another problem is that these short people (a 5'2" 50'ish lady in my case)
have no clue how to drive these big SUV/VAN/TRUCK's. She was out in the
intersection to make a left turn - the light changed to red and she thought
better of it and started backing up into .... me. I'm on my horn full tilt
for the full time she was backing up slowly.... crunched my whole front end.
She had no clue .... didn't see me, didn't hear me ... nothing ... totally
oblivious to the outside world.
Unfortunately, also in Italy the fashion is bursting here of the SUV,
but the roads of our cities they are not adapted for this type of car,
therefore like the parkings. I do not love these cars and of it I
discuss their street behavior. Sure high and tyre with high shoulder
they do not influence positively on the guide. Moreover the
consumptions are too much elevate.
Moreover in crash tests the crash between car turns out dangerous and
suv, it plays all on the mass and dimensions.
THAT's the way to drive! Here in Vancouver, with all the oblivious minions
driving V6 and V8 automatics; the light turns red by the
time I can get moving 10 cars back when the light turns green. 190km/h
bumper-bumper I don't mind. At least in Europe they know how
to use their power.
Accident? I had bald tires and slipped on gravel on a corner and took out a
little sign. Parts and labour for the audi was 636CAD
Anyways, 190 in bumper to bumper traffic that in Europe, not in vancouver, I get
scared driving here, with all the off-the-boat
asians here who buy their licences.
I do not know the retail prices for smart cars in Canada, but in Germany the
retail price including VAT starts at 9.100 Euro, which is approx. 10.900 USD.
money you get a car with semi-automatic gearbox, power windows, power locks,
dual airbags, Euro 4 emission standards and very low operating cost. A 3 door
Corolla starts at 14.550 Euro, which is some 50% more than what you have to pay
smart. If you look at the supermicro cars you can buy for a starting price of
10.000 Euros, most of them are strange korean tin cans or rather old and unsafe
like the Ford Ka or the Fiat Seicento. One can very well discuss the question
basic smart is a good car - but it is amongst the cheapest ways to get yourself
in a new vehicle. If you want to spend subdtantially less money, you have to buy
an used car or a new motorscooter;-)
Besides that there are many (not many enough) people, who love the smart. It is
extremely short and handy (important for crowded european streets). I live in
and I know many people who spend 20-30 minutes per day to find a parking gap for
car. A car 5 feet shorter than usual can drastically reduce this time.
Smart's problem is quickly told. Their infrastructure starts earning money when
sell more than 200.000 units per year. Up to now they have only succeded in
80.000 per year. In my eyes the additional smart types roadster and forfour are
revolutionary enough, and the classical smart failed to incorporate such
electric or hybrid drive, fuel cell and such.
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For Euro earnings that's a good price but in Canada after all is said and done
the smart comes to around 16.000USD. Some people have
paid almost 20K USD but then they went overboard on everything.
I remember trying to park a smart in Hamburg and when I stopped panic struck
when I thought what if I screw the parralel park in a
smart? :-) My friend said "what parallel park, just park it!", yeh, just park
it, no problem :)
Maybe they shouldn't bother with all the other models, it's a simple car, why
dillute it with all the various models? forfour? Might
as well just get a regular small car. They should just stick to the basic
concept and get it right. Isn't it too early for fuel
cells? As for hybrid drive, what benefits would that bring? It's a tiny car,
it'd just complicate it more.
Surprisingly enough it's 9000 EURO's in Holland as well. That's after
our 50% car tax + 19% VAT.
Normally even European cars are cheaper in the US than in Holland AFAIK.
Point is, net prices of new cars vary a lot in Europe too.
I've heard many stories of the Smart engines having big problems with
oil consumption. Apparently bad enough to need replacement engines after
a relatively short while.
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