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ElectraGirl: It Needs to be Symmetrical

Saturday 15th August 2015

Dear Blogette…

The long, lazy days of summer – Ooh, that does sound like it would be lovely, if only we ever had the opportunity to be lazy!

2015 Smart Electric Drive seats from above AnotatedThis week nothing much is happening at all but, anyway, in amongst the non-laziness, we found ourselves taking the Smart Electric Drive on an errand the other day and unusually my sidekick let me drive!!! While I enjoy driving, I do tend to find him a little annoying as a passenger. This is because he uses being a passenger to investigate the car, opening everything, twisting and turning in his seat, finding things that were obviously not there before. I mean how could they have been? He has only just found them so they surely were not there before. It’s all a little distracting as the car wobbles from side to side and then the sudden proclamations of ‘Look what I just found!’ Yes, yes, that was always there.

Well, anyway the other day as we were driving along he proclaimed that the Smart Electric Drive is not symmetrical. Well – what to say? All of our other cars are symmetrical but not the Smart Electric Drive, apparently, the doors are different on the inside and the grab-handle for the passenger is further back. Hmm, this does seem rather odd.

After a little investigating, it would seem that the car is actually, symmetrical. It would appear that there were two issues that my sidekick was experiencing. The first was the interior handles on the Smart Electric Drive are different which probably also led to him to thinking things were not right. The drivers side handle has been changed slightly compared to the passenger side, which does seem odd even though all it has is an extra button and the twirly whirly knob for the door mirrors. But they do match up position wise on the doors. The second was that the passenger seat was slightly further back than the drivers side. We always have the seats in line with each other, apart from the day my son was a passenger and feeling that he needed a bit more leg room, moved the seat back.

2015 Smart Electric Drive Passenger door2015 Smart Electric Drive Drivers doorAll that was needed to fix his ‘problem’ was to move the passenger seat forwards an inch and a half!!

I’m so glad that it’s all sorted and that the car is not wonky!

Does symmetry bother you as much as it does my sidekick?


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  • vdiv

    Symmetry and order do not bother me, anarchy and entropy definitely, definitely do! 🙂

    • MEroller

      The Smart, or fortwo as it is called nowadays, has from the very start had the passenger seat stet back some 100mm relative to the driver’s seat. This was because the first model was so narrow that the additional shoulder room was necessary for most people to feel comfortable sitting side-by-side so closely.It should thus not surprise that the door handles are assymmetrical too. So yes indeed, Smart fortwo is not symmetrical inside 🙂 No car really is – the steering wheel tends to be highly picky about being on just ONE side of a car…

      • vdiv

        Can never forget the horror when the optometrist revealed the terrible news that my eyes are not symmetrical with respect to my nose/face, and that is really the case for most humans. Have not had the strength to look in a mirror since. 😉

  • My usual copilot is 1/2 my height and 1/3 my weight, so the experience is a bit different…
    But yes, the Smart ED is quirky, and for little kids, it’s a fun car to be in, as it’s easy to get in/out and buckle up themselves.
    Loving it after two years and 12,000 km.

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