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#1 smart142

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:44 AM

By HUBBLE SMITH LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ON THE WEB Most American drivers realize they're going to have to trade their mean machines for green machines somewhere down the road, sacrificing performance for economy. Gasoline prices have receded to $2 a gallon, down from a peak of more than $4 during the summer, but nobody believes they're going to stay there. Crowds gathered around the Passion Cabriolet Smart car Friday at the Motor Trend International Auto Show in Las Vegas, squeezing into the two-seater that gets 33 miles a gallon in the city and 41 on the highway from a three-cylinder, 70-horsepower engine. "Well, the (fuel) economy is so good on them, we almost bought one a couple years ago," Las Vegas snowbird John Cole said. "They're nice little cars. We're full-time RV travelers, so we're looking for something easy to tow." He bought a Mini Cooper instead because it had more room and was slightly less expensive than the Smart car at the time, though the price has come down to about $17,000 from $25,000. The Motor Trend International Auto Show showcased the latest in fuel-saving technology along its Green Trail. Some 25 models boasted fuel mileage of better than 30 miles a gallon on the highway. Representatives from a variety of automobile manufacturers talked to people about how they can save money at the pump and promote a cleaner environment. "People want to know fuel mileage," Toyota vehicle specialist Maria Siegert said. "The first question people ask, 'What does it get?' Then they want to know if it's on the lot. With the economy right now, people want to drive better fuel economy vehicles." The Toyota Prius is the best-selling hybrid car on the market, priced around $22,000. The Yaris, the smallest car in Toyota's lineup, gets 29 miles a gallon in the city and 35 on the highway. It starts at about $12,000 for the basic package. The biggest draw at the Toyota display was the Venza, an all-wheel-drive vehicle designed and built in Georgetown, Ky. The 3.5-liter V-6 version gets 19 miles a gallon in the city and 26 on the highway. Fuel efficiency will become increasingly more stringent in the future, said Rick Ruane, inventory specialist for Ford Country in Henderson. Ford is coming out with the Fusion in 2010 and is bringing back the Fiesta in 2011, converting the European diesel version to gasoline, he said. General Motors product specialist George Simenton said people are still looking at large sport utility vehicles, trucks and high-peformance cars such as the 600-horsepower Corvette ZR1 and the 2010 Camaro. "People are still driven by need and even though gas prices are high, most people look at Corvettes," he said. "Those are cars that dreams are made of. It doesn't mean it fits people's needs." Brian Wilson struggled to get in and out of the Smart car. "When you're inside, it feels like it's bigger," he said. "I'd take it for a drive. I don't know if I'd buy it -- maybe for my daughter. I still like my truck." The Motor Trend International Auto Show continues through Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for military, seniors and children. Contact reporter Hubble Smith at hsmith@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0491. ................................. Source.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 07:53 AM

"Brian Wilson struggled to get in and out of the Smart car"WTF? Really? My arthritic mother likes the smart because it's so easy to get in and out.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 02:50 PM

Oh well it beats surfin' ;)
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 07:51 PM

Brian Wilson struggles to get out of bed sometimes.

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@  FlossyTheSmart : (28 August 2014 - 10:59 AM) Excellent, although I see the category listing must show the original author, rather than the person who last edited it.
@  SkydiverChris : (28 August 2014 - 09:18 AM) Edited successfully. I'm in the list now.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (28 August 2014 - 05:38 AM) BTW, I'm fairly certain the wiki at the top of the page should be fully operational, and editable by anyone, but no one has edited it since I moved everything back in. Could someone try making an update, maybe on the "How many KM on your smart" page or something?
@  P0003 : (27 August 2014 - 04:02 PM) =]
@  SkydiverChris : (27 August 2014 - 04:02 PM) Just an update, but it looks like I've found a ride for the window. Thanks everyone!
@  SkydiverChris : (26 August 2014 - 02:14 PM) If anyone is headed from the London, ON area to the Ottawa area, I have $100 for anyone who can get a rear window to me.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 09:20 AM) Vote for my picture on us129photos.com HERE so that I can get a free poster!
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 08:24 AM) Cadillacman, good thing you figured it out. That's a pretty weird string to block on...
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 08:23 AM) I think the SAM and EDG (Presumably the ECU you mean) have to be paired. The SAM stores the key coding
@  P0003 : (26 August 2014 - 08:20 AM) I don't know which of the 2 items actually stores the key details
@  P0003 : (26 August 2014 - 08:20 AM) What about pairing a used SAM with an existing ECU... is that workable?
@  cadillacman : (26 August 2014 - 08:18 AM) All topics with string '888' were being blocked by a SiteBlock addon ... gads, the perils of avoiding sketchy websites
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 08:17 AM) Don't think there's a way to disable the immobilizer
@  P0003 : (26 August 2014 - 08:15 AM) I wonder if there is a way to completely disable the immobilizer function while I'm getting things done. What a pain in the neck.
@  P0003 : (26 August 2014 - 08:14 AM) Oh dear what have I gotten myself in to... hah. Well in another month things should show up. I was just put off by the dealer telling me it was 100% impossible to code a used key to a used ecu :(
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 08:12 AM) you just need the electronics work.
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 08:12 AM) Lol yeah. In your case though, you won't need to spend as much, as you don't actually need new keys or blades
@  P0003 : (26 August 2014 - 08:11 AM) Looks like I'm in for a fun time. Ouch.
@  P0003 : (26 August 2014 - 08:10 AM) "If you bought a car with 1 key or some how lost both keys then you are about to agree with me that you're
an idiot." lol
@  FlossyTheSmart : (26 August 2014 - 08:10 AM) He notes under the 451 section that it is impossible to recode a 451 for more keys if you don't have an original. He says this is to prevent someone from walking up, coding a key, then driving your car away, which is apparently possible on the 450 and roadster. You may be in luck