smart fortimo

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  • Birthday 01/01/1954

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  1. From elsewhere...
  2. If available, I'd like to get those bolts. Let me know what info you need to make a deal. Thanks, Timo
  3. Long time, no see/hear. Happy my cruise control is still functioning no problems since Pross-Vegas install. 👍 Hope all is well in Kelowna. Cheers! Timo
  4. The motive. more from Bloomberg...///Lieb said Mercedes-Benz wants smart back for two main reasons:1. It needs more small-car volume to meet new corporate average fuel economy standards that take effect in the United States in the 2016 model year.2. Daimler AG integrated Smart into the Mercedes-Benz car unit in September. The United States is the only market where smart and Mercedes operate separately.“It has become clear over the last few months that smart is an integral part of our achieving the fuel economy targets of 2016,” Lieb’s fuel economy numbers are already included in Mercedes’ corporate average. But Mercedes executives believe they can increase smart’s sales volume, and thus have a greater impact on the company's CAFE ratings.///
  5. In part from Bloomberg:///Mercedes-Benz could give smart franchises to other Mercedes-Benz dealers, but Lieb said they would not be required to build stand-alone facilities.“In most cases a shop-in-shop has proven to be the most economical,” he said. “If you are selling one or two cars, you need consistency in personnel and expenses. It will not work if you have a stand-alone facility.”Lieb said 300 of Mercedes-Benz' 353 U.S. dealers have upgraded their showrooms to the Autohaus corporate facility program.“This will be a lot easier than it would have been three years ago,” he said. “The facilities are completely different.”///Sounds as if-- like it or not-- MB-USA dealers will be parking a couple smarts in the corner and give it a go!
  6. As a safety issue, I'd think it would be covered. I had a problem with one and my PDX dealer didn't blink and replaced it.Timo
  7. Cominco?
  8. Mike, take my checkbook and call me crazy.I put $2K down three weeks ago at scPDX, refundable of course. Trang (the GM) told me last May that the first release would be short-term lease only to afford smart time to work out bugs. A four-year lease doesn't seem so short-term when general release is just two years down the road and payments are said to be $600/mo., and I haven't seen anything in writing regarding the proposed terms.I have two fears: One, Daimler pulls back after the initial release and the opportunity is one-time that I don't want to miss. -Or-Two, as Steve mentioned, the general release is technologically improved (a given) and is more cost friendly, leaving me with buyer's remorse (lessee's remorse?) in years three and four...Timo(Oh, and I am in line for the Leaf December rollout too, just in case)
  9. They did replace a bunch of those Makralon roofs, and the problem didn't take long to come out in '08. I have the cabrio (of which I've had zero problems), but I felt sorry for all those '08 Passion coupe owners having to send their brand new jewel in to the shop for roof replacement.Timo
  10. I had a problem like that last summer, but not so drastic as cupped treads-- it was a piece of duct tape that had stuck to my tire. Very disconcerting up until discovering the cause... ;^)
  11. Coast Steve and Bil G:I just got home from KC. I bit the bullet and took bigger chunks of miles coming back than going out. Left KC after the brunch Sunday and checking out of the hotel downtown (another story- weather-power outage related). Made it to Kearney NE that night, Evanston WY last night and home tonight.Perhaps next big go-round will be more west-coast friendly.I'm with John (jwight)-- we need to invade the great white north! Hope there is an opportunity this summer for some international goodwill, even if it only involves the PNW. Cheers,Timo
  12. We wish you BC'ers were here too. Ross and I have to do the representing for all the PNW... could have used some help!
  13. Steven, where does he live? Places I'd try: Ron Gaus in St. Louis handles grey-market and is probably a good resource ( Green Car Co in Bellevue WA sells and services G&K. Check with Idahosmart and the Boise ID crowd. Smart Madness in LA is trying to serve the 450 community-- might try there. Check with other US 450 owners in the thread- Original smart fortwo (450) Heck these days, I'd even try the 451 dealers to see if they can connect-- they are getting hungry and I know Portland is going out their way to become a 450 source for maintenance but I don't know that that extends to non-routine mtc. Hope this helps.
  14. Depends on who you know... in the US. Ron Gaus for one.Not that Steven isn't a good go-to guy.Cheers.
  15. An embarrassing back story to go with this, Steven? I mean, if one has to go out of the country for info...