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  1. Yes, Uncle Glenn used his "Star" program to activate my tach a couple years ago for a new install.
  2. My new "Conti Summers" just arrived on my front porch. Now just need to have them mounted.
  3. Sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn 2. Ron & Dot 3. Wild! 4. Bill 5. Lisa & Rob 6. Larry & Gail 7. Bob & Candi 8. Todd 9. 10. 11. 12.
  4. I have the standard single cup holder that is 100% useless. I bought a hanging cup holder from Canadian Tire for $5.99 which was equally as useless. BUT! I cut the hanger off flush at the bottom and it fits snugly in the Original holder and easily holds all coffees up to XL without any issues at all. Going on 4 years now without tipping or spilling a drop. CT # is 037-4925-0. Tried something different attaching the pics so hopefully it works.
  5. Sounds like the "Norm". On and off button. They stay on with DRLs, low Beam or High Beam.
  6. My lower 2 turn signal lights were relocated into the headlights as the "Euro Mod". H3 Driving lights and bracket were installed in their place. As Henry mentioned; the switch located on the left below the ashtray is the dash dimmer control. If I recall; when the switch is popped out, there is an extra wire tucked in behind it that feeds a relay. The dimmer switch wire is disconnected and the newly found wires are then plugged in. In my case, the switch was replaced with a fancy MB switch. The dimmer for the dash is now disabled but still turns on and off with the headlight switch. Just no dimmer control. We also wired quick disconnects to the new H3's for easier removal of the front end. I'm quite sure that a couple wire swaps were also performed to relocate the power to the new turn signal location. Funny part is that the solution to delete the Turn signals from the headlight location was to cut the power lead to each light and shrink wrap the ends. The wires are just hanging there behind the headlights. High Tech solution. LOL. Hopefully Smart142 will add to this.
  7. I keep seeing a 450 with Black frame and red panels and snows on black rims. I've seen it here in London 4-5 times this winter. Exactly a match to "Sally's" Current colours. Eerie to keep seeing. Good thing it's almost time to switch back to a set of my other panel and rim combinations.
  8. We had 21 attend our monthly "Smart Dinner" here in London last Tuesday. It was great to have some new members attend. Maybe make a road trip with your "Clan" down this way in the summer.
  9. At work..........just advised I had a flat tire. Still going to try to make it there tonight pending "TireRepair101".
  10. 100% in agreement! I made a dramatic change and sold my RAM 2500 and Honda Goldwing 4 years ago and switched to a Smart. It's my daily vehicle through every season. I have owned 17 Motorcycles over 33 years and combining all of the "Road Abuse" experiences doesn't even come close to my Smart Car encounters. I love my car, but without 100% defensive attentiveness, I would have been "Roadkill" years ago. I'll add to your list, "Invisibility". A great superhero trait.........but not so good for a Smart. I added 2 Dual-Tone Hi-Way Blasters to mine years ago. Definitely made a difference in getting most driver's attention...........but in some cases seemed to elevate "the haters" aggression. Drive Safe!
  11. I'm sure someone will have a solution for you. I haven't done it recently but you should have an option to open a file/program in "Compatibility Mode", including Old XP versons. Possibly read through this link;
  12. I shocked most of the people at Lowes on Sunday when I drove home with a 30 Gallon Hot Water heater in mine. Should have taken a picture.
  13. Sign up 1. Liz & Glenn 2. Bill 3. Larry & Gail 4. Ron & Dot 5. Wild! 6. Todd 7. 8. 9.
  14. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Ron & Dot 3) Larry & Gail 4) Ralph 5) Liz & Glenn 6) James 7) Todd 8) 9) 10)
  15. I agree with "Leadwing". Glenn installed my oil pan heater 3 years ago and my '05 CDI has always started on the first cycle of the glow plugs..........even during the last 2 weeks of -15 to -20 parked outside.
  16. Sign in : 1 - Ron & Dot 2 - Liz & Glenn 3 - Larry & Gail 4 - Bill 5 - Bob 6 - Dave & Lu 7 - James 8 - ToFu (trying to make it) 9 -
  17. Ya', I switched to my winters 2 weeks ago and it was painful. The ride is rough and loud. I already miss the summers, although the winters have already been put to use this year.
  18. Sign in: 1 - Ron & Dot 2 - Larry & Gail 3 - Dawn & Janet 4 - Bob 5 - ToFu 6 - Liz and Glenn 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 -
  19. PM Smart142; Sometimes he has a few kicking around.
  20. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Larry & Gail 3) Ron & Dot 4) Wild! 5) Liz & Glenn 6) Alberta & Denise - late arrival 7) Lurker & Lu 8) Dave Thomas 9) Sharon & Doug 10) ToFu 11) 12)
  21. Good suggestion Ron. Personally, I've been using an oil pan heater for 3 winters on my '05 450 CDI. I find it makes a big difference. It only warms up marginally faster, but it starts considerably easier &quicker on the coldest mornings. Always starts on the first cycle of the glow plugs. Plugged in for 2-3 hours first thing in the morning is all it takes.
  22. Yes, Glenn is definitely "The Smart Whisperer". Glad to hear it all worked out. Also glad to hear you visited our local Soup "Hot Spot".
  23. Welcome to the Club. I know exactly what you mean about Smiling. "Sally" and I have been together for over 3 years and she always cheers me up. It also helps to have 3 sets of panels and 3 sets of rims and tires to mix things up.
  24. Nice.........I think I'd rather have an 8 track player than the stock radio I have now.