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Post by RVGRINGO on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:10 am

Smart cars have all the latest technologies and handle topes without any concern, as they have 15“ wheels.  You may use the automatic shifting feature, or shift it yourself using the touchtronic system. They are amazingly survivable in crashes and surprisingly comfortable and speedy on long highway trips.  We drove ours from Chapala to North Carolina, and back. Yes, they can keep up with the high speed Interstate & Cuota traffic.  Beep beep..................>>>>>>>>> Mercedes/Smart dealership is in Guadalajara.

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Post by David on Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:21 pm

That's a 2005/6, same as I own. Notice that the steel cabin remains intact. Now someone please post videos of golf carts and quads in crash tests.
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Post by Trailrunner on Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:46 pm

Yep, good video and comparison, I was surprised and impressed with the Smart. However. . .

While the car goes from 70 mph to zero, your body is still going 70 mph inside the car until it crashes into the seatbelt and the airbag. Face first, usually, with the airbag. Even after all that, your heart and lungs are still going 70 mph until they crash against the inside of your chest wall. You are dead within 7 seconds.

Golf carts and quads have no restraints so the passengers get ejected usually airborne head first crashing into a pole, curb, barrier, tree, pavement or whatever. Thing about this is the vehicle need only be going half the speed of the crash above.

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Post by David on Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:27 pm

No one is going to hit a wall at 70 MPH around here! The point of the tests is to show that the Smart is a very safe vehicle.
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Post by Kiri on Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:35 pm

David wrote:My Smart cost $12K new.  Love it!

The Nissan March is even less expensive!
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Post by Trailrunner on Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:39 pm

David, I said I was impressed! YOU may not hit a brick wall but a brick wall of a truck might hit you. Same effect.
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Post by Ezzie on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:05 pm

Very few crashes are head on collisions similar to hitting a brick wall at 70 mph. Most fatal collisions are side impacts when something hits you or your passenger in the side door area. Least amount of protection as you are only a few inches from the impact zone.

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Post by Trailrunner on Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:58 am

True and little protection available in the way of side-impact airbags.
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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:59 am

Still a lot more protection than a golf cart, ATV or motorcycle.

That smart car is safer than all the vehicles you and I drove for 25 years or more.........jaja. My '63 corvette didn't even come with lap belts.

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Post by RVGRINGO on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:03 am

I remember when steering wheels had that big chrome cap nut aimed at your heart. Seat belts? No. The car‘s frames were still made of wood, and my first car, a 1931 Plymouth sedan, had wooden wheel spokes.

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Post by CanuckBob on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:08 am

I even had the "suicide knob" on the steering wheel of one of the old classics I owned. I have never bought a car based on safety features. Given the option I turn the airbags off. I've seen too many blow into peoples faces in minor fender benders.....

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Post by RVGRINGO on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:27 am

I never had a suicide knob, but I did have a 1949 Citroen with suicide doors.

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Post by viejito on Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:12 pm

I had a 1949 Ford with bad brakes and a hole in the floor right near the accelerator. When almost at a stop, if need be, I could extend my foot down and drag it on the road. 3 Speed on the column and I paid $75 US for it. When I got 3 friends we could each chip in a quarter and get a buck's worth of gas and cruise most all day as gas was 17.9/gal.

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Post by RVGRINGO on Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:47 pm

Those gasoline prices were great! We could smoke and drive for a dollar!

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Post by David on Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:25 pm

We used to do that too!
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Post by lakeside7 on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:59 pm

Well I guess the Golf Cart issues have gone to hell

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:56 am

Yep, keep your unlicenced golf carts off all public streets and your licensed ones on the back roads only (for now). Not much has changed other than enforcement.

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Post by SunshineyDay on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:11 am

After driving thru little Guadalajara this morning I am very glad I did not have to worry about golf carts. Motos big and small were bad enough. It was worse than LA out there today.

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Post by artsnob on Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:37 pm

One of my neighbors had her unlicensed cart confiscated for driving wrong way on city Street in Ajijic

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Post by Trailrunner on Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:29 pm

SunshineyDay wrote:After driving thru little Guadalajara this morning I am very glad I did not have to worry about golf carts. Motos big and small were bad enough. It was worse than LA out there today.
And this is only the beginning. I can't wait to see the holidays. . .
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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:43 pm

artsnob wrote:One of my neighbors had her unlicensed cart confiscated for driving wrong way on city Street in Ajijic

You mean the police thought she should be subject to the same rules as other vehicles? That she was not some special snowflake entitled and immune from laws governing lesser beings? How horrible for her to be treated like a lawbreaker. Oh, wait.... Never mind.
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Post by viejito on Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:13 pm

SunshineyDay wrote:After driving thru little Guadalajara this morning I am very glad I did not have to worry about golf carts. Motos big and small were bad enough. It was worse than LA out there today.

Does "little Guadalajara" refer to a certain area of lakeside or are you just making fun of the big city? Beer

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Post by slainte39 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:33 pm

artsnob wrote:One of my neighbors had her unlicensed cart confiscated for driving wrong way on city Street in Ajijic

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Post by itsme on Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:43 pm

I have to say I do not have any problem with golf carts on the back streets. I have never seen one driven on the carretera or on the bicycle path. I do not think they are a large problem and do think there are greater issues which need to be addressed by the traffic cops.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:27 pm

I think the point is that they are illegal whether they bother anyone or not. The transitos have indicated they will turn a blind eye to those that are licensed and strictly driven on the side streets even though I suspect that is illegal too. The area is getting busier and best to nip it in the bud.......IMO.

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