Posted by Warrior on January 3, 2009, 4:09 pm
Why isn't the Toyota iQ allowed in US? I know this is a Prius site.but still
Posted by Ike on January 3, 2009, 5:18 pm
It'll get here, though it must meet emissions and safety challenges that
may be more difficult in the U.S. than in other markets.
It's probably a better choice than the Smart car - which I drove and
found to be easy to detest, particularly when at the pump. Requires
high-octane fuel, and gets terrible mileage. And on the road it's a horror.
The ideal IQ might be a plug-in hybrid version - a real OPEC-killer. I'm
sure it's in development right now, planned to converge with the
maturation of Li-ion batteries for automobiles.
Posted by Michelle Steiner on January 3, 2009, 6:39 pm
A friend of mine bought a Smart Car and uses regular gas with it; she
says that there's been no problems doing that.
I wouldn't own one, regardless.
It's now time for healing, and for fixing the damage the GOP did to America.
Posted by Michael Pardee on January 3, 2009, 8:00 pm
I lurked on a couple SMART car forums a couple years ago and was unnerved by
the problems reported by the owners. A major problem that was often
addressed on the Australian forum was the short life expectancy of the
diesel engine - apparently there were two versions of the engine. The more
troublesome version was described by one of the forum regulars as having a
50K km (!) life expectancy. That notwithstanding, the second most common
complaint was what seemed to be engine seizure, but was actually seizure of
the alternator. The starter could not turn the engine with the alternator
seized. I never heard any of the enthusiasts describe the SMART - any
model - as reliable, which is something the Prius definitely is. Nobody ever
described the ride as comfortable, either. My daughter went to France with
her high school French class about ten years ago. She saw a lot of SMART
cars... parked, being towed, but not on the road.
I don't know how the NA version with the gas engine has been doing.
Posted by Steve on January 4, 2009, 2:53 am
some random words that came up with:
Bring back the Deux Chevaux!! That was the smartest car there was!
Remember, the SMART car is brought to you by Mercedes-Benz. Smart for =
Steve in Miami
'04 Seaside #7 with 65K miles