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  1. They're driven hard and put away wet in most cases. I'm not sure when the Chrysler/Dodge manufacturing partnership ended but you'll definitely want to avoid those ones. Rust magnets down here in southern Ontario - probably lots of 401 miles in all weather. If you can identify the engine, just put it into the old googler and see what comes up. I think some models have the injector seals issue, wherein injector seals start leaking and combustion gasses incompletely incinerate the sound dampening foam directly above them, creating a horrible carbon deposit that makes future service extremely difficult. The DPF/catalyst maintenance is important too; sometimes people dodge that stuff.
  2. Thanks. That's obvious. I'll keep an eye out.
  3. All right, I figured it out. The driver side has a connector with a terminated pair of wires. The passenger side has a bulb, but no connector and no pigtails. I suspect a previous owner is responsible, as one light is clearly newer. So - the next question - where do I get a pigtail. Cheap?
  4. My front signal light is burned out. This is an opportunity to move them back where they belong. I'm trying to follow this guide, but there's no photos. Is there supposed to be a male connector for the EU signal light location? I understand I need to disconnect the Canadian light location, and connect the Euro location with some wire splicing. I have the bulb in my hand, in the fitting that holds it in the light, and all that - but there's no wires to connect in to. I don't yet have the front clip off. Does anyone have any photos to share of the mod? The internet is a sad place when you go looking for old things. So much knowledge being lost!!
  5. It went away and never came back! Maybe the battery was low.
  6. I see that Transport Canada had MB issue a recall for the 2005/06 smart cars. (TC file number 3280-10-41 resulting in recall 2012-400) Called up the local MB dealer and they told me there's no active recalls. My passenger door is... unreliable. It's primarily a single user car, but it sucks that I can't have passengers. Any suggestions?
  7. But it’s on solidly. If it’s traction control then it’s fine, just need to get it read with STAR. The list goes on.
  8. That’s regrettable. It’s always sad to see a community disbanded. Hopefully the posts are in’s way back machine.
  9. Good to know. I still think I like the i3 better because of the optional gas and having four seats, but it remains to be seen how these things all age.
  10. Started the car this morning and the yellow exclamation mark next to the parking brake light didn’t turn off. I don’t have a manual, unfortunately. What is this light meant to indicate? I think it is the one that flashes when traction control kicks in, which would lead to ABS issues. I’m not overly concerned so long as the engineers didn’t decide to also include “no oil” in the list of things that turn that light on!
  11. I like my 450 and the Smart ED seems like a cool car, but for electric drive/newmarket/ontario/5_49364892_on20080219170250766/?showcpo=ShowCpo&ncse=no&orup=1_4_4&pc=N3C 1A1&sprx=100 - it's still a bit steep. Any idea who built the drivetrain for these?
  12. Snow stuck today until midmorning. There was hail for a brief time three weeks ago on Friday where I was, north of Parry Sound!
  13. Oh damn, I missed that 😂. 591k miles on a smart with original AC would be quite some feat.
  14. My $0.02 - Big Box Toro isn't the same as your local independent Toro dealer. They look the same, but they cost-cut something about it. Maybe the wheels are plastic, maybe the auger is made of cheese, but it's not the same.The model numbers are XYZ-HD sometimes, or they're sneakier. So to get to my $0.02, go visit the local small equipment guys before buying something at the box stores. Toro makes a good blower. Ariens is what I've seen used a fair bit in commercial applications, but Toro is definitely growing. Leadwing, i just noticed your signature. Can you perform the ritual on my car so that my wife can have A/C again?
  15. One, sure. I've got nothing left at the top of the panel!