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  1. I've used the heating pad type and the ceramic heaters with good results.
  2. It was a week ago today and I was on my way to Aurora to visit my daughter who was here from Vancouver. Beautiful countryside - rolling hills with beautifully kept estates and there was a car for sale at the end of one of the driveways. I recogized it instantly aa a Lexus LS400 - a car that I had driven in over 20 years ago and was very impressed. I was ahead of schedule and had enough time to check it out. A paper on the windshield said it ''ran like new'' and was smooth,fast, and powerful. This vehicle is fully loaded. It appeared to be in excellent condition with only minor minor rust on the leading edge. The sides and rear were straight, true, and unblemished. Interior was in remarkably good shape. However it was a 1999 with 335,000 kms. The owner was asking $3200 and it had been safetied. This really got me thinking. It was over 3 years ago that Liz and I had driven a 1994 Camry from Vancouver to London and that vehicle performed flawlessly and everything worked. In fact it is still running today. Another Toyota product has been in the family for the past 15 years, has over 400,000 kms and is still going strong. So I knew that a Toyota could last a long time. I had lunch with my daughter and her boyfriend and got to visit his parents. Looks like the start of a long relationship. Anyways I couldn't stop thinking of that Lexus. So on the way home I stopped and called the owner. He told me the car had been meticulously maintained and a test drive confirmed that. It drove like new as advertised. So I gambled and bought the car. The next day Leadwing was kind enough to drive me to Aurora so I could pick up the car. We have had the car a car a week now and have put on over 1.000kms and it is AWESOME!! The ride is very smooth and I can find no faults. It is hard to believe that a 20year old can be this good! Apparently Toyota spent a billion dollars to develop this model to compete against Mercedes and BMW. Looking back it would appear that they were successful!! Liz also fell in love with the Lexus and its V8 power!!! .
  3. In my first smart I fitted custom made carpets with a thick underlay and that helped cut the road noise.
  4. 2 weeks have passed and the Lexus continues to impress!! I've gone on a few road trips and can't find any faults. Yesterday I popped in some cd"s and was blown away by the quality sound!!! Because the ride is so quiet you can really appreciate the music. Here's a video of an owner who loves his LS400....
  5. David Brooks JAN. 4, 2018 The New York Times Over the past several years we have done an outstanding job of putting total sleazoids at the top of our society: Trump, Bannon, Ailes, Weinstein, Cosby, etc. So it was good to get a reminder, from Pope Francis in his New Year’s Eve homily, that the people who have the most influence on society are actually the normal folks, through their normal, everyday gestures being kind in public places, attentive to the elderly. The pope called such people, in a beautiful phrase, “the artisans of the common good.” Small deeds, he said, “express concretely love for the city … without giving speeches, without publicity, but with a style of practical civic education for daily life.” The pope focused especially on driving, praising those people “who move in traffic with good sense and prudence.” As Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution points out, driving is precisely the sort of everyday activity through which people mold the culture of their community. If you speed up so I can’t merge into your lane, you’re teaching me that the society around here is basically competitive, not cooperative. If, on the other hand, you give me a friendly wave after I let you in, you’re teaching me that this is a place where a kindness is recognized and gratitude is expressed. If you feel perfectly fine doing a three-point turn in the middle of a busy street, blocking everybody else going both ways, you teach me that people here are selfish and feel entitled. But if you get over to the right and wait your turn in a crowded highway exit lane, rather than cutting in at the last moment, that teaches me that there’s a sense of fairness and equality, and that people feel embedded in the group. Driving is governed by law, but it’s also shaped by norms. If enough people adopt the same driving style, then that behavior hardens into a communal disposition. Once people understand what is normal around here, more people tend to drive that way, too, and you get this amplified, snowball effect. Kindness breeds kindness. Aggression breeds aggression. We all know that driving cultures vary widely from city to city. My impression is that people in Seattle dawdle, people in Los Angeles get right up on your tail but are pretty skilled about it, and those of us from the New York/New Jersey area treat driving as if it were foreplay to genocide. Studies have been done, of course. According to Allstate, the most accident-prone drivers live in Boston; Baltimore; Worcester, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; and Springfield, Mass. (Way to go, Massachusetts!) The safest drivers live in Kansas City, Kan.; Brownsville, Tex.; Madison, Wis.; and Huntsville, Ala. A company called Automatic makes a device that measures how cars race through traffic. It finds that drivers in Phoenix, Tucson and Memphis are the most aggressive and those in Honolulu; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle are the least. The cultural gaps among nations are even more stark. According to a 2003 Gallup survey, 65 percent of American and Russian drivers thought they’d been subjected to aggressive behavior from others, compared with only 26 percent of Japanese drivers. There are significant differences in driving culture between disciplined northern European countries and the more permissive southern ones, where lane markers are regarded as dubious suggestions. Some traffic patterns require a tradition of deference to central authority. According to The Economist, half the world’s traffic circles are in France, where they work well. In Nairobi, they are a complete disaster. Driving means making a thousand small moral decisions: whether to tailgate to push the slowpoke faster, or to give space; whether to honk only as a warning or constantly as your all-purpose show of contempt for humanity. Driving puts you in a