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Smart Forfour

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Cleck, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Cleck

    Cleck Senior Member

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    I know a few of you have experience of Smart cars and my daughter is looking for a car and quite likes the look of the Forfour.

    Is there anything in particular I should be looking for when seeking them out? Any known faults?

    Also what are the important options? From what I can see, the Proxy all come with SatNav & bluetooth etc. and they seem to be pretty well equipped safety-wise, with ABS, ESP, Airbags & the same NCAP as the C-class!

    I'd appreciate any advice you Smart-types can offer.

    Thanks
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    That was my first thought, but it will be primarily a city car; 95% of her driving will be local with very occasional dual carriageway or motorway.

    As I say, the same NCAP score as a C-class gives me some comfort.
     
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    What age ForFour are you looking at?

    Igonre @RhodiBill he changes his car more often than most change their knickers... :rolleyes:
    He also had an original Smart so nothing like the last ones or the new ones
     
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    Probably 3 or 4 years old judging by the cost of them on Autotrader. I had a look at one at Mercedes Leeds, but it was tatty and tired.
     
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    I went to Smart Manchester for my ForTwo, really good lot to deal with and gave me an amazing deal on a 1 year old car (0% and 3 years free servicing). Not sure what deals or cars they have but it's well worth a look at their stock.

    I'd definitely have another (technically I still have mine but my eldest has it now) but only the ForTwo as I like the small 2 door, 2 seater convertibles.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I'll have a look at Smart Manchester. It may be worth looking at a 1yr old if the deal is right. Although being a girl, the colour will be more important than anything else (there, I said it!).

    And whilst it isn't the bigest issue, the pre-2017 models are £0 RFL, but the 2017 onwards are £125.
     
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    As I understand it there was a hiatus in the production between those older models and the new ones and there seem to be few similarities. That said, neither she nor I have driven one yet, and that's obviously going to be the deciding factor. Otherwise, it's likely to be a Polo or a Fabia.
     
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    For me ? ………. Polo :) Big fan of the VW product, I know that Skoda is still VW but I prefer the pure VW product :)
     
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    Smart's are fun and make you feel good whilst driving them, if that doesn't dump your truck then I'd go for a Fabia over a Polo everyday of the week
     
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    Me too, but it's her money and her choice, albeit with some advice. That said, we had a sit in several Polos and several Fabias and there's very little difference. I had an Octavia 6 years ago and I'd say it wasn't far off the Golf at the time.
     
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    Yes correct I did have and old one, a "Y" Reg LHD, (they were all LHD back then & made in France) but I only paid a couple of hundred for it as I had helped to previous owner out and she let me have it cheap as she had no further use for it.

    I really liked it to be honest but it had 97 thousand odd miles and was really tired! Embarrassingly so! On the level it was fine but a whiff of an incline and I was lucky to get 30! The only redeeming factor was that I sold it for over twice what I paid.... :D:cool: It looked nicer than it went...lol.

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    But getting back to the ForFour I have known a few people that owned them and they had nothing but trouble..... One was evenm collected by Silverlake!
    This was a few years ago now and they were all around the 2006/7 Models.
     
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    https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/smart/forfour-2014/
     
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    The 2006/07 ForFour models were Mitsubishi and not nice at all
     
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    If the OP is looking at approved used, get on the MB website and look at thier used cars.
    The way the car market is at the moment I am sure you could drive a hell of a bargain to get one off thier forecourt esp if you are willing to travel a bit to look at a few.
     
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    That’s exactly what I did when I bought mine from Manchester. The deal was too good not to
     
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