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  1. Wife came out from a call and couldn't get the shifter out of park. Called Smart Bloomfield, service truck was sent out and service manager talked the guy through a temp field fix. Then the car was driven to the service shop. (3,000 miles on this car, NA451, build date 01-08.It looks like the shifter box is turning into a real flaw of NA car.. More info here after I chat with the Bloomfield service manager tomorrow. A2Jack.
  2. Now 3,000 miles on the odo after 4 weeks service. Heard slight ticking sound from engine while in traffic @500 mi. "Some do, Some don't" according to our service manager at Bloomfield, Mi. Problem has now gone away. As a work car, the Smart makes the day fun with all the attention it gets, and this is enough, for now, to offset the drawbacks. However, rough ride and handling in high winds are real problems when using this car as a constant driver. (Trucks are not a problem.)Access to the boot from the front seat has been a problem, but works better now that we run with the passenger seat back folded down. As with all work cars this one needs many more 12 volt output plugs.So far so good. We get 42-43 MPG and the car has been trouble free. But it looks like we will still have to buy another replacement for our Subaru come next year. A2Jack.
  3. Build date 1-08. 3,000 on odo. No problems to date except working that damn "Detz" fastener on the engine cover. Car is perfect. A2Jack.
  4. Hi... Regina: At the beginning of my read of your post I thought, Wow! those vandal rats carried your car up onto the sidewalk in front of your office. But then I remembered you come in on the train so it couldn't be. Anyway, we too are having great fun with our car. A2Jack
  5. Calgary. Good post best I've seen on leasing.We look into this issue each time we buy a car. but we run all our cars for business and our mileage is out of sight.I think you are right in the case of the Smart. If you hold down the mileage you will make out ,dollar-wise, way ahead. A car is a car, even something as cute as our Smarts. We really don't need to own the cow to drink the milk. A2Jack.
  6. Very interesting posts guys. The turn of century cars were wonderful flame breathing giants. We are "Early Engine" freaks both ICE and steam. Love reading this stuff. A2Jack.
  7. Bung: Yep, that's the first meeting of the Michigan Group. A2Jack and Nancy in Yellow and black "Tail End Charley".
  8. It's a fastener long used in aircraft. A quarter turn clock wise locks it. As posted, squat down and peak at the alignment of the cover. Once you do it, it will come to hand easy from then on. A2Jack.
  9. Ouch! Poor clutch That's at least 3 times max tow load for the car.I think 'ole' Coast Steve is also pulling our leg... Eh! A2Jack
  10. FYI. Around 75 have been sold in Michigan. We were number 64, that was 12 days ago. We now have 1350 miles on the car. Ran 300 on it yesterday. Fun car
  11. Or you can go our CsC forum below, on spare tires, and just slip the tire behind the seat snug in it's own well. (if you are 5'9" or under.) http://clubsmartcar.com/index.php?showtopic=13430 A2Jack
  12. Peter: I have also noticed the AM radio is very poor. I cannot hear a Chicago station (WBBM) that I hear on the other two cars. I hear spattering from adjacent channels and lots of noise. What were the symptoms on your AM radio? Thanks. A2Jack.
  13. Where can I purchase a "Donut" spare tire for the new 2008 Smart? And what size is it? Thanks all. A2Jack.
  14. Thanks guys. Now have our new Smart and the spare tire is on board. As posted, the spare fits perfectly behind the drivers seat in the well. Tire and 6 spoke, alloy wheel was in stock at Tire Rack. Tire $68, Wheel $138 (Bush bucks).Best Regards.A2Jack.
  15. The LED display in our new Smart was unreadable in bright sunlight. I almost ran out of gas, as I could not even see the blinking reserve warning.THE FIX: A white strip of paper slipped under the readout will reflect enough light from the windscreen to perfectly illuminate the display. I used a napkin from Mickey D's as a temp fix. More later.A2jack
  16. Fram's won't hold the oil up in the valve train on shut down. Cheap POS.A2Jack.
  17. Regina.We know the feeling. Long ago, but not so far away, We came to the mid-west with our prized Micro-Bus. California tags and all. We were pulled over often and even searched. The reason they gave then, as now, tags. Or the other trick a "flickering" tail light, Yet my hair wasn't that much longer than the Beetles. Some things never change in the world of oink. A2Jack.
  18. We drove away in our long awaited Smart car yesterday. While waiting for the paper to finish up, I had a long chat with the General Manager and the Service Manager. Here are some points of interest on the US parts situation.All US parts will be shipped from their dealer warehouse in Tulsa OK. Our original info was that all parts would come out of Bloomfield. Not so.The hold up at the docks was for a loose cable retainer in the NA shifter, and they inspected every car before they signed off and sent them to the dealers. A few early cars were called back here in Michigan. Bloomfield will do a panel swap for around $280) USD labor, and can get panels quickly. I will put the question of Canadian cars service here in the US to Smart. I assume US cars are out of luck with MB Canada. I tried to price an extra 9 spoke wheel to be picked up in Windsor. My VIN would not work on their parts system. Bloomfield quoted $340. just the wheel, and no Idea when they might get such a thing. All's well though, I bought a 6 spoke spare tire and wheel through Tire Rack and saved a ton. A2Jack
  19. We don't have our car yet, so I can't look. but I would think one could pick up a ground and make an easy off/on mount on the tail gate. The Frame and floor pan of the Smart should tune close to 2MTRS/440 and will make a good reflector. The ground is the key here, and use a 5/8 wave antenna. Try to borrow a good "Bird Meter" and tweek down the VSWR.A2Jack.
  20. Thanks Rich and Kwaldron. Yes, that is the answer if the compact quest fails (and it looks like it will). I too am 5'9 and wife is 5'6 so this should work out fine, and give us another usable wheel. Now the question is alloy or steel? A2Jack.
  21. Rich. I assume you are talking a full size wheel and tire here. (steel or alloy rim?) How far up the seat back does the tire come? Do you need to move the seat forward? Will the passenger seat be affected? We expect our Smart next week sometime, and plan to drive it around a bit to break it in. Then the car goes to work, full time. We will need to carry a spare almost from day one. Thanks. A2Jack.
  22. Tom P + Speedie: No luck so far. The Hanko0k dealer turned out to be Discount Tire. They called Hankook. crossed the numbers to a common US "Donut" tire size... But no Rim! I have searched the web no luck. I am starting to wonder if such a thing really exists. Still have a conversation going with Mike T but I am losing hope. I will call three point as a last resort, but I would guess the shipping would be out of sight. I also doubt if they would disclose their source. Thanks. A2Jack.
  23. Mike. On the 115/70-15 you speak of, is it a "donut" spare? What about the wheel? Does a 3 hole smart wheel fit it, or does it come with it's own wheel? And are you saying the Mini wheel will fit the smart?This compact spare thing has been a problem for us. We have had no luck coming up with one so far.Thanks. A2Jack.