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  1. Last time I checked it was $496+ tax from the dealer. I have a very reliable rebuilder who does them for $185,
  2. Needs to be replaced. Too bad you weren't closer - that's one of my specialties.
  3. Michael Cantu Motor Trend November 17, 2017 We Like: The fun handling and the small size for the city We Don’t Like: The very short driving range and lack of comfort and value Smart is the name, and small is the game. Too small for most Americans, though. The ForTwo’s size makes sense in old, extremely dense European cities, but it doesn’t for wide-open North America. When you factor in the 58 miles of range, the math just doesn’t add up. The small size is great for maneuvering in and around tight spaces (we love the tiny turning radius) and for the fun handling it provides. The light weight coupled with the instant torque of the electric motor only compliments the fun-to-drive factor. Some might like the quirky design elements, and the braking feel is great for an EV, but that’s where it ends for the ForTwo. The Smart’s rough ride and questionable highway driving characteristics can be partly attributed to the short wheelbase and narrow tires. “The car gets very upset on rough surfaces,” Jonny Lieberman said. “Imperfections that are minor bumps to other cars feel very threatening when encountered in the Smart.” Ed Loh agreed: “The ride is pretty terrible.” The biggest drawback is the lack of value. With room for only two people, very little cargo, one of the shortest driving ranges in the industry, and a price similar to larger, longer-range EVs, the Smart ForTwo ED is a hard sell. “Value is simply not there,” Loh said. “It’s priced high at $24,550-$29,230, especially relative to the Nissan Leaf.” Angus MacKenzie concluded: “There’s simply no reason to own one in the U.S. And so there’s no reason why it should be Car of the Year.” 2017 Smart ForTwo ED (Passion)2017 Smart ForTwo ED (Prime) BASE PRICE $24,550$24,550 PRICE AS TESTED $26,490$29,230 VEHICLE LAYOUT Rear-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupeRear-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe
  4. I don't have the correct adapter and gauge to accurately check the compression by removing the glow plugs (and those can be difficult to remove from a cold engine) My method can be done using common tools. The fuel lines can be removed using a 14mm open ended wrench. I then use a 13mm long socket and put it on the right side of the injector and move it side to side to loosen and then remove. I then clean the shafts with solvent and a lint free cloth. Clean the shafts of the injectors and place back. Jack up right side of the car and remove the rear wheel. Using extensions and T18 socket you can turn the engine by hand. You will need a second person to turn the engine or feel to see if the injectors push out when turning. Relatively simple and can be done in about a half hour. You will need new copper washers/fire seals from the dealer to reinstall. They are inexpensive. This works for me.
  5. Looking from the engine bay it is on the right hand side. Its buried by the AC compressor, water inlet and alternator. You really need to drop the engine to access it. The dealer charges 5-6 hrs to replace. Its a bitch of a job.
  6. Welcome to the club! Is it a diesel?
  7. Welcome! If you get bored give me a shout and we could do coffee or lunch. And you know where my shop is if you need a quick repair
  8. Transport Canada investigating Smart car fire on Ottawa highway By Joe Lofaro, CBC News Posted: Oct 28, 2017 Transport Canada said it has launched an investigation into a Smart car that burst into flames on an Ottawa roadway earlier this month and sent its driver into a panic. Aurélie Rossier, 34, was alone and heading west on Highway 417 near Bronson Avenue on Oct. 18 when the interior of the 2008 Smart Fortwo she was driving suddenly filled with smoke. After she pulled over and called for help, the car caught fire with flames shooting into the air. "I couldn't see the road anymore. I couldn't breathe," Rossier told CBC News in French. "To see a car burned like this, it was really crazy for me. I was really, really scared." Witnesses reported seeing flames coming from the back of the car, which is where the Smart car engines are located. In an email to the CBC, the federal agency responsible for transportation said it has opened an investigation after being contacted by the car's owner. Government asking drivers to call tip line The email said it is aware of two other Smart car fires — one involving a 2008 model Smart car, which was not due to a safety defect, and another one that happened in 2010, the cause of which remains undetermined, according to Transport Canada spokeswoman Annie Joannette. "To enable Transport Canada to investigate and identify potential vehicle safety defects, vehicle owners and insurance companies are encouraged to contact the defect investigation hotline at 1-800-333-0510, if they suspect a safety defect issue," Joannette wrote in the email. Rossier had been borrowing the car from a friend, Aaron Matharu, at the time of the fire. Matharu said his car is being taken to a facility in Gatineau and he's is still waiting to hear from Mercedes and his insurance company about the incident. It's not the first time a Smart car has been investigated for catching fire. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating several unexplained fires in Smart cars. A preliminary investigation of eight complaints of alleged engine compartment fires has so far identified 27 incidents. Authorities in the U.S. could recommend a recall of the vehicles if a safety-related defect is found.
