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Just thinking about all the risks we embrace:

1. Safety issues - whatever they say it's still tiny in the land of SUV
2. Reliability - new model- all sorts of reasons to hesitate
3. PAG issues- warantee looks like it will limited, how well will it be backed up with parts, service etc.
4. Purchasing issues- what will delivery charges, dealer prep be etc. If this brand dies we have orphan cars etc.

So despite all this we jump in (what's that about fools jumping in where wise men....etc.).

I'd just like to celebrate this bunch of kooky risk takers!
 

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I serioulsy doubt if Mercedes dealers would risk their reputation on a clinker.

On the other hand, I'll take as many cancellations possible to move me up! :D:D:D
 

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Once in a Lifetime...

I've never thought of myself as a big risk taker, but what Lewis says is true.

For me it comes down to the risk/reward ratio. I've always been a huge fan of microcars (I own and have owned a number of antique ones), but in my adult lifetime there has never been a new microcar available on the market.

For me, the opportunity to own and drive a (relatively) safe, practical, modern microcar on a daily basis is just too good to pass up.
 

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Not worried about saftey. I've driven my Neon for almost ten years with no incidents. Defensive driving is the deal.....and I think the Fortwo is safer than my Neon. :) The rest of the issues we'll see about in the beginning. hehehe Kinda glad I'm not getting mine till later but I am confident about the car. It's been getting great write-ups over all from everywhere.
 

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I can't lose with Smart

That may sound like an arrogant statement from a New Yawka, but there is a method to my madness. Before I even knew about Smart....about 2 years ago, I was searching for a good platform to convert to an electric vehicle...all electric was my plan. Then I saw the Smart and fell in love with all it plus (you know...those shapes and curves and everything else that makes a man fall in love....:D )
Realizing the car had everything I needed in any form ( with blown engine, no transmission...whatever) to turn into an electric car if I wanted, I determined that if I bought one and used it until it either dropped or a good electric conversion kit came along specifically designed for it or just a generic conversion, then I could not lose having the beginning platform upon which to build.

So the sum and substance of all these words is this. Whenever anything on the Smart breaks, I will try figure out why it broke and then either fix it or redesign the part so that the cause of the problem is corrected rather than finding a curing the result of the problem by simiply changing out the part.
If major things go wrong like the engine or transmission and it is prohibitively expensive to replace (once out of warranty) then the rear clip comes out and it gets converted...no questions asked.
So with my typical excessive amount of wordiness, you all now know why I can't lose with a Smart. :D :D
 

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German electronics, French assembly, history of Mitsuibushi engine problems, new model glitches packed with very short warranty!

The possibility the smart might fail and you're stuck with an orphan (can you say FIAT, Opel, Peugoet, Alfa etc.- the euro cars have been dying off in the US for years).

If that isn't embracing risk in an automotive purchase I don't know what is!

I'm more worried about my wallet than being splattered by a Navigator.

:) But I'm a cheapskate.
 

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Hey fish - you know why Brits drink their beer warm?- Because lucas makes their refrigerators!

These days IMO there is little to choose between Lucas and R. Bosch.
 

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Modern microcar.

As Micronut says:

"For me it comes down to the risk/reward ratio. I've always been a huge fan of microcars (I own and have owned a number of antique ones), but in my adult lifetime there has never been a new microcar available on the market.

For me, the opportunity to own and drive a (relatively) safe, practical, modern microcar on a daily basis is just too good to pass up."

Like Micronut, getting a brand new microcar is our only reason to buy. We have all the cars we need. The Smart is a dream come true. :)

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I agree that to take this risk you need a passion for the car otherwise why bother? It sometimes makes me smile as I read the forum how people posting try to justify the 4/2 on practical grounds. To me it's just not there. Practically speaking the risk/reward ratio just doesn't work if you're buying it for practical reasons. I think in our culture it's just more socially accepted to say you're doing something for practical reasons than to say- "I just think it'll be fun"!
 

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This is my primary ride. If I didn't believe in it I wouldn't buy it. That's just me. Oh and I didn't buy it yet. LOL I 'll let you March/April reservationists test it out for me. hehehe
 

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Risk

RISK IS A PART OF LIVING.WE ARE SURLY A NATION OF RISK TAKERS ITS IN OUR GENES. A FAINT HEART NEVER WON A FAIR LADY.

RLEEN:cool:
 

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This is my primary ride. If I didn't believe in it I wouldn't buy it. That's just me. Oh and I didn't buy it yet. LOL I 'll let you March/April reservationists test it out for me. hehehe
My Smart will be my only car! How wide is the chasm between foolish and risky? :)
 

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Well...for me...the Fortwo will be a huge jump safety wise, my 13 year old Escort just doesn't feel like the safest ride out there!

And if I do get hit, and don't make it...at least I know that 80 some percent of the car can be recycled!

That is the main reason I like the Smart...because from production to destruction it seems like the most efficient mass market vehicle out there, and that allows me to be all ultra-snooty right back at those those snooty hybrid drivers!
 
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