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Now That's Smart!

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Now That's Smart!

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
July 22, 2008

2005 Smart fortwo

... or is it? It used to be, but is it now?

This is 2005 Smart, which gets 52MPH, according the owner today when he was filling a 5-gallon gas can in Crystal Lake. He has had this car for three years.

I've seen the SmartCars - even dropped by the dealership in Palatine.

Why would a little car like this not get 52MPH?

When I asked him about mileage of the new SmartCars, he said the gas engine model gets only 32MPH. ONLY 32? He said that's because they changed the engine, and he added, "You can thank George Bush for that!"

And then he added that the diesel engine model gets 87MPH. That's probably for the 2005, do you think?

He also forecasted gas to hit $10.00/gallon. I wonder what he knows that the rest of us don't.

Dealerships must be having a horrendous time getting rid of large SUVs and Hummers and, of course, it has been in the news about pick-up trucks.

What are you driving? While the bottom has fallen out of the used-car prices on big vehicles, is it better to bite the bullet now and get rid of that gas hog?

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