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Old 05-08-2007, 07:58 PM   #1
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saw 2 smarts today

on the feeder of 610 headed towards the katy/610 HOV. a black/grey one. saw another 1 just around the corner.

rolled the window down and chatted w/ the lady, she said it did 80 mph and got 68 mpg. she bought it at teh lamborghini dealer.

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There won't be a four door one.
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if you hit a deer you F'ed. But if you look at it from a motorcyclist point of view it looks alot safer than a bike if you were to get in an accident. How much are those?
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Oh, the way gas is going I could see the US using alot of those soon. Unless they come up with cheap alternative fuels
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if you hit a deer you F'ed. But if you look at it from a motorcyclist point of view it looks alot safer than a bike if you were to get in an accident. How much are those?
$12-17k. actually it;s a pretty safe car. made/designed by mercedes. crash CAGE.

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ESP® -- One of the standard features on your smart fortwo is something called Electronic Stability Program or ESP®. When the ESP® sensors indicate a skid or swerving of your car, they automatically control the engine throttle and the Anti-Lock brakes to bring the car back under control.

ABS and EBD - Most cars have Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS) today, but smart takes things one step further by adding Electronic Brake-Force Distribution Control (EBD). With ABS, you can hit your brakes hard knowing the ABS circuitry will apply and release each brake independently to keep you from skidding regardless of the type of road surface each wheel is on. EBD then optimizes the front-to-rear balance of braking to allow you to steer without loss of control.

CBC - When you enter a corner and apply your brakes, the unequal forces at each wheel can result in a skid or a complete "end-around". With Cornering Brake Control (CBC) your smart fortwo controls the braking force at each wheel to keep you headed where the car is steered.

EBA - Avoiding accidents is often measured in inches. Electronic Brake Assist can sense when you have stepped on the brake quickly but have not applied it hard enough to activate the ABS system. It can be the difference in reaction time you need to avoid an accident.

ASC and ETC - Acceleration Skid Control (ASC) allows your smart fortwo to move forward on slippery surfaces. It acts much like a differential lock but does it by selectively braking the wheels that are losing traction. Engine Torque Control (ETC) provides engine control when driving on slippery surfaces. It "feathers" the throttle on low traction acceleration and limits torque in down shifting applications.

HSA - The auto/manual transmission of the smart fortwo is equipped with Hill Start Assist (HSA) which allows you to pull away on a hill without having to apply the handbrake. As you lift your foot from the brake pedal while sitting stopped on a hill, HSA holds the brakes on for .7 seconds to give you time to move your foot to the accelerator. So don't worry about driving your smart fortwo in San Francisco.
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In European NCAP crash tests, the smart fortwo's passenger cell remained rigid at impact speeds of 45 miles an hour allowing both doors to open easily.
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In European NCAP crash tests, the smart fortwo's passenger cell remained rigid at impact speeds of 45 miles an hour allowing both doors to open easily.
Was this after being hit by a Texan owned F-250 with a lift kit?
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w/ gas gonna hit $4+/gal ain't gonna be too many 250's on the roads in the near future.......lol

funny, you ride a bike right?
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funny, you ride a bike right?
Yup, but on a bike you can twist the throttle when one starts coming into your lane. I don't think that thing has the same acceleration characteristics.

Don't get me wrong. I like the concept and the fuel economy is great, but I live work out here in the woods where trucks + cows out number people still.

Just my 0.02.
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yeah for that price I will stick to my bike
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Cool. I want one, but when I first read about them, they were saying it would be 25k. :BangHead:


I think they've hit a good price point.
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I stand corrected.

better check the latest on smart.

I think they started with the two door, then developed a 4 door and a convertable, and finally decided to focus on just the two door again for financial reasons.

I believe that currently, only a two door is sold.
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Interesting. I saw the first one in Germany over 5 years ago and wondered if they'd ever make it over here. I haven't seen one yet but I'll keep my eyes open!
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might be a dumb question but which company makes the car
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thats one funny egg car i always want to push those over on its sides. if they are like 17-20 why dont people just buy the yaris or whatever that gets like 40-50 gallons and costs 11-13k msrp since obvisouly everyone complains about gas.
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why ride a motorcycle.......they're dangerous.....it's a choice.
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