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  1. Smartzuuk. Like at work when the memo comes around that asks "how do you like working here"? No not the USA market. my post asks where the Canadian 451 smart owners are posting. Implicit is why not here.Mike T. I agree, Real feed back is what a lot of us hoped for from this new site, but so far it appears smartusa plans to keep information flow from their end at a minimum. Since we already have IB in the mix, this will be just be another highly buffered PR tool. The upside is it may attract a younger group of Smart enthusiasts who will buy more cars. (But never know how they work). ). The independence of this club is what attracts me here. If all information is corp filtered, thats no information at all. Besides, what's a car without " Nuts And Bolts". A2Jack
  2. I agree with all. There is no factory extended warranty sold in the US. All the dealers are selling "third party" service contracts, and as others have said, "The house always wins" A2Jack
  3. Bad, Bad, news. But, at least when our little YELLOW cars come up for auction at BJ, they will note that these were the last of the true "Mellow Yellows". A2Jack
  4. Our dealer, Smart Bloomfield, Michigan, held It's first tech session for customers interested in the nuts and bolts of their cars. (Smart Bloomfield serves as the training center for All US Smart techs.) The GM and the service manager had it all laid out for us with 3 cars on the lifts, Belly pans off, engines dropped down. the whole works. What a treat for us smart motor heads. Here's a teaser pix. More to come this week. This is a shot of the front lift point, Note the hockey puck, like, "official", lift pads. We in fact do use a hockey puck as a Smart lift pad when using our Festiva jack. BTW My free photo edit ran out or I would have posted more. A2Jack.
  5. Here's a look at the leading edge of the DD tube. Note the Hole, there may even be two in front.
  6. Dieseldave. No, not MB. This a Smart center and acts as the HQ dealership for smart USA. Roger Penske runs the Smart show here in the US and his headquarters are about a block down the street from the dealer. He is said to walk the show room on dark and stormy nights. a2Jack. Last pix here all others will go in with tech discussion forums as the subject comes up.
  7. Can't Reply. Can't "Quote". Can't "Start New Thread". while using Foxfire. I had to switch back to MS to make this post.I have been using Foxfire for months right here on this board. but now all the reply, quote, and new thread boxes are gone. It seems we have a glitch.A2Jack.
  8. BINGO ! Good work Rawlus. This post is on Firefox. Don't know how, but CsC was entered as an image exception. Easy fix, once you know the way. But damn. now I forgot what I was going to post when I came on here yesterday. Thanks all. A2Jack
  9. Rawlus. No. No Image problems with other sites. I'm on other site two to three times every day. Also , I had no problem with this site either, until a few days ago.I will go back and check image display on my browser... But I have been on other BBs today and they all work fine. A2Jack.
  10. When I hit the site it's green. when I log in It's blue. But in Firefox, when I log in it goes to gray. Also Smiles don't show upup. Clicking where the button should be gives nothing. Also just relized in Firefox my avatar does not show up. A2Jack.
  11. I'm a car, and electronics guy, but a bit lite on some comp skills, so bear with me. I'm still unable to see any reply boxes via Firefox. I have cleared everything on my machine and even swept it clean with Skybot. All my other BBs continue to work fine with this browser, as this site did up to about 4-5 days ago.I don't think I want to go the emulation route, as the whole point of Firefox was to get away from MS. I have attempted to re-register here but of course it shows my user name taken. and of course as all works well here with MS, all must be well with my registration.As far as I know, I am using the latest Firefox, but I will re-check. Having to switch back and forth between MS and Foxfire will probably cut down my posting here, but maybe I need to get a life Thanks all.A2Jack.
  12. Stuck shifter now quite common on NA451s. Some times the Lube trick works, but some require a new shifter box.We have have had two lockups, and now have a new shifter box. Our car is NA451 Passion. 5,900 on ode. Delivered 01-24-08. Built 01-O8.A2Jack.
