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    Burlington, ON
  1. The location on the west side of Guelph line has been taken over by the east side "good" location and Andrew now works on the west side of Guelph line as head techie.
  2. Shifter stuck in Park (and ABS light) were both caused by a defective brake light switch (thanks for the tip Nigel). Park override fix worked like a charm, although it took more force to free the cover than I expected. Brake light replaced , shifter works normally and the ABS light is off. Great forum
  3. Will need to try this today - car locked up last night in a public parking lot. (Hope the car is still there and undamaged). Anyone know what it costs to replace the "shifter box"?
  4. U-Haul sells & installs hitches for the 451 (but not the 450). Is there anywhere in the Toronto area that sells/installs these for a reasonable price? I see that SmartMadness in the States sells a hitch for in the $150 range, and that particular one bolts on (though it does require some drilling as well...)
  5. Our 08 and 09 smarts (with stock tires) both read 8 or 9% high on the speedo (compares to a Scangauge and a GPS), but the odometer is bang on. to do 50 we go 55, to go 90 we go 99, etc.
  6. Did it yesterday - so easy I am kicking myself for not trying it years ago!J&JBurlington ON
  7. We have done Ontario to Florida in each of our smarts (both 451) and found the seats to be absolutely great. After a full day on the road we had no pain (specifically no back pain which has been a problem in other cars!!). We do the trip in 2 1/2 to 3 days.
  8. Dealers use the same bolts for both.
  9. On our Astro van we had Krown do it in year 1 and year 3. Because we don't do it every year Krown doesn't guarantee it - but 15 years later it is basically rust free.J&J
  10. Fuel cost will be higher - we average 6.4 using 89 octane - mostly city drivingMaintenance costs will be lower (15,000km between oil changes etc)Repair costs should be lower for a gass engine - most of the issues raised on the 450 forum don't exist on a 451The 451 is newer so electrical connections etc will be less corrodedThe 451 is longer = more cabin spaceThe heater really worksIt is easy to change headlight bulbs, fill w/w fluid etc because the access panel is easy to open and gives access to all that.The car starts when it is cold
  11. MB in Burlington willl do the job for $50, including resetting your tire pressure sensor and washing your car at the same time. I would assume other MB dealers charge similarly. 20008, 2009 both had tire pressure sensors as standard equipment regardless of model.
  12. Are there third party cabiin air filters available for the 451 at reasonable cost - and if so where (in Canada).
  13. The little lens is the motion detector - block it and it will see no motion! Is there some motion in the car that could have set it off - like a strong wind flexing the fabric roof?The chirp can be turned off - but I forget how - there is a thread on this.
  14. Be sure the "hood" is all the way back before you latch the pins. You have to twist it a bit yto get the side slides to connect in the corners near the windshield. If this doesn't work = a trip to the dealer for a warrantee replacement (I had one pin replaced).
  15. Bammer submissions from a recent trip to Floorida.