  9. 27 October 2017 Telegraph, Many of us will be familiar with the suburban ideal of Dad (or indeed Mum) standing in the driveway, hands dirty from fiddling around with the engine, poking a dipstick into the oil levels and so on. But a new study* from automotive service company MotorEasy suggests that we may have passed the golden days of motoring DIY. It found that a third of car owners nowadays delve under the bonnet and get their hands dirty fewer than four times a year, with over six in ten (62%) going two months at least without even touching the bits that make a car work. Three possible reasons why DIY car maintenance has fallen We’re more time-poor In 2016, over 5.3 million people in the UK worked 7.7 hours a week in unpaid overtime, according to TUC figures. Could it be that we just don’t have the time, nor the energy for rolling up our sleeves and dealing with what’s under the bonnet, and want to do something with family and friends instead? Technology-connected cars Modern cars are so much more technologically smart than they used to be, with computer-driven systems designed to boost fuel efficiency, safety and convenience. Advances like smartphone integration, active safety and digital gauges make it a lot more complicated to just attempt simple maintenance. We prefer to trust specialists As a result of not feeling so comfortable dealing with the new technology, motorists are having to look more to specialist tools and diagnostics equipment in order to identify faults and get repairs sorted out. However, developments in car technology can potentially help us keep control of the health of our motors. Next month MotorEasy introduces a warranty-linked ‘health monitor’ for their cars, said to be the first of its type in the world. Duncan McClure Fisher, MotorEasy founder, says: “While DIY maintenance might be the domain of classic car owners and the determined few, it is clear that the service, repair and maintenance industry is changing fast. “We always recommend that drivers carry out essential basic safety checks like tyre pressures and windscreen washer fluid levels but, from next month we should be able to empower drivers in a completely different way.” 5 tips to keep your car in good condition Check your fluid levels. Oil levels should be topped up to the maximum mark on the dipstick, if you want to keep the engine healthy. Likewise, keep the radiator topped up with antifreeze. Make sure all the lights are working, and keep a set of spare bulbs and fuses in the car in case you need them. Check the pressure and tread depth of the tyres, as tyres that aren't inflated properly will wear out more quickly, and can also cost you more in fuel. The legal limit is 1.6mm, but replacing the tread depth at 3mm is recommended. Make sure you know where to find your wheel nuts, spares and other necessary equipment. The older your car gets, the more likely it is to run into difficulties or break down. So it is worth ensuring you are protected if things go wrong.
  10. I was told the ECU was over $2400 and the actuator over $700
  11. This started on my wifes 2012 about a week ago. I reset the service indicator but that didn't solve the problem. Spoke to a MB tech today and he says its a simple software tranny update - about 15 mins. Got it booked in for that next week
  12. I had the same experience. Without the traction control and the stability program it was very easy to lose control - and because of the short wheel base it happens quickly. Those are REAL safety features you're playing with.
  13. Agree. I bet the actuator rod has worn the clutch release bearing. I had a machine shop make me up a sleeve that fits over the end of the rod - problem solved for a number of years. A local garage would be able to do the repair with some guidance and the sleeve. PM if you want more details.
  14. Welcome to the club! I have an extra manual. Send me a pm with your address and I'll mail it to you.
  15. 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.
