2008 smart fortwo - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old January 9th, 2008, 08:58 PM
cgalpin's Avatar
cgalpin
Status: Offline
Charles Galpin
'94 D90 ST, '63 SeriesIIA
Site Team
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: South Riding, VA
Posts: 11,625
Registry
2008 smart fortwo

I'm digging the new smart fortwo. Might help offset the gas guzzling defenders as a little commuter car.

http://www.smartusa.com/

charles
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old January 9th, 2008, 09:19 PM
madcowdungbeetle
Status: Offline
Carter
1994 D90 on 37s supreme balla style
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,358
Registry
If I were to get one of those, I'd have to do the Hyabusa swap immediatly.

__________________
<
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
>
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old January 9th, 2008, 09:23 PM
Paul Davis's Avatar
Paul Davis
Status: Offline
Paul Davis
97 ST
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Posts: 281
I think they are pretty cool. But, I wonder if one of those said gas guzzling Defenders were to hit the Smart car, how you would fair.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old January 9th, 2008, 09:37 PM
cgalpin's Avatar
cgalpin
Status: Offline
Charles Galpin
'94 D90 ST, '63 SeriesIIA
Site Team
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: South Riding, VA
Posts: 11,625
Registry
They can't do that stock?

See, you guys are going about it all wrong - it's not about speed and power - it's about trying to make it not look like a chick car.... bugger, I'll need some help there won't I?

Besides, there is something about having my engine next to me that isn't appealing.

charles

Oh, and for you Paul:
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old January 10th, 2008, 01:35 AM
themaxx's Avatar
themaxx
Status: Offline
Ade
94 ST
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: MD
Posts: 1,835
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgalpin
See, you guys are going about it all wrong - it's not about speed and power - it's about trying to make it not look like a chick car.... bugger, I'll need some help there won't I?


Oh, and for you Paul:
You could always get the Smart Roadster...

Here's the ...I like having the use of my legs, I'll stick with the Defender. The car would be fun for cruising around town...
__________________
"It insists upon itself" Family Guy
"Your Defender insists upon itself" Dave Parker
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old January 10th, 2008, 06:41 AM
Gren_T's Avatar
Gren_T
Status: Offline
Gren Thomas
1985 90 300tdi auto
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: bridgend, wales , UK
Posts: 413
HI guys
I love the smart great to drive a quirky car.! don't own one as my wife don't like them too girly apparently, however i hire one when on holidays in Majorca every year as they are great to drive and park.
However last year i knocked a hole in the sump getting to a secluded beach a mile or so off tarmarc and sized the engine getting it back to the road.! oops hire company were cool about it as I said I hit a rock in the road, ok it was not the road I was on but hey!

there is a saying about nothing goes further or faster than a rental.

I'll check the youtube when i get home as it is a barred site where i work (slacking at the mo)

Have fun
Gren
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old January 10th, 2008, 08:51 AM
ECR's Avatar
ECR
Status: Offline
East Coast Rover Co.
Just Defenders, nothing else.
D-90 Source Vendor
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rockland, ME, USA
Posts: 4,614
Quote:
Originally Posted by madcowdungbeetle
If I were to get one of those, I'd have to do the Hyabusa swap immediatly.


That is a riot!!!!
I love how a gear-head can take a car that was made to be the ultimate in eco-friendly gas miser and turn it into a tire shredding little monster. That just warms my insides.
__________________
Email:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

I do not check PMs. Call or email if you need something.

ECR is not a parts source. We are not in the mail order business.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old January 10th, 2008, 09:14 AM
chrisvonc's Avatar
chrisvonc
Status: Offline
Chris von C
No Defender at this time
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Va
Posts: 4,135
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgalpin
I'm digging the new smart fortwo. Might help offset the gas guzzling defenders as a little commuter car.

http://www.smartusa.com/

charles
That website sucks balls... I think they host the server over 14.4 dial up or something.
__________________
Chris von C

