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About Dumbsmartgirl

  • Birthday July 17

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  1. I haven't taken the panel off (not even sure how) but I'll see if I can get someone to look into the SAM module. The SAM is the one thing I keep hearing about consistently, so that would be worth a look. I can't seem to re-create the sound in idle, but I'll take it one thing at a time. Thanks for your help @Willys!
  2. I have a 2009 Passion Cabrio and I've been getting a rattling sound from somewhere around the left side of the steering wheel, inside the dash I think. It's not like a loose screw that rattles a little in its socket, but a loud intermittent buzzing sound that happens at any speed (but more so at the higher speeds). I checked to see if it was a window rattling, or something to do with the convertible top, or even something in the door pockets, but nothing checks out. It sounds like it's inside the dash panel on the left of the steering wheel. Does anyone know what this could be, and if it's serious? I'd appreciate any input you can come up with. Thanks in advance!
  3. Thanks for the responses, folks! I may have to get a mechanic to look at this. I don't think dropping the underbelly pan sounds like something within my ability. I'm afraid I'm not very mechanically inclined. Thanks for the link. It seems a lot of people are having the same issues. One of them had my exact concern about leaving the car parked in Long-Term parking at the airport. Has anyone here ever tried taking off that little cap from the keyhole on the door handle? Would locking the door manually using the key (but not the fob) bypass the alarm altogether?
  4. @Fuelsiper I also had a Geo Metro (my first car actually) and I loved it. But not as much as my Smarty. I only have limited experience with diesels but I can say my gas powered Smart is a gem on the highway and in the city. It's easy and convenient and gets even better mileage than the Geo. Diesels of any kind have always seemed difficult and complicated for me (granted, I'm called Dumbsmartgirl for a reason!) so I'll leave the expertise on that matter to those who understand it better. But you really can't go wrong with whatever Smart you ultimately decide on. They're all wonderful! Best of luck!
  5. Does anyone here know how to disable the car alarm on a 2009 Fortwo Passion? I don't like always having my alarm engaged every time I lock the car. Usually if I've parked it somewhere, chances are I'm going to be out of earshot of the car. I don't want my battery wearing down while it beeps its brains out and I'm not there to hear it. I don't want to remove the fuse, because I've heard that doing so would disable my high beams or something along with it. I just want to disengaged my car alarm, permanently if possible. Any ideas?
  6. Aha! Now I finally know what the adorable cars were in the movie Knight and Day. They were Smart Roasters. I should have known a car that cute could only be a Smart. I'm glad to hear this interesting background for this car. Thanks for the post!
  7. Really cute car. It looked a little cheap, but the price is realistic at least. I'd love to see these everywhere, especially if they can iron out some of the kinks. A gas engine would be nice too.
  8. Thanks for your responses, I'll try to implement them according to my abilities. I also have a few people lined up who might be able to help with some of the trickier stuff. I was searching online and heard it could be something like a a simple transmission update, which I assume is a computery thing. I'll run the diagnostic tool and see what it says.
  9. Today I took out my Smart and after 10 minutes or so (driving in automatic) it started shifting erratically, like rapidfire shifting as if unable to find the right gear. I limped into a parking lot, put it in manual and drove it back home. It gave me 1st, 3rd and 5th gear but none of the others, and the gear number indicator on the dash kept blinking the whole time. I want to check the transmission fluid but I can't find the dipstick (don't laugh, I'm a girl and not good at this stuff). The spanner symbols on the dash were both on and the small one was blinking. Also, last week the car wouldn't start and it gave me the three bars on the dash. I paused and turned the key again and it worked fine. I thought I heard that was a battery thing that's also related to the transmission (?). Could these issues be related? I bought the car from it's original owner in September and I don't know how old the battery is. Can anyone suggest what the problem might be or how to address it? Thanks in advance for any help!
  10. Photobucket wasn't worth it when it was free. Now that they've jumped on the greed train, I moved to Tinypic and like it 100% better.
  11. Aw, that little car isn't much bigger than a shopping cart. maybe you could just push it around the store with you and roll it through the checkout line.
  12. Oh, gotcha. And knowing that I'll feel less concerned about the little Smart pulling all that weight! And I actually have seen a motorhome towing a Smart (on the very same day I bought my own Smartie, interestingly enough), so I know it can and has been done.
  13. Oh what an adorable little Smartie! Mine's blue/silver too. You'll love catching up on all things Smart. Youtube has a lot of fun videos too. I've been buying little do-dads for mine just for fun, like color matching valve caps, seatbelt shoulder pads and the like. They're so much fun for little money. I'm not mechanically minded so I haven't done anything fancy. Welcome to the Smart club!
  14. I named mine Electra, because her metallic paint looks 'electric blue' in the sunshine. (She's not electric though, she's a gasoline model).
  15. It seems every proud owner of a Smart has given their little car a name. So, what's yours?