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Old 13th Feb 2006, 22:55
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Ok probably going to open myself up to loads of ridicule here but I am seriously considering a Smart Fortwo as a second car. Normal car for out of town work but the Smart for the times I need to nip to meetings where they have tight parking areas or when I have to find a space in town.

Over the last couple of weeks I have got increasingly grumpy (the Mrs says it is my age!) when I have seen spaces that a smart would fit in but my normal motor wouldn't. Normally right outside of where I need to be! Instead I end up drving round looking for a space and parking miles from where I want to be.

Anyone here got one, or had one? Any thoughts good or bad.
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Old 13th Feb 2006, 23:14
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Drove one once and was astonished that the "ride quality" is actually quite good. The automatic shift was quite slow and lorries seem to to touch your *ss.

Well built, but no long-time experience, as it was a rental.
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Old 13th Feb 2006, 23:18
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Thanks.

Our speed limit is 35mph and the size of lorries is not to much of a worry.

Perhaps I should have mentioned that in my intial post.

Just wondering what they are like to drive?
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Old 13th Feb 2006, 23:26
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I test drove both the for-2 and the roadster. The roadster was a lot of fun, the for-2 less so, but not a fair comparison. Very easy to drive, I'm tempted myself. Can't imagine it's going to be great on the motorway, but for around town driving you have a fairly high seating position, great economy and a reasonable amount of luggage space. Combined with the low insurance, tax etc. I can see why it is an attractive prospect.
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Old 13th Feb 2006, 23:30
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We don't have any motorways so that isn't an issue for me.

Roadster looks nice two.
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Old 13th Feb 2006, 23:58
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can you post a picture...and what island?
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 00:10
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Picture of what? Island is Guernsey Channel Islands
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 00:14
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Have rented on long term the orgional Smart and what a cracking little car that was! If I didn't have to do the miles I have to drive at the moment, I definitly would buy one myself!

Rent one for a week or two, its well worth it.

(and if you do buy one I know a guy who tunes them to a very high standard!)
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 00:18
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Picture of what?
*sigh* the car
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 00:47
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 02:15
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The problem with parking the Smart where normal cars wouldn't fit is that the normal cars either side are going to have a hell of a time getting out, without a new hood ornament!
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 02:17
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Thankyou Phil. I thought that might be the one.

It would only be a matter of time before I died if I had one over here, but given the right location I'd like one.
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 02:20
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...Like Oompah-Loompah land?
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 02:25
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I went to the website for what looked like an American dealer. They had this extrodinary competition...

Smart Clients can purchase a raffle ticket to win a new...Corvette
wtf? such wonderful self promoters
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 03:59
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There was the French equivalent of a bloke at Toulouse, who had one parked in his space on most days. The odd times that it wasn't there, there was a newish Ferrari. Now, that's the kind of mix that makes good sense.
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 06:41
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Hmm... No crumple zone on that Fart Smortwo.
You'd be tossed off the road like a football.
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 08:15
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Originally Posted by Phil Hudson

Cool as it is, I wouldnt choose the Halftrack if you live on Guernsey, the locals might think the Wehrmacht have invaded again...
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 08:19
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Has anyone done any serious crash tests on this thing?
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 08:26
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Crash test 1

Crash test 2
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Old 14th Feb 2006, 08:27
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Good for city centre living too! Knew a couple who only had 1 car parking space under their apartment - 2 smart cars fitted beautifully
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