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    eugenius Male 30-39
    1620 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    Link: Saving Money, Fuel & Time, But At What Cost? - Sure you can park wherever you want and you`re saving a few sheckles on fuel, but you still look ridiculous in it.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
    5414 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    I`m more interested in those golf carts are the back.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
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    May 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    I imagine the small car owner is saving more than `a few sheckels` on fuel.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    I`d get one if they were a bit cheaper and could hold all 6`2" of me.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
    2081 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    I love pulling up next to one while in my Suburban.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
    1586 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    I drive a small car that`s pretty roomy inside. I like to talk to people that drive big vehicles because they`re always complaining about how much gas they use. I put in $35 every two weeks.
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    Thonious Male 40-49
    987 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    If you are between two parking meters and neither is yours, do you still get a ticket?
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1925 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    I like a little more steel around me. Gas ain`t cheap but try replacing a wife, dad or best friend after they get into an accident in that thing.
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    jav805 Male 18-29
    104 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    It`s all fun until you go head on with anything, the smart cars tend to disintegrate upon impact. Not worth the few extra buck on fuel...
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    I got one of those caught on my muffler once.
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    con_uk Male 30-39
    92 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    I think the debate only applies in the states, where they can`t drive for poo and give 16 year olds Hummers...
    If you look at EU stats, Smart cars have the same amount of fatal accidents as any other car.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm
    A Smart holds the current fuel economy record for a production car - 99.24mpg. How much are your shekels worth?

    They`re not as bad as you`d think in a crash...as long as it`s not with a heavy vehicle with high ground clearance. Hit a wall and you`ll probably be OK. Hit a big USA pickup and it won`t end well.

    They can be quite extensively modified. Check this one out:

    OK for fuel economy, very bad for tyre economy!

    The stock ones are good as an urban car. They`re not ridiculous, they`re just specialised.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    It`s all fun until you go head on with anything, the smart cars tend to disintegrate upon impact.

    Standard crash tests say otherwise (4/5 Euro NCAP rating). The *bodywork* disintegrates, but the car itself doesn`t. They`ve rammed the things into walls at 40mph, so they`re properly tested and come out surprisingly well.

    Unless you hit a tall, heavy vehicle. That won`t end well.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm
    [quote">I`d get one if they were a bit cheaper and could hold all 6`2" of me.[/quote">

    It should be able to, unless you`re *really* wide:

    [quote">The interior is light and airy and big enough to provide room for someone who`s six-five.[/quote">

    Automobile magazine review
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    briand Male 40-49
    149 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    and a motorcycle is ok in a collision??? I for one would love to have one of these, they`re made for city driving, not interstates you dopes..Try parking a big car downtown.. Oh thats right, you dont drive yet..
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1925 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    I got t-boned by an idiot driving a rather tall Dodge Ram. Hit me going about 15 mph. Caved in my jeep`s door and shattered the window. I received no damage other than a really good scare. If I was in that econo box I would have been seriously injured or maybe even dead. I don`t care what some Euro crash rating says. I wouldn`t take that thing around the DC beltway or the M25 for love or money.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    @Angilion I shall look into it.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10441 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    If I was in that econo box I would have been seriously injured or maybe even dead
    Actually the smart car holds up to being T-boned, since the axles are so close together.

    ... maybe it could use side-air bags... but maybe it already has those... I`m not the expert.
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    ZackDark Male 18-29
    299 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    He/she could have somewhat easily parked the right way...

    That`s a pretty big parking space, actually...
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    mzacur Male 18-29
    112 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    I want one which shoots red turtle shells!
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    DShephard Male 18-29
    1595 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    If you drive a smartcar you aren`t conscious about looking ridiculous.
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3849 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    cute, but where do i put my dogs and my crutches? hell, my purse would be a stretch for that car!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36653 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I`ve got a SmartCar.
    We keep it in the back of the truck to use as a spare.
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    faustusflux Male 18-29
    54 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm
    So you need surgery to save your life. Sure, you could live longer and experience more things, possibly eliminate a lot of pain from your life and continue being a functioning member of society... but you`d look RIDICULOUS in a hospital gown!

    So you want to recycle your trash. Sure, you might be helping out the earth and cutting down on landfills and such, and you might be cleaning up the environment by re-using so many things, but those bins look ridiculous!

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    jamie76 Male 30-39
    2345 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    these POS`s get 32mpg...that is not a gas saver. my 350Z gets 30mpg and has enough power to be considered a freaking car instead of a lawn mower.

    also, considering that this crappy little thing has normal doors parking like that only invites people to park up against you making it impossible to open your doors.

    they should have put scissor doors on it if parking like that is what they were going for.

    oh and mechanically, these things are junk.
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    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
    809 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm
    I disagreehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xo5uEeL72U&feature=related
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
    273 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    Lots of those in Europe, nothing wrong with them... But yeah gotta be thin and confident to drive one of those, better get the hummer.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
    1707 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    Smart Crash Test that is all I can say, besides knowing a person with one who loves it.
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
    273 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    Btw that car goes around 35-50 mpg depending on city or highway driving and is electronically limited to a top speed of 90mph. But I do prefer the Mini in terms of look.
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    ChrisP12 Male 40-49
    186 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm
    European diesel model gets 72mpg. US models (gasoline) get at best 42 mpg. The Toyota Yaris gets about the same mpg and is bigger for less money.
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    swoop408 Male 18-29
    1754 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    I could use the gas money. drat you truck loving bastards! lol
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    RdDan Male 30-39
    759 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    My bike gets 165 mpg
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm
    Every time I see one, I think of the very tall man from The Simpsons.


