New ride: 2005 Toyota Echo RS 4dr hatch Gone: 92 Nissan NX2000 - the works, great on the track RIP: 1995 SL2 - 1.95L, P&P, decked 30thou Retired: 1995 SW2 (DOHC, MP3): 15.33 @ 90.18 -3rd place JCO Bash 2007 GM Other Bracket Racing
You could buy yourself a little Pontiac Wave or Chev Aveo or even a Hyundai Accent Hatchback. These would typically cost $5000 less then a Smart car (probably more savings). They are excellent on gas (7.4L/100km). They have a back seat and a trunk so you can ACTUALLY use it for something. And the $5000 you save go in your pocket. Not to mention that you can actually get a good financing rate through GM. That alone would save you prolly another $600. You then take that money and spend it on gas. Over a 5 year lifespan of that smart car, you would be LUCKY to get a third of that $5000 in gas savings.
Oh, and with a slightly larger car...you can feel safe that if you get in an accident with an F150, that you won't be peeling yourself out of his grille like some small animal. And if you do survive, your car is a write off no matter how big the crash...either by too much damage, ar the tremedous cost of replacement parts. Thats my 2 pennies.
P.S. They're warranties are a year less then most companies.