To Me, The Biggest Surprise Was That The *ENTIRE CAR* Wasn't Glued Together

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Did you settle for the Smart fortwo passion...

2008 smart fortwo passion coupe

...because you couldn't justify the extra $26,000 for the Smart Crossblade Limited?

2003 smart fortwo Crossblade limited edition

Well, don't despair, because if you bought one of the 43 fortwos recalled for defective paint, you could end up with a Crossblade at any moment:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the faulty paint was applied to the Smart’s chassis and Tridion safety cell framework. Apparently, the paint is a delaminating risk, and if the paint comes apart near the portion where the windshield and roof are adhesive-mounted, they could separate from the rest of the car [emphasis added]. According to NHTSA, "This could cause a crash if the roof or windshield separated from the vehicle while in motion.”

New plan:

  1. Buy a fortwo passion coupe.
  2. Borrow a pressure washer.
  3. Apply pressure washer to windshield/roof adhesion areas until...
  4. can sell the resulting "Krossblade" on eBay for $39k.

[first derivative H/T AutoblogGreen]


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Oh, just think of all the environmental damage that paint's going to cause when it flies off the cars and winds up laying on the side of the road where rain will leach the chemicals into the ground.


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