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drg
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Mar 18, 2008, 04:16 PM
 
I just returned to the US from the UK. In Oxford I saw a shinny black Smart Car with the white Apple decal posted just above the Smart emblem on the back. Cool, damn cool.
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Mar 18, 2008, 04:27 PM
 
only in oxford.
We're too classy in Cambridge
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Mar 18, 2008, 05:34 PM
 
uh, cool?

and no pics or anything to foul up your wonderful post?

voted 5.

alright to add something to this thread- i've seen a couple of them up here in NY, mostly with ontario plates, but yesterday i saw one registered in the states. looked pretty goofy tailgating a f250.
     
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Mar 19, 2008, 07:32 AM
 
Considering I live about 20 miles from the only Smart car dealership in Michigan AND the fact that Smart has pre-sold its entire 30,000 run of the first model year, I haven't seen a single one in Michigan yet.

Of course, it's still winter and the weather is especially crappy right now. Maybe when spring really arrives?

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Mar 19, 2008, 08:13 AM
 
It's a novelty, and Penske, the U. S. distributor, may have made one of his few bad business decisions. There are many subcompacts available at the Smart's price that are a much better value, and he's going to find that out soon enough.
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Mar 19, 2008, 08:38 AM
 
How much control over the price does he have?

I'm not sold on it quite yet. The idea is novel, but I'd hate to be on i-95 in one and be surronded by semi-trucks and SUVs.
Besides its really not a family friendly car.
     
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Mar 19, 2008, 09:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by Eriamjh View Post
Considering I live about 20 miles from the only Smart car dealership in Michigan AND the fact that Smart has pre-sold its entire 30,000 run of the first model year, I haven't seen a single one in Michigan yet.

Of course, it's still winter and the weather is especially crappy right now. Maybe when spring really arrives?
I've actually seen quite a few around town.
     
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Mar 19, 2008, 11:13 AM
 
I've had one for a few months now, really like it. I don't need a car with a back seat (I used the back seat in my old car 2-3 times in 3 years), and its better on fuel too. Once you are sitting in the car, it doesn't feel like you're sitting in an 8ft-and-a-bit long car. And I'm 6'6" and fit in it fine, and it's funny to see people's looks when they see me get out of it , and better again was the look on my 18 stone mate's parents faces when I gave him a lift home and we both got out .

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Mar 19, 2008, 12:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by OldManMac View Post
It's a novelty, and Penske, the U. S. distributor, may have made one of his few bad business decisions. There are many subcompacts available at the Smart's price that are a much better value, and he's going to find that out soon enough.
I'll put you down as "It's going to be a failure." then. I've heard the same spouted about Macs. We know how that's working out...

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Mar 19, 2008, 01:32 PM
 
saw one this morning on my way to work. sitting in a parking lot though and i was already passed the curb cut to turn in for a better look.
     
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Mar 19, 2008, 01:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by ajprice View Post
I've had one for a few months now, really like it. I don't need a car with a back seat (I used the back seat in my old car 2-3 times in 3 years), and its better on fuel too. Once you are sitting in the car, it doesn't feel like you're sitting in an 8ft-and-a-bit long car. And I'm 6'6" and fit in it fine, and it's funny to see people's looks when they see me get out of it , and better again was the look on my 18 stone mate's parents faces when I gave him a lift home and we both got out .
That best be the Brabus version or you've just injected enough anti-Clarkson into your online persona to render your sig completely inert.
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Mar 19, 2008, 03:06 PM
 
Not a Brabus, a Pulse (I'm not made of money!). Still got wider tyres and flappy paddles to play with though .

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