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Smart Car. Would You Use/Buy One?

Smart cars are in my opinion are the Bee's knee for everyday transport in Nigeria. Compact, economical, refined and easy to service. We recently took one home and it was used in travelling from Lagos to Kwara state and then to Benin, then back to Kwara state. All of these journey done with N1800 petrol of full tank. Air condition was on full blast for most of the journey and the music system was cranking up too.

What makes this car interesting is how they are designed. The body panels are more or less like really hard industrial plastic panels, build around a "roll cage like frame". While it looks small on the outside, it actually feels big on the inside. Why are we not using this car a lot back home?

They come with a triptronic gear box [Semi automatic] and a low profile turbo-charged engine. With top speeds of around 90mph. It is good enough to keep up with speeds on the motorways and on Nigerian road, probably more than enough. Then there are things like ABS, ESP and airbags thrown in too.

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It should be noted that these cars are now the "old shape" and the new shaped ones are more streamlined and lower with bigger tyres etc.

I know a few people would take a look at these and think "oh it wont survive and accident" well, for your information, These cars have been test-crashed at 70mph here in the UK and the result are pretty much impressive.

See more info on the car here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_(automobile)

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I dont know about em smart cars. I travel a bit and i wont be caught dead in that on Benin -Ore. i also live in a lagos suburb,soooo, its not really working fer me.Believe me, I 've been priviledged to see a whole 4tonner halfway buried in the earth when the ground under it gave way on the same express.Truly a sight to see before U die!

I appreciate the low fuel consumption, totally recyclable materials,The green feeling & cred that comes with it, but we're not ready yet. i've seen 2mercedes benz types in Ikoyi & they RATTLE.

Also, how much of your family can U move in the thing.

What if you all have a bit of circumference round the waist?

The mini is a lot better, if U can get someone to fix it.

A Golf 4 is just as Good & U can get someone to fix it.

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doubt if de car can survive Naija roads

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Lol! I responded from the wrong account.

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snappy are you the better half of Siena?

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I've driven Smarts here in the UK, and whilst they're low maintainence, they're more "City Cars."

I've also serviced and repaired them. Unladen weight is 720 kilogrammes (0.7 tonnes).

The lightweight design and shape doesn't cope well with crosswinds, and being overtaken by a regular car at speeds is more than enough to unsettle the Smart, if caught in the slipstream of a car ahead, it's the same story.

Yes, they will crack 90mph, but they're far from stable at speeds above 70mph, unless it's a very calm, wind-free day.

I had one as a courtesy car for 3 weeks in 2007, and I wouldn't want to own one.

I also wouldn't want to be in one in the event of a crash.

As for maintainence, not that easy. Draining the engine oil is a task, as the engine doesn't have a conventional drain plug in the sump, so the oil has to be syphoned via the dipstick with a suction pump.

With all I've stated above, I wouldn't recommend a Smart for Nigerian roads. The Lagos driving culture alone would make the prospect of a Smart car as a daily driver a scary proposition.

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how much does it go for?

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how much does it go for? I mean in Naira

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It is made by Benz, but will the guy in the video be seeing a doctor or a mortician

The cage is tough I agree but the shock is what kills and a cage don't absorb like crumple zones

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