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This is the ultimate car to drive in Los Angeles area, going to beach or party you feel like you are celebrity, I love this car and if you coming to Los Angels alone or with love one rent it and enjoy it.
Convertible top is perfect for Cruising in Sunny California.
2008 smart fortwoFiroz's smart15533
Everything went great except a little bumpy and the gear shifting in the car was finicky especially for the higher speeds. Also, I couldn't go into reverse a couple of times. Other than that the car is convenient and great on gas.
Mohammed was nice enough to let us pick up the car 30 minutes earlier, as our flight arrived earlier than expected. He also provided me with a car charger upon my request. He was polite, communicated well and seemed like someone who valued customer satisfaction. Mohammed even gave a courtesy call to warn us of LA traffic and to be cautious of not missing our departure flight (funny thing is, my friend that day missed his flight for that same reason). He gave a tutorial on how to use the Smart Fortwo and provided some pretty realistic expectations, seeming to be open and honest, stating that the car may not be "as fun" as expected for some people due to the fact that it drives like a manual. However, being a convertible, it was definitely a fun ride for my girlfriend and I. The car seeemed to be in solid shape externally. I must say though, it was a little concerning at one point to notice that the starter was being delayed upon turning the key and attempting to start the car. This happened a few times. The engine singnal was also on. I notified Mohammed and he said not to worry about it. I took his word for it and, in the end, we did not have any issues. I personally give this a 4.5 stars for this reason as it was quite nerve wrecking -- did not want to get stuck with the car being immobile on my vacation. If that were to happen though, I am pretty sure Mohammed would have provided prompt services.
I enjoyed Mohammed's Smart Car convertible for 5 nights while in LA for Airbnb Open. GREAT car for street parking - big pro. Also good for zipping around in LA traffic. Changing gears using the wheel paddles really helped me drive it more smoothly than these cars otherwise move. Changing gears while turning was tricky but not often necessary. I wouldn't own it Smart Car but I was happy to have gotten to try one out. Mohammed was a breeze to work with - highly recommended!
Mohammed's Smart ForTwo was a great car to drive around LA as it could get into the smallest of parking spots! It was a very tight squeeze and slightly awkward, but it was also able to hold two carry on luggages and backpacks in the back. Note that since this is a convertible, there is no trunk door that can open so the bags have to go in through the side doors with the seats folded down. This requires some maneuvering and can be tricky. Overall though, the exchange and communication for the rental were fine and Mohammed was extremely understanding and accommodating of changes. The only main concerns were safety-related. The pick up and drop off area was well-lit but was just the side of a busy street, without a really good area or parking lot to pull into. Therefore, taking photos of the car could have been slightly dangerous at night as you have to step into the street to get all the shots, and the car itself is blocking a lane of traffic, which could be bad during busier traffic hours. Mohammed took all the photos at pick up, and was extremely efficient and thorough. He also gave a brief tutorial of the car. As for the car, it had a check engine light on and the gas was 1 block from "full." Mohammed assured that the car had been evaluated and was fine to drive, and explained that the gas was full but the meter was off. These issues were worrisome but at that point, nothing could be done. The car felt like a glorified golf cart or go kart and was extremely jerky in its automatic shifting when driving slowly between 0-20mph, but at 50+mph, it drove relatively smoothly and was fine on the highway. I did notice that acceleration from 0 was either very slow or you could floor it and accelerate quickly, but there was no good in-between. Additionally, the brakes were very loud and squeaky. Just something to get used to. I opted to Uber to and from the car rental spot, so make sure to add $30 to your rental fare to account for this. It would have been nice to have free airport delivery or a closer pick up spot, since $30 is the price of another 1.5 rental days. Given the mechanical issues and the cost of transportation to and from the rental location, I believe that the rental car should have cost less per day or there should have been free airport delivery. However, this car still has many pros-- it is small, cute, fairly clean, gas-efficient, easy to park, and the convertible feature is fun on a nice day. Downsides are that it really does not feel very safe and does not drive smoothly at lower speeds, but it'll definitely do for a short trip in town!
