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  • Birthday 07/09/1968

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  1. Hi, the Smart (2005 CDI) is gone - a few thing still around..... NOW REDUCED !!! 2 winter-tires on steel rims (front), should be good for another season. Continental Winter Contact 145 65R15. $ 80.00 a piece. 1 15 inch steel rim (back), rubber is done but rim is just fine. $ 50.00 a piece. Set of 4 wheel covers $ 30.00 Or - get it all for $ 200.00 ! Photos can be emailed. Ghost
  2. Thanks Mike..... luck - that's what we need with vehicles.If the gear=box breaks, well then at least I have the choice where to buy the spare parts. And every mechanic "around the corner" will be able and willing to fix it.I do not have to go to Mercedes and pay the $ 120.00/hour.Talking about consumer reports.... they don't only test vehicles. The pull statistics from CAA, garages, ask owners. etc. All together is one big picture, a model that is not towed very often, not in the garage very often, where most users are happy AND it's tetsted good in the own test is considered "reliable". Well, then you buy this car, and it's a le,om! Who knows???May the force be with us!Jan
  3. 2008 Pontiac Vibe. Toyota base and motor, Pontiac body - lots of room (feels huge after leaving the Smart), 1.8 liter engine, drove the first 200 kilometers with just over 12 liters. Still affordable and - fingers crossed - reliable according to consumer reports and online reviews........But - who knows? I know people who bought old cars for 2.000 dollars and drove them for years, others bought brand new 40.000 dollar cars and had nothing but trouble. Who knows what's the right thing to do?Ghost
  4. Don't get me wrong guys - I am not saying "all Smart's are crap".I know I had bad luck with my car - and I made the wrong choice - the Smart is not the right vehicle for me.Apologies whe I hurt feelings with my comment about "a real car"..... not my intention.For me just a bad experience - glad it's over. Oh, yesterday i passed a Smart in my "real car"... and gave signals - yes, i liked driving a Smart once in a while as well...Ghost
  5. True - I am driving a lot - but most of it is highway. I am not blaming the Smart - it has it's purpose..... just not for me. My fault, I did the wrong pick!The tires and rims happened all within 3 weeks. The last 10 km to my workplace is a side-road, deep pot-holes in the spring. The impact is that hard thatthe rim get's damaged and ruines the rubber right away...... the low profile tires on a Smart are the problem.A "real" car is a car which I can take for an oil-change or a repair wherever I want. A car where I can buy a tire at the tire-store without "special order".A real car has wiring that lasts a lifetime, and doors that latch without a 900 dollar upgrade (Mercedes said "oh, we kn ow about the problem, we have toinstall the new ones"). And a real car starts all year long, even in the 5 month winter in Ontario.Now - the reason I am posting this is not to shoot against Smart in general. I always liked these cars, drove one of the first generation. The reason is - I dida lot of research and still picked the completely wrong car. How expensive it is to keep a Smart on the road, the fact that nobody want's to touch these cars(Mercedes, 120 dollar/hour is the only option), every single spare part is special and expensive as well....... nobody told me that before.Anyways, I agree, it IS FUN to drive them, and the look of the guy next to me at the gas station, putting 160 dollar in his F350 Super-Duty..... priceless!Ghost
  6. In August 2010 I bought my 2005 Smart CDI. Now, exactly 12 month and 48.000 kilometers later, it's time for a (final) statement. I traded the Smart in for a real car, since yesterday my "Smart-days" are over.The idea was a commuter-car, easy on gas, a second car next to our family car to take me to work. 2 weeks after I bought the car the first breakdoown, tha carwon't start. CAA towed me to a garage, another towtruck to Mercedes in Barrie. Electrical problem, needed new wires, 400 dollars repair! The next 2 month were smooth,bought winter tires to prepare for the snow. The winter was a nightmare, Smart won't start wen it dropped below minus 20 at night, bought a power-pack to boostmyself when I was not home. Bought oilpan-heater - no rweal help. driving on snow is fine, driving on slushy roads a disaster! Wheelbase won't fit in track of other cars,max. speed on highway 60 km/h, and still two 360's and almost collisions on highway 11. Car did not really heat up inside, got used