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Unread 03-16-2008, 08:18 AM   #1
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NOT JEEP, but how about a Smart Car?

ok, with gas prices nearing $4/gal, i'm ready for some relief, even if i DO have to pay for it! SO, today i placed my "reservation" for my very own Smart Car. with gas prices nearing $4/gal (and probably $5.gal next year ), i'm ready for some relief, even if i DO have to pay for it!

i chose the "Passion Coupe" with leather seats, fog lamps, upgraded stereo and additional gages. this car will NOT replace my Compass, but will be a replacement for my '03 Toyota Corolla. i'll use it in the spring, summer and fall as my 'daily driver' to and from work. the Compass will be used strickly in the winter and for trips. with the way the Smart system works, i probably won't take delivery of this car until next spring anyway.......but that's ok. it gives me plenty of time to get my Toyota ready to sell.

so, have i gone crazy????

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Unread 03-16-2008, 08:44 AM   #2
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Not crazy at all. Gas prices are just insane. I thought about buying a Prius or something like that for my daily driver. Oh well, I ended up just eating PB&J for lunch instead of spending money .... hehehe
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Unread 03-16-2008, 08:47 AM   #3
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Not crazy at all. Gas prices are just insane. I thought about buying a Prius or something like that for my daily driver. Oh well, I ended up just eating PB&J for lunch instead of spending money .... hehehe
PB&J??? huh, never thought of that! guess that WOULD be less expensive than a CAR PAYMENT!
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Unread 03-16-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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If I didn't drive 57 miles each way to work, I would ride my bike. Problem is it would take me 3 hours to get there and 3 to get back. Add in a 9 hour day .... well you get the picture. I wonder if Jeep or Dodge is planning any hybrid vehicles? The Caliber and Compass would be perfect and I bet they would sell the crap out of them.

When we traded my wifes SRT8 Charger in for her HEMI Durango we actually got better gas mileage. And my Compass is getting the same as my '07 Camry V6 (mainly due to driving habits).

But wow a Smart car ... that would be cool for a daily driver .... peepin them right now online
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Unread 03-23-2008, 01:41 PM   #5
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Not crazy at all. Gas prices are just insane. I thought about buying a Prius or something like that for my daily driver.
have you noticed the INCREASE in the number of Prius' on the road lately? just went to the store this AM and i bet i saw 6 of them. the wifey is thinking 'Prius' for her next car, but she can't get past the fact it looks like her old Datsun B210 in the back!!!
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Unread 03-23-2008, 02:02 PM   #6
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I hope that when the battery quits they can afford $5-6K for the replacement and when they're tired of it the "environmental fees" to get rid of it. To resale it with no warranty is not going to be easy to do.

I've got a friend in college that's writing a paper on the Prius v. Hummer and over the long haul (at $3.00 a gal.) you'd better off to go with the Hummer.

There were some Smart cars over in the UK back in '04 that I got to look at. They have an "egg" shaped substructure for safety and all of the wheel and suspension sections are modular and take the force of the impact. We got behind one in traffic and it went off and left us in the dust (sorry, no dust in the UK, too damp, but you know what I mean). Still, it's an in town only car, the Semis would blow you off the road on the interstate.
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Unread 03-23-2008, 06:15 PM   #7
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The gas mileage on the smart car did not seem like a whole lot more to me. You would be better to buy a toyota corolla or honda civic. My sons civic is averaging 36mpg
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Unread 03-23-2008, 06:21 PM   #8
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The gas mileage on the smart car did not seem like a whole lot more to me. You would be better to buy a toyota corolla or honda civic. My sons civic is averaging 36mpg
oh, i Have a Corolla that gets 32+ now.....and yes, the Smart doesn't do much better than that (40+), but MPG's alone are NOT the reason. i have my Jeep Compass as well, to get me through all those tough winters and such, but the Smart is for that daily drive to and from work. and, when i'm driving the Jeep, i can store the Smart in my mini-barn, something that the Corolla, Civic or Prius will NOT be able to do.

