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So it is a little scary that someone can write an article like this and have so little of the correct facts. Must be a sign of where the news media has stooped. Headlines not facts! I own a smart car convertible. I get 42 miles per gallon and with the cage technology that Mercedes used to develop the car I am as safe and any crumpled Toyota, Nissan, GMC, etc. that I have see in the junk yards. Sure people laugh, but what do I care. I fill up every two weeks and laugh all the way to the bank.
Seriously, what would possess someone to buy and drive a Smart Car? The end result of an accident in a Smart car - you will be playing a Harp and growing a set of wings. Its not worth saving a few penny's on gas. Any other option is a better option. Need more proof - see Smart Car Death - leaked video on U tube.
@ 3rd class 808
I would never ever buy another American made car, They pay their CEO's way to much and you know they dont drive junky car's built here, I will stick with a BMW, AUDI, BENZ, America will build one crapy thing and put 6 names on it, "FORD".. the speedometer says 120. but it wont make it to 99. cause they put some chip in it, I wish we would have never bailed them out, THEY SUCK !!!!
Yeah yeah spoken like a true fourth grader. At some level buying an American product will still strengthen out economy. Although not all parts are made here in the US. As far as an Audi why buy it? It has a horrible resale value. BMW and Benz not too bad just way expensive on the parts and benz doesn't last like it used too. I know salesmen for Audi that wouldn't buy an Audi. Good observation on the CEO's. They are paid way too much. Maybe with all those years of college they deserve high salaries but not to rob their clients. BTW my two Mustangs have no problem getting past 99. I just run out of road to hit 120+. Cheers
Ford actually did take bailout money. They took part of a special government loan program to build fuel efficient vehicles because they dont have enough cash to build them on their own. GM was given loans that they repaid, and the government was given stock in the new company in exchange for money just like any other IPO does.
Dont buy into the hype that Ford didnt take bailout money cause even Ford motor credit was given funds by the government.
Oh and Ford builds a lot more stuff in Mexico than GM does. 2 of Fords top 3 selling cars are assembled in Mexico and their Diesel engine comes from Mexico too.
I have a Smart Cabrio, and love it. A nybody who thinks it does not go fast enough has not driven it. Why the concern about the top speed of 90 MPH? I seem to remember that the speed limit in the US is well below that everywhere.
As to the 0 to 60 metric, how often do you stomp on the pedal of your other car to go quickly to 60 MPH?
The only negative is that the front tires are too narrow. They only put 155 width tires on the front, and 175 on the rear. I changed the front rims to the same as the back rims, and put the wider tires on the front. It makes the car much more stable.
It has more room in the front seat than pretty much every other car on the list here. I have attempted to sit in a miata, fiat 500, and other cars, and they are simply too short for someone with a long torso.
Drive one, and then see what you think.