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    Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Someone traded this in on a Rogue. The customer was sick and tired of getting stuck in the snow, so before it was prepped and put on the lot, I took it out for a drive to see how bad it really was.

    Drivetrain: 3/10.
    This thing is extremely slow and gutless. Going WOT at 55 mph to pass someone resulted in what seemed like a 4-5 second timespan before it hit 65. You floor it, can hear the engine scream but it doesn't do anything. In normal driving, if you look down at the tachometer, you'd think to see it in the 1,500-2,500 RPM range, like a normal car, but to get up and moving at a normal pace, you'll see the tachometer in the 4-5,000 rpm range, all the time. The five speed automatic transmission is slow to downshift and shows a big gap between upshifts. It doesn't get very good mileage either for how small the car and it's engine are 33/41 is what it's rated at. The Ford Fiesta is rated at 29/41, and the Elantra (a MUCH larger car) is rated at 29/40 also.

    Ride/Handling: 4/10.
    It offers a buckboard ride due to the short wheelbase and with it being so narrow and tall, and on such skinny tires, I didn't feel confident trying any sporty evasive maneuvers with it. It's literally like driving a tall rollerskate. The only real benefit this car has is the parallel parking capabilities.

    Interior: 4/10.
    Aside from being fairly quiet at speed and offering a decent amount of headroom, there wasn't anything worthy of praise here. There was no shoulder room or elbow room, and I'm only 5'6", 145 lbs. The cupholders, being practically hidden under the dashboard, were tiny and way out of reach, the HVAC controls were on the top of the dashboard and hard to decipher, the tach and clock were both situated on top of the dashboard, away from the rest of the gauges in the pod behind the steering wheel.

    Again, not something I'd ever consider buying, but I just wanted to drive it to see how bizarre it is. As far as economy cars go, I'd take just about anything over this, and it makes even a Mini Cooper seem like a Suburban by comparison.
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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    LOL, a smart you can be seen in

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    How are you going to get rid of this this little clown car? Auction?

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    They call them smart cars, But to me they look dumb

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    I wonder how the salesman pitches it?

    "gets better mpg than.... most other two seaters!"

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Chad, you do realize that driving a smart car for whatever reason is grounds for terminating your man card. They are utterly irredeemable.

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    Chad, you do realize that driving a smart car for whatever reason is grounds for terminating your man card. They are utterly irredeemable.
    I'd drive a smart with a 192hp 1000cc Kawasaki motorcycle engine in it.

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    ^
    That little clown car is so unstable....

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    Chad, you do realize that driving a smart car for whatever reason is grounds for terminating your man card. They are utterly irredeemable.
    LOL. I was cruising around with my coworker in it, because he wanted to see how awful it was too, and I made a joke that if we were to ride around in that car together, we should get licence plates that say "not ghay" just so there was no confusion from other motorists.
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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    I'd drive a smart with a 192hp 1000cc Kawasaki motorcycle engine in it.
    Agreed - Only way to man up a Smart is with a heart transplant.

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    on a van forum I'm on, one of the members bought a wrecked smart cabriolet and made a trail buggy out of it.


    according to the owner
    "I started off with a wrecked Smart Roadster, lengthened some Suzuki Jimny main rails and threw in some Jimny axles, a 1.6i tracker engine and auto 'box, hi-lo transfer box and a lot of work. The biggest problem was getting the chassis rails up into the shell enough to look right but still keep the engine under the hood line (Smart engine was in the rear!) Wanted to make it look as 'factory' as possible. Lot of fab work, new trans tunnel, bulkhead, transfer box tunnel, cooling system, cut down dash and heater box, wiring loom, suspension pickups, mounts, winch bumper etc. etc. I won't bore you with the rest. Painted it in my single garage with rattle cans. (good job the panels all come off!)"

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    That's one bitchin' smart.


    God damn, I never thought I'd type those words in that order in my entire life.

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingroo View Post
    That's one bitchin' smart.


    God damn, I never thought I'd type those words in that order in my entire life.
    I about fell out of my chair reading that. Thanks

    And I do concour that is the most bitchin smart ever. Way more useful than those crazy fast and totally unstable/dangerous motorcycle engined smarts.

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    You're welcome, Aron. I'm still trying to wash my hands enough to make it seem as if it never happened.

    :fetalposition:

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    Re: Drove a Smart cabriolet at work, review.

    Quote Originally Posted by I~LUV~Caddys8792 View Post
    LOL. I was cruising around with my coworker in it, because he wanted to see how awful it was too, and I made a joke that if we were to ride around in that car together, we should get licence plates that say "not ghay" just so there was no confusion from other motorists.
    They really are useless little toerags. Parvenuism at it's worst.

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