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  1. My understanding is that DRLs are not mandatory in Europe. To meet the standard here they opted for full headlights all the time. This burns out bulbs and the pin in the SAM. The Euro turn signal mod frees up the fog light position allowing fog lights to be added or DRLs.
  2. Don't be so pessimistic. The ED smart is excellent, and maybe enough people will come to their senses to make it a viable business option. Many countries are looking at all electric vehicles although North America is lagging behind. The people here seem to be looked on suv's and pickups.
  3. Welcome to the club!! When did you buy your first cdi?
  4. Those wires lead to the water separator - I tracked them.
  5. Welcome to the club! I have a smart car addiction and plan on keeping some 450's on the road for a long time. I've parted out 5 and keep the parts stored indoors. Keep me in mind if you're ever looking for a hard to find part. Enjoy!
  6. carbuyer William Morris Oct 6, 2017 Apprehension over the range and lifespan of the electric car battery are two of the main reasons that buyers are reluctant to make the switch from cars that run on petrol or diesel. However, advances in technology mean that the latest electric car batteries can provide more power and have greater lifespans than ever before; at the top end of the electric-car market, the 100kWh battery in the Tesla Model S 100D is capable of a maximum range of 393 miles. The capacity of larger batteries means you’re less likely to use a high percentage of their power in one go, too, which helps extend the battery’s lifespan. Electric car battery life If you can’t afford a Tesla, you needn’t worry, as there are plenty of positive stories about battery life in cheaper electric cars with smaller batteries than those used in the Model S. A 2013 Nissan Leaf used as a taxi in Cornwall, for example, has covered more than 100,000 miles with its original battery, which hasn’t suffered a significant loss of capacity. Most batteries in electric vehicles are lithium-based. A lithium battery is liable to lose capacity for every full charge and discharge it undergoes, a process that’s called a cycle. The more cycles a battery does, the more it’ll degrade and lose capacity. In a car, this would manifest itself in decreasing range; theoretically a car would eventually become impractical to run because the range would be so small. There are four main factors to consider in caring for the battery in an electric car: - Overheating - Overcharging or high voltage - Deep discharge - High discharge or charge current Heat, either as high ambient temperature but more likely as heat generated by charging or keeping the battery at high-voltage (fully charged), reduces the capacity of a lithium battery. Overcharging can cause the battery to overheat, but it’s also harmful because of the chemical changes it provokes inside the battery. The more time the battery spends fully charged, the quicker internal resistance builds up inside it – if this resistance reaches a critical level over time, the battery becomes useless. Similarly, it’s wise to avoid heavily draining the battery. For example, it’s better for the battery to operate between 80% and 50% charge, rather than starting at 100%, draining to 20% and then fully recharging. Essentially, the battery in an electric car will last longer if you avoid regularly draining lots of its power in one go. High discharge and charge current refers to massive one-off pulls on the battery and fast charging of the battery respectively. A good example of a ‘massive one-off pull’ would be the high discharge of the battery in the Tesla Model S P100D when you select Ludicrous Mode and exploit the battery power to get the car from 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds. It’s a particularly good example, because when you select Ludicrous Mode, a warning is given on the Model S’s infotainment screen explicitly telling you that it will negatively affect the battery’s lifespan. Other than being mindful of how you use and charge the battery, other ways to care for it include keeping your electric car in a garage to maintain a constant temperature and avoid exposing the battery to extreme heat or cold. If you’re putting the car away for an extended period of time, such as a holiday, a trickle charger that maintains the battery charge at 50% is a good investment, as it prevents the battery from becoming flat or overcharged. Electric car battery warranty Manufacturers are aware of consumer concern over the cost of replacing batteries and many are offering battery warranties with their electric cars in order to give buyers peace of mind. The battery warranties are as, if not more, varied in length and nature across the market as standard car warranties. Some manufacturers, such as Ford, don’t offer a warranty on battery degradation at all, while others, such as BMW, guarantee their batteries for eight years/100,000 miles and will repair any lost capacity below 70% for free during that period. Tesla offers an eight-year, unlimited-mileage warranty on the batteries in its cars, too. For some of the reasons already mentioned, batteries with a higher capacity tend to last longer. The warranty on a Nissan Leaf increases from five years/60,000 miles on the 24kWh battery pack to eight years and 100,000 miles if you buy the 30kWh model. Nissan will replace any part of the battery pack causing capacity to drop below 75% during the warranty period. The warranty on Smart’s electric models is also eight years, but the mileage limit is lower at 62,500 to reflect how these cars are intended to be used (short trips around town). The length of warranty offered on the batteries in an electric car should help ease fears about faults or replacement costs and give an indication as to manufacturer’s general confidence in their reliability. Naturally, you’ll need to check the specific warranty offered on the electric car you’re considering buying, but the length and prevalence of battery warranties on electric cars will be key to their wider uptake.
