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  1. It was a blast having this little car, and we had a lot of fun going on smart runs with the great members of this forum. Now that we have a baby, this car will no longer meet our requirements. Looking for someone who would be able to care for it and enjoy it as we do. Bonuses: Conti winter tires on OEM steel rims. Custom handmade mesh seat covers. All service was done by the local MB dealership. New front brakes rotor and pads. The old ones were rubbing. Now with new brakes not rubbing, I can do consistent 4.8L/100km. One of a kind Angry Birds decal! Quirks: The flex pipe and the muffler has a leak - infamous for the 451s. I can get a quote to get it fixed if you want. Right now I'm just enjoying the pops and gurgles that sounds like a sports car lol. Factory touch screen sometimes freezes - still trying to figure out the cause. Was going to replace it with an Android head unit but never had the time now that we have a baby. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. ....... All services done by Mercedes Benz Let me know if you need further info. Please contact falcon.1898@gmail com or respond through this site
  2. Hi all it's been forever since I last logged on! We even have changed our decals from Garfield to Angry Birds. Alas, the car has only about 52,000km (451 from 2011). The front brakes need some work. The rotors are warped, and the calipers stick a bit. Anyone else experiencing similar situation? Can someone please recommend a mechanic to replace rotors, pads and possibly the calipers too? Also bleed/flush replace the brake fluid. Looking for someone who might be in the Markham/Richmond Hill or Scarborough areas. Roughly how much should I budget for this? Not really wanting to overpay having the dealership do the work. Thanks in advance, James
  3. Thanks niteshooter. I'll check them out. Will need the muffler to be fixed too. It's the infamous flex pipe… But thinking of selling the car soon, as it doesn't serve our needs any more now that we have a baby.
  4. Thanks Leadwing! I got the front brakes replaced yesterday at a local mechanic shop. Set of Wagner thermo quiet costed $280 tax in. Compare that to $520+tax quoted from MB…
  5. Hey Leadwing! Thanks for the recommendations! I never thought of Active Green + Ross. I'll give them a call. Garfield ended up fading in colour and started peeling at some of the edges. So we tore him off and replaced him with angry bird!
  6. Hi Gang, Hope everyone's keeping well. We've been extremely busy with work and haven't had much interactions here. Unfortunately, my wife got into a minor fender bender yesterday, and the car's bumper got a little dent and a few plastic parts broke (I.e. the latch for the front cover plate). Is there any reputable body shops around that provides reasonably priced repairs for smartcars or is the MB affiliated body shop our only option? Thank you all very much for your suggestions in advance! James
  7. Thanks guys. I know that MB has an affiliated body shop in Markham, fairly close. Not sure if anyone has dealt with them before
  8. ah, Burlington for us is 80+ clicks for us. I'll try the Maple store next time. Heard good things about it from a coworker... but then again, she drives a C, and is quite a looker
  9. Same terrible experience. Sometimes you just have to make some noise to be heard. Our car had seized front calipers that fail to return to home position. anytime it's driven, there is a sq ueeling noise. MB Markham failed to even try to diagnose it on multiple occasions, siting that brakes are wear and tear item not covered by warranty. First of all, I understand the pads are wear and tear, but seized calipers? Secondly, I don't care if it's warranty or not, just get the problem fixed! This problem is causing 10+L/100km, a lot of noise while driving, and can be a road hazard. I ended up taking the car to my TDI mechanic to get fixed. A pretty dealership is only a facade, the lack of care is what lies underneath. If this is what MB's brand stands for, I'm very disappointed.
  10. Haha yeah, it was in at MB Markham. unfortunately, it was in for repairs. We've been having less than stellar experience with the reliability of the car... had the evap valve replaced, as well as new alternator and new belts which were failing after under 30k on the odo. also no one at the dealership is able to hear the squealing brakes...I suspect that the brake pad has been rubbing on the rotor from day one LOL
  11. When we got the car, we bought winter rims from the dealership. I got them to price match with Canadian Tire Can't remember how much exactly, something in the $70 range.
