John & Angela

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  1. Congrats on the ED. We love ours and it is also our go to vehicle for around town and inter-urbain stuff. Way fun to drive and ours has been flawless since we got it two years ago. We use our 2016 Leaf SV for longer trips and when we need more seats but we find lots of reasons to take the ED. Wishing you many happy miles.
  2. Welcome to the club. Wishing you many happy miles and safe travels.
  3. It seemed reasonably quiet until about 80 KMH and then got louder, or at least louder than a leaf. The leaf feels a little more refined to drive as well but again this is very much a personal taste thing. If someone needs the longer range then the choices are slim but we had the chance to analyse our driving and having an extra 100 miles of range would be more of a bragging rights penis size thing. IF we need to go to Vancouver from Vernon the CHADEMO network is adequate and getting better every year. If it means an extra couple 20 minute charge stops over the BoltI, and my prostate (and my chihuahua) will appreciate it. And the 10,000 to 12,000 dollars in my bank account could more than pay for a few hundred rental cars if I go somewhere off the main corridors not serviced by Chademo. In BC you can get a pretty well equipted Nissan Leaf for between 26000 and 28000 bucks for a 30 KW leaf. We got the SV because we don't like leather. The SL will end up over 30,000. Seven years from now we will upgrade again and ranges will all be 500 KM plus by then. The other thing we liked about the Nissan Leaf is it has a history, most of the bugs are worked out and all the quirks are well known. Besides, I kinda like the looks. Kinda funky. Test drive as many as you can and find the car that works for you. Stay safe on the road.
  4. I don't know Mike. The smart ED has a real nice feel about the car. We finally had to make the jump to a 4 passenger vehicle for one of our two vehicles so our CDI Grandstyle has to go. (really going to miss that car although Angela was the principal driver) But being in the Palm Springs area for the winter has given us the opportunity to drive literally half a dozen different EV's, some of them two or three times. Although they all had their forte's and weaknesses without a doubt when we got back in our little smart ED after the test drive it felt very good. Small, nimble, quick, fun (cabrio) and quieter than a few of them WITH THE TOP DOWN. We wanted to wait until we had driven the Bolt before making a decision. Really the only redeemable feature we found on the bolt was the range. It was noisy, stark, cold, and although the seats initially felt good on my back it didn't take long before I knew it wasn't going to be right for us. We ended up getting a 2016 left over Nissan Leaf SV at a great deal. 150 KM is more than enough range for us and it just drove and felt so much more upscale. And about 12000 cheaper than the bolt. Anyway, I know that is just a personal taste thing and I am not trying to slam the Bolt which I am sure is a great car for those who need a longer range. Just my two cents.
  5. Depending how much you want to spend but anywhere from 300 to 700 dollars. But you will end up with a much more versatile EVSE than you have if you spend 400 to 500 dollars. Check out Juicebox EVSE's. The wifi controllable units are great. Ours is working excellent for us, I don't know if it is weather proof though.
  6. Heh heh. It usually doesn't seem to last long on that particular mountain although Big Bear seems to stay white most of the winter...ski mountain and all. We are thinking of taking the smart ED up the mountain. Have to plan out the trip for charging though. Wish it had quick charge like our new leaf. Already miss our CDI. Just needed the extra room. sigh.....
  7. Got a Christmas gift on the mountains today. Moisture is always welcome these days. Merry Christmas all. Stay safe on the road and happy smart caring to all. From John, Angela and Radar.
  8. I'm not sure why they always feel the need to imply it doesn't make the cut because of range. These are urban vehicles and are not trying to compete with medium or long range vehicles. They are small and nimble and great for what they are built for. It is obvious they are more directed towards the european market but still, I would think the majority of people who buy and drive these rarely ever need a range of more than 100 KM. I know we don't. Besides, there are so many level 2 chargers out there now (and more all the time) that dragging around a big battery just isn't worth it. JMHO
  9. So we have been saying it for two years and it finally happened. For extended family reasons we need 4 seats. So when we return to Canada in ist week march we will be selling the Grandstyle. I'll have to check the mileage when I get home (kilometers) but I think its around 38000 KM plus or minus 2000 km. I also believe it is number 79 of 200 but I'll check that out on Mikes database. Here is some info on it. * All maintenance (except for first year before we bought it) done at Mercedes in Kelowna. Talk to Jamie the service writer for info on how we maintain our smart cars. * Spring of 2016 it had its B maintenance. We also put four new tires on it. That was about 2000 KM ago. * Car has never been winter driven...EVER. Angela drove it most of its life. * No accidents claims but the front hood replaced when someone in the shop hit it with their tail gate. * Leather seats and HEATED. * Pretty much stock except for Brabus pedals and a Brabus shifter and the upgrade floor mats * In pretty much mint condition. Had a couple problems with it over the years. 1. Air conditioning repaired a couple years ago. 2. Goofy phantom problem that came and went this last fall. Came out side and the lights were on. The car ran fine and I had somewhere to go so when I got home I fiddled with it briefly, (battery connections, checked as good as I could the Sam connections etc). Then I unhooked the battery and went to bed. Had to go away for a few days. When I came home I hooked up the battery and the problem seems to have gone away. Weird. 3. The seat warmer light always seems to be dimly lit. (Its not the sun) I'm not the principal driver and Angela thinks it has always been this way but I'm not sure. Anyway, doesn't seem to affect how it runs. We have never used the seat warmers but according to Angela they work. We are asking 5500 bucks. Open to reasonable offers. Car is located in Vernon BC and is garage stored. Obviously we won't be able to sell it till we get back but if someone is interested it will give them time to plan or budget for it. Here are a few pics.
  10. Just a thank you to all who responded. At least for the time being the problem seems to have gone away. For the time being all is well. Real weird. Putting it to bed for the winter this week. We'll see how it is in the spring. Next fall we may have to switch to a 4 passenger vehicle so next summer may be the last summer with my little diesel. Hopefully the 2017 leaf will have a 40 KW battery.
  11. OK. Ill check it tomorrow. Thanks.
  12. Will do. So to be clear, If I am looking at the battery from the top, where is this harness. Thanks again.
  13. OK. I did a little research and got the SAM partially out to check for moisture. I got the 7 connectors on the top off but could not reach the back ones. Not sure if there is a trick there but felt like I was straining the wires so I backed off till I hear from someone on wether there is a procedure. However, there is no moisture anywhere that I can tell. Put the seven connectors back on, reconnected the battery and went for a burn. No problem EXCEPT THAT THE PARK LIGHTS ARE STILL ON and of course the indicator (not the seat warmer itself) is still illuminated. Any ideas?
  14. Hi all. I have a 2006 CDI.. Under 50,000 KM. I went out this morning and, the lights were on. No key in the ignition, light switch turned off, oh and the seat warmer passenger side is on. Again, no key in the ignition, can not turn anything off. Car starts and runs fine. Had a big down pour last night. Did something get wet? Its in the garage right now drying out. Fingers crossed. Lots of clicking going on. I disconnected the negative so the battery won't get run down. Help??? Any suggestions would be welcome.
  15. Hi all. I have a 2006 CDI.. Under 50,000 KM. I went out this morning and, the lights were on. No key in the ignition, light switch turned off, oh and the seat warmer passenger side is on. Again, no key in the ignition, can not turn anything off. Car starts and runs fine. Had a big down pour last night. Did something get wet? Its in the garage right now drying out. Fingers crossed. Lots of clicking going on. I disconnected the negative so the battery won't get run down. Help??? Any suggestions would be welcome.