2008 Smart Fortwo Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

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46 Customer Reviews
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4 Stars
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What customers liked
Fuel Economy, Styling, Interior Space
What they didn't
Cabin Noise, Cost to Maintain, Power

Fun car that's Smart also!

For about town and shorter roadtrips, the Smart is perfectly suited to providing everything you need. It is fuel-efficient, super fun to drive, and has all the bells and whistles you need (that is NEED, not think you need..it's not a spaceship). It's fun, basic transportation that is made mostly of recyclable materials, and won't pick your pocket on fuel. Check out its crash test rating, and you'll see its impressive safety rating for a small car. It's the only microcar in the USA market, so please don't go comparing it to Honda Civics or other subcompacts/compacts. They are not within the same class. Once you and a Smart get to know each other (there is a handling learning curve for microcars, especially among a population of people used to driving 4-wheeled apartments), you'll see why much of the rest of the world has been making use of small vehicles for years. Waste Not!

Would recommend to a friend

Love My SmartCar

This is a great car. It's economical, roomy (you'd be surprised) and fun. It's not the fastest machine on the road, but who cares? Plenty enough power for street and freeway, and the rear storage is plenty, unless you're taking three large suitcases to the airport (two fit just fine).

Would recommend to a friend

Smart Car

I absolutely love my smart car! I am 5'10" so I was surprised at how comfortable and roomy the car is. I was recently in a car wreck and it held up great! I walked away with no injuries, and only minor damage to the car. I feel safe in this car and love the gas mileage! 38mpg so far.

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It only looks like a toy

My smart fortwo Passion Cabriolet is one of the FUNNEST autos I've ever owned. It's zippy and nimble, it fits in the tiniest of spaces, it has an interior that feels roomier than that of many family sedans, and it makes people smile everywhere we go. It will take you a few days to get used to the herky-jerky transmission (although you can always switch over to manual if you'd rather), and the warranty could be a little stronger, but those really are the only two negatives. I love my little smart!

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I love this car!

This is a GREAT little car! It has lots of pep, and more head and leg room inside than any other car I've ever owned. There seems to be plenty of trunk space - I don't know how they fit all that space into such a tiny car! It turns a lot of heads, and I get a lot of positive comments from passersby. One of the first things most folks ask is "You actually get on the interstate with that?". Well of course! This car hums along gracefully at 70 and 80 miles per hour, and actually has better crash test ratings than the mid-size Jaguar X-type that I traded for it. This car is way safer than a motorcycle, and even most cars! There are a few downsides - finding parts for one. I haven't been able to find an aftermarket replacement air filter yet, other than those expensive K&R oiled ones. But I'm sure that will change as more folks start buying the Smart brand. Also, although it gets great gas mileage, for a car this small I would have expected about 50-60 mpg instead of the 40-42 that I've been getting. Other minor problems are things like there's no cruise control, auto-dimming mirror, or other creature features that I grew used to with the Jag. Of course, this is a commuter car, not a luxury car, so that's kind of expected - it didn't cost nearly what the Jag did either. The car is a little more sensitive to cross-winds than I would like, however. None of these are major problems, and I could never go back to a full size car after driving this little jewel. Seeing the look on people's face when I park cross-wise in a parking space is priceless!

Would recommend to a friend

Love my Baby Benz!

I absolutely love my smart fortwo! It is in the "mini" category but unlike other "mini's" it sits up high, more like a truck. It is made in Germany by Mercedes and is affectionally known as the "Baby Benz." The interior is very roomy for two (just like it says) and definitely reflects Mercedes quality. All leather, heated seats, 6 cd-changer, etc. The really cool part is you can drive a smart car as a manual or automatic. If you put the gear shift in manual mode, you can then use "+" and "-" paddles on the steering wheel to shift. There is a very roomy boot (trunk) behind the 2 seats that will hold groceries for a large family, all your work/school stuff, etc. The smart is *not* a speed demon, it has only 3 cylinders and takes a little getting used to. I joke that it can go from 0 to 60 in four minutes! But it's not really that slow, just slower than you will be accustomed to. Once you shift into upper gears you're home free and can drive easily on the interstate at 70mph with no problem. Unlike its big brother Benz, it is a bit noisy but that is part of the fun. If you understand why Harleys are loud, you will not have a problem with this. Exterior: this is a really cute car, hands down one of the coolest looking cars out there. The paint colors are very pure and intense, and it is relatively cheap to get a custom color ($1500). I hand wash mine in about 15 min. The best part is parking: the smart fits in those tiny spots that everyone else passes by. Safety: This is the big question for most people due to the size. Yes, it is a safe little car. The "trim" is actually a steel cage that encloses you and your passenger. It has multiple air bags, and a stablizer that keeps it from tipping over. While it weighs only about 1800 lb, don't worry about a few big guys carrying it away: it also has multiple alarms including one that is tripped if the car is lifted! It is rare to find a used smart car, so act quickly if you locate one.

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I love my car!

I purchased a 2008 smart car in November. I absolutely adore the car. It is surprisingly roomy and drives great. I feel totally safe driving just about anywhere, including through downtown in rush hour. The weekend after I purchased the car I took it on a long weekend road trip to Cambria. It fit everything that I needed including my small dog. If you don't need a back seat, this is the way to go. And, the parking possibilities are amazing--I am still amused at my ability to park at a 90 degree angle to the curve in tight situations. The fuel economy is wonderful. The transmission does take a few days to get use to if you are use to driving a fully automatic (I switched from a Toyota Camry which feels like a total outdated boat). My smartcar makes me smile.

Would recommend to a friend

fun car!

My smart car fortwo cabriolet is the most fun car I've ever owned. Takes some getting used to, as far as the transmission is concerned, but just a couple of days of practice, and you'll have it! Drives like a sports car (in a kind of minimal way) in manual mode. But you won't kill it or roll backwards on a hill. Overall, great, fun car!

Would recommend to a friend

ForTwo - Smart Deal

I purchased a Smart Car (for two) because I wanted to get better gas mileage due to the distance I drive and the price of gas going up without paying 30k. I knew I would have to give up the comfort of my truck to keep myself from spending my entire check on gas. I am getting an avg. of about 40mpg most but not all on the HWY. Funny thing is – it turned out I love driving the darn thing. As I was told by the salesman, “there is more room on the inside than there is on the outside” was correct. I am 6’1 and have no problem getting in or out with plenty of leg & head room. Plenty of room for two people, full size people not just the select few. It is a blast to drive, it’s like driving a go-cart at 70 mph. I ended up not giving up much comfort and gained much more than I expected. Buy it, drive it, have fun while doing the right thing about conserving gas.

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Excellent car

One's first impression of the Smart Car is it is tiny. In truth it is not long, but otherwise it is surprisingly spacious. The Smart Car is taller than many cars, the interior has more space than my Nissan Pickup, and it is quite comfortable. Despite its 3 cylinder engine it is quite peppy and has plenty of power. The transmission is different than other cars, but works quite well and the paddle shifters are very responsive. We are getting 34 mpg around town: less than a Prius, but more than most cars and at $10,000 less than a Prius it will take over 20 years to make up the difference in lifecycle costs. We really enjoy this car.

Would recommend to a friend

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