2008 smart fortwo Consumer Review: fortwo Hates Winter
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fortwo Hates Winter
By UncyHerb on

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2008 smart fortwo pure 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl 5AM)

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Skinny front tires and auto trans makes ABS come on with every stop in snow. The rear wheels are always trying to drive forward as you come to a stop, so it's up to the fronts to stop the car AND the motor. I've gotten in the habit of popping it into neutral as I'm stopping. I have no confidence in slippery stopping times. Roads made bumpy by frost heaves and potholes make for a punishingly harsh ride. The suspension must have only a couple of inches of travel because it doesn't take much to jolt the whole car on a bump. But when the roads are dry and smooth it's fun to drive. Nice around town.

Best Features

Styling. The world seems happier when driving a fortwo. People look, point and smile.

Worst Features

Fix the transmission. Not only is it jerky when up-shifting but even in manual it down-shifts shifts at inopportune times. It ain't as smart as it thinks it is. Give me more rubber on the front. I've seen bicycles with fatter tires!
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