Mohammed was great renting me his Smart. My flight was delayed for FIVE HOURS putting me in to LAX at like 1:30 in the morning. He left the car out for me, then when I had to call and wake him up to clarify where the key was he woke up and came down and cleaned the fog of the windows and everything. He also got me back to the airport safely. I worked highly recommend him. The car was clean and fully functional. I have learned from this trip that I'm not a fan of Smarts (ah, shifting so annoying!) but if you are this would be a great one to rent.
Mohammed was a very nice man, he offered to pick my friend & I up from the airport even though we did not pick that option at the charge of what we would pay to the cab service. Mohammed was very responsive when I asked him questions about the car. The car is very nice in a city like LA, it was easy to park and maneuver through traffic.
Absolutely loved this car. Zipped all around LA and only costed me $17 to fill up the tank, the convertible is awesome. Mohammed was great to work with, responded immediately and pick up and the air port was easy. Will definitely rent again. Thank you
Communication was smooth, as were pickup and drop off. Mohammed was flexible with the car return time. The smart car worked as expected-- it's not a very powerful car but it was great for parking in small spaces in LA!
I enjoyed using Mohammed's Smart Fortwo! It did take a little to get used to (it really does sometimes act like a stick shift although it's automatic!). There were two times where, while parked and on, it wouldn't let me transition to reverse or drive, but it could have just been I was pressing something else - who knows, but overall it was great to ride. The easy handling and maneuvering, braking system, and ease to parallel park (smallness came in handy!) were great. Thanks!
Is there a better way to enjoy sunshine in LA to cruise around the city in a convertible Smart Car? Great mileage and parking will definitely not be a problem as the car can literally fit anywhere. Thank You Mohammed once again, will definitely rent from you again when back in LA.
I had a great time driving around LA in Mohammed's car! The car itself was clean and in great mechanical condition. I'd never driven a smartcar before but it was easy to get the hang of (and I loved the convertible top!) Mohammed himself was friendly and easy to get hold of, and everything went as smoothly as I'd hoped. Would definitely recommend to others!
This tiny cutie is one of a kind! A convertible and comfortable lemon !! ;) I've tried it for 3 days and booked it for another week. U may like to use it on trip tonic if you like to shift more smoothly than the automatic transmission. Oh hey I forgot it has the best rate/value ratio!
I loved the Smart car that I rented from Mohammed. There's nothing quite like driving around southern California with the top down. Mohammed was also fantastic with the rental! One thing to know, Mohammed will come pick you up from the airport in a different car and then take you to his nearby home (10 mins) where he keeps all of his other cars. This really was pretty convenient, but a bit unexpected, as I thought that we would be able to drive the car directly away from the airport.
This was my first Turo ever, so I didn't know what to expect.
Mohammed was awesome! Extremely accommodating, from when I arrived, to when I decided to extend my car rental for half a day through the app. I even returned it to him at 4:30am! The only hiccup, was that the person before me had accidentally taken the cigarette USB charger, and since my phone was dying and Mohammed didn't have another one on hand, I had to head to a gas station to buy one myself (I kept it for another day). So if you are a first time driver, I would always bring one, just in case.
About the car. If you are hanging in the city, I highly recommend it. So many times, I was able to weasel myself into so many parking spots.
Mohammed showed me this beforehand, but the car shifts gears like a stick shift (you can use it as automatic or manual) with a little jolt. I am not a good judge of gas milage, I thought gas tank seemed to go a little fast, but that could be because of the smaller tank. So if you're doing a longer drive, you might want to go with his Prius. I went on PCH for a little and noticed that trend. Nevertheless, the convertible top was awesome and a huge feature that was great for me enjoying the weather and drive. I almost always put the top down. I didn't scrutinize and look too hard, but I also didn't notice an AUX jack for plugging in your phone for music. So burn some CDs if you want more than radio. Although, 89.9 KCRW is a great station! Mohammed did outfit the car with a Bluetooth mic and speakers for talking on the phone when you're driving, which is very practical when you're hanging out in traffic and need to talk to someone.
All in all, I had a great experience. Thank you Mohammed!
Mohammad was amazing. He was very timely and helpful. The car was awesome also, the gas mileage was great and you can park it anywhere which is very helpful in LA. I would highly recommend renting from Mohammad and getting this car !!