On May 13, 7:56*am, Krypsis <kryp...@optusnet.com.au> wrote:
> On 13/05/2011 10:13 PM, Bryan wrote:
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> > On May 13, 5:55 am, George<geo...@nospam.invalid> *wrote:
> >> On 5/12/2011 8:18 PM, Roy wrote:

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> >>> On May 12, 5:03 pm, George<geo...@nospam.invalid> * *wrote:
> >>>> On 5/12/2011 10:23 AM, Pete C. wrote:

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> >>>>>> On Wed, 11 May 2011 17:28:29 -0500, "Pete C."<aux3.DO...@snet.net>
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> >>>>>>> The few "Smart" cars I see on the roads here literally scare me. I
> >>>>>>> expect a gust of wind to blow them in front of my truck where I will
> >>>>>>> punt them onto someone's roof.

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> >>>>>> Smart cars are city cars. *It wouldn't be very smart to drive them on
> >>>>>> the freeway, especially at rush hour.

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> >>>>> I see one now and then on the 70 mph highways here and as I noted, they
> >>>>> scare me. For some reason they seem to be less visible than a
> >>>>> motorcycle, and unlike people on motorcycles, the drivers of these
> >>>>> "Smart" cars seem to be not so smart and not so attentive to their
> >>>>> driving. I've also read reports that the handling of those "Smart" cars
> >>>>> is pretty bad.

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> >>>> Actually pretty neat to drive and they handle well.

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> >>> My brother works for a security outfit and they drive "Smart Cars". He
> >>> hates them. Four to six people can pick them up and put them where
> >>> they shouldn't be...they are hopeless in snow and cold in winter. They
> >>> are not economical and get terrible mileage for their weight and when
> >>> meeting big trucks...watch out or you'll get sucked right off of the
> >>> road.
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> >> I suppose if you just hate small cars nothing will please you and maybe
> >> that is what your brother is expressing. As far as the cold maybe they
> >> didn't know how to turn the heater on or something? The engine is liquid
> >> cooled and the water quickly warms up and defrosts the windows and the
> >> heater could probably melt your toes if you left it on full. Put good
> >> tires on it and it is incredible how well it goes in snow.

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> > They are just poor ass excuses for city cars. *Give me a Toyota Aygo,
> > or better yet, a Fiat 500 Twinair. *Fiat is bringing the 500 to the
> > USA, but they're putting in the big, piggy motor because they know
> > that most Americans are pigs who like to **** on everyone else's front
> > yards. *The Twinair engine is an 875cc, turbo charged two cylinder,
> > and it gets 57 mpg. *I wouldn't take a city car on the freeway at rush
> > hour. *When we go out to New Mexico on vacations, we take the train,
> > and I rent a full size car when we get there. *I don't want to drive
> > my little Yaris around somewhere that has huge wind gusts.

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> > --Bryan

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> I've driven a Yaris in gusty crosswinds. I didn't find it any more
> susceptible to crosswinds than, say the Corolla or Camry.


Perhaps not, but the curb weight of a Yaris is 2311 lbs., a Corolla,
2800, and a Camry weighs 3483. I'd never consider buying a big car--
to me a Camry is large--but renting one for a week or so on vacation
every two or three years seems reasonable. This year we might drive
from St. Louis to South Carolina, and there we'll just drive the
Yaris. Here's something interesting: http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental...feredCities.do

Oh, this is completely off topic, but John K. posted this to FB:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEDLA...layer_embedded
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> krypsis


--Bryan