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Smart Stories from Julie's Garage... Top 10 reasons it's great to drive a Smart

Ok... I've had Maxwell for over a year, and these past months had given me some insight as to why it's better to have a Smart (as opposed to other cars)

My top ten list (in no particular order):

10) Parking...Yesterday I pulled smoothly into a space a Mini Cooper passed up.

9) Gas mileage... I've had it for over a year, have driven over 10,650 miles, and I just filled the tank for the 30th time. Heh.

8) Great way to meet people... I have found that everyone that comes up to me to ask me about the car is smiling and friendly and some of them have turned into actual friends.

7) Driver courtesy... I know they're probably just doing it so they can get a better look, but other drivers are more likely to let me go ahead of them or will make space for me when I'm changing lanes.

6) Green... Did you know the Smart Car is made of recyclable materials? http://tinyurl.com/smrtgrn

5) Fun... Yes, even after a year, it's still a total blast to drive. The sub-woofer underneath the driver's seat doesn't hurt.

4) Service... The few times I have had to take Maxwell in for service, such as the recent transmission computer software upgrade, the Smart dealer people have been more than courteous, friendly, happy to see me and VERY efficient. They even filled my tires with more eco-friendly nitrogen (http://www.getnitrogen.org), and gave him a bath. They also make excellent coffee. Great company all the way around.

3) Fame... I live in Los Angeles, which means I occasionally run into someone famous. And they usually remark about the car. The most recent was in a Trader Joe's parking lot; Hugh Laurie (of "House" fame) walked by and called Maxwell 'brilliant' and said he hadn't seen one since he was in the UK. Too cool. Plus I've been interviewed for several newspaper articles and TV segments.

2) Economical... I've been able to talk myself into half-price parking because "it's only takes half a space..."

1) Nobody asks me to help them move or be a designated driver any more.


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Comment by Butter1 on June 7, 2009 at 9:38am
We have had our Maxwell since 3/20/08 and have over 19,000 miles on him. Like you 10 reasons.
Comment by mr bad example on May 18, 2009 at 9:59pm
nitrogen doesn't expand with heat or contract with cold, like our normal "atmosphere", the molecules are larger than atmosphere molecules and don't "bleed" through the pores of alloy wheels as easily as our atmosphere does.

i still use a manual tire pump and check my tires now and then.

eco-friendly.... it's a communist plot to deprive "producers" of what they produce... humans couldn't destroy this planet if we burned dirty coal for electricity for 1,000,000 years and blew up every atomic weapon in all our arsenals... humans are a flea on the earth's butt, the earth cleanses itself though plant life. Obama and US courts just classified CO2 as a "greenhouse gas". what a frikkin JOKE! all plant life needs CO2 to live!

did you ever notice how trees and grasses love to grow next to where cars are driven?!?!?!? (ROADS) they love the CO2 cars put out!
Comment by Julie O. on May 18, 2009 at 9:51pm
Scott -- click the link and read all about it.

Mr. Bad -- They let me in, but then I'm cuter than you are. :)
Comment by Scott Mankewitz on May 18, 2009 at 9:45pm
4) How is nitrogen more eco-friendly than plain air?
Comment by mr bad example on May 18, 2009 at 8:17pm
7) it can be a negative, people gawking at you can block you from an intended lane change/turn, i've had it happen a few times. it's like go forward or drop back, STOP BLOCKING ME!!!!

you slow, they slow, you speed up, they match you! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

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