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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. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. @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!
  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. 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!
  9. 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.
  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. It seems every proud owner of a Smart has given their little car a name. So, what's yours?
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. I named mine Electra, because her metallic paint looks 'electric blue' in the sunshine. (She's not electric though, she's a gasoline model).
  16. Welcome to a great club for a great car! We all love our little Smarties around here and it'll be nice to hear your input!
  17. Hi Sandie! I just bought a 2009 as well. The shifting in automatic just needs a really gentle touch. It's best to ease into it and accelerate slowly. The car wants to get up to speed in it's own time (especially from a cold start). It can and will accelerate quickly but I always feel guilty revving it up that high. Once it gets up to 4th and 5th gear it's smooth as glass. As for the shocks, remember this is a tiny civilized little city car and not designed for bumps or potholes. They want and deserve a smooth surface but they'll be okay even over the bumps. As far as towing a motor home I couldn't say. It seems like a lot to ask of a 3 cylinder, but if any tiny car can do it I'd trust the Smart. The clearcoat does peel on some cars in hot, sunny climates. Youtube has videos on some home fix remedies I think. Panels can also be completely replaced if they get too bad (also see Youtube for panel replacement vids). Welcome to the club!
  18. I got the full car cover. I went with the Stormforce cover so I could keep all the elements off my Smarty. I considered the pop top but went with the full coverage instead. I've read a lot of good reviews for the pop top though. Maybe I'll try a pop top (eventually) for just taking on short trips around town.
  19. Thanks for all the wonderful welcomes! It's so nice to see Smart owners all over the map (might as well spread the joy all over!) Some of you have several Smarties (lucky you!) and it seems that we all (or most of us) have names for our little cars. What a cool community!
  20. Hi everyone! I joined a couple of weeks ago but haven't had much time to hang out or post because I've been too busy enjoying my little Smart car. I bought her on the 6th and I am head over heels. I named her Electra because of her electric blue metallic paint. She's a 2009 Fortwo Passion Cabriolet and just the most wonderful car I've ever had. She makes me smile whenever I look at her. I could get poetic and gush all day but I don't want to give anyone cavities so that'll do it by way of a quick intro. I'll see you on the boards and we'll get better acquainted there.
  21. I saw two Smarts, both white (one with black stripe and the other with silver) the same day I bought mine (which is blue). That's the most Smart sightings I've had yet in one day. They were coming out in force to salute a new member of the family.
  22. Today I ordered a car cover for my little Smart and a 3" antenna so I could fit the cover over it. Please say it isn't so.