I had a Smart from Dec 07 to Feb 08...Mine was a 55reg base model. I bought it cos it was quirky looking, and it was different. But the drive was terrible. Jerky at roundabouts if you had to slow down/stop, like delayed reaction! So many times i pulled out and would be urging the car to hurry up n sort the gears out!! Ended up changing gears myself most of the time with the Tiptronic. Also like said, as its tall and thin, made me feel unsafe on motorways n high speeds. Hence why i owned it for only 3 months. Also thought it was overpriced for what it was as it had none of the toys or exciting interior that the IQ has. Was very plain and basic. When I first saw the IQ, i knew i had to have one cos i loved the Smarts looks. Toyota have developed the idea alot better though! And its a proper manual which i prefer I went on the Smart Owners Club the other day and most of em slated the IQ, think they are stuck in their little Smart bubble to be honest!!