to drive with gloves and hat on.April, hurray, survived the winter! Killed 3 tires and 2 rims in Muskoka-potholes, wet weather had impact on the electricval system, car did n ot lock anymore, whenever I went to Mercedes to show themit worke\d...... replaced fuel-filter for 223 dollars (what a joke) and motor of headlights for 600 dollars (r u kiddin'?). Noticed small oil leak under the car, just a few dropsover night, but constantly....... June, door-latches started to die, car doors won't latch (both). Took them apart, cleaned them, 3 days later the same, can't close my doors.Drove to Mercedes with doors tied with a rope - 240 dollars for a doorlatch and 120 dollars labour - for each door.Well, latest at that point I made my decision to get rid of it. Made the math and realized - all my savings on gas went down the drain for repairs and maintainance (80 dollar oilchanges, 270 dollar service, etc.)I am glad that the Smart is gone - what a mistake. I drove one in MUnich back in 1999 and loved it. Here in Canada - I hated it. Guess that's why these car's are built fir cities!Thanks for all of you for the good tips in the last 12 month - will post a few items for sale soon (radio, wheel-covers, rims).Ghost
  7. 2 Fuses were gone....... cheap and fast fix, 2 dollars and 2 minutes! Car is back to "normal".Thanks for the hint!No instruments - connected to a broken fuse - logical. I just did not expect that a loss of power could be connected to a broken fuse as well.Now i know!Ghost
  8. Hi there!My radio died today - took it out to check the wires for installation of a new one, and had a shortage somewhere (just a little spark for a second).Problem now - I lost all my instruments, rpm doesn't work, display shows no heat, no fuel, no gear, it shows the kilometers but is not counting. Interior light is dead as well. Just drove the car, and clearly - I lost power. Seems that the turbo does not kick in..... does that make sense???What the hell did I do there???Oh, I am talking about a 2005 CDI.Thanks,Ghost
  9. Same problems with my 2005 CDI Bought a magnetic oil pan heater at Canadian Tire 2 weeks ago, problems are gone since then. It's a 200W magnetic heater, just attach it under the oil pan when I'm home (takes 3 seconds) and plug it in. 2 nights ago I was reading minus 31, Smart started at second try in the morning....... I paid $ 63.00, wasn't sure if it would work - but for that money worth a try. And - Canadian Tire always would take it back. Jan
  10. You're not alone, I am thinking about doing the same thing.......Not sure what to get (in spring), but if it has to be small and cheap on gas again, the Chevy Aveo seems to be not too bad. 5 liters gas on highway-driving..... gas being cheaper then diesel now, it won't be more money. And the sell them for under 10 k brand new - hard to beat. The Focus is nice too, or the Fiesta. Let's see......... Good luck with your new one!Ghost
  11. No, no other wiring problems........I will read the codes today. Didn't ask them at Mercedes to do it (not sure what they would charge for that), I bought an OBD II reader at Princess Auto a while ago.Ghost
  12. Too late! I went this morning.45 minutes and 212 dollars later the surprise: The warning light stayed on! The service-lady at Mercedes said "it should go off when you're driving, if not you might have a wiring problem".Aha, I might have" Should go? Well, guessing is something I can do on my own......Anyways, drove 220 kilometers since the new filter is in and the light is still on. Someone want to buy a 2005 CDI? New parts!!!!Ghost
  13. You guys are great! Thanks a lot!!!Ghost
  14. And one more problem.....Yesterday I came home, wanted to lock my car in the driveway - it opened again. Tried it a few times - no success. Then I opened and closes both doors, the back and the fuel-cap - tried it again - didn't work. Well I left it open for the night (I have a dog and a shotgun), this morning I took it in town and it locked no problem many times, all morning. Later today same problem then yesterday.....Is it a sensor? Can all the dirt and snow on the car cause that? What can I do? Please son't tell me rthat Mercedes has to fix that, they get my last cash for the fuel-filter tomorrow.....Ghost
  15. Just talked to Merced Benz in Barrie. Unfortunately it is NOT part of the regular service, and will cost me $ 188.00 plus tax when I get it changed tomorrow morning.Just the part is $ 135.00....... has to be done every 30.000 kilometers.Man, these Smarts are expensive to maintain...... not sure if I will drive it through a second winter.Jan