Parking Problem - 2008 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe: Parking Problem

July 09, 2008

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Even with the jerky transmission and the brakes which get a little touchy at low speed, the Smart is remarkably easy to park. Easier still is finding spaces to park in. Well, easy until you have to deal with the local parking enforcement drones. It's not fun.

"Leave it there I'm gonna ticket it."

"Why?"

"Can't park two cars in the same spot. And it's facing the wrong way."

"How do you know that guy didn't steal my spot? It's not in the road, and it's not backwards, what's the problem? Would you ticket a motorcycle parked like this?"

"No, but that's a car. You leave it and there'll be a ticket when you get back."

Being a native of an eastern seaport town whose roads were planned and carved 100-years before the Model-T and parking is an art form as much as it is a guessing game, I was a fan of the Smart before I ever had a chance to drive one. But now, having driven one a LOT, the disappointment is overwhelming. It's not good in the city, and thanks to needlessly rigid parking jerks it's no easier to park than a Mini, Fit, Aveo or Yaris. It's sort of a let down.

But hey, it's cute, right?

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 8,010 miles.

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