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05-01-2006 08:14 PM
JBaz It's got a good decent 2-3 duffle bag sized little truck space and the front, 2 passenger cabin is very spacious. Fold down the passenger side chair and you got more then enough room for groceries and other shit. I just didn't like the transmission, it felt very clunky. I'd rather have a motorcycle engine in that sucker for the power and smooth shifting. But then, they need to add a reverse gear...
05-01-2006 08:02 PM
chels they are popping up more and more in south western ontario. I really like them, they are to cute! And with the price of gas it must be fantastic. Just no room for shopping lol
04-29-2006 01:29 PM
mac020 http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...471450&pl=true
04-16-2006 04:00 PM
cookeetree They're gaining popularity in the cities over here and they're HUGE in Europe. They're as long as they are wide, so you can park them pointing straight into the gutter without their a**e hanging out into the street.



04-16-2006 03:47 PM
Blue Jays Hi All-

One of those little SMART cars would probably be just the thing if one had to commute to a train station a few miles away. It would let you snag really tiny parking spots, let you have A/C when it's brutally hot outside, and protection from rain/snow/sleet the rest of the year. As much as I love my motorcycle, it does have its capability limits.



~ Blue Jays ~
04-16-2006 03:05 PM
JBaz Well, in our culture today in the past decade, more and more people are now just leasing cars, no more financing to own. More and more Americans would rather pay a per month on a car that they'll "borrow" or lease for a few years, then get a new car to lease after that. Although, they spend more money to have the car to drive for a small period of time, but they'd rather do that then spend a lump sum of money for a new car.

With this said, since the operating costs of running a new vehicle's are increasing with the cost of fuel rising, more and more Americans are looking at fuel economy and not looking at the monthly payments as long as they can afford it. If they can save a few hundred bucks a month on gas, they'll go for it. Otherwise, the cost of leasing a new fuel efficient wouldn't be worth it to them.

Remember, lots of American's are in debt and don't have much of a savings account these days. Atleast for generation X and Y (teenage-30's).
04-16-2006 01:23 PM
Smitty Few of them in my terrain. I actually ran across a few last summer on the 100kph--70mph hwy & they could not hold it due to hills, bend, wind & new to them.

Still at increase of petrol is that high top thing going to pay for itself in savings -------------- like how many yrs? My understand is pretty vague 5th hand info & something like 15 yrs & another claims 22 yrs. So what is the saving of this strange little thing & a normal inexpensive small car that can carry four.

We are talking about saving of money over the years of said fuel economy car VS something like a Honda Civic & the original cost of the fuel economy car VS the Honda Civic.

Or even more interesting is if someone has a normal truck & then buys the fuel economy car & how low will the money saved pay off for the addition of a fuel economy car. Possibly this is why the strange figures are comming up.
04-16-2006 12:58 PM
SkinnyJ
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Originally posted by RCjohn
The Cooper Mini has one of the best crash ratings of any car currently in the US because of the airbags and the way it is designed to absorb impact. Neat thing about them, when the airbags deploy all instruments freeze in position. You can look in the car and see what the speed and rpms were at the time of impact. They are amazing cars with a ton of power for something that small. They corner like they are on rails and if you put the Cooper aftermarket performance package on them it bumps the power and has top of the line suspension. My ex is a pretty damn good motorcycle rider and says the Mini is the closest thing to a motorcycle on 4 wheels she's been in and we owned a couple of decent sportscar. She takes the thing down to Deal's Gap in TN quite a bit.
well i guess that could be bad if you were the cause and were speeding but of course no one does that
04-16-2006 12:40 PM
RCjohn The Cooper Mini has one of the best crash ratings of any car currently in the US because of the airbags and the way it is designed to absorb impact. Neat thing about them, when the airbags deploy all instruments freeze in position. You can look in the car and see what the speed and rpms were at the time of impact. They are amazing cars with a ton of power for something that small. They corner like they are on rails and if you put the Cooper aftermarket performance package on them it bumps the power and has top of the line suspension. My ex is a pretty damn good motorcycle rider and says the Mini is the closest thing to a motorcycle on 4 wheels she's been in and we owned a couple of decent sportscar. She takes the thing down to Deal's Gap in TN quite a bit.
04-16-2006 12:31 PM
RCjohn
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Originally posted by mac020
Hey that's smaller than my Mini Cooper S. How cute! The S has a 4 cylinder edit: supercharged 1.6L engine. Little sombitch hauls. 150 BHP little over 16 lbs per horse! It'll do well over 100MPH and will do 0 to 60 in about 8 seconds.

Manual 6 speed trans. Moon roof, leather interior, and z rated run flat tires.

I'm 6'5" and fit just fine and there's still room for the dogs.

It's almost as fun to drive as riding!.... Almost.
My ex wife just bought one of those. We took it out for a spin when I was last home. Holy shit that is a fun car. I love that thing. She's crazy about it.

Back on topic too, there are a couple of those Smart Cars running around up in this area where I've been working. Neat little cars.
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