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I'm about to turn 16!! Time for my first car!!! We're thinking whether I should use my mum's B200 Turbo, or get a Smart Car. The B Class has got a few little problems which occur every now and then. That's a little discouraging. However, the Smart's acceleration is slow, and, top speed is 140km/h. Hardly speeding!! Let me know what you think.
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Why are they buying you a new car? And why are you deciding on a Smart as your first car? What is your budget?
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My mum just wants me to drive a car that's safe, has good quality, and what she thinks looks good. I actually like the B200 Turbo she has though...
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My mum just wants me to drive a car that's safe, has good quality, and what she thinks looks good. I actually like the B200 Turbo she has though...
Have you seen the crash testing videos for the Smart cars. They get destoryed.

I would shop for a regular saloon or coupe.
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no they didn't. didn't you see the crash into the concrete brick?? the safety cell was so strong. it hardly bent.
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If you want a car that's "safe," get something bigger. Doesn't have to be brand new.

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They get destoryed.
De story ed?

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no they didn't. didn't you see the crash into the concrete brick?? the safety cell was so strong. it hardly bent.
I understand what you are saying but understand this from basic grade 10 physics class, the laws of motion:

First law
There exists a set of inertial reference frames relative to which all particles with no net force acting on them will move without change in their velocity. This law is often simplified as "A body persists its state of rest or of uniform motion unless acted upon by an external unbalanced force." Newton's first law is often referred to as the law of inertia.
Second law
Observed from an inertial reference frame, the net force on a particle is equal to the time rate of change of its linear momentum: F = d(mv)/dt. This law is often stated as, "Force equals mass times acceleration (F = ma): the net force on an object is equal to the mass of the object multiplied by its acceleration."
Third law
Whenever a particle A exerts a force on another particle B, B simultaneously exerts a force on A with the same magnitude in the opposite direction. The strong form of the law further postulates that these two forces act along the same line. This law is often simplified into the sentence, "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

What this all means is basically the largest mass ALWAYS wins. I have a family member who is a paramedic here in BC and he's seen some things that will make your head spin. In an equal mass collision they are very reasonable but place it in one involving a Frieghtliner or even a full size pick up like my dodge and watch out.

Therefore, for me, I would tend to go to the side of caution, esp. if you live in a rural area (aka not a big city), get something a little larger - you can thank me latter.

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Don't let these people convince you the Smart is unsafe, it's very safe. It has a better safety rating from the U.S. insurance institute and the star ratings from the dept of traffic than the Mercedes E class, yet Princess Di felt safer in her E class.

People have this impression that cars can't be safe unless they are big. So imagine this, 200 mph on a race track, you are driving and you crash, which do you think you'll survive in, a Cadilac Escalade (specially modidied to go 200mph) or a formula one race car that's way smaller, doesn't have big massive bumpers, heck, probably doesn't even have air bags?

Smart Cars are not made by MB, so they don't have the poor reliability. Get the Smart convertible, it's a lot of fun.

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