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  1. In Feb my wife Liz and I travelled to St. Johns Newfoundland in an 05 smart and of course went to Cape Spear the eastern most point of North America., story here.... Well, on Saturday we are going to hit the road again and will make our way to the west coast. But this time it won't be in a smart car because my eldest daughter is joining us and we'll be pulling a pop up camper. Mind you 8 years ago I made the trip to BC with my youngest daughter in a smart car..... This time we will be driving a 1986 Toyota Landcruiser. Wish us luck! I've owned the Lancruiser since 1989 and have worked on it for the past 4 years. It has new brakes, front and back, brake lines were replaced, alternator rebuilt, new tires, slave and master clutch done and newer batteries. It's a 6 cyl diesel that has 481,000kms. The rings and head were done 60,000 kms ago. A basic heavy duty truck - no AC, standard 5 speed, and power nothing! Slow, powerful, and reliable describes it! An adventure taking it that far for sure! Stay tuned and I'll keep you updated!
  2. By Kayla Brantley For 15 August 2017 Shocking moment cop with SIX prior on-duty collisions plows into Smart Car at 104mph causing the driver a traumatic brain injury Deputy Brandon Hegele was arrested and charged with reckless driving after an on-duty crash in May 2016 Dash cam footage shows Hegele driving at 104mph and weaving through lanes He hit a Smart car, causing severe injuries to the driver Harry Deshommes, 61 Hegele has had six previous collisions in his patrol car, usually only followed by a written reprimand He goes on trial on August 28
  3. Welcome to the club!! That's a low km Grandstyle - I would suggest that you change the oil and do that regularly. Enjoy! ps - I would also suggest that you do the euro turn signal mod.
  4. Yup, seems to becoming a more common problem. This is a recent thread......
  5. The smart engineers said the 453 range was better than the 451. Who to believe? My lease for the 451 ED is up in a year and I am seriously consider leasing a 453. Even if the range was slightly less it would still meet my needs. To me the smart ED is the perfect city car. If I need to leave the city I will take the diesel smart or another vehicle
  6. OWW...that's too bad! Prior to doing the tranny reteach, I cleared all the codes. Glad that things turned out ok!
  7. Welcome to the club!! Don't put the parking brake on for long storage.
  8. Jalopnik Jason Torchinsky If you really, really want an electric car but you’ll be damned if you’ll pay more than the price of, say, a really fancy watch, then boy are you in luck. well, if you live in China, at least, because that’s the only place the SAIC-GM-Wuling-joint venture car, Baojun E100, is sold. Don’t be upset! You can always move, right? The Baojun E100 looks a bit like the offspring of a Smart ForTwo and a Scion iQ that was abandoned and raised in a penal colony; the poor nutrition stunted its growth even more than its genetics, and the harsh prison life made it mean, hence that face. The E100 has been in development and teased for quite some time now, but has only officially been announced a few days ago, which is when its price was revealed: after Chinese national and regional subsidies, it comes to 35,800 yuan, or just over $5300. That’s more than, say, a Tata Nano, but that’s still a very little amount of money for a new car, even a tiny one. Sure, its electric motor only makes 39 horsepower and the top speed is capped at 62 MPH, but those are still usable numbers for a city car. The range is said to be between 96-100 miles, which is respectable, and it even has a WiFi hotspot, parking sensors, color LCD touchscreen instruments, and integrated dash air vents that do some air filtration, a handy feature to have in China’s polluted cities. 00:00 00:00 Advertisement Sure, you can find electric vehicles in China on Alibaba for even less, but those are most often limited to 25 MPH and are likely to have build quality much more suspect than this GM-backed venture. GM gave us the Vega, after all, so you know you can trust them. The E100 is just a two-seater with minimal luggage space, but for a general-use commuter/city car it seems like it would get the job done. Also, I do like Baojun’s badge, a stately horse’s head, derived from the Baojun name which means ‘treasure horse.’ That’s way cooler than whatever the hell that C with an arrow thing that Smart uses is.
  9. I heard that happened to someone who had a broken front spring.
  10. If you weren't an ocean away I would be there in a flash, as I'm sure Mike would! If you ever decide to travel to Canada I will offer to put you up and show you parts of this beautiful country. In fact I'm sure I could place a smart car at your disposal. Cheers mate!
  11. Liz and I plan to be there. Just a suggestion, but if the event is cancelled last minute due to weather. Why not meet at Bernie's in Byron for dinner.'s+Bar+%26+Grill%2C+Baseline+Road%2C+London%2C+ON&oq=bernie's++bar+%26+grill+baseline&gs_l=psy-ab.;si:10538819383301893094;mv:!1m3!1d224.81525004784484!2d-81.332227!3d42.952529!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i822!2i473!4f13.1&spf=1501758121199
  12. Welcome to the club!!! What repairs have you done?
  13. Here's the codes: P1704 - clutch system fault P2413 - steering wheel gear shift P1918 - tranny selector lever P2414 - coupling motor The codes were cleared 3 days ago. The ''steering wheel gear shift" is not relevant. It would be interesting to see what codes are there now. I'm thing that the clutch is the culprit.
  14. Alexandria Sage Fremont, Calif. — Reuters Published Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017 Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday the Model 3 had over half a million advance reservations as he handed over the first 30 to employee buyers, setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the company’s strategy to become a profitable, mass market electric car maker. Outside Tesla’s Fremont, California factory, Musk showed off the $35,000 base vehicle with a range of 220 miles (350 km) on a charge that marks a departure from the company’s earlier luxury electric cars. Musk took to the stage driving a red Model 3, and said Tesla has produced 50 of the vehicles so far, including 20 for testing purposes. Hours before the event, Musk acknowledged it would be “quite a challenge” to build the car during the early days of production. “We’re going to go through at least six months of manufacturing hell,” Musk told journalists. The over half a million reservations are up from about 373,000 disclosed in April 2016. Customers pay $1,000 refundable deposits for the car, which is eligible for tax credits. Any new buyers would likely not receive their car until the end of 2018, Musk said. A longer-range version of the car is priced at $44,000 and will drive 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge. The cars feature a streamlined dashboard devoid of buttons or knobs, with a 15-inch touchstream display to the right of the driver. Tesla faces major hurdles living up to the Model 3 hype. The 500,000 vehicles Tesla vows to produce next year are nearly six times its 2016 production. Were Tesla to produce and sell 500,000 cars per year, the company would likely outsell the BMW, Mercedes, or Lexus brands in the United States. Production delays and quality issues marred the launches of Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles, and the company blamed production problems for a shortfall during the second quarter of this year. Musk has said a simpler Model 3 design will greatly reduce potential assembly-line problems. Tesla has burned through over $2-billion in cash so far this year ahead of the launch. A troubled Model 3 launch could heighten the risks for the company, while a steady delivery of Model 3s could generate a stream of cash that would allow Tesla to avoid going again to the capital markets to fund its operations. Tesla’s share price has surged 54 per cent since January in anticipation of the Model 3 launch, and Tesla’s pricey valuation now exceeds that of traditional rivals like General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co. Until now, Tesla has operated as a niche producer of luxury electric vehicles, with a charismatic, showman CEO who regularly interacts with fans on his Twitter account. Now loss-making Tesla is trying to move into a different league, building vehicles in high volume for customers able to pay only a few thousand dollars more than the average price of a conventional car or truck sold in the United States. The Model 3 is part of Musk’s broader plan to build a clean energy and transportation company that offers electric semi-trailer trucks, rooftop solar energy systems and large-scale battery storage systems.