besides.....they're COOL!!!!
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Unread 05-15-2008, 09:11 PM   #9
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Reasons to buy a smart.....

savings on gas purchases for three years: Corolla vs smart........$370.00
(based on 12K/yr at $4/gal and 30mpg for Corolla and $4.10/gal and 40mpg for smart)

savings on car purchase between Corolla and smart...............$3,125.00
(approximate differences between comparablly equiped vehicles)

"Fun Factor of driving the smart..........................PRICELESS!!!
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Unread 05-16-2008, 09:11 AM   #10
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I have to say i sat in one of these at the autoshow and i was surprised at how well i fit in it. im 6' and even my 2003 corolla was a little uncomfortable (long legs and a 5 spd dont mix).

That being said i think id rather get a motorcycle. Better gas mileage and even more fun to drive
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Unread 05-16-2008, 09:23 AM   #11
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And someone designed a lawn mower attachement for the front when your not at work:
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Unread 05-16-2008, 02:19 PM   #12
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Guys, be happy.
In Germany we pay $ 9.05 per gallon (converted) for gasoline. That´s really insane! Therefore, a lot of jeepers overhere get a supplementary liquified petroleum gas (LPG) equipment to save fuel. Liquified gas is more than half cheaper than gasoline and LPG has been priced by our government until 2018.

Do you have similiar possibilities saving fuel in the US? Instead buying Smart Cars (which were really terrific)
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Unread 05-17-2008, 03:29 PM   #13
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I have to say i sat in one of these at the autoshow and i was surprised at how well i fit in it. im 6' and even my 2003 corolla was a little uncomfortable (long legs and a 5 spd dont mix).

That being said i think id rather get a motorcycle. Better gas mileage and even more fun to drive
sorry, the wifey won't let me have a motorcycle......too dangerous.

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And someone designed a lawn mower attachement for the front when your not at work:
maybe that would work, as the wifey won't let me have a RIDING MOWER either, but she WILL let me get the smart. that could kill two birds with one stone......

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Guys, be happy.
In Germany we pay $ 9.05 per gallon (converted) for gasoline. That´s really insane! Therefore, a lot of jeepers overhere get a supplementary liquified petroleum gas (LPG) equipment to save fuel. Liquified gas is more than half cheaper than gasoline and LPG has been priced by our government until 2018.

Do you have similiar possibilities saving fuel in the US? Instead buying Smart Cars (which were really terrific)
haven't heard of that here in the U.S. that would be great....any info on it? are there Patriots in Germany running on LPG? i want some more info on THAT!!!!!
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Unread 05-18-2008, 01:47 PM   #14
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Here some pics of a GC getting a LPG equipment, taken fom the german jeep forum.

www.jeepforum.de/index.php?showtopic=21769&hl=

What´s looking like a balloon in the trunk is the additional liquid gas tank.
A disadvantage: LPG is only available for gasoline engines, not for diesel.
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Unread 05-25-2008, 10:22 PM   #15
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Here some pics of a GC getting a LPG equipment, taken fom the german jeep forum.
What is a GC?

Also, you cannot view any of the images unless you are a member of that forum. Thanks for the thought, though. While LPG would be a great alternative to gasoline, especially here in Texas where we refine so much oil, there aren't a whole lot of vehicles that can be converted to run on propane. Also, our EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) [sic] won't certify propane conversions as being safe enough for our roads.

There are a couple of vehicles that you can buy over here with an OEM conversion (Ford F-150), which *is* legal, but they are almost always sold in fleets to local municipalities. That means that for the average Joe, it is almost impossible to own an LPG vehicle. I almost bought an 10 year old XJ that had been running in the Austin municipal fleet, but I didn't pull the trigger fast enough.

If anybody knows how an individual can buy an LPG vehicle, I would love to know. The fuel is cheaper and produces almost zero emissions. You'd think Jeep would be all over this, but hell, we cannot even get a current Liberty diesel.
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