"Not a primary car, but an awesome second car."4.5 starson by chuckdaly
Pros: Awesome MPGs. I drive 300 miles per tank for $27.60 @ $3.45/ gallon (premium). Incredibly fun to drive. Most creature comfort options in its class. You can change the color of your car for under $1000. All colored panels are replaceable.
Cons: Clear canopy allows a lot of road noise. Sports car ride quality. Warranty too short. Having to deal with idiots with preconceived notions about the car. Having random strangers stop you to ask questions when you are in a rush.
Summary: This car was just marketed wrong. If one thinks of it as a second car, then it works perfectly, if you need a small car at the vacation home, something small to drive and park in an urban environment, or a inexpensive work car, its perfect. Heck, it should be marketed to parents for teens. Most teens die in car accidents from distractions from friends and high speeds. The Fortwo is plenty safe to get teens to school and back, while avoiding them speeding and driving with too many friends. The fuel economy has been the best among all non-hybrids for the past 3 years. Who around here drives 300 miles for under $30? I purchased my 09 Passion with heated seats, 6 CD changer, tire pressure monitors, extra gauges, and paddle shifters for $15,500.00 The driveability of the car is simply a sports car in slow motion. It has a sports car ride, and is nimble like one too, but not quick by anyone's imagination. Yet its very fun to drive. Every review jumps on the transmission, but its only funky to drive with for the first 1000 miles. After that you adjust and never notice it. Even passengers don't notice or even ask questions about the transmission. It feels like a manual transmission, which it is. You do have to get use to the attention it garners. I don't mind answering strangers questions about the car, but when you are in a rush or running late it gets annoying. You also have to deal with silly people who think the car is somehow unsafe or asking you if the car is electric while you are filling up at the gas station. Lastly for those who didn't know SMART is an acronym. It stands for Swatch Mercedes ART.
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