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Looking Smart - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
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Looking Smart

Looking Smart
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The Smart dealerships have finally opened, and we were lucky enough to get 2 of them in Houston. Today I happened to not have a whole lot going on, so we went over to the one in Sugarland.

They're even more cute in person. Way more room inside then you'd think - Mike and I were comfortable, and I had to move the seat forward to reach the pedals. 36mpg in town, 41 highway. Enough room in the back for groceries, and the passenger seat lays forward so you could put one long thing in it.

It handles better then I expected, and turns as tight as the motorcycle. Acceleration could be better, but it has an automatic/manual transmission, and I had it in automatic mode. The sales guy said performance is much better in manual, but the gas mileage goes down.

The base model is 11,900, there's one for 12,900, and the convertible is 16,500. That's basically hybrid-level gas mileage for half the price, as long as you can live with only two seats.

The best part is that the body panels are replaceable - you can put an entirely new set on for $1100, so if you want to change colors two years down the line, or if you get a bunch of parking lot dings, you just buy a new set.

The downside? 14 month waiting list, or you can get on a list and they'll call you if someone on the main list decides not to take theirs.

I was tempted to get on the list. But I really don't need a car, so I didn't. And I expect that by the time 14 months has gone by, you won't need to be on a list to get one.

But I was still tempted. :)
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arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: April 13th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Or, you could come up here, buy one, and import it. Lots on the lot a few blocks from our place, no more waiting lists. %-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 13th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that comes out to about $4K US more then the US one. I wonder why? Wonder what there is in terms of import taxes to bring it back?
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: April 13th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they set the prices higher back when the C$ was lower. And yeah, since it's not part of the AutoPact (I don't think), the tax thing could be weird. Oh well.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 13th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Anyway, if I came up there to buy a car, you'd have to buy me dinner, and that would likely get you in trouble with the wife. So I'll just have to get on the waiting list here. :)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 13th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's one getting crashed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju6t-yyoU8s

Tough little buggers.
sandman008 From: sandman008 Date: April 15th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm starting to see them in Seattle, mostly being driven by upper-middle-class fags (ahem — male homosexuals) up on Capitol Hill.

I wonder where they're being bought? Vancouver, BC isn't all that far away.
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