constant position of asking, Are we in a place where there is a system of self-restraint, or are we in a place where it’s dog eat dog? Driving puts you in a constant position of asking, Are my needs more important than everybody else’s, or are we all equal? BMW drivers are much less likely to brake for pedestrians at crosswalks. Prius drivers in San Francisco commit more traffic violations. People who think they are richer or better than others are ruder behind the wheel. Driving also puts you in a position where you are periodically having to overrule your desire for revenge. When somebody cuts you off, you want to punish the jerk and enforce all that is right and good. But that only leads to a cycle of even worse driving, so it’s better, as Francis would say, to turn the other cheek. How would Jesus drive? In short, driving puts you into social situations in which you have to co-construct a shared culture of civility, and go against your own primeval selfishness, and it does so while you are encased in what is potentially a 4,000-pound metal weapon. Of course, we are all appalled at the clowns who are bespoiling our culture from the top. But I’m going to try to remember one lesson when I hit the road: Though I may be surrounded by idiots, I’m potentially an artisan of the common good.
  6. Welcome! Do you still have Tooheys and Tooth beer? So you plan to hyper mod that good looking smart?
  7. Two days ago Lilbit (2006 Pulse-182,000) was reported to have heavy steering. I suspected low tire pressure and did have to add air all around. However the problem didn't go away and it seemed like you were driving with a flat tire at times.The service advisors and techs at the dealer had not encountered this problem with any other smarts. They also don't see a lot of smarts with over 180,000kms. (The tech I was talking to was doing a ''B'' service on a 2 yo smart that had only 9,000kms )My next stop was at The Mufflerman where I spoke to the manager. Right away he said it would be the U joint on the end of the steering column. A test drive confirmed the diagnosis. He told me he had just replaced one on a Mini and the part alone was over $300.So, back I go to the dealer to find out how much smart is going to charge me. Well you can't just buy the U joint- it is integral with the steering column and will cost $367.10 and 1.4 hrs to replace.I think I will restict Lilbit to city errands and see if I can locate a used one from the wreckers for a reasonable price and repair it myself.
  8. Welcome to the club! Is that Sydney Nova Scotia or Australia?
  9. This car is just coming off lease. It is an all white exterior with only very minor scratches on it. Tires had only 1 year use. Has heated seats and cruise control. The car has performed flawlessly over the past 3 years - no issues! The only reason I am selling is because I already own 6 smart diesels, an old Mercedes, a Landcruiser, a Model T and more recently a 1999 Lexus. Send a pm if interested or call 519-652-2528
  10. Welcome to the club!! I hate to burst your bubble but the mpg of the cdi for most people is in the range of about 4 litres/100kms or about 60 mpg(us). ''Does smartzuum really get 100 MPG??'' - I believe that was only achieved by driving at a steady 78kph across the flat Canadian prairies. That being said it is a ''An engineering marvel'' and is a joy to drive! In fact it can be addicting!!!! Good luck with your adventure!
  11. By Corey Lewis on December 29, 2017 What has three cylinders, a removable roof, and is technically illegal to own in the United States? Why, it’s the Smart Roadster, of course. Come have a look at all the illegal plastic you can get for twenty grand. Let’s have some background before we get to how illegal all of this is. The Smart brand has made three basic models throughout its history, with electric and specialty versions of each. North America received the Fortwo, while other locales received the Forfour and the Roadster you see here. After the initial success of their initial model, the Fortwo (then called City Coupe), owner Mercedes-Benz sought to increase the model offerings for the brand and decided a sporty coupe was the place to start. (The Mercedes badges are not original to the car.) Shown first at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, the roadster sat on an extended-length version of the Fortwo’s platform. It shared the same engine as the Fortwo: A turbocharged 3-cylinder residing at the rear and producing 80 horsepower. The Roadster received initial critical acclaim and sales success, and even won Top Gear’s Fun Car of the Year award in 2005. Plastic construction and a diminutive size kept the weight down (1,742 pounds) and made the Roadster tossable driving fun. Unfortunately that plastic construction wasn’t very good at keeping out things like water. Warranty claims skyrocketed due to the water leakage, and would often end in repairs costing thousands of dollars. This damaged both the Roadster’s reputation and the willingness of Smart to continue manufacturing the vehicle. By 2006, Smart was ready to call it quits on the Roadster. After four years of production, a little over 43,000 rolled off the line. This Roadster for sale in Brooklyn is a 2004 model, and features the solid removable roof panel and optional paddle shifters on the wheel. Imported into California in 2009, it has about 5,000 miles and a clear Florida title. Additionally, the seller exclaims via all caps that it’s all stock and original, but also has a Sawyer tuning chip to bump the horsepower to 100. Along with that clear Florida title, the seller warns that the Roadster is “For off-road [sic] use only, but do what you want.” It’s not a vehicle you can legally title in America, and won’t be eligible for the 25-year rule for a long time. Someone has played some importation games here. $20,000 is a lot of money for a Mercedes-Benz go-kart, but maybe it’s worth holding onto until… 2029. If you need a laugh, you can read more in the hilariously biased, poorly written, and unprofessional Wikipedia article for the Roadster. Rare Rides: There's a 2004 Smart Roadster in Brooklyn but It's Mostly Useless
  12. 1) Bill 2) John 3) Ron & Dot 4) Larry & Gail 5) Liz & Glenn - unfortunately Liz and I will not be able to attend 6) Wild! 7) William 8) Todd 9) Willys and hopefully the better half, but it's a long drive but looks like a great time. 10) John and Elaine 11)ETHICAL BEEF. “Smartzuki” Busa Powered 1300 cc. 12) 13) 14) 15)
