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  1. Fun! The smart was our only available car to head to Victoria to get some photos of Tim Bowles' Peugeot 404C wiring. I knew the voltage regulator in the smart was bad but it would usually hold about 13.2 volts - low, but not low enough to depreciate the battery too much on a single drive. I was milking it... Well, at the last stoplight leaving Victoria in the heavy rain, the alternator stopped charging completely and voltage showed 11.8V. Oops! As you probably know, the smart uses electricity for nearly everything! We drove towards home and by the summit of the Malahat it was showing 11.5V, then 11.0V in Duncan, 10.4V approaching Chemainus, and not much more than 9V as we rolled on the home stretch. The battery warning light illuminates at 11.4V I found out, and the airbag, ABS and general warning lights come on in the high 9V range! Lucky to make it home! This car will go to Mercedes Nanaimo for a new alternator, intercooler and intercooler holder ASAP.