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  1. I think wanting 1 cm more tread width at the expense of ESP issues is not an experiment worth doing. Either go back to the 1 cm narrower 175/55-15 on the rear or get proper wider rims with smart-recommended tire sizes front/rear. Also, if the car has 145s on the front and 185s on the rear, it will just increase the understeer.
  2. Huronlad is correct, your rear tires have to go.
  3. Pull the high beam stalk while unlocking the car from the fob. IIRC this disables DRL. Lock does the reverse.
  4. pulses came with alloy wheels! More likely a pure, but who knows....
  5. 4.25 is quite OK - my lifetime average with the modified Canada 1 is just about 0.03L less than that. Anywhere in the low 4s is decent. Carefully driven at speed limits, the mid-3s are possible.
  6. ScanGauges are not particularly accurate for fuel consumption and need to be carefully calibrated for semi-accurate results. I have 370,000 km of records to show that
  7. Total litres, divided by how many hundred km you went on the tank. For example: 20L and 450 km: 20/4.50 = 4.44 L/100
  8. Well that just sucks and it's weird too because they're not exactly rare wheels. May be a slimeball pure owner.... So: look for pures riding on styleline wheels. This could be in the General forum. But I can't move it for you.
  9. Put it in the pump nozzle before pumping fuel and then it's easy.
  10. No worries, mine's fully loaded and hence needs no upgrades, but it's always interesting to see what others have done.
  11. Welcome, more detail and photos please.
  12. It's the ratio that matters. I usually put 30 mL in each tank, of Petrolabs which is probably too much but those puppies gum up really badly if there is not enough.
  13. Welcome back, Noah. Mercedes is going to hell in a handbasket - I think their new cars are utter crap; in chasing the mass market they have sacrificed the good taste and higher quality of 30 years ago for a quick buck. However, some of the dealers are still good. Three Point Motors in BC has good service.
  14. It could be worth a trip north of the border if this persists....
  15. After buying a Fiesta for the kids to drive I will never buy another Ford again. Hah! The tech in Diesels has been teased too much, they're too complex. I thought for a short while about buying a new Mercedes E 250 a couple of years back but the incredibly complex technology is a major turnoff, so decided against it. They probably cheated on emissions too. This is not the W123 of old, good for 600,000 km of relatively trouble-free driving.
  16. Himself being a TV star in the fifties, this was pretty good!
  17. Mine's been good for three years and still looks good too.
  18. I bought a fob shell for my third key from China. I just needed the bit with the buttons on it and it snapped beautifully into place on the OE other half. The only issue is that there's a pictogram of an open hatch on the third button instead of an opening top. As far as programming, when my SAM failed TPM had to reactivate all the TAN codes (including cruise control, but that's another discussion!) and I gave them the third fob from our written off first smart and now I have three working keys. The cost was high for SAM replacement but the extra key cost nothing.
  19. Yes, your fuel sending unit is gumming up. It will get worse, and ultimately totally random. Use something like Petrolabs additive at every fill to prevent it.
  20. Not quite as bad here in coastal BC but it truly has been a crappy spring. It's supposed to get better next week, about when we go to Japan for three weeks.
  21. Lower steering u-joint is binding, needs replacement or at least lube to slightly lengthen the lifespan.
  22. How much is it going to cost? I would think that the battery should have a diagnostic test at a smart dealer to make sure it's in decent condition. If anything less than optimal condition is found walk away. Also, consider that leasing an electric car might make more sense, given the rate of technological change in batteries and the high cost of replacement.
  23. In the previous couple of weeks, two were found (one without photos): 4598954, Coupé Injection 1966, For sale March 2018, NORMANDY FRANCE 6800855, Carrosserie 145xx, Coupé Injection 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Simili Noir 3000, For sale March 2018 at 19,800 Euros, carbureted engine, 33500 ARVEYRES FRANCE And this weekend, two more were registered: 6801694, Carrosserie 14664, Cabriolet Injection, 04 octobre 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, in restoration April 2018, SARTROUVILLE FRANCE 6802138, Carrosserie 15364, Coupé Injection 1968, Gris Clair Métallisé 1162, in restoration April 2018, SANNOIS FRANCE Total: 2146 !
  24. Well now that I've cut my teeth for nearly five years (!) on a smart VIN registry, I thought it'd be time to reach back in time 39-49 years and try the same thing with my greatest love in cars (yes, smart included, I'm sorry to admit that here), the Peugeot 404 Coupé and Cabriolet (404 C). This poses some challenges: the serial numbers of these cars are not visible through the windshield even if they were, there are only about three or four of these cars near me and they rarely appear on the road so "spotting" à la smart is out nearly a half century has passed since these puppies were made On the other hand, the VINs were dead simple back then, being only a sequential 7 digit serial number. Peugeot assigned number ranges to the 404 C, quite different ones depending upon whether the car had fuel injection or a carburetor. Coupés and Cabriolets are not identifiable from the serial number. So the methodology is very different than the smart spotting: I get into contact with a 404 C owner and ask them to send me their VIN. You might think I'd get no response, but so far I have had people share over 50 of these numbers with me. When cars get to this age, I guess the owners are somehow closer....? I wonder if I did that with all club members here I'd be banned for spamming Best not to think of that, Finding the owners is interesting. In pre-Internet days, it was nearly impossible. If you saw one at a car show I guess you could ask to see the engine and then have a peek at the serial number. Now with the Internet, a lot of owners find it easy to share information and that includes the VINs. So......17,223 of these cars were assembled in Italy and then finished in France back in the day (1961-1968). With 55 in my records so far, the raw percentage is pretty poor, .03%. But I would hope that perhaps as many as 15 or 20% of these cars still exist, so my percentages are getting better, maybe 2% have been spotted already! Anyhow, I thought I would share my latest obsession and maybe also put out the word to all that if you know anyone with a 404 C (yeah, right), please let them know about my list! Cars found so far Carbureted: 4495784 4496096 4497320 4498184 4498203 4498223 4498412 4498457 4498736 4498738 4498879 4499232 4499371 4499847 4499883 4499956 4670032 4670938 4671036 Fuel Injected: 4590120 4590175 4590219 4590936 4591027 4593113 4595579 4596027 4598544 4598557 4598609 4598615 4598700 4598867 4599100 4599167 4599493 4599598 4599740 6800274 6800519 6800984 6801278 6801658 6801663 6801894 6801986 6802060 6802283 6802292 6802340 6802594 6803095 6803319 6803410 6803412 Mine is in the latter grouping, somewhere Cheers
  25. Regulator for sure, you may be able to milk it for some months but you had better budget for the replacement now and count on it being done by next fall.