2008 smart fortwo User Reviews

2008 smart fortwo Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 12 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"park" 5 reviews
"beautiful car" 5 reviews
CONS
"transmission" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"design" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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MyAutofocus writes:
2008 smart fortwo passion Review
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City or urban commuting.  Great daily car!

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Only holds two people.  Engine is slightly noisy, but it's to be expected with the small car.

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Economical, Fun, And Comfortable. Outstanding Choice For Urban Commuting! — We unexpectedly received this car into our inventory, and it has certainly surprised us. As dumb as it may sound, the cabin is actually very comfortable and spacious, with amenities that are surprising. With a huge panorama roof, heated seats, MP3 input, good sounding stereo, large windows, and even paddle shifters, this car is in fact fun to drive around and even does great on the highway! It also feels very solid and substantial on the road, like you're driving a much larger car. If you're looking for something that is economical and comfortable for urban driving and/or commuting, the Smart is definitely worth taking for a spin!

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John writes:
2008 smart fortwo passion Review
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One of a kind 2 seater that has plenty of cargo room, a tight turn radius, and great on gas mileage. Has a 5 star crash rating.

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If you are not a people person, you will get asked questions all of the time. A lot of people make fun of the design of the car. Merging speed is the not the greatest.

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I Have Had This Car For Almost 24,000 Miles And Still Enjoy Driving It. — Transmission shifts like a stick shift but is an automatic, which is great if you are use to driving a manual car. Engine has only 71 BHP but can be greatly increased by changing out air filter to a K&N, air intake hose, exhaust manifold, different muffler and adding a turbo kit which you can get either a stage 1,2, or 3 turbo. This car is great weaving in and out of traffic, going in tight places other cars cannot go and turning around when other cars have to back all the way up. Plenty of people are very inquisitive about this car. Sometime this can be annoying and other times it can be fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bridget writes:
2008 smart fortwo pure Review
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4

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unique; easy to park!!!;  heated seats; gas mileage; attract attention

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bumpy, slow shifting (in automatic); people staring;  can't fit much in it

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2008 Smart Car Fortwo Review! — My grandpa recently got a Smart Car. I drive my grandparents to doctor appointments and on errands a lot so I driven it fairly often. I like that it is cute, unique, the style of the dash and, of course, the ease of parking! Oh, and the ability to easily turn around in a street without having to maneuver much. The gas mileage is also great I hear (40+ m/gal?). It's easier to run my grandparents around in because it's much easier for them to get in and out of ( compared to my grandpa's Chevy Silverado, which my grandma needs a step ladder to get into). I believe that the Smart Car may actually fit it the back of the truck! The Smart Car is also convenient when dropping them off in front of a building and then going to park. It has heated seats, and is just as spacious as many cars I've driven (in the front anyways). It isn't the best for shopping obviously, although I believe we fit at least 4 paper bags of groceries in the back along with 2-24 packs of pop. An interesting thing about this car is that you are able to drive automatic or manual. For manual, there are buttons on the steering wheel to shift. I don't know how to drive a manual, so I've only used automatic. I don't like how it shifts, and it takes a little longer than I'm used to to get up to speed. The brakes take a little getting used to also. At first it seems like everyone is 'riding your ass' because the back window is so close behind you. It's taken some getting used to. The car 'dings' if the passenger is not wearing their seat belt. It gets annoying but it's definitely effective in getting people to wear their seat belts! Other than that, my only complaint/suggestion would be the have a little more space between the seats. It's pretty fun to drive. I find a lot of people staring, so if you drive one make sure you're not picking your nose!

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Rebecca writes:
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Fun to drive, makes me smile, and easy on petrol

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Doesn't have the best pick up but I don't care! :)

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Cutest Little Car In The World :) — I love this car! It's absolutely amazing and it makes me smile every time I see it. It's wonderful for scooting around town and definitely catches people's attention! :) I love it!!!!! :) It's in the lowest road tax bracket, number 2 for insurance and gets around 50mpg (at least) so it's easy on the wallet. The new model has been made much more sturdy than the previous one and has been given a bit more of a Mercedes look and feel in the interior. And you'd be surprised how spacious it is! It sounds silly but it is quite roomy inside. And the boot can actually fit one large and one small suitcase. Not bad for a super(super) mini! Can you tell I love it! ; -)

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Ryan3171 writes:
2008 smart fortwo passion Review
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5

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Unexpectedly roomy interior, Maneuverability, Turning circle, Iconic styling, Slick convertible-top operation

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High-speed stability, Limited cargo capacity, Rock-hard brakes, Unrefined auto-manual transmission, No cheaper than other small cars, Premium fuel recommended

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Very Sleek And Easy On The Wallet! — Extra small doesn't mean unsafe. $11,500 gets you into the most fuel efficient gas only car on the market. I have driven this car 3 times and am now in line for it. Very nice. This is not a sports car. This is a city commuter. Its a bit slow to start, but is fast enough for highway use. Rated 35-40mpg, but some have reported 50+mpg. Great for anyone. Im 5ft 8 inches 150lbs, and fit nicely with my large girlfriend. There are videos of taller and larger people fitting nicely. The transmission is an automated manual. That means no clutch for stop and go traffic. It also has a sequential shifter, so you don't have to worry about which gear it is in, just up or down. It has a light on the gauge that tells you when to shift for maximum mpg. This is a lovely car, so dont knock it before you try it

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Jennifer writes:
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Fun!

