2008 Smart ForTwo: Rubber Mat is Dumb ForMe
January 16, 2009
I've already bitched-a-plenty about the Smart's stupid floor-mounted brake pedal, but as I drove home last night I recognized one issue that exasperated the problem. The person who originally bought our ForTwo (we purchased it from him off eBay shortly after he took possession) ordered it with the accessory all-season floor mats. Naturally, they are rubber and have grooves in them. I noticed last night that my right shoe's rubber sole was constantly getting snagged by these rubber grooves. This, along with the added floor height made operating the wonky brake pedal even harder since I couldn't slide the bottom of my foot along the carpet.
Recognizing this, I immediately de-Velcroed the mat from the floor and chucked it into the trunk, or whatever that space behind the seats and over the engine is called. I noticed an immediate difference, with my foot now capable of sliding across the interior's carpet. The brake pedal design is still terrible, though, and it still takes concentration to not jam on the brakes and jerk the Smart to a stop.
Seeing as there's only 1 1/2 seasons here in SoCal, I'm thinking we can live without the all-season mats. I went ahead and left the driver's one in the trunkish area, so we'll see if it makes a difference for anyone else.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor@ 12,573 miles