We picked it up yesterday. It had only eleven miles on it when we drove it out of the showroom. I have never had an easier car-buying experience. SmartUSA controls the pricing, so the dealership can't do any haggling. All they did was offer me the extended warranty which I bought and financing which I declined. Anyone getting on the waiting list for one of these can expect to be on hold for a year. Supposedly, I could now flip it on Ebay and make several thousand, but I think I've bonded with it. It's just so cute and it's been many years since I had a convertible. Also, if at any time I decide to change the color of the car, for under a thousand dollars I can buy a complete set of panels to replace all the blue ones. The black sections are the steel safety cell. It received a five star crash test rating so it's not the accordion it seems to be. We asked the dealer about the demographics of the buyers. He said that it emcompasses the full range. College kids who scrape together enough to finance it to the max, as well as doctors who can afford anything but feel strongly about owning a car that makes sense. It is as good with gas as C's Prius, and I'll have an easy time parking it in Manhattan. The inside is surprisingly roomy and we won't mind driving it to Florida.
Anyone want to buy a 1999 Toyota Rav4 LX?