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  1. I'm willing to be a ForTwo could easily get dressed as a vampire
  2. thanks guys. I'm going to be phoning a dealership in Mexico City later this afternoon to see what they can do for me... see if the non-export agreement applies to Mexico. I think they also sell smarts in St. Maarten/St. Martin, and in the British Virgin Islands (praying for a LHD smart there). Wish me luck!
  3. the xA and xB are both based on the echo (same drivetrain and chassis), and the two of them have almost identical option packages. The tC has every imaginable influence... BMW Headlights, Volve Grille/Nose, Hyundai Tiburon/Pontiac G6 Taillights, etc. I personally feel its a superior car to the Acura RSX... it's better equipped at a lower price, and has more interior room IMO.
  4. The xA and xB share the same platform and drivetrain as the Echo. The tC shares a platform with the Toyota Avensis (euro model) but has its own drivetrain, encompassing bits and pieces from Toyota N.A.'s lineup
  5. perhaps they've acquired 3 or 4 Great Danes?
  6. I've rented the entire Scion lineup at one time or another, and while the xB is really versatile and looks unique, my favorite one from a drivers perspective is the xA. The only reason I got my Nissan Sentra over an xA was money.... the Orlando dealers can't keep them in stock, so when one becomes available, a $3-4k markup is the norm. I was hoping to buy a used one from a Car Rental agency, but even those are scooped up fast. Those are the ones that usually end up getting imported to Canada from what my friends at the auto auction tell me. The tC's are cool, and apparently will end up replacing the Celica, or becoming the next-gen Celica across the world.
  7. If the movie is a hit in the US, maybe this will cause enough publicity to entice MB to release it in the States.HUZZAH!!!!
  8. hmm.... I should fly out there and meet up with you guys. I've been planning a trip to Disneyland for December to do the Haunted Mansion Holiday and maybe dine at Club 33. I gotta phone my Club 33 contact and see if I can get a reservation for the 24th... if that works, then I might go and see the smarties in Disneyland.
  9. A regular XB retails for US$14,395. However, like Smarts in Canada, all Scions, including the xA and the tC, are usually sold by the time they're at the dealership. You have to order them in advance most of the time. For reference, here's a pics of the xA and tC xA: tC:
  10. Transport Canada says it's importable. I'm sure you could find one here for rather cheap... and parts/maintenance shouldn't be an issue. It shares it's chassis and drivetrain with the Echo. I actually pondered getting the Hot Lava limited edition, but the dealers were putting USD$8k markups on them.... not worth it. They do rent them in Orlando though... I rented one earlier this year as a moving van. All of the practicality of a small u-haul van, at a fifth of the cost.
  11. Hello all, My name's Rob, and I'm a crazy american. I've been looking at Smarts for a while since they began to be sold in Canada, and living in Florida it's rather easy to register a non-US Compliant vehicle. I've seen various Smarts on the roads here, with various Canadian and Florida plates on the back... and I look forward to joining your ranks soon.
  12. Here's the Smart in the Magic Kingdom Parking lot here in Orlando. It had Quebec plates, but you could tell the car had been in the US for quite some time doing the tourist thing due to the multiple parking permits from all over the US on the Smarts dash.
  13. 1. Xandria - 1 Babydoll Medium or 1 Babydoll Small (to confirm) 2. smartnhappy - 2 XXL 3.fortwo - 2 XL, 1 L, 1 M, 1 S 4. smarting - 1 small, 1 large, 1 Xlarge 5. smartboy (James) 1 small, 1 medium 6. Smoothat (Keith) 2 large 7. For2 - 1 Medium 1 X-Large 8. mkt - 1 large
  14. when a shipping price to the US is set, I'll be up for one... just say when.
  15. am I the only person that's repulsed by the G-Wagon? I thought they were cool in the Bourne Supremacy, but otherwise, I can't help but to snicker when I see them.
  16. That's the same in Florida... a lot of airport Limo companies are using them to transport people from the Orlando Airport to Disney and the other attractions. The other oddity down here are the Scion xB's... it seems that every pizza and flower shop is using them as a delivery van.
  17. My other options are possibly a grey market second hand model from a caribbean island or a grey market new or used canadian import. I've already found 2 garages in Orlando that already service smarts and are willing to assist me with parts/maintenance. MB of Orlando and Eurotech. MB South Orlando is outright refusing to touch one... even if it's a Canadian on vacation and the car were to break down.
  18. sorry for the ultimately late delay, but I just checked their website and gave them a call. They plan on having them available for general sale in October... and there's no sales tax in New Hampshire where the dealer is located. This is very tempting
  19. come on down... see if you can get a discount parking in the theme parks cos you can fit 2 Smarts in one parking spot or go to Miami and look at the sunburned grey market Smarts we have Diesel is looking at just under USD$3/gallon in Orlando right now (what is that in CAD$/liter... 93-94 cents I think)
  20. Do you think a dealership will have a problem letting me do a test drive with a Florida License? or am I going to have to take a canadian friend along with me and ride shotgun?
  21. lol... nope. I drive a Nissan Sentra that I'm wanting to rid myself of
  22. I'm in the process of finding the photos of a Quebec registered FourTwo I saw at Epcot
  23. here's one from Miami I saw in August of 2004. I know of a few in the town of Celebration (South of Orlando), and a pharmacist in the town of Winter Park (North of Orlando) that uses one to make deliveries. One odd thing... if anyone has been to San Francisco, were my eyes playing trick on me, but when I was there last year, I swear I saw a Fleet of Mercedes A-Classes driving around under the City Car Share program.
  24. lol... KM/H isn't much of an issue to me. Although I was born in the US, I grew up in the Caribbean and in Spain, so I learned how to drive an MPH only car (they do exist) in a kilometer zone and Kilometer only cars in Mile zones. A friend of mine in the UK imported his car from Japan, and all he did to comply with the MPH requirements was put appropriate Mile stickers on the speedo. I actually might be in Montreal in November to visit some friends and I am going to try to either rent a Smart or go to a dealer and ask for a test drive. random comment: Cait, you're from Windsor? I lived very briefly just across the river in GP Woods (Detroit suburbs). We always had fun going to Windsor for the day.
  25. I could more than likely purchase one in Canada (I have relatives in Winnipeg, MB and London, ON) register it under their names, and drive it in Florida until the registration expires, at which point I'll simply go to the DMV with the title and register it in Florida... which given some of the cars I've seen on the road here, should be pretty simple (something about a Right Hand Drive Audi Diesel with Florida plates driven by a Brazilian immigrant gives me a good feeling about this). I mean, I see Smarts regularly when I drive down to Miami, and I've seen more and more of them lately in Orlando, where I live. I don't see much of a reason that I wouldn't be able to buy one in Canada and register it in Florida.