BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Sep 2011
Vehicle: 1981 300 SD, 1991 Geo Metro 4-door Automatic
Location: Antelope Valley, CA
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Any article printed or posted online claiming some car, motorcycle, stereo, etc. is the "worst" or "best" is just the opinion of one person. Just because they are published, does this mean that they are all-wise and all-knowing? Haven't we all had friends who thought their opinion on some subject was the last word, we believed them, to our eventual detriment?
Example: I remember reading Consumer Reports magazine--they described the handling of the Chevrolet Chevette as "poor". I had one, with good tires and heavy duty shocks, that I commuted in over some nice, twisty mountain roads. That car always went just where I pointed it, and my biggest complaint was that it was underpowered. If the handling was poor, I'd have loved to try something better!
If I had the money, I'd love a Smart. 98% of my driving is one or two people, only carrying at most a weeks groceries. It's kind of a shame they don't do quite as good on gas as my Geo Metro, however I wouldn't hold that against it. If I could get the diesel version here in the land of the free and the home of the brave...
Safety? The Smart is a lot safer than my Geo. The Geo is probably safer than the Chevette was. The Chevette was FAR safer in a crash than my first car, a 1960 Corvair. An interesting (at least to me) thing...my local junkyard currently has a '60 Corvair...car was in a front-end crash. The floor of the trunk split away from the wheel well (they are normally welded together) on the seam. Made me really glad I no longer drove THAT car! However...any of these cars are safer in a crash than any motorcycle! And that's from someone who misses riding his bike!