  7. CARSCOOPS By Sergiu Tudose Oct 6, 2017 Forget Brabus' take on the Smart ForTwo. If you really want your puny city car to act as a sleeper in-between stop lights, consider a diesel swap. Not only has this ForTwo been fitted with a 1.9-liter TDI diesel from a Volkswagen, but the engine has been modified to put down 230 HP, which is a tremendous amount in something that weighs as much as a KTM X-Bow. This car was being showcased at the Italian Drag Racing Championship event in Carpi, Italy, where it managed a 13.1 second 1/4 mile time, at a speed of nearly 170 km/h (105 mph). Something else it managed was to leave behind a trail of large diesel particles, otherwise known as "black smoke", so at least you can forget about getting the most out of it when it comes to fuel economy. As for the noise, it's not exactly the best soundtrack you'll ever hear, but at least it makes its intentions known as soon as the driver starts revving the engine.
  8. The alternator will be seized! The engine is turning slowly because it is struggling to pull the belt around the seized alternator pulley. Jack up right rear, remove wheel, remove shield behind shock. Ensure car is in neutral. Have someone try to start the car as you watch the pulley at the alternator - voila! If you can't unseize the alternator contact me as I can install rebuilds for 1/2 of what the local garage will charge you.
  9. A friend of mine has 300,000 kms on his smart. He estimates that he saves $1000 for every 10,000 kms driven instead of driving his big pickup.
  10. Evilution is the man for the diy....... Try looking on for the door speakers.
  11. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Larry & Gail 3) Ron & Dot 4) Wild! 5) Liz & Glenn 6) Alberta & Denise - late arrival 7) Lurker & Lu 8) Dave Thomas 9) 10) 11) 12)
  12. Pedro Arrais / Times Colonist September 29, 2017 The world’s largest mining company, a vacuum-cleaner maker and a local automotive journalist have all looked into their crystal balls and seen the same future for electric vehicles. “I think if we look back in a few years, we would call 2017 the tipping point of electric vehicles,” said Arnoud Balhuizen, head of marketing at BHP, the No. 1 mining company in the world, at a recent event in Singapore. His company had just revealed plans that would make the company one of the world’s top suppliers of nickel sulphate — a key ingredient in the production of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries form the core component of any electric vehicle. This week, James Dyson, who owns a company known for its innovative vacuum cleaners, announced that it was investing more than $4.15 billion US to build an electric car slated for delivery in 2020. He also revealed that a team of 400 engineers has been secretly working on the project since 2015. Last week, not to be outdone by events around the world, I bought a 2014 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. It has been almost four years since my first electric car, a Mitsubishi iMIEV. At that time, electric vehicles were rare and a novelty. People surrounded me at shopping malls, peppering me with questions. Fast forward to today and you will find few people who have not heard of the electrification of the automobile. Some manufacturers have taken baby steps with hybrids, such as the Acura MDX Hybrid I reviewed in this week’s main feature, on page E1 and above. Hyundai dove in with gusto, offering both a hybrid and a full electric car in one fell swoop this year. There have been hiccups along the way. Car2Go pulled its fleet of Smart electric vehicles from San Diego, blaming a lack of public charging stations. Citing dissapointing sales, Mitsubishi gave up entirely, discontinuing the iMIEV. Other manufacturers have reported poor sales, despite heavy investment in the concept. But manufacturers are coming around to the inevitability that our children, or their children, may one day be driving EVs. Smart announced that it was discontinuing sales of its internal-combustion-engined cars in North America, offering only electric cars — starting in October. Volvo announced in July that every car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. Other manufacturers have indicated that they will be announcing changes in the near future. They will find ready markets for their products. China, in a bid to clean up its notorious air pollution, is considering banning gas guzzlers and promoting electric cars instead. After a hiatus of four years, I plan to once again cover clean-burning vehicles — electric as well as emerging alternatives, such as hydrogen. There won’t be an article every week — only when there is enough to give you an idea of which way the wind is blowing. And yes, I will give you a first-hand account of living with an electric vehicle. That way, you won’t have to accost me in a shopping-mall parking lot.
  13. I thought TPM in Victoria was known as a smart friendly dealer? When I travelled to the island 5 years ago I had a service done at TPM and was very impressed. Have things changed?