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Pros: small size
Cons: it is slowoverall it is a great car for my needs and I have no complaints!
So ugly it is cute
Pros: read engine
Cons: missing guages on dash .. only fuel is presentI only have 250 miles on the car but it is fun with a capital F. 30mpg on first tank full with city driving and the A/C on. It turns a lot of heads and it puts the fun back in inexpensive driving.
Pros: It's cute!!
Cons: Bumpy RideThis is a great car for commuting and running small errands. It can actually hold a fairly large number of grocery bags or carry-on luggage plus totes for 2 people. The transmission problems some people report are probably because those people have never driven a standard transmission. It is very easy to get used to. The savings in gas compared to what we drove before is actually enough to make the car payment. My partner and I are large people and we fit inside quite comfortably. The only downside is that is a bit of a bumpy ride on secondary roads.
Pros: The MPG
Cons: The SizeIt runs great!
Pros: Convertable top and at 55 having all the girls looking at me again
Cons: Drink holders and the radio CD display should have temp and time incorporated instead of the tiny instrument displayI have a 79 Triumph Spitfire that I built from nuts and bolts. My Smart perform very simular to my Triumph. The fit and finish is exceptional, gas mileage is good enough (40 to 50 MPH depending on driving as a commute or driving like a sports car). I must say that the cornering at any speed is outstanding. Service is at 10k intervals and cheaper than any auto I've owned (ajusted for inflation) and no problems that have required warrantee service (13K miles on it so far). I have taken trips in excess of 600 miles and I have a BAD back, but it came through like a charm even going over the Calif. Grapevine pass. The one thing that keeps this car from a perfect score by me is the positioning of the drink holders which requires a downward reach over the shifter and is tough on drinks with plastic lids.