Ok, so you’re thinking about buying a “smart car” – make sure you live in a region which doesn’t experience cold winters or hot summers. If you do that you should be fine. Otherwise you may as well go for a KIA, Toyota or even one of those adult trike bikes.
Here’s why, the climate control system on the smart car sucks ass.
once again, I’ll repeat that for those a little slow on the uptake.
the climate control system on the smart car sucks ass.
I’m not kidding. The car only has 43 hp to move itself plus your 200 pound ass around, there just isn’t that much left over for creature comforts.
If you live in a hot climate you will, I repeat, you will, find yourself roasting your nut-sack (or the female equivalent), while you sit in traffic.
I was warned by the dealer, after I bought the car (thanks asshole), that the air conditioner might come across as a bit of a disappointment. I would in all likelihood have to keep the thing blasting at all times if I wanted any semblance of bearable cabin temperature.
He wasn’t kidding.
My Smart car was black. This didn’t help. Roads are made of asphalt, this too didn’t help.
I went to a smart car owners barbecue, there was consensus, the air conditioner is terrible. You have to have the fan blaring at full blast to push a waft of coolish air the 18 inches from the dash to your body.
There is a center vent on the car, you will find yourself pointing that directly at yourself. If someone is riding shotgun, tough shit for them, you’re the driver, it is in the passenger’s best interest that you keep the beads of sweat out of your eyes, its a safety issue dammit!
Also, you will find that sometimes when you step on the gas, the AC will start blowing warmish air at you. Nice. Its already 35 degrees (80 plus F), and your car starts blowing hot air at you. Nice.
The reason for this is that the car is being smart at you. It knows what you want better than you do, so it gives it to you. It stops diverting power from the engine to auxillary devices such as the AC, to give you the momentary bit of pickup that you asked for. As an added bonus, you get more ass-sweat. Yay!
More on this in later posts, in the mean time don’t wear white pants on hot days.