Sam81

Hello from Sydney

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Hello I am not a smart car owner and I have never been in one I have joined the forum I hope to find out some information from owners of smart cars as I am considering getting a smart four two but want to do my research before I do

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Welcome to the club!

Is that Sydney Nova Scotia or Australia?

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Welcome to the club Sam! Enjoy your stay :) 

Are there many competent smart car mechanics in or near Sydney, Australia?  How close are they to where you live? 

Are you considering a gas, electric or diesel?

What are the driving conditions that you are likely to encounter?

The answer to the above questions will help you in your search for the ideal car for your conditions.

 

I did a comparative a while back between the three types of smarts.

 

This comparison is for smarts imported into Canada.  Your situation may vary.  They may or may not help, but here they are anyway. 

 

          The Pluses of a Diesel

  • Better fuel mileage and Diesel is ‘usually less expensive than gas
  • One more gear to choose from.
  • Lower revving engine.

         The Negatives of a Diesel    

  • A/C is often problematic.
  • The 2006 is now 12 years old.  It “could” start giving you trouble (or not)

  • Most people in city driving experience poor heating in the winter.

  • It is generally believed that the shifting is smoother in the gas models.

  • You have to be a contorsionist to change the headlight bulbs.

  • Some have claimed hard starting in the winter.  (not me)


    The Pluses of the gas models

  • Theoretically, better starting in very cold weather.

  • Better heat in the winter

  • A more reliable A/C.

  • More horsepower (bigger engine)

  • Slightly better shifting (so I am told .. I have never experienced a gas model smart)

  • A more “normal” PRNDL shifter that is less confusing to newbies.

  • There is a type of hood (or bonnet) which allows easier access to headlights, windshield washer and brake fluids.

         Negatives of the gas model 

  • It requires premium fuel (more $$$)

  • Higher revving engine.

  • Only a 5 speed

  • Lower fuel mileage than the diesel.

          Pluses of an Electric 

  • No need to EVER stop at a gas station again

  • Silent running

  • No “herky jerky” shifting

  • Fantastic acceleration

  • Can be charged on either 110V (level 1 charger) or Level 2 (220V)

          Negatives of the Electric 

  • Range anxiety (will I get there and back or not without charging)

 

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Welcome to the site, enjoy, the water's fine jump right in...lol

 

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12 hours ago, smart142 said:

Welcome to the club!

Is that Sydney Nova Scotia or Australia?

Don’t forget Sydney, British Columbia!

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Posted (edited) · Report post

That one has an i, not a y as the second letter !

 

Sidney

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18 hours ago, smart142 said:

Welcome to the club!

Is that Sydney Nova Scotia or Australia?

Sydney Australia

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13 hours ago, Leadwing said:

Welcome to the club Sam! Enjoy your stay :) 

Are there many competent smart car mechanics in or near Sydney, Australia?  How close are they to where you live? 

Are you considering a gas, electric or diesel?

What are the driving conditions that you are likely to encounter?

The answer to the above questions will help you in your search for the ideal car for your conditions.

 

I did a comparative a while back between the three types of smarts.

 

This comparison is for smarts imported into Canada.  Your situation may vary.  They may or may not help, but here they are anyway. 

 

          The Pluses of a Diesel

  • Better fuel mileage and Diesel is ‘usually less expensive than gas
  • One more gear to choose from.
  • Lower revving engine.

         The Negatives of a Diesel    

  • A/C is often problematic.
  • The 2006 is now 12 years old.  It “could” start giving you trouble (or not)

  • Most people in city driving experience poor heating in the winter.

  • It is generally believed that the shifting is smoother in the gas models.

  • You have to be a contorsionist to change the headlight bulbs.

  • Some have claimed hard starting in the winter.  (not me)


    The Pluses of the gas models

  • Theoretically, better starting in very cold weather.

  • Better heat in the winter

  • A more reliable A/C.

  • More horsepower (bigger engine)

  • Slightly better shifting (so I am told .. I have never experienced a gas model smart)

  • A more “normal” PRNDL shifter that is less confusing to newbies.

  • There is a type of hood (or bonnet) which allows easier access to headlights, windshield washer and brake fluids.

         Negatives of the gas model 

  • It requires premium fuel (more $$$)

  • Higher revving engine.

  • Only a 5 speed

  • Lower fuel mileage than the diesel.

          Pluses of an Electric 

  • No need to EVER stop at a gas station again

  • Silent running

  • No “herky jerky” shifting

  • Fantastic acceleration

  • Can be charged on either 110V (level 1 charger) or Level 2 (220V)

          Negatives of the Electric 

  • Range anxiety (will I get there and back or not without charging)

 

This is the one I have been looking at it's a 2006 but I am worried that the gear box of the smart cars are not going to be strong enough for what I want to do to it hp wise

18 hours ago, smart142 said:

Welcome to the club!

Is that Sydney Nova Scotia or Australia?

Sydney Australia

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Welcome!

Do you still have Tooheys and Tooth beer?

So you plan to hyper mod that good looking smart?

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