  13. Welcome to the club!
  14. Yesterday I removed a starter on a 06 diesel smart. What a job!! Lowered the engine. This was a cabrio that has a bulkhead in the middle for reinforcement. Two large T45 bolts hold it to the frame and are difficult to remove due to corrosion. Sure enough one of them stripped and then had to be ground off. Next the alternator was removed to be checked and to give more room. Then the water inlet came off so the hoses could be lifted out of the way. A long wobble extension was used to remove the 13mm nut from the starter electrical connection. Now the fun stuff - the 2 long T12 bolts from the other side had to be removed - one is under the I/C holder. With the bolts and electrical off - don't forget to disconnect the battery prior to all this. The alternator is now loose and needs to be pushed up and in to be removed from the small space. Just how much is evidenced by the fact that both my wrists are strained and can barely move I'm on advil right now but will take a break from the shop for a few days. I was at this job for approximalely 7 hrs. I won't want to repeat anytime soon
  15. Today I was lucky enough to fulfill a life time dream. I got to fly in a restored DC3 that was originally built in 1939. It has seen 170 engine changes! This was a birthday present from my wife Liz.. The flight was offered from the Canadian Warplane museum near Hamilton. We had a 30 min flight that was AWESOME!!! This was very special for me because my father was a Canadian Army paratrooper and jumped out of this type of aircraft from 1946 - 1960
  16. That's what the dealer calls it. The Germans call it a mixing housing.Back in early June I started to get a check engine light. The scan gauge(gotta love it) was showing PO401-exhaust gas recirculation flow insufficient and PO402-excessive. I spoke to one of the techs and he said that I needed a new EGR valve.This isn't the first one that they replaced.My Gina has over 86,000kms and is out of warranty. Prior to running out of warranty I had complained about some black tarry leakage from what I thought was the turbo. Well that was probably caused from the blocked egr valve so my dealer was kind enough to help me with the costs. I just got my camera back so I thought you might be interesred in some pictures.The EGR valve was replaced on the 9th of July and my baby is back to normal
  17. I would change the brake switch. Its under the car, drivers side. (belly pans need to be rem'd) Available from the dealer - about $65
  18. That was great advice from Rob. I would not disable the traction control. With a short wheel base car you will be in a 360 in a heartbeat. Spoke to someone yesterday who confirmed this. His reluctor rings were cracked and he drove through the winter. He was going sideways many times and had difficulties even with small hills. Good winter tires are a must!!!
  19. 40-43 are ''live power''. Useful if you want to charge a phone without having the cars ignition on.
  20. Last year the event was cancelled due to rain. The year before there were 18.
  21. Check out Evilutions fuse layout … Run the wire to the 36 or 39 spot - switched power.
  22. Liz and I love camping ! Remember last year we drove to Vancouver and back. However we had a pop up trailer that worked perfectly for us. It only takes 15 mins to set up! Its very hard to beat sitting around a campfire on the north shore of Lake Superior or see buffalo in Saskatchewan and Alberta. A very CANADIAN experience!!
  23. If you pull the injectors I would suggest that you swap the #3 injector with the #1. That way if you get a 301 code you will know the injector is bad.
  24. The auto button on the side of the was a $300 option if the car was ordered. When the smarts were made available in 2004 those wanting a smart could order one to the specs they wanted. I those not to have the auto function probably like what happened with yours. I'm in London and have lots of parts, including cup holders. Send me a pm if interested.