  16. By Matt Robinson, 21st February 2017 CarThrottle I’ve always been paranoid about missing flights. I’m the sort of person who likes to rock up to the airport with plenty of time to baulk at the extortionate price of coffee and get as much work done as the crappy Wi-Fi allows. So, having left the hotel late (my fault…) and been forced to go on a complicated diversion on the last day of the Smart Electric Drive launch, I’m beginning to get nervous. I’ll have to hustle this little ‘leccy Smart ForTwo through the middle of Toulouse in France if I’m to make this flight. And by that I don’t mean break every speed limit going. Not just because that’d be a tad naughty. No, because, the 80bhp and 118lb ft this thing offers up from its single, rear-mounted and rear-driving electric motor isn’t exactly up for providing high-performance thrills. But what I will do is use every advantage the Smart Electric has up its sleeve to carve a path through the city. Thankfully, it’s more suited to city driving than pretty much any other car out there. I’ve just pulled up in the wrong lane, but that’s no big deal. When the lights go green, a stamp of the accelerator and a dose of instant torque punts me off the line and in front of my ‘challenger’, and I dart back into the right lane with the Smart’s fast and light steering. This may take a leisurely 11.5 seconds to hit 62mph from rest, but the dash to 30mph - the more useful figure right now - is only four seconds. It’s noticeably more eager off the line than the heavier ForFour, too. A few blocks later, I’ve somehow ended up in the wrong lane once more. Again, it’s fine. I cheekily blast along the queue of traffic backing up on the ‘correct’ side, and spot a tiny gap that I slide into with ease thanks to the ForTwo’s dinky proportions. Instead of getting angry, the van driver behind is happy to let me in. Who can get mad at a little Smart car? <img src=""/> There’s some traffic to tackle next, but far from getting stressed at my deadline, the near silent running of the motor calms my nerves. No vibration-heavy idle from a 1.0-litre three-pot, no annoying stop/start engine antics, no stress. It’s in this situation that electric cars seem to make more sense than any other. I’m now diving down an impossibly narrow, winding street, but it’s no issue. The Smart’s small size and almost complete lack of overhangs mean I think nothing to darting down the titchy road and - when it opens open - dodging around parked cars. A short stretch of motorway later, and we’re well out of the town. There’s a series of roundabouts ahead, each of which I chuck the Smart around with vigour. Doing so tends to see the front end wash out with understeer - this may be a rear-wheel drive car, but most of the time you wouldn’t know it, save for the hilariously tight 6.95-metre turning circle. With the minibuses that’ll take us the remaining mile or so to the airport in sight, I realise something: I’m smiling. The instant torque, the body roll (which actually isn’t as pronounced as you might expect), the titchy size and the quick steering; it all makes for a hugely fun way to haul ass across town. I’ve had plenty of drives lately which have thrilled me more, but for sheer, joyful entertainment? I’m struggling to think of anything I’ve driven recently to rival this little electric car. <img src=""/> It looks like we’ll just about make the flight, giving me time to mull over the car. As a second car or even the sole car for folk who rarely venture out of the city in their motors, it’s ideal. It’s far less stressful to drive than something with a petrol engine, and the near 100-mile range is more than enough for most situations. It’s not too bad to charge either: a normal wall socket will ‘brim’ the 17.6kWh battery (made of 96 lithium ion cells) in six hours, and if you get a wall box installed that drops to 2.5 hours for an 80 per cent charge. When the in-built charger is improved later this year, that’ll drop to 45 minutes. All sounds jolly nice, but once you bear the price in mind, it gets a lot less attractive. By the time you factor in government subsidies, the car will cost somewhere in the region of £17k - £18k in the UK. So while it’ll be cheaper to run than a regular Smart, it’s a lot more expensive than a regular Smart, with the petrol range starting from just £11,370. And that’s not exactly something with ruinous running costs, is it? It will however be at least £5000 cheaper than the ludicrously pricey VW e-Up, and it should make a lot more sense when leasing or when using through one of the many emerging car sharing schemes, where available. If the Electric Drive does meet your life requirements, though, you can be sure of having a hell of a time whenever you need to get across town.
  17. 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.
  18. This is what popped up on mine this morning. The glow plug light stayed on a long time and then went out.Next start it did the same and then the check engine light came on. Scan gauge showed the code above.Thankfully the warmer weather has arrived and the starts are pretty easy. Not an urgent problem.Looks like I will be replacing the glow plugs in the near future.Am I the first to have this happen?
  19. Thanks for the clarification. More info here......
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Welcome to the club!! When did you buy your first cdi?