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Old 04-30-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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my SMART car (review & pics)...

Well, I finally took delivery of my SMART car last Wed afternoon (after a 6 month wait). It's a (loaded) Silver Passion Coupe with black leather interior, 6-spd sequential gearbox and sunroof. Car cost $22,300 with all the options (they start at $16,500). I installed McCullough H7 4300K HID kit on it.... so if you see a silver SMART car with HID's... it's most likely me.

Most common questions (from people I know)...

1)"Why a SMART car????" Because I fell in love with them back in '98 when I first saw them visiting relatives in Germany. I also drive 70,000+km/yr on average and this little thing will pay for itself with gas savings (the way things seem to be going with gas prices$$). I don't have a family, and if I need to transport large items... i'll use my Subaru Outback Wagon.

2)"How is it on the highway???" Gutless. You really have to stategize merging and lane changes around traffic.... especially large trucks. There is almost no acceleration from 80km/h - 130km/h (speed-limited to 135km/h)... it's all momentum. Ideally the car is "in it's element" around town, sqeezing through tight spots, stealing parking spots and causing accidents from rubber-neckers. Crosswinds aren't as bad as I thought, but you definitely feel them, especially following a semi or driving on the top "level" of a cloverleaf-overpass.

3)"How's the gas mileage???" Awsome. It'll average 3.5L/100km (about 70mi/gal) around town... slightly less on the highway (aerodynamic brick). For those not good with numbers, that means $15 diesel gets me around 450km (tank size is 22L)

4)"Isn't it kinda small for you???" Not at all. Infact, I keep forgetting how small the car is because it feels so big inside. The dashboard seems to go forever (ie: Chevy Lumina Van). You don't realize the car is almost the size of yourself sitting in it. The strangest thing is looking in the rear-view mirror at red lights and thinking everyone is stopped TOO DAMN close to you. Especially the front grills of semi trucks!

5)"So what's the final word???" Highly recommend as a commuter car to/from work (if you have another source of transportation for practical uses). It truely is fun to drive. The car is (relatively) slow, so you're always "driving hard" and going through the (instantaniously-responsive) sequential 6-spd.... but at the same time, it keeps you outta trouble with the law. Steering is communicative (non-power) and acceleration is brisk in the lower gears when the turbo spools up. Stock radio sucks-ass. Brakes are phenominal (Mercedes-Benz approved!). Car understeers at the limit (145mm front tires), traction control cannot be disabled. I Recommend tinting windows (on my list) unless you enjoy everybody (and their neighbour) pointing, laughing, smiling, gasping, smirking, staring at you while you're just trying to get to your destination.

Here's a (video) link to a streetrace I already had with the car.

Here's a pic of the car with my girlfriend Lindsay (E30 Girl) and I in the delivery-bay.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:08 AM   #2
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On the second day of ownership I decided to "break-in" the motor @Mosport. Here are some pics at the track.

Handles pretty bad on the track (mucho understeer) and completely gutless coming out of corners/up hills, much better on the autocross course. It's so quiet, you really need to watch the rev-counter since it's "power-band" is from 2700rpm to (redline) 4000rpm.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:10 AM   #3
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Getting chased down by Got Torque? in his S14-powered 2100lb E30 race car.

Actually, I just passed him on my hot-lap.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:14 AM   #4
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Coming off the track cooling the tires off (yeah right!).
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:19 AM   #5
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My dad was think of getting one, nice. We were laughing about taking it to Mosport but how does she really handle. Nice Car for everyday thou
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:07 PM   #6
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i give it about a week before you drop it, add rims, paint something, throw on a bigger turbo and a 2000000 shot of nawz.
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:11 PM   #7
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ahahah thats so pimped out man , i love the rims actually so i don't see the point in swapping them.....but tint, drop would definately be sweet
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he dosent need to paint anything he just needs to buy the painted pannels
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Impressive and congrats on the new ride Randy.

By the way, how did the car feel on turn 2, the blind left hander sweeping downhill? Did it feel like it wanted to tip over or it's quite stable? I wonder if R-compounds would help, lol.
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Randy what's your fastest time at Mosport with the Smart?
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he dosent need to paint anything he just needs to buy the painted pannels
Its still about $2000 for all the panels.
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Old 04-30-2005, 02:39 PM   #12
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1 hour per lap dude.........hahahaha......
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btw, i think this is the first car at a max meet that my civic can out accelerate at any speed
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that thing is pimp if u ask me lol
randy wered u get those H.I.Ds man ?? pm me some info thanks
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Impressive and congrats on the new ride Randy.

By the way, how did the car feel on turn 2, the blind left hander sweeping downhill? Did it feel like it wanted to tip over or it's quite stable? I wonder if R-compounds would help, lol.
I was actually on the (smaller) Driver Development Track next to the main track (Drift Nation last year).

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that thing is pimp if u ask me lol
randy wered u get those H.I.Ds man ?? pm me some info thanks
Jorge, maybe you never noticed but I sell HID kits. Here's a link to the original thread with pricing.
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