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  1. Gang... The purpose of this sticky is to list know TSB or numbers for dealer service. Let's try to post just the information and keep banter to a minimum, so it doesn't get too big. Thanks! Dang
  2. Gang..... Finally got around to doing a write up on the mod I did for the daytime running lights. This will use your city lights normally, and will switch to the headlights only if you turn on the switch. As always, use at your own risk. Dang's DRL mod... A pic of the city lights. Good Luck! Dang
  3. Hi Guys.....I shut down the web site this was on, but I still have all the info, so feel free to PM me if you need anything. Cheers!Dan the former smart owner.....
  4. As long as you still have your TAN code, unless they replaced your computer, you "should" be able to re-apply it, as the code should be for that computer.You'd need to find someone with Star to do it, but should not have to get a code generated again. (Some of them seem to "expire", but I don't think that one does)That's the thought anyway......Cheers!Dan
  5. Raversnet....Where are you?I'm in Calgary. I won't generate the TAN code, but can apply it if you get it from someone like Fast Eddy.Cheers!Dan
  6. Gang...... CAR IS NOW SOLD! Thanks for your interest! - Dan I've been struggling with this decision for a while, but finally decided to sell my smart. Passion model. Came from the factory with: Underseat storage Heated Seats A/C Auto (Sport Touch) Leather Seats 2 chips in the windshield, otherwise in great shape. Mercedes services this car. I have 5 cars, and just don't have the time to drive. (plus the SLK is nicer in the summer). I've added a thousands of dollars of extras to the car, not the least of which: Spikeline 16" three spoke wheels. (Summer) These alone were $3,600. Hankook winter tires on factory passion rims. Wabasto diesel heater 11 speaker stereo (no, that's not a typo) Factory Cruise Control Xenon headlights Wireless window controllers .....and many more.... Click here for all the extra's on this car. 2005 smart extras! Contact e-mail: Dan Contact Phone: (587) 228-8374 Cheers! Dan
  7. Gang....Since each dealership can set their own price for the A and B service, the purpose of this sticky is to post what you paid at your local dealer. This will help others find dealers in their area with the best price. Please don't do replies to postings in this topic so it will be easy for all to view. Just post what you paid, and any additional comments that are appropriate. (washed car, extra charge for 3l oil, that sort of thing.)Thanks! Dang
  8. 2seat.....It doesn't really "interface" to the car at all. If you watch the engadget clip, you notice it's sits on "aux" the whole time, and they are really just sending the Audio to the radio, so sure it will work with the 450, or a Ford truck for that matter. It's on the U.S. Store, but actually I don't see it on the Canadian store either.Cheers!Dang
  9. Derek.... I don't know if it's the wheel base or what, but I find an amazing amount of smart cars on the road have badly aligned headlights. The mount system for them is poor as well, which might be a factor. The fact multiple people were flashing at you is a good indication the problem is you. Here's one description of how to adjust them. http://www.r32argent.ca/Parts%20&%20Ac...0headlights.pdf The only real requirement is a flat level surface, though you do have to take the front off. I bet you find your headlights are quite a ways out. The truck thing make sense. I've seen quite a few smarts where they are so far out, it doesn't really bother normal cars since the light goes right over them, you need a tall vehicle like a truck to get blinded. Cheers! Dang
  10. I have it.It keeps the car nice and stable at speeds about 200kph. Dang
  11. That does look nice!If you can still add me on, that would be great!Cheers! Dang
  12. Sorry Derek, missed your question.I'm getting about 7.5l/100 in the city. I don't drive it particularily economical. Cheers! Dan
  13. See, thats what I like about it.If you are looking at the "lower" end of the price range (I paid less for my 2010 cube than my 2005 smart), there are a zillion perfectly good cars you can choose from. Corolla, Versa, Civic, Elantra, etc. are all perfectly good cars..... and mind numbingly boring. I like "different", which is what was the draw for both the smart and the cube. In both cases there just about isn't anything like it on the road. I like the fact not everyone likes these cars (either the smart or the cube). Think different!What is surprising is you don't really give anything up on the cube for comfort or practicality. In fact, I would say it's probably the most practical car I've owned. (though I've owned a lot of impractical cars.) I'm not sure I like the CVT yet though.Cheers! Dang
