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Old 02-09-2007, 05:16 PM   #11
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that thing is disgusting. who designs these cars? they must design them to look so disgusting that no one will buy them. why can't they design a new nice looking car that gets good gas mileage?
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:29 PM   #12
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mercedes benz designed it. aesthetically pleasing cars usually are not aerodynamic. Whats your definition of appealing then compare it to aerodynamics. this car may not be aerodynamic but its light enough and engine small enough to make up for it, to an extent
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:43 PM   #13
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i like the way my car looks, though i think it would look better with a slightly longer front. maybe 6 inches The honda s2000 looks great and i bet the aerodynamics are good too. same with a corvettee since we're talking about 2 seaters. If the car was more aerodynamic it would get better gas mileage and probably would look better by default.(could it get any worse?)
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:45 PM   #14
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that thing is disgusting. who designs these cars? they must design them to look so disgusting that no one will buy them. why can't they design a new nice looking car that gets good gas mileage?
I agree, definatley not a chick magnet. I've often said that a fuel efficient car doesn't have to look like some flamboyent, obscure roller skate.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:38 PM   #15
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I agree, definatley not a chick magnet. I've often said that a fuel efficient car doesn't have to look like some flamboyent, obscure roller skate.
I would be happy if they just put the high MPG drivetrains in the cool looking cars. I love the Scion TC, but why not offer it with the Scion Xa/b drivetrain? I know in the case of the TC that it weighs more than th Xa/b, but why should all the cool looking small cars require the monster HP?

I like the looks of the Smart as a function of it's purpose, but it definitely is a hi-density urban vehicle. It belongs in NYC or Boston or SF, like other people say.

Now, the Smart-for-4 is much better looking, IMO, and might compete well against the Honda Fit.





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Old 02-09-2007, 07:39 PM   #16
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You can already get the "Smartuki" with a 180 bhp Suzuki Hayabusa engine.

http://www.smartuki.com/home.html
OK, that was amazing. Looks like good build quality too.
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They slightly redesigned the exterior of the smart. I like that smart car and cant wait to see one on the roads. I see they pumped up the horsepower so it can keep up with US highway speeds.

They also americanized the MPG (I still think the EPA will end up being around 40/50).
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I see they pumped up the horsepower so it can keep up with US highway speeds.
hahahahahaha only an american would take it on an american highway hahahahahahahaha. i never thought of that.
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hahahahahaha only an american would take it on an american highway hahahahahahahaha. i never thought of that.
Course, don't you know german highways are only limited to 40 mph? Those backwards people
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That SMART car is gay. It needs better aerodynamics, a smaller displacement engine, and a turbocharger for more punch. I'd rather have the SMART Roadster-Coupe.

All of that sacrifice for only 40 mpg? All of that price tag? Won't fly here in the states.

For that price and fugly looks, it should at minimum compete with a Prius in both performance and economy. Otherwise, any rational person not looking for the look or compact size the SMART has(easy parking) will just get a Prius or a motorcycle.

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Many will also be amazed how many 'economy' cars that you can see in those areas like Chevy Cavaliers, Oldsmobile Cutlasses, Geo Metros, and Ford Escorts. But those tend to be less commonly available for a price affordable to these people, so you won't see as many of them.

The poor take what they can get. I'd say you were pretty lucky to find that Tempo you own for as cheap as you did. During $3/gallon last summer, it was impossible to find a car like that for a decent price in my area. There were people willing to pay $3k for rusted out Metros and CRXs, and $2k for beat up Tempos and Escorts.
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