  13. I thought we were just one happy smart family, and I often post links to CsC on other sites as well. I will go back and grab the pix and stick them in this thread. Also please erase the link.I didn't realize I was steeping on toes. A2Jack.
  14. Steven Yea! You're right drop this thread, so we don't dilute the How to. Perhaps we can go into this at another time and place on the board. Have you set a firm policy as yet on links? I understand where you are coming from but the door swings both ways. If we curtail outgoing referralsincoming referrals will be cutoff as well. I do refer a lot to this list and include direct links.Delete after reading. Regards A2Jack.
  15. 1. Slip fingers slightly between bottom edge of the cover and the carpet. Pull up and back ,and snap the cover loose, but do not pull up over an inch or so. Be gentle. Prop up front of cover about an inch. 2. On the ground, looking in under the cover from the drivers side, you can see a yellow lever just inside the cover. WITH THE KEY ON , Lift this yellow lever while wiggling and pulling the shifter down, out of park. (Wife used a pen to lift the lever). 3, Do not try to use Park again until the whole shifter box has been replaced. Short Hoz tape marks point to slip in fingers. Same spot on other side. Hands at 10 and 2 o-clock Long Vert tape points to the place under cover to access yellow lever.
  16. Here's a link to a post I made on another forum on this site. I think it might be of interest to all Smart owners. A2Jack. http://clubsmartcar.com/index.php?showtopi...mp;#entry192877. As for tools, a flat blade screw driver and a pair of pliers will at least get you home when your shifter locks. http://clubsmartcar.com/index.php?showtopic=14231
  17. Why re-invent the wheel, or in this case tire cover. Bag Lady does it right for $36 (Bush bucks). http://www.njbaglady.com/ This pix shows spare does not intrude on boot space. Tire and wheel from Tire Rack. Smart is 451, should work on 450.
  18. Nor is mine. Too many hours in those old airplanes. In fact the Smart sounds downright quiet to me.
  19. The Smart Passion seems as quiet as most Honda Civics. But only a sound level test would prove it. A2Jack.
  20. Waiting for spring at Whitmore Lake Mi. Our 2008 Smart, and 1946 J-3 Cub. Pix taken t.oday
  21. Here's the "Field Fix" to get you home. 1. Remove shift knob by turning the plastic collar under the shift knob assy, CCW a half turn or so. (use padded pliers) and go easy as it is soft plastic. Lift off the knob assy. (you may need to turn the knob CCW to lift off, I don't remember if I turned it or not).2. Depress the white button on top of the shifter shaft and wiggle the shifter while pulling the shifter back down. Do not apply excessive pressure or you will break the very weak plastic parts below. 3. If step two fails to release shifter, slide a flat screw driver, or as the road-service guy did, use the handle of the pliers to slide under the rear of the console box and lift a yellow tab that will release the shifter while someone wiggles and GENTLY pulls the shifter back.. ??? Now I added the question marks as I did not ,myself, perform nor see step 3. being done. This part was related by my wife and confirmed by the people at Smart service. The service truck guy was talked through the procedure via a phone link to Smart service tech.Good luck and keep us posted. A2Jack
  22. Here is cheap and dirty fix by Old Smart on the SCOA forum, to stop the shifter from going too far forward. I wrapped two turns of thick, rubber electric tape around mine today and it seems to work well. This Bumper may help until Smart does a recall.
  23. Denis. Following step one, the knob comes off easily with just your fingertips. I went out and pulled it as soon as wife returned home, so that I could post this first hand. Regards. A2Jack.
  24. Xray: Thanks for the post. It looks like this problem will get bigger as more miles are put on the cars. We have owned our car 5 weeks and our is driving is mixed, but not a lot of stops. thus it went to 3,000 miles before it locked up. What a PIA this is. The service people said there was no fix for the problem, just be gentle with the shifter. BTW. everyone out there in remote areas should at least have a pair of pliers and a screwdriver on board.A2Jack.
  25. I too, can't get the vid to run. Could it be blocked for the US?