- Oct 11, 2002
- Colorado Springs
Those things will be death traps with all the soccer moms running around in Ford Excursions!
quote:How about this perception. mobile magazine smart car crash test video You will have to search that site for the "smart car crash test video". Or search google. or search left lane news for "mercedes S class vs Smart". If you are into breakdancing, this car could teach you some new moves . [/QB]
Originally posted by oli:quote:
It's all about old misperceptions about small cars. For now though, we're stuck with the dinosaur mentality...
quote:I saw that video a while back and the Smart Car did fine. Safety isn't something I'd worry about in it compared to any other small car. The problem with the car is the cost and the mileage. Any number of not quite so small cars get mileage almost as good and cost less. And they're a lot more useful all around. It's a lot of $$ to pay for it's only advantage, that being how easy it is to park...
Originally posted by Mustang_Cougar: Hmmm...I put in "smart car crast test video," but all I got was Dateline footage of Explorers flipping on the interstate. Maybe I'll try "crast test video, smart car." Hope I don't get video of women on the cell phones, putting on Mary Kay product and rolling their H3's. Seriously, when was the last time anyone here had personal experience with a small car (Aveo, Civic HB, Echo, etc.) being smushed by this aparent rogue gang of SUV drivers? It's silly...worry about the things that happen, not the "what if's." Anyone who claims that they drive an SUV because it's safer is either living in the 60's or is using it as a guise for their ego. If the Smart can be driven safely on the Autobahn, it can be safely driven on the Hillbillybahn. BTW: The main point of the Smart Car is that it's aimed at urban drivers. We're not talking about 75mph stretches of interstate with drugged out long-haul drivers and the Griswalds going on vacation. We're talking about 25-35mph commutes in the city...
quote:I agree. The Smart makes more sense in crowded European cities than it does in North America where everything is scalled for larger cars and trucks. You can buy an Echo sized car for less money and get close to the same gas mileage. Even in a European city, I would prefer several Euro and Asian diesel micro cars over a Smart.
Originally posted by John Hilmer 2: ... After a short bit of studying the available economy cars, and the Smart wasn't available, I bought a used Echo for $9800.00. I've been well pleased with it so far, it serves my commute needs to a tee averaging over 40 MPG for it's life so far. I suspect that the smart would have a hard time competing with the Echo for overall economy after four or five years of service, much less longer than that. John
quote:My toyota will run over that crap.
Originally posted by pastmaster: Our energy problems are solved !!! Read this morning in the Detroit Free Press; http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006606270389
quote:Your story is well out of date. I am guessing they either improved that previous design or addressed the problem with the current release of trucks.
Originally posted by simple_gifts: Where do I buy one of these F-150s http://www.leasetips.com/f150crashtest.htm I'll take my echo, thank you.
quote:I live in Japan. I drive a K-car(read a motorcycle engine with a cage). I saw what happens when a k comes into contact with a Semt at Japanese city speeds(20-25 mph). When I get back to America, I am going to sacrifice the 5 mpg I may be saving for a big piece of metal. Great crash test or not, physics don't lie, and when you see a smart car doubled up because a semi wanted over, then you can post up pics and I will sit happy in my 30 mpg F-body.
Originally posted by Mustang_Cougar: Seriously, when was the last time anyone here had personal experience with a small car (Aveo, Civic HB, Echo, etc.) being smushed by this aparent rogue gang of SUV drivers? [/QB]
quote:40 mpg Smart city compared to 40 mpg (at best) for Accord highway. Smart diesel can get as much as 70 mpg highway. 40 vs 70 is not "slightly less mileage" There is a good reason why Accord is only $4-$5K. It is because the previous owner drove the s... out of it and you'll have to spend $1K/year on maintenance, fixing it. New Smart car meanwhile needs almost zero to maintain. People keep saying how we can get 40 mpg from gasoline engines but in practice get at most 30 mpg, usually less. There is no standard gasoline engine that can come even close to Prius and Smart. Period.
Originally posted by thooks: I don't understand why people think that a $15k 40 MPG car is something special when you can spend $4-5k on a 6-8 year old Honda Accord and get slightly less mileage and have a nicer vehicle. Plus, it's not going to fall apart after 40k (more) miles.