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Old 08-19-2009, 09:07 PM
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So you Want a smart Car

Below is a photo of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (near New Orleans ) between two trucks and a Smart Car. Think I'll pass on the Smart Car.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:10 PM
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This was on Snopes this week. Not a smart car at all, but I don't recall what it was.

It looks worse from that side, and would have been worse if there had been someone in the right-hand seat. The driver of the car survived the wreck.

Smarts are actually much safer than many econo-boxes. More expensive, though.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:15 PM
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Those look a bit more like the standard wheels on a chevy aveo than the wheels on a smart car.



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Old 08-19-2009, 09:26 PM
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A Smart car would probably not have done any better in that same situation.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:32 PM
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This was on Snopes this week. Not a smart car at all, but I don't recall what it was.

It looks worse from that side, and would have been worse if there had been someone in the right-hand seat. The driver of the car survived the wreck.
I'll take the duty on this one:

The Snopes article claims it was a Ford Escape.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:37 PM
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I'll take the duty on this one:

The Snopes article claims it was a Ford Escape.
That car is mis-named. The occupant's certainly didn't escape that one.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:42 PM
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Umm.. pretty much any car would be screwed in that situation. Crumple zones only go so far, and no car is really designed to be in that sort of collision. I think the smart car is useless though, unless you perhaps live in san francisco or a hellish city like that. In which case I probably wouldn't even bother with a car. They really should have brought the diesels over instead of the crappy Mitsubishi gassers, and should also have either made it a CVT or a a regular stick shift.
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Yeah, if you're looking for a car that won't get crushed between two trucks, get a truck.
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They really should have brought the diesels over instead of the crappy Mitsubishi gassers, and should also have either made it a CVT or a a regular stick shift.
Digg. They really screwed the pooch with the current (US market) drivetrain.
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Digg. They really screwed the pooch with the current (US market) drivetrain.
Nah, Mitsubishi engines are not that bad....my sister's van has the 3.0 V6 Mitsubishi engine, and it won't die.

Smart cars have a very rigid safety cell, it does not even collapse hitting a wall at 70mph. The violent impact on a person's internal organs causes death in that instance, not being crushed.

The engine in a smart is so small you could probably just lift it out (by hand ) and lower in a new one if it dies.
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That car is mis-named. The occupant's certainly didn't escape that one.

According to the article . . . nevermind, read it yourself.
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Nah, Mitsubishi engines are not that bad....my sister's van has the 3.0 V6 Mitsubishi engine, and it won't die.

Smart cars have a very rigid safety cell, it does not even collapse hitting a wall at 70mph. The violent impact on a person's internal organs causes death in that instance, not being crushed.

The engine in a smart is so small you could probably just lift it out (by hand ) and lower in a new one if it dies.
I have no argument with the quality of the engine, but it gets crap mileage. My Jetta does as well (or better). Why would I sacrifice 2 doors and a trunk with no gain in economy whatsoever? Don't the diesels get close to 70mpg? Now THAT would be worthwhile!
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500cc or larger sportbike will beat the smart in nearly every category except rain tolerance & cargo capacity)
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According to the article . . . nevermind, read it yourself.
I'm sure the driver didn't get out on own, hence he didn't escape.
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