  12. Noobie question: how long does it take for a full charge using level 1 charger?
  13. Hi all, thanks for sharing your experience. I'm very curious about the maintenance of the electric drive... the motor has sealed/permanently lubricated bearing. There is no gear box. What exactly needs service? seems to me that requires any service would be as needed (I.e. repairs, not maintenance). So does the warranty actually stipulate periodic service? Sounds like a money grab to me. Also something that's keeping me from getting one... not like our gas model costs less to maintain lol
  14. Hey looks like we can make it to the Saturday run!James + YuqiIn the Garfield car.Falcon_1898Max, please add us to the list!
  15. Doh! How did I miss that Well that changes things a bit....
  16. Thanks for organizing this year's event, Max!Awesome job on getting support from smart Canada.Does this run span 2 days? (I.e. both Saturday and Sunday)I still can't confirm yet. Probability that we'd make it is less than 50%.
  17. Hi All,A couple of months ago, we had the gear shifter stuck in P, and had the car towed to the dealership where it was repaired under warranty. Turns out it was the brake sensor switch that was acting up.Recently, I've noticed that the reverse lights aren't working. After speaking with MB Markham, I drove the car there for them to take a look. Well, it's like visiting the doctor's...when the car was there, the lights worked perfectly. MB told me that they were going to spend unknown amount of time to hunt down an intermittent issue, and doing so could get expensive.I suspect a faulty connection somewhere. Could this have been in conjunction with the brake switch? I ran a search on this and didn't find anything on the forums. Has anyone else encountered similar experience before? What are your recommendations?Thanks,James
  18. Thanks all for the fast replies. @ Huronlad: that's sound advise. I'll take a video tomorrow, and hopefully be able to convince the dealership to take a look at it. The dash indicates "R" when the shifter is in reverse, but the lights don't come on. This is intermittent, although 99% they don't come on any more.@Ruadh: we got the faulty switch replaced... I suspect that there was some moisture that froze the switch. The stuck shifter happened twice, each time being when the car parked outside and the temperature fell below -20C. In warmer weather, it worked fine. When I brought this to MB's attention, their response was, of course, "no no, it can't be. Our cars are designed for Canadian winters." Luckily the car was stuck in the driveway. Had it been stuck outside, I think I'd miss more than just work...@ tolsen: the cars in Canada have 2 reverse lights (no rear fog light). The bulbs are both fine - I checked already. If it's a contact issue, it must be further upstream. Or it could be a control module/relay/software issue???By the way, do smart cars have any diagnostic tools that can scan control modules (like VCDS for VWs)? Would this be caught as an error in some control module?
  19. You bet! The snowy mountain is actually a pile of plowed snow in a parking lot.
  20. We went on a glacier tour
  21. we have the same problem.removing the cover requires the shifter to be in neutral...I suppose you don't need to remove it entirely, but if the cover is held with clips in addition to the screw, we risk breaking the clips in such cold temperatures (-20c and below).for now I've called the free roadside assistance. their wait time is in the hours. too bad the smart car is parked behind our other car on a single driveway.....so now both cars are stuck.sigh.
  22. Interesting. Noah, is Carson still around?Also, what comes with the "Toronto/Canadian" package? at what price?Thanks,James
  23. Interesting... I never knew that. What would happen if one plugs a reader into the port?
  24. Just throwing it out there... have you tried one of those ELM327 bluetooth OBD readers? If you've got a smartphone, this little tool can be very useful and cost much less than a scangage. I bought one that's about $16 and then paid $5 for the Torque Pro app. It can read tons of parameters...including tranny temp, oil temp, fuel consumption, MAF, boost pressure, etc. The best feature is GPS plotting and scatter plots...oh, it can read and clear codes too, also can do emissions check. Have a look at the video here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?...ooth+obd+reader I was thinking about buying a scan gage until I saw this...now I become baffled how come scan gage costs so much. Let me know if want to knowmore about it...I should be paid a commission for this LOL.
  25. Thanks for the review Mike.We took a test drive in an electric drive sometime last year. It seems that they've changed a few details on the car. For example, the power meter on the one we drove still had kW instead of %...kW makes more sense for me :)Also, maybe they changed the drive train, but when we drove it, it didn't seem to have much pull, even with the go pedal past the click. I'm guessing here maybe it was because it had only 25% charge when we had our go, and the computer was trying to cut back on power?