Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Eddie Is Gone

As of yesterday afternoon, I am officially no longer a Smart owner.

We were in a crash about three weeks ago, and my insurance company declared it totaled. Non-airbag repairs would have probably been about what they cost when I was rear-ended back in January of 2018, but I had 2 airbag deployments.

I still have a few fuel receipts to catch up on, but this will probably be the last update you get on this blog. I'm not going to delete this space, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is standing in tribute to the car I loved.

I wanted to buy another Smart, but the fact of the matter is that the company has moved on, and my lifestyle has changed. I need more cargo space, not for a growing family (still just me) but for future camping trips. And if I were to buy another 2015 or earlier (still don't like the new nose), I wouldn't be able to get it with cruise control, and that's one of the few non-negotiable features for me.

I had a good four years with my dream car. I wanted to have Eddie for his lifetime, but that life was cut short by a distracted teenage driver who blew a stop sign.

In Eddie's honor, I implore you: if it's that important, pull to the side of the road. Otherwise, leave your damn phone in its cradle and drive.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Not Quite An Anniversary

Today is the 1000th day since getting Eddie, and it's been great.

And better still I have the money and the extra buffer I was waiting for to pay him off. Now it's just a matter of reaching out to the financial institution and taking care of it.

Friday, April 6, 2018


This post is two months and a bit overdue, for which I'm sorry, but life has been busy.

At the end of January, Eddie was rear-ended by an SUV. I won't go into the details, but don't worry, he's fine. A couple of weeks of repairs, mostly due to the shop having an unexpected rush of customers rather than difficulty getting parts (only OEMs for my Eddie), some insurance paperwork, and he's mine again.

They even cleaned him, inside and out. He was all sparkly, at least for a few weeks, until the road debris coated the body panels again.

He got a new body panel (yes, just black, no, I'm not going to piecemeal the color change), wheel alignment, new lights on the one side, and new wheel and rim assembly. If you're keeping up with Vilet, you probably saw the spike in the maintenance list, but still, he's well under cost compared to my last car (and compared to the vehicles of almost everybody I know).

In other news, I finally have enough money to buy out the rest of the financing, but I'm holding off for at least another month because doing it right now would zero-out my bank account, and that would be a bad idea if some other idiot decides to rear-end me.

So maybe this summer, Eddie will be mine, one hundred percent.

I can't wait.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quiet... or So You Thought

On the face of it, this blog has been rather quiet. Eddie is doing well, no major problems, and I'm still plotting out my overall review of the Smart Fortwo.

Vliet, Eddie's fuel expense sheet, on the other hand, is sporting some new upgrades.

First, there's a new cosmetic tab, anticipating completion of my financing and the eventual purchase of new body panels.

Secondly, there's a new column on the fuel sheet, which I'm sorry to say, is encoded. It's simply there for any notes I've taken about the refueling, but I don't want to leak any personal information, so it's encoded on another spreadsheet before being imported. I do assure you, however, that you're not being neglected any key information for the fuel performance data.

That's all I've got for now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

500 Day Mark

Well, technically, it's 517, but close enough.

I just finished updating the mileage and maintenance on Vliet (sorry about falling behind). The numbers are very reassuring, far less than I was getting in the final years of my last car (no surprise), but they kind of make me wish I'd switched sooner.

The "Actual" MPG numbers are a little off in the itemized list, because math, but the averages are still reliable (if you want details on why they're off, let me know). Also note that the averages at the top are not taking an average of the averages (which would produce a less accurate number) but are calculating based on the totals.

For those who don't want to click through and take a look, here's a summary:


Total CostCost per MileCost per Day
Total Usage Cost633.860.0741.227

Actual MPG
Tank Dist8643.40261.92
Tank $554.3716.80

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do you know what's better the a manufacture's quoted fuel economy?

A: The actual fuel economy of an actual car.

Vliet is the Dutch term for "minor streaming water." But if you click the link above, you won't get anything water related. Instead, you'll get real numbers from a real car on its real consumption of fuel. Every number, as I recorded it into my notebook at the gas station.

You can look at my calculations, how much I'm paying per gallon, per mile; how far I'm traveling per gallon, per tank; how fast I drive (on average), how long I go between fill-ups. With a little math of your own, you can even estimate how far I drive each day, or how long I drive in consecutive time.

Don't like my rounding errors? Think I should round up instead where I rounded down? Leave a comment, here or on the spreadsheet. Eddie and I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meet Eddie

This is Eddie.

The name is a tribute and a joke. (We miss you, Doug.)

He's my 2015 Smart Fortwo. If you're not familiar with the car, it's a 2-seater (hence the for-two) with the engine in the back, just under the hatchback floor panels. He's about 65 inches wide and just over 100 inches long, which means I could snugly fit two of him in a single, standard parking space.

The engine is a 3-cylinder, 70-HP "improbability drive," and though I've taken him up to 75 miles per hour, he can go faster (but it's pretty scary).

I picked him up a few weeks ago from the great people over at St Charles Mercedes & Smart Center, who I can't thank enough for giving me such great service and a great deal.