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  1. Under normal driving (very short trips would not be normal), oil changes are every 10k miles. If only driven short distances, it is likely you will just be changing oil once a year. If the car is going to sit for weeks at a time a battery maintainer would be a good idea.
  2. I can not find anything smart specific for the P0905 fault online. Since the car will start the actuator is working and engaging the clutch. If both transmission shift motors are faulty it would not be able to select any gears. The shift motors new may be over $1k plus labour. It might be possible to clean them and restore functionality, see link below. How much did MB want to change the transmission? transmission shifter motors
  3. Is the battery fully charged, did it sit for a week or two before the failure occurred?
  4. Will the car shift out of park and go into D or R at all? How many km did you put on the car before the failure? The dealer confirmed your car has all the available TCU software updates?
  5. Welcome to the club. Too bad you did not find us a little sooner. Will the car drive at all? There were software updates to alleviate issues in the 2008 and 2009 that had issues shifting into D and R. If a dealership checks your VIN they should be able to tell you if the software was ever updated. That would be the first thing to check. The shifter motors for the transmission may fail but very unlikely there is any issue with the transmission itself. If the shifter motors / transmission was the issue, if it would go into D, there would be issues changing from one gear to the next. If a new clutch actuator has been installed, it should be electronically setup with a STAR machine or equivalent. If the Maple dealership does not know this I would not return there for any type of service.
  6. Welcome to the club
  7. Welcome to the club. I have read of a few of the multi disc players failing. Replacement would be the way to go.
  8. The last time I bought 175 tires, I went through PMC Tire and ordered 2 Sailun brand tires. IIRC about $60 / tire.
  9. may also have the necessary info for free.
  10. A 451 can be unlocked using the key in the driver's door. The transmission park lock can also be defeated. There is a tab to pull situated under the shifter housing.
  11. It is a SCT it shifts as one should expect from such a setup, at the cdi's price point.
  12. Welcome to the club. Check out Youtube for cdi videos, for engine sound comparisons.
  13. Welcome to the club.
  14. No such option. The lights flash and if you are close enough to the car you can hear the doors lock.
  15. I would change oil once a year.
  16. Looking for a used 451 hood any colour. Condition of paint does not matter as long as the panel is not broken, I will be refinishing the panel. Hopefully something in SW Ontario. Thanks in advance.
  17. When I still went on sCOA, there were a few posts of ring replacements on 451s. I have treated mine a few times (anti rust spray), through 8 winters now, so far, so good.
  18. The first thread that comes up on Google, there may be something there.
  19. In some locations wheel adapters are not road legal. If they are manufactured and installed correctly, there should be no noises or real safety issues. I have run 5mm spacers to fit a set of summer tires I have, with no problems, under hard driving. I have 16" wheels and the ride quality is reduced enough that I would not run 17" on a smart.
  20. I did the Barney-O budget intake mod on my car, there is a thread of sCOA. Very easy to change the filter now. The stock filter is more than fine for turbo applications, no need for more in a stock or near stock car. Noise is the only gain from an aftermarket exhaust.
  21. 200k km on the 451 as of last night .
  22. Certain companies should be able to replicate the look in vinyl. Depending on the damage to the panels it may also be repairable, plastic welding is quite good now.
  23. Welcome. I have owned both the diesel and gas versions, there has only been about a 1 litre per 100km difference in fuel consumption for me. The overall reliability of my 451 over the 450 I had, eclipses the one-trick-pony fuel mileage of the cdi. My gasser has returned about 5.2 lhk over the last 199k km. There were mechanical and software issues in the first couple of years of the 451. Depending on budget, the closer to a 2015 model year you can get the better.
  24. Panels are "scratch black". The panels are on the rare side.