  14. I've had a 2010 cube since December. I bought it just as my "travel" car (as a smart is not great in the winter), but I'm surprised how much I like it. Like the smart, it brings a smile every time I drive it, and it is amazingly comfortable. It's also quite easy to mod/personalize, even though they are "quirky" right from the showroom floor (the tach is the moon, the speedo the Earth). I'm really enjoying it! Dang
  15. Congrats Duck!My brother has the older Prius (and we have a Camry hybrid). They are facinating cars. It's a marvel how the drivetrain in them works.Enjoy! Dang
  16. Welcome jazzbaby to a fellow Calgarian!Cheers! Dang
  17. That little Mazda looks great! Somehow yellow is the perfect color for it.Congrats on the purchase! Dang
  18. Welcome fellow Calgarian!Hope you have a great time in your smart!Dang
  19. Namaste Bil....Yeah, I've had some odd things with the scangauge plugged in as well. Usually it's fine, but once I had it set a fault I had to use DAS to clear. Nice avatar by the way.....Cheers! Dang
  20. For you, sure! But I don't have "occasional" driver coverage on my car, which means you're limited to 5% or something like that.Maybe the article bil (the original poster) had the concept correct then and do it by mile. Assuming equal skill and conditions, a guy driving 100,000km in a year is 10x more likley to be in an accident than a guy driving 10,000km in a year, yet they basically pay the same. My point is if I'm that guy driving 10,000km in a year, and I'm doing it in 5 cars, I'm paying 5x the rate of that guy that's 10x more likely to be in an accident. That doesn't make sense does it? Dang
  21. Glenn....Sorry to hear of your challenges. Glad to hear you made it home OK. Why were you buying an engine out of curiosity? Did you have an inkling there were problems?Now you get the fun of changing an engine, which actually isn't that hard.Cheers! DangP.S.Man there seems to be a lot of engine challenges with these cars....The number of blown/dead engines seem high for the number of cars and the age....
  22. Ah, but you have alternate drivers (or your arms are really long). I don't. Actually 4 of the cars are mine, one is my wifes, so I shouldn't include that one.Cheers! Dang
  23. They are close, but not exactly the same, or even logical. (My Hyundai Tucson is more than my Mercedes SLK). It makes sense that 5 cars would be 5x the cost for theft/loss, so I'm fine with that, but for PLPD and collision, it doesn't make sense. I can't drive two of them at the same time! Some of them I have at almost a "leisure" rate since I put on so few miles.My breakdown is (for one of them which is $800), $250 for third party liability, $62 for medical, $225 for collision, $250 for comprehensive.Of that, third party liability, medical, and collision (just over $500 of the $800), the "likelyhood" of a claim is no higher with 5 cars than 1. You're no more dead if I drive over you with car #1 than car #4. If I'm injured, I won't suffer 5 times the injuries because I own 5 cars, etc.End of rant..... Dang
  24. I'm $700, but not in B.C. either.I think the logic is if you drive less, statistically you have less chance of being in an accident, regardless of your skill level. A bad driver is still a bad driver of course. Some bad drivers drive a lot, some not so much.I don't drive a lot because I travel a lot (and drive rental cars when I'm away). I don't think that makes me a "less experienced" driver, but it certainly means there is less chance of my smart car being in an accident. (unless something hits my garage while I'm away.) That said, I only pay $700, so I can't complain really.Cheers! DangP.S.Actually what does bother me is I have to pay per car (I have 5 cars). I can only drive one. Again, statistically if I drive one car 500km in a week, or 5 cars 100km each in a week, the chances of me being in an accident are exactly the same. (at least for collision) Why do I pay per car????
  25. Atikovi....So you stripped the allen key? Wow, I haven't heard of that. I've broken the key, but never stripped one, and thought it would be hard to do on a 6 sided nut.You're not really supposed to turn the strut while taking that off. I think you'll probably want to change the strut anyway. They don't last super long on the smart, and you might find yourself doing this again in a bit.If the allen socket is stripped, likely carving a slot into the threads is your only option. I've done several spring changes, and this nut can be very hard to get off, so will take a lot of force. Cheers! Dan