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2006 smarty

sold my smart fortwo

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Dear Forum Members,

I just wanted to let you know that after owning soldier (2006 smart fortwo pure coupe) for almost 4 years, I traded it in for a one year old new 2014 Toyota iQ.

My interest in the smart fortwo came while I was living in Edmonton about 10 years ago and saw one on the street, ever since then I always maintained an interest in them. In 2008, I purchased my very first brand new yellow smart passion coupe. I loved the vehicle, but after owning it for about 15 months sold it quite abruptly since its traction was so bad in the winter (I didnt have winter tires on it.) Something in the back of my mind still kept me wanting to buy one, however. So a couple of years later I purchased from an original owner a 2006 smart fortwo pure coupe (with a set of winter tires this time). And so my love affair for the smart fortwo re-started.

My diesel was slow, quirky, but I loved it.

One of the reasons I decided to part with it was because I felt it just needed too much maintenance; I relentlessly kept up with the maintenance and anything that went wrong I was quick to fix. The last straw was when the one year old brake rotors started to contact the caliper bracket. I had had enough. So I started to look at the alternative micro car, the iQ. I looked at one 2 years ago but decided not to buy it, I felt too claustrophobic inside. Fortunately, the local dealer had 2 new 2014s, a white and a blue one; the blue one was in the showroom. After taking the white one home to see if it would fit in my garage in place of the smart, I put a deposit on it, a week later traded my smart in for the iQ.

The 2 vehicles, in my opinion, are very different. The ride of the iQ is a Rolls Royce compared to the smart, its noticeably wider, the steering is very responsive, and the turning circle is awesome. I still prefer the size of the smart cause I think it is truly a micro vehicle for the city, I love how narrow the smart is, it is easier to park, the iQs front sticks out too much which you cant see of course. I dont have any real fuel economy numbers cause the iQ only has about 650km on it. I can tell you that my old diesel smart will kill the iQ on highway fuel economy and torque, the engine in the diesel smart is stellar!!

I do miss my smart, but I am happy that I got such a good deal on my iQ and I must say that the more I drive it the more I like it.

I have said this before, but I have to repeat it again, the technical help that I received in this forum is phenomenal!!! This forum in my opinion is the best forum that I have been a part of, so thank you to all who have helped me out in the years!!!

I wish all of you the best and thank you.

2006 smarty.

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Even thought you have gone over to the "dark side", please don't be a stranger. Drop in from time to time and let us know how things are going. All the best

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I was interested in the IQ too. saw someone here in GP owns one. They sell a diesel IQ overseas, but not in North America. Too bad.

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Toyota has not yet stopped producing the iq; even though they sell a lot more less iq's than smarts, i wouldn't be surprised if toyota discontinues the iq next year

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Thank you David_18, I stand corrected; also called my product advisor at toyota and confirmed discontinuation of the iq :(

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