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint.
 

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2001 PT Cruiser
2004 JCW MINI S

The PT was produced in the first few months after its introduction in 2000, is in perfect condition, and the fact that the PT will go out of production after next year, we figured maybe it'll be classic someday. It will spend alot of time in the garage.

The MINI is a hoot to drive, and figures to be the long hauler on interstate trips.

So the fortwo will be the around town car.
 

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I can see the Smart as a sole vehicle in Europe where public transportation is available to just about anywhere. For the wide open spaces in the U.S. the Smart just doesn't have the comfort and performance to handle long distances. We'll keep the MINI as the luxo-tourer.
 

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My new Smart to replace the '96 Taurus, my Winter banger car and all around p/u vehicle for bigger stuff at HD and the like. Our cruiser car for longer trips will be the wife's '03 Acura TL which is a beautiful car for long trips and soooo comfortable to ride or drive. It actually gets 30mpg on a road trip, too! The S-2000 is our Summer car and my Summer driver to work (3miles away) and soon it will be stored away in a barn to be taken out next Spring. The wife may wind up using the Smart more than I do as her work is 3X farther away than mine......:(( But that will save us the most in fuel expenses, too......:))
 

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Hmm, very interesting. Thanks to all who are weighing in on this topic. If I go through with this I think I will get a Flexcar membership for the occasional long hauls. Sure beats maintenance and wear and tear on a second vehicle :)

With Flexcar I can get a hybrid, a truck, or whatever as the need dictates--also, there will be infinite beauty in not always being the default DD for my mom and s.o. I can see it now: You know, I'd love to, but I can only take one passenger :)
 

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The smart will be eventually my only car. I have an '81 Honda Civic that has survived many transitions with me. The final one will be when I pass it on to someone else. Also I have a class B, van conversion motorhome that does not get used as much, so it should go as well. For long trips, I will fly, rent, bicycle, or whatever...
 

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The Smart will join my current daily driver, an `07 Pontiac Solstice. When I need to haul somthing, I have a `63 Studebaker pickup. Also have several other collector cars that are exercised on the weekends.
 

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I currently have a 95 Montero SR (Payed off) and a 03 Evo8 (Still Financing). I plan to sell my Evo or trade it in and purchase the Smart as a replacement. The Evo8 is nice but insurance is high does not get good gas mileage. I willmiss the Evo but I plan to have a SMART for now and later purchase a different sports car down the road.,
 
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