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  1. Yep. Sure do, Smarter and the "German Shepard"
  2. I lapped the road course with Smarter, back in 2005.
  3. Mike, it looks like you have another German Shepard! Gent, I hope you are enjoying the heck out of the Boxster, but beware of the track days! The Grin will just not come off. Another thing....did anybody mention you can't just have one? Perci2000 Boxster S1989 Carrera 41976 914/41973 914/6
  4. I ran into Reg Riemer from RCTS (The remap folks) and he said he is now performing maintenance on Smarts due to popular demand. I haven't had him work on mine yet, but it would be worth a call to him if nothing else.
  5. Thanks to Smartmom's prod, I can probably make it too. Smarterette, however, will be off stitching.
  6. For those who don't know, Lone Star Mercedes moved out of the GlenDeer Auto circle. They are 100m south, across Heritage drive in a new facility.Smart has a significant face to Heritage Drive, but no direct still have to cross the Benz showroom.I would have preferred to drive up to the smart showroon. They didn't really have a showroom for smarts before. (Come to think of it, they really didn't have much showroom at all.) Now it looks like it could hold a half dozen or so. It looked like there were ~25 smarts parked outside the showroom. Probably the remainder of their Type 450 allocation.
  7. How embarassing! Missed a meet 2 blocks away!
  8. I'd continue with Buy, Sell, Trade and Self-Promotion to split them into the sub-fora, and until a replacement is found.
  9. Make the tote large enough to hold your largest tire, so you can transport the flat in it without getting your car filthy.
  10. I noticed that smart now have an entries in the dealer "Black Books" to base trade in values on. (I'm able to access it via the Alberta Motor Association web page)The values for a 2005 Pure like mine run about $9100, and for a mythical Passion Cabrio, about $3000 more.(this for what a dealer would offer you as a value, for a trade, private sale is usually higher)I didn't say you'd like it.
  11. Check the Flying Tiger post in Self Promotion. Hard to beat.I change at the first snow...two weeks ago ;)I recommend you change them yourself. That way you know how if you need to. Don't ask how I know that
  12. Both Calgary dealers have love/hate relationships with customers on the fourm. I've dealt with Lone Star, with fair results, but I'd like to convince some of the Mercedes repair independants to take on the regular services. Mr Lube will change the oil, but call ahead to check on filter availability.
  13. I'll take them. PM's to follow.
  14. I use the Imperial at MacLeod and Glenmore (by the Futureshop). Does a lousy job on the back, but no "D-scrimination"
  15. I resemble that remark!
  16. 1)Smart2)ForTwo3)Manual4)A CVT uses pulleys like on a 10 speed bicycle, but way more complex.5)Yes, 799cc, but everybody rounds.6)Gov't These are my guesses, what the gummit wants may vary.
  17. I was half listening to the CTV News at supper time last night, after a report on Calgary having the highest parking rates in Canada, when the anchor remarked that the Calgary Parking Authority was considering, among other things, a 25% discount for small cars, including the Toyota Echo and the Smart car. Needless to say that I shot an e-mail off to the CPA for more info.From Silly Haul, I don't expect to get a reply, nor the discount!
  18. And once again a quick response.... So it's not quite there yet. I for one will be really happy with the multi-vehicle/multi-phone version.
  19. I e-mailed the CPA and asked what happened to the discount. No word yet.
  20. Comparing insurance can be an apples/oranges sort of thing, but I use the "The Personal" group insurance and pay $800/yr for my Smarter after discounts (multi-vehicle, no tickets/accidents, driving for many many years).
  21. Ouch! You've had some bad experiences with car salesmen. They aren't all like that. I've known some excellent salesmen, who knew their business, and were really honest about what goes on. The guy I bought my Smart from at Lone Star was one of these. He knew their allocations, order schedules and status. My car was actually a canceled order he found for me. FWIW, the only time I know that I got jerked around by a sales dept, was when I tried to buy a used Audi from Hyatt. Go figure.I don't know anything about the guy I was talking to (I didn't even bother getting his name), so he could easily fall into either camp.
  22. The 451 did not get into the Lone Star showroom until the afternoon of the 18th. Lone Star was having a Grand Opening of their new building, so they may have staged it that way on purpose.Some nice features that I'd like to have from the 451 (outside hatch release, removable 'hood', storage in the hatch door), but the rest of it was too 'mainstream'. And some 'features' like the gas filler door looked bad on the white panel, instead of the tridon. I won't be trading in my 450 for one, but if I didn't have one, I'd still consider it.Salesman I was talking to said that their first arrivals won't be until November, and that their allocation for the winter is 18!
  23. And I couldn't even get Hash Browns at McDonalds. :(Nice seeing you for 3 minutes. Next time I'll learn to read.
  24. Didn't the US courts rule that CO2 was an emission and therefore the EPA had to regulate it?