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    Solvent Male 18-29
    2842 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    Anybody who drives these is just asking to get run over.
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    bayoubengal Female 18-29
    149 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    Technically this is illegal...your wheels have to be parallel to the curb. /DebbieDowner
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
    1058 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm
    No joke, how could something that looks so stupid be called smart?
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
    2348 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm
    Check out the Diablo mod. Also, in a motorcycle crash you often leave the bike. That could go either way of course.
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    May 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm
    Crash test show the a smart car is *very* robust, as shown when one was driven into a stationary barrier at 60mph.

    Unfortunately humans are not so robust, and would be reduced to jelly by such impact.

    Primary safety is about avoiding crashes altogether, by having a car that drives and handles well and can be seen out of. Not one that gives the illusion of being in an invulnerable tank.

    So smart confident able drivers will tend to drive smaller, more agile cars, whilst scaredy cat jagweeds go for big hulks that handle like a 2 tonne jelly.

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    robosnitz Male 40-49
    2737 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 12:17 am
    I like them.Just wish I could afford one.
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    SnoopyBG Male 18-29
    653 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 1:05 am
    As long as I don`t have to spend 20min every day trying to find a parking spot, it`s better.
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    bankvole Male 30-39
    959 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 1:41 am
    The first smart car was produced in 1998. 14 years ago. But no, this is brand new and not boring.
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 4:35 am
    How about this then. This is really small and efficient.

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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
    626 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 5:25 am
    Have any of you ever seen what happens when one of these gets into a serious crash? Let`s just say you leave in multiple pieces.
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    Burton_Ian Male 18-29
    815 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 5:29 am
    Regardless if it fits, I`m guessing that he or she would still get a ticket because they are parked illegally.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 5:43 am
    I`ll stick to the Corolla pretty much the same mpg, costs less and can actually survive a crash.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5097 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 7:42 am
    3 out of 6 cars parked outside my window right now are cars in the same size class as this one, they`re quite common around these parts.

    I wonder what kind of world we would live in if people stopped worrying so much about what other people thought about them and just went about their business.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7555 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am
    Okay- a smart car? So what, rather useful things and very popular.
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    PhantomGh0st Male 18-29
    261 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am
    Saving time? It is non-nice individuals like these that get on highways doing 15-20mph by the time we are off the ramp that slow the rest of us down.

    I can only imagine the 0-60 in 15 minutes slows them down more than me, because as soon as this poo is out of my way they will see nothing but exhaust.
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    PhantomGh0st Male 18-29
    261 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 10:17 am
    I prefer under 10mpg when I am not in 5th or 6th gear. Of course if I am in 5th or 6th gear I am doing well over 100
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
    1803 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 10:21 am
    That`s legal parking here in Germany, several of our senior managers have one as their company car (they could have a big fat merc or BMW, but choose not to).
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
    1832 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 11:07 am
    I hope your smart car gets hit by a hummer.
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    TangoDexx Male 18-29
    158 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 11:07 am
    Don`t know why everyone is going on about the safety just from assumption. I saw a video a while back that rated the Smart Car as one of the safest vehichles to drive, it showed a crash test in which it went into a brick wall at like, 60-70mph. The frame only bent slightly because of the strong metal type they use in building it, you`d be completely safe in one. Apart from your legs, I guess.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 11:29 am
    Apart from your legs, I guess.

    Ya who needs those!1 Sounds real safe have fun with that overpriced clown car....
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
    1811 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm
    @diylobotomy. Or a semi-tractor and trailer....
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    GhettoNinja Male 30-39
    886 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    "Saving a few shekels"?

    I didn`t know eugenius was from Israel...oh wait...they aren`t.

    OH OH OH lmao, NOW I get the joke. Saving Dollars is not as funny as Saving Shekels because it implies the person doing the saving is jewish because jews love them some savings...right?

    I know...I am an irritating old fart...but here I am...sitting in blissful ignorance.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6934 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    Why the hate? It`s for nipping around town.
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    mackin Male 30-39
    210 posts
    May 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    *yawn* Oh yeah, because those other cars look so awesome.
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    arsebanditry Male 40-49
    140 posts
    May 10, 2012 at 2:26 am
    "but you still look ridiculous in it"

    `shaved ape` philosophy
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    youlikeicecr Male 30-39
    237 posts
    May 10, 2012 at 5:39 am
    This must be new to America, have been seeing this for years in the UK.

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