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    If you want to get a proper small car there is always the SMART car ...

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    Stop that sniggering at the back ... you know who you are!!! It's not big and it's not funny ... (and neither is the car!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    it is definitely NOT a MINI!
    The MINI Countryman is still too small according to most American's. Fancy that!

    According to research MINI USA has just received, the number one complaint from US about the MINI Countryman is that itís too small. Yep, the largest MINI ever made, the one that has caused a huge uproar within the MINI community is apparently not large enough for some within the American market. Sound familiar? It was the same complaint that the US market had about the R50, R53 and R56 hatch. As you can guess, MINI USA finds it all a bit ridiculous. (Source)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    If you want to get a proper small car there is always the SMART car ...

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    Stop that sniggering at the back ... you know who you are!!! It's not big and it's not funny ... (and neither is the car!)
    Or an Aixam, or a Microcar - both quite fun..or for utter comedy value, a Reliant Robin with a yellowtop engine, minilite WIDE wheels and a wheelie bar

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    If you want to get a proper small car there is always the SMART car ...

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    Stop that sniggering at the back ... you know who you are!!! It's not big and it's not funny ... (and neither is the car!)
    Someone here has a bright pink Smart.

    Nuff said.

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    One of the teachers at son's school has a pink one "powered by fairy dust" according to the graphics stuck to it... and there's another with long false eyelashes around the headlamps driving round the town

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    If you want to get a proper small car there is always the SMART car ...

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    Stop that sniggering at the back ... you know who you are!!! It's not big and it's not funny ... (and neither is the car!)
    I'd like a Smart FourTwo but sadly I can't afford one. They are a brilliant drive. For a small car, try a Peel P50 - The Worlds Smallest Car. There are only going to be 50 of the new ones and costs £18,000.

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    Another car that has become enormous is the Astra - we used to have one that was half the size of my Cavalier but now I think they are bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Perhaps you're too young to remember the original Maxi... it was even less inspiring than the Allegro!
    I remember it - not old enough to have driven one tho'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    If you want to get a proper small car there is always the SMART car ...
    Our RE teacher has one, from a distance it looks like an empty parking space.

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    When I finally learn to drive and get myself a car, the Smart car is at the top of my list of choices. I don't know why, but they just seem cool to me.

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    Good choice for city dwellers like yourself @localzuk ... you can park them anywhere.

    They fit parked perpendicular to the pavement in places where people normally parallel park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    Our RE teacher has one, from a distance it looks like an empty parking space.
    I saw some fantastic parking with smart cars, you can fit 2 into one space back to back no problems!

    I'll see if i can find the photo

    This sort of thing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/c37dotcom/4824053933/ although it was on a city street so you could get out both sides
    Last edited by Pyroman; 2nd February 2012 at 10:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    If you want to get a proper small car there is always the SMART car ...
    If you want a proper small call then a get a proper mini!

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    I had a test in Smart when it looked like I'd need to get something that I could teach my daughter to drive in. One of the points the salesman made was that as a two seater, she wouldn't have been able to carry 4/5 drunk, excited passengers egging her on to do stupid things. He had in fact bought both of his daughters them for that reason. In the end, the lack of boot space put me off, but I'd definitely consider it as a second car in the family.

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