Please email one of the current MODs if you need assistance.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lriwater: As you know, most wives don't like Series trucks due to the ride and lack of creature comforts. Girlfriends seem to like those, but some sort of magic happens during the wedding ceremony.
[/size]
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old January 10th, 2008, 10:55 AM
Red90's Avatar
Red90
Status: Offline
John B.
1991 Defender 90, 200TDI
Site Team
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Calgary
Posts: 9,232
Registry
Except, they are not importing the diesel Smart to the USA. The diesel is the only reason it has been selling well here. 80 mpg..... The gasser version is no better than any other small car.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old January 10th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Ragland's Avatar
Ragland
Status: Offline
Robert Ragland
1994 Defender 90
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Posts: 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by Red90
Except, they are not importing the diesel Smart to the USA. The diesel is the only reason it has been selling well here. 80 mpg..... The gasser version is no better than any other small car.

Yeah, isn't the gas getting something in the 40's for mpg. That's close enough to a Mini, and with it one would have more of a real car.


Remember the recent million dollar prize for being the first private company into space? Somebody should offer the same to the first gearhead engineering a Smart with a big block, capable of everyday driving. The money could fund the start-up company doing the conversions.
__________________
"Uhh...I think they all leak like that."
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old January 10th, 2008, 05:01 PM
paulb's Avatar
paulb
Status: Offline
Paul / Boultbee
1994 D-90, Green #1576
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Los Altos Hills California USA
Posts: 786
I like John's point. Smart car is no different - but in the USof A.
The SMARTCAR is the best marketing I have seen in a long time! Fuel economy, come on! Look at the European manuf.: 206, 207, the Clio, Fiat stable (the f@#$$@ MINI); in any of them drop a Diesel engine in and WOW! for fuel econ..
The underwhelming understanding of market and driver dynamics is jaw dropping. I see the thread has picked up CND and UK input - what are your toughts on this? Having driven from London to Paris, from Rome to Freiburg, from Stockholm to milan, and many cities in between these cars are great for daily drivers in limited areas. But have to spend 5 hours plus and ohmygod!
One of my cars in Italy had a 1.6L engine (you are taxed on size not power so smaller but turboed or injected, engines tuned just so... uuoohh, Sorry car porn moment there ) tweaked to high heaven that was fun driving AND solid fuel economy.

Oh, and the youtube video is great. Produce it and someone will alter it. God love inventive, tweaky people.
__________________
I'm contemplating thinking about thinking about it!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old January 10th, 2008, 08:40 PM
Paul Davis's Avatar
Paul Davis
Status: Offline
Paul Davis
97 ST
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Posts: 281
Holy Lord, that car completely exploded.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old January 11th, 2008, 12:12 PM
d110pickup
Status: Offline
Mike Pado
'97 D90 ST #1153
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Canton, Ga
Posts: 158
I just read a road test of the US version in one of the Road & Track type mags. The tester really babied the Smart and the best MPG he could manage was 38.
You can find several larger and safer cars that can beat that.
Mike
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old January 11th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Red90's Avatar
Red90
Status: Offline
John B.
1991 Defender 90, 200TDI
Site Team
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Calgary
Posts: 9,232
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by d110pickup
I just read a road test of the US version in one of the Road & Track type mags. The tester really babied the Smart and the best MPG he could manage was 38.
You can find several larger and safer cars that can beat that.
Mike
Yep... The diesel's Government ratings are 51 city, 62 hwy (in USMPG). I know someone with a chipped Smart diesel and it is getting better than those numbers, driven hard.

The gas version is 40/49 by transport Canada and at our altitude and with winter, it would rarely achieve that.

Of course the safer comment.... Despite size, these are one of the best designed cars with repect to safety that has been made.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SOLAROS - SAE 2008 - Nov 7-9 JackW Trips, Trails and Events 10 October 16th, 2008 08:30 PM
2008 National Rally anyone? aloharover Trips, Trails and Events 98 October 10th, 2008 02:11 PM
Texas Rovers SCARR 2008, April 17TH 20TH 2008 chrisvonc Trips, Trails and Events 3 April 4th, 2008 12:37 PM
2008 National Rally 16-20 September aloharover Trips, Trails and Events 6 February 4th, 2007 09:27 PM
Defender - Smart Crossover CBAS Artwork & Doodles 8 July 15th, 2005 10:24 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:54 AM.


Copyright