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  1. It's smart142, not smart124.
  2. Munich is/was the jumping off point for the 3 week European motorcycle tour that my wife and I enjoyed in 1983 (Beach's Motorcycle Adventures, They have connections with BMW GmbH which can supply motorcycles and cars for tour participants (and with other companies for other vehicles). We rode a rental 1976 BMW R90S. The Beach organization owned it and had imported it back to Germany from the USA. Since it carried a NY license plate, people would have assumed that we were Americans. I can believe how tired you both must be at this point, but this is the trip of a lifetime, so enjoy it to its fullest! I'm looking forward to seeing your roadster here in Canada.
  3. I thought that the replacement of CV shafts was to solve the problem of corroded/cracked reluctor rings. If so, replacement of the rings was deemed to be the most economical solution, after much discussion on this forum and others. Dealers cannot source them from M-B, but they are available. I can confirm that they work as well as the originals.
  4. Bosch GmbH claims to have developed a system which can reduce emissions from diesel engines to well below acceptable levels. The downside is that it cannot be retrofitted to existing engines.
  6. All that for nothing? Diesel engines were supposed to help us transition to an all-electric transportation system, but it turns out it was too little, too late. The Volkswagen debacle badly hurt diesel technology during, these past few years. The German carmaker has gone full-reverse and has become one of the industry’s largest investors in batteries and other electric powertrain technologies. There is not a lot of choice left when it comes down to buying a diesel-powered vehicle—on the consumer side, that is. Jeep, Hyundai and Kia will add diesel engine options before 2019 in the SUV segment, and we wish them luck. Another diesel promoter is General Motors that offers—among other models—the 2018 GMC Terrain, which comes in two diesel-powered flavours, both using the same 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine. The 2018 Terrain’s retail price is $32,445, freight and delivery charges included. The Terrain SLE Diesel comes next, at $36,445. That’s a $4,000 difference for a technology that, at least according to the numbers published by Volkswagen for its TDI engines, promised a 30-percent fuel economy improvement. Today, it’s much less than that. Crunching the numbers The modern turbo-diesel is a rather hi-tech engine. It includes an automatic start-stop system that also improves overall fuel economy by a fraction. This is, in other words, the most optimal diesel-powered SUV GMC could come up with. On paper, it works. According to Natural Resources Canada’s numbers, the Terrain’s average fuel economy is rated at 8.6 L/100 km. The diesel version announces 7.4 L/100 km. Driving 25,000 kilometres per year, considering the difference in gas and diesel fuel prices, we should save about $375 per year, taking an average price of $1.25 per litre of fuel into account. The extra cost of going diesel will be absorbed within 10 years. Hopefully less if we drive more than 25,000 km a year, which is probably the reason why we’d buy a diesel vehicle. IRL In real life, the difference is still quite small between the Terrain’s base gas and diesel engines. Our tests in a suburban area (which means mostly highway cruising) reduces the diesel fuel economy gain to about 2 L/100 km. At this pace, the annual savings come down to $500. During that period, add the extra cost of filling up twice on the special urea-based solution needed to ensure the vehicle adheres to the environmental pollution standards, which will cost an additional $150-200, and those savings are significantly reduced. That means it could take up to 12 years to get the full return on buying a diesel-powered Terrain. GMC also offers a SLT version with the choice of either gasoline or diesel engines. The price difference in that case is reduced to $500 ($39,945 vs. $40,445), but that means we have to invest in a better-equipped, but higher-priced vehicle. That’s about the same time it takes to get our money back if we buy a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric car, which, considering Canada’s strong promotion of clean-emission vehicles, seem like a better option. Obviously, there are some instances where opting for a diesel-powered vehicle actually makes sense. But those cases are few, which tends to explain why most manufacturers are looking into plug-in hybrids and fully-electric vehicles as the better alternative, proving that diesel in Canada is agonizing, if not already dead, in 2018. Source:
  7. I think the length of the url overwhelmed the link-handling logic of our site. I did a copy and paste of the following url to the address line of my browser and found that it worked..
  8. Looks a lot like a smart42. It only will go 70kph and range is not high, but the article is an interesting read. Click here
  9. Article about a German Homeowner who bought two smart cars just to keep people from parking near driveway. Click here
  10. That, that is, is. That, that is not, is not. Is that it? it is!
  11. Watching the TV coverage of the scramble to evacuate south Florida, reminded me how impractical an all-electric vehicle can be. When mobility is required under emergency conditions like avoiding a fire, as at Fort McMurray, or a hurricane, short range and long recharge times are not compatible with the needs of evacuees. All-electric cars in south Florida are likely to be abandoned and inundated by the storm surge..
  12. It seems to me that this system might have the same effect in the third world as the adoption of cell-phones had, where the infrastructure required for landlines was never fully implemented because the cell-phone technology had leap-frogged ahead. Similarly, sophisticated postal systems may not be necessary in many counties if what3words technology is generally adopted. The application is like a high-level language used to access relatively complicated addressing techniques, which still support the whole GPS addressing concept.
  13. The effect of this technology is minimal where advanced postal services exist, but there are a couple of advantages that I can think of. Such as being able to accurately describe your location if one is lost in the boondocks. Also, rural addressing, a common problem, would be enhanced by adoption of the what3words approach. I've copied text from pages 8 & 10 of of the brochure referenced in post #1. It explains how a whole lot of people in less developed areas of the world can benefit by adoption of this technology.
  14. This link can provide a three word address for anywhere in the world. Enter a general location (e.g. a city), GPS coordinates or an exact street address, and the map will change accordingly. The map location of the what3words address displayed at the bottom of the map is indicated by the red "pin". Move the map using the cursor with left button depressed, to change location as desired. The display at the bottom changes continually to match the pin's current location. The map's start location happens to be in Toronto Ontario, at the what3words address "embedded.fizzled.trial", as spelled out in the URL. It appears the the what3words app. defaulted the address because I am located in the Greater Toronto Area (aka GTA). I find it fascinating that they have accomplished this task. A starting list of words was edited down to about 38500. That number cubed, yielded over 57 trillion available combinations, enough to address the entire surface of the planet.
  15. Here is a Link to a video where one of the originators of the idea explains in person what the what3words application is about. Further information, including a number of videos describing practical applications of the concept that are already in use, is available in the attached pdf (I couldn't get the first one to work, but the others seem to be o/k). WebPage.pdf