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Speed

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Who Needs More? — I love my car! I've averaged 40 mpg driving around the city. It's surprisingly roomy. There's room for two people and our dog. Affordable, practical and fun!

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Jeremy writes:
2008 smart fortwo passion Review
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Tiny enough to fit in the most cramped of parking spots, cool removable panels that allow you to completely change the car's color in about 2 hours, head-turner, decent gas mileage (although not as good as you'd think), surprisingly safe.

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Butt-ugly, slow, extremely grabby brakes (I guess that could be good in some cases), automatic shifting feels like a beginner trying to drive a stick.

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Uhh.... — My dad owns this car. It would be pretty nice if you have to parallel park in the city or something, but that's about it. He loves it, but it's just not my style.

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MarcyJA1 writes:
2008 smart fortwo passion cabrio Review
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4

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I LOVE THIS CAR!  Fun to drive, makes people smile, easy to park (you can fit it just about anywhere), great interior space - Feels just like a standard size car from the driver and passenger perspective.  Really spacious and comfortable cockpit.  Huge trunk space - can fit entire shopping trip for weekly grocery visit.

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Some people laugh instead of smile at you.  Small presence on the road - you have to drive it like it's a motorcycle and assume no one sees you.

MarcyJA1
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Perfect For Student, Work Car, Errands, Etc. — I waited for ten years to purchase this car after seeing them everywhere in Europe. This is the number one selling car in Europe for a reason. Fun to drive, easy to park, cheap to operate, etc. I paid the deposit and it took a year to get mine made when they finally opened up smart USA. It was worth the wait. Lots of fun to drive and very uncomplicated to own. ANY reputable car dealer can provide standard maintenance, repairs, etc. like oil change, battery installation, etc. Made in the US by Mercedes-Benz.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chase writes:
2008 smart fortwo passion cabrio Review
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4

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Go-kart type handling

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Some consider the size a negative despite is cage like design and 5 star crash rating.

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Very Fun And Reliable Car To Say The Least. — Performance- nothing special. 65HP Naturally Aspirated Kawasaki 3-cyl. Build- Decent. Outside is put together really well, inside consist of alot of plastics, but is quality built none the less. Appearance- car is less that 7 foot long. Turns heads. Cost- Premium only, but 35-40 in town, over 50 on the highway. Car is a blast

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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domster65 writes:
2008 smart fortwo pure Review
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2

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cute, good MPG

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Noisy, sluggish, tight, poor handeling, poor performance, feel like bug under foot on the highway

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Its A Toy For Those Who Need To Feel Smug.....total Piece Of Crap!! — What a piece of crap. OMG if this is what being green means I have to put up with forget it. Its noisy, handles like a soap box car, never mind the go-kart another reviewer used. Sure its cute to look at but outside of that I might be better off with a moped or segway. Sure will be able to sell it as demand for this beer can is way up. Rather wait for some of the new clean diesels to roll out. REAL cars, with a REAL, engine and suspension...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 smart fortwo Reviews

Love It! Get The Tanks Off The Road. Get Into Something Smaller And Safer. By Jason

I hope this means that the age of excess and Hummers is over. Get exactly as much car as you need and no more. You might need more than two seats or more trunk room. If so, get it...but still think... Read More

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2010 smart fortwo Reviews

Smart Gb-10 1 Of 100 If You Aint Got One Youve Missed Out By Gordon

Fab little City Car. Limited Ed. GB-10 adds some nice extras. Very fast round town turns heads and most of all it makes me and the girlfriend smile when we drive it. Only one of its type in Aberdeen... Read More

Makes You A Glad Commuter By Tonny

Has it all - except for the infamous empty backseat. A lot roomier than you might think and has a decent trunk size for a microcar. Safetywise doable thanks do the sandwich construction and all the co... Read More

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2009 smart fortwo Reviews

Great 5 Year Relationship. By cgerckert

Never let me down and always ready for fun. Easy to maintain and great on gas. Surprising on just how much you can fit inside, especially with passenger side fold down seat. The car also did better th... Read More

Smart Fortwo Passion By BRokicki

perfect car for NYC, great alt to taking cabs/subway, always can find parking. If you can get over the horrible transmission and don't do too much highway driving (max 2 hours) it's a great little ci... Read More

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2007 smart fortwo Reviews

Excellent By Ane

super choice for crowded town! i still cry after my smart...too bad that now i have a family and a small daughter and i have to drive an Sandero 4 doors! excellent consumption too, and easy to handle ... Read More

Smart By Phillip

i love this car cuz of my little body kit and the eiback shock with my little flower design dont ask why. it has a suzuki gsx motor with dual exaust it gose so fast it gose atleast 290 mph Read More

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2006 smart fortwo Reviews

Good Car, But You Really Need Another Awd Car For Winter As This Is Rwd By Pat

drawn lots of attention when I drive it to out-of-town. From 2 years old to 100 years old, they came to ask me about the car wherever I stop and park...was the first batch arrived Toronto back in 2005... Read More

I Shall Be Getting The 1 Litre Version In The Next Year Or Two. By Gregory

Hoot to drive, did a 360 mile round trip in it with no problems,not tiring to drive, surprisingly roomy, easy to park, handles like go-kart only fault (small) is the gearbox - it has trouble decidi... Read More

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