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Old 10-26-2011, 10:27 PM   #29
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I didn't see anyone mention to check the title. If the title is a salvage title, the car will not re-sell for diddly. Your choice on whether your ok with that or not. If the repair bill is greater than a certain percentage of the cars value (depending on insurance company) it will be declared a total loss. With the cost of car repairs now days, whether it's mechanical, body work or a combination of both (most cases), it doesn't always take a lot to total a car.

You mentioned it drives fine. Be sure to check how it drives in a turn as well. Find a parking lot and do a few left turns with the wheel turned as far left as possible. Then do the same on a right turn. You don't have to go real fast. If there's tire squeal in one direction but not the other, steer clear of the car. The front suspension geometry is jacked. It's not hard to get a damaged front end to drive fine in a straight line. Unfortunately the world of driving isn't always a straight line. Turns, and curves come into play every day you're driving.

I have purchased salvage title vehicles before. My wifes daily driver 05 Tundra Limited has a salvage title. Used to be my daily driver till I got promoted. I'm ok with it because we'll probably drive the thing till it falls apart. A long time from now for a Toyota product.

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Old 10-27-2011, 09:56 AM   #30
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I would not buy a smart car...period.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:11 AM   #31
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:16 AM   #32
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:08 PM   #33
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How about a Ford Ranger?


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Old 10-27-2011, 06:36 PM   #34
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Saw a Smart driving on interstate 95 through Philly yesterday, it was being passed by a semi, I think I'd would rather take my chances on a motorcycle. Really, it looked like the semi could drive over it and just think it was a speed bump.

Things are seldom as they appear, as evidenced by the three videos below.


Actually, the Smart does pretty well in the standard tests, HERE.

But, that's no fun.

Leave to the Brits to ramp things up a bit: they smash one into a concrete barricade at 70 mph HERE. Peachy. Barely spilled the Queen's tea; but, you must admit, she was a sport for volunteering

Speaking of counterintuitive results, take a look at a "they don't build 'em like that any more" Chevy versus its cheapo imported parts-laden modern version HERE
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That's your decision and your loss. CRV's one of the most popular and best toads on the road. I for one, have bought my last Gum Mint Motors vehicles. Had a boat load of Chevy trucks, D/W says, "no more."
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I was driving down the Interstate by Madison WI. one day and I was going 65 and a Smart car passed me like I was parked. I didn't think they went that fast, it was bright yellow and looked like a jelly bean with wheels. My friend said if that thing starts to roll it will look like a bowling ball. That's all I know about Smart cars but they don't impress me as being safe at that speed. Maybe I just don't have a big enough pair to drive one.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:21 PM   #37
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a Smart car passed me like I was parked. I didn't think they went that fast, it was bright yellow and looked like a jelly bean with wheels. My friend said if that thing starts to roll it will look like a bowling ball.
Thanks for the laugh!
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That's your decision and your loss. CRV's one of the most popular and best toads on the road. I for one, have bought my last Gum Mint Motors vehicles. Had a boat load of Chevy trucks, D/W says, "no more."

We all have our own opinions on what vehicles we choose to drive. I personally only drive products made by American Companies. I have always owned and driven either Ford, GM or Chrysler and since the 80's have never had any major problems with any of them.
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We have an 08 Smart, it tows great when behind the MH, it is fun to drive solo. By design they are a very safe car as evidenced by the rating they get from the insurance companies. They are a great auto but are in a class (micro) that is a class by its self. They seem to survive accidents extremely well with larger vehicles. I would rather be in an accident in it than on our motorcycle. Hopefully neither will happen. I would not hesitate to by one that had been in an accident, BUT I would have it checked out closely.
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I want either one of these; way cooler than the smart car.
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With in reason like anyother motor vehicle on the highway today any accident damage can leave hidden problems , including miss alignment of the frame even after repair on a jig.

As far as the smart goes the whole car is just one piece the tridion safety cell ( think the drivers safety cell in Indy and F1 cars) with just inter-changeable plastic body panels.

Yes it would be interesting to see how well they repaired any damage to the cell and I would definitely check everything first.

As far as driving them they are a total hoot!!! Safe at 70+mph and they're pretty nippy especially when using the semi auto box in manual shift mode.

Many official tuners out there including well known merc tuner AMG with bigger turbos, engine chips, remapping, suspension tweaks the list is endless. Oh and even smarts with Suzuki hyabusa engines in!!!!

I'd rather trust a smart over a motorcycle any day, thought of road rash ,slipping on oil and all kinds of limb injuries or worse no thanks.
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I'd rather trust a smart over a motorcycle any day, thought of road rash ,slipping on oil and all kinds of limb injuries or worse no thanks.
I'm trading an electric motor scooter for the Smart, so this is a HUGE step up for us. I just couldn't get the risks you mentioned out of my head. Never drove it. I have a paid for '07 Prius in storage. After selling the scooter and Prius I should come out even on the cash, but way ahead on comfort and safety.
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