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About Huronlad

  • Birthday 03/14/1977

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  1. Still working on adding software. I miss Bitlord but will have to make do. Finding a solution to update my Garmin GPS looks like it might be a bit of a pain.
  2. In 2011 when I bought my 451, there was no other new car for the same money that would return 55 - 60 MPG. As far as savings, my 451 has been far cheaper to operate then my 450 by a large margin.
  3. I wondering if they are still developing a self driving smart EQ? The potential increase in range appears to be the only plus for a smart branded EQ CCUV (city car utility vehicle?). I don't get it personally.
  4. The 2008s had clutch and software issues. The no reverse is likely a symptom of not having the newest tcu software. With MB techs working on the car one can only guess what has been fouled up. It would be interesting to know the part number for whatever they were calling a shift cable.
  5. Installed Linux Mint on one of my laptops today. The install was very quick. A trial version of Mint runs if you setup the installer on a USB drive, making no changes to your system. The install has resolved some driver issues that I could not fix in Windows. Now I am making the switch from Chrome back to Firefox for my browsing needs. Chrome seemed more stable in Windows, so I do not know if this will be a permanent switch. I will also have to find Linux equivalent software for some of the software I was running in Windows. But many apps I was using do have Linux versions. So far so good.
  6. Far too many garbage people out there.
  7. Welcome to the club. If the 5W40 blend meets MB 229.5 spec, no worries. Otherwise depending on your driving, you may want to change the oil earlier.
  8. I doubt the factory front brakes would ever fit inside a 13" or 14" wheel. IIRC the 453 front end uses parts from a C-Class, the 450 does not. I would expect it would be much easier to find studded tires for factory wheels. Fabricating new hubs would be another option, as some have done that for 451 cars.
  9. There is a Facebook page with details.
  10. Welcome to the club. Could be a similar issue to the below link.
  11. I think I will backup my one laptop and install Linux and see how it goes.
  12. Does anyone have experience changing from Windows 7 to either Windows 10 or Linux Mint? I have used Windows 10 two or three times and do not really care for the interface. It appears most of the software I use has a Linux equivalent. Has anyone switched to Linux and wished they had not?
  13. Welcome to the club. No turbo 451s made it to Canada. Could be a clutch actuator or clutch issue. If you can have the car scanned for faults by a STAR machine or equivalent, that would be a good place to start.
  14. With over 200k km of experience driving a 451 with 155/175, 215/215 and 185/185 tire sets, I stand by my statement. You can not assume all sidewalls are constructed exactly the same for a given size of tire, as they certainly are not. Speed rating is a better determining factor as to the stiffness of a sidewall.
  15. Lose cornering ability going from 155/175 tires to 185 all around, I think not.