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  1. For anyone looking for the plastic housing replacement on the key fob... I ordered a cheap one on Amazon.com. Snapped together just fine without the circuit board. Had to do some trimming of the plastic posts that support the board, or it kept wanting to pop open once everything was inside. You get what you pay for.
  2. I'd rather change out the rotors once in a while than have black wheels all the time (other than just after washing them). I'm going to order the full kit that includes front pads (probably not a premium pad) but will probably go with some other brand in the front. Thanks for all the info.
  3. I've never had that issue, they seemed to have a bit of "play". I've changed out pads on this car, and others I've had over the years, a number of times. It's mostly common sense. I just wanted to get the "old" pads (which still have a lot of life left) back in, to stop the squealing noise for the time being. This summer I will get the full kit and wash off, and replace everything, along with bleeding the brakes. I'd like to get the EBC Reds (supposed to be less dust), and will price them when I'm in Europe next, see if they are any less than here.
  4. Thanks, I'll have a look at their site. Put the original front brake pads back over the weekend, as the EBC greens I installed in 2006 had worn to the point that the metal warning bracket was making a noise. I figure that after 62,000 km I can spring for a whole new set, pads, shoes, rotors and drums...good for another 13 years..
  5. I have a 2005 model and I'm looking at doing a complete replacement of pads, front disks and rear drums. I been doing some searches and I'm getting mixed messages as to whether the parts are the same for years 2005 up to 2014, so that is the 450 and 451. Some US sites selling a complete kit at a good price (of course they never sold the 450) show that it fits that year range, yet on other sites, I see different part numbers depending on the year.. Are there certain parts that fit both, and some that don't? These are all wheels with 3 mounting bolts, so pictures of the products, on the sites, don't really help. I had replaced the front pads with EBC Greens a number of years ago, which promised to reduce brake dust, but i really didn't notice much of a difference. Thanks.
  6. Well it seems that they don't anticipate the electric smart doing all that well, at least in some US states. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/smart-will-soon-have-fewer-dealers-than-lamborghini/
  7. I got rid of my warts back in 2006 when i brought back new fenders from Europe.. I did install 3 LEDs in the small gap just above the fender, under the rear lights, on the side. They are visible only from the side as rear side markers. you wouldn't even know they were there during the day.-
  8. From the side the 453 appears to have a "snout", when compared to the previous versions. I'm really surprised that they didn't try to cram the engine in there. OK, maybe snout is a bit cruel, how about "Roman nose"
  9. Attached are a couple of shots. One from outside the Mercedes/smart dealer in Berlin (you can see the slight diferences in the two body styles), and another where I happened across three of the body styles together, It's too bad that there wasn't one with the original headlight design.
  10. Is that a clutch pedal I see in the photos?! Not all that keen on the front styling, looks a bit too "Toyota-ish" for me
  11. One thing that has been mentioned previously is that LED's in the parking "socket" can be damaged by the heat from the headlight bulb depening on how long you use your lights. I do run LED's in there but recess them so that they arn't in the "direct line of fire". the bulbs you ordered look great but if you do take advantage of the side firing LED's then it will have to sit quite far forward.
  12. "I had one more question for anyone reading this post. Is the oil supposed to be half full on the high side of the oil dip stick or on the low side of the stick. I really forgot and can't find the link. " I'm not all that certain about your question. If you park on level ground, the oil level will be the same all around. I just fill to halfway up the hatch marks. If anything, you are probably best erring on the slightly low side, although obviously, not too low.
  13. I had watched most episodes, and any outdoor scenes gave me no reason to believe that it wasn't filmed in California. The foliage is usually a dead give away. I any be wrong, but I'm usually pretty good at spotting "home shot" productions.
  14. "Then for some strange reason the side marker lights were wired to be side lights only- in Europe they flash for turns and act as side marker lights. Confused? so was I. Why did they made the smart engineers do all this? It's good enough for Europe!" The side repeaters only indicate turns in Europe, they do not stay lit the remainder of the time. there is no requirement for side markers there. "The car also has the rear fog lamp setting on the light switch stalk (3rd click).. but that doesn't activate anything." To make use of this you need... A rear fog lamp (Canadian models have two back-up lights) so you'd have to buy a new set of tail lights, or stick on an add-on. (or paint the clear lens on the driver side red) Open up the speedo cluster and remove the flexible circuit board that dims the dash lights and prevents the rear fog indicator from lighting. re-connect the cut rear fog-light wire. under the carpet just behind the hand brake. Unless you can fulfil the first, there is no point in doing the remaining.
  15. I usually get mine in Bellingham (WA), Both Fred Meyer and Walmart usually carry it, but are out at times. Regular price is just under $7 US/quart. I have seen it go on sale at times.