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  1. Just registered to this illustrious forum. I have been lurking for a little over two years, ever since I picked up a 2005 Passion Cabriolet CDI. Over that time, I have found much useful information on this site that has lessened somewhat the aggravation of ownership of a Smart car. But I have to say that, overall, purchasing this car has been a big, big mistake. It has come to the point where I really need to find a knowledgeable mechanic who really likes working on these tiny cars and who lives somewhere in the mid-Vancouver Island (Parksville-Qualicum) area. So far, my search has been fruitless. So, here is my first question. Does anybody know of such an esteemed person? Assuming that such a person does not exist, I have three other alternatives, the Nanaimo MB dealership, Victoria TPM, and Flying Tiger in Richmond. The latter two are listed as recommended on the CSC service provider list, but I could not find many comments about them. Does anybody have any recent experiences with any of the above, particularly the Nanaimo one as it is the closest to me? (I did visit Nanaimo MB over a year ago and I got the distinct impression that they had no passion for my Passion and that they only saw it as a conduit to siphon as much money into their pockets as possible.) I have two main current concerns. I have an oil leak that a mechanic thinks might be coming from the turbo but he does not want to work on it. My second concern is an undulating quiet wauping sound that varies with road speed that seems to be coming from the front end, but you only really hear it between 40 and 60 kph. I am thinking that it might be caused by the ESP reacting to bad reluctors, but that is just a wild guess. So, I am soliciting comments as to who or where is the best person/place for me to have these things fixed. Now, a parting thought - a thought exercise, so to speak. Imagine, if you will, a world where MB properly supported the Smart car and these little beasties developed a reputation of being dependable. Just sit back a moment and think about that. A world full of dependable Smart cars. And MB making more money than they would know what to do with. I wonder if there ever was an MB exec who ever thought about that. Probably not.
  2. Hello everyone, I have been lurking here for the past week, and decided to make an account to hopefully get a few questions answered. Most of the relevant information I've found is coming from 2012, so I am hoping there have been new developments/discoveries. I am the significant other (read mechanic/detailer) of a 2006 fortwo cdi owner in the US. The car was purchased on ebay from a dealer in Ohio who imported it from Canada and changed it to meet DOT standards. We were originally living in Colorado (euro diesel mecca of the western US, outside of the Pacific Northwest) but recently moved to Mississippi (taint of the US) for graduate school (masters for me and DVM for her). There is NO European car scene here, especially not for diesels. We had a terrible time finding a shop qualified to work on the thing. I am a long time VW/Audi enthusiast (try not to hold it against me) and will be swapping a 1.9 TDI into my Toyota 4Runner by this time next year (if everything goes reasonably according to plan) but am completely new to Mercedes/Smart. Her car is a piece of "work". It is currently on ramps in the driveway because it won't start. It will crank just fine and will occasionally let out a little put, but won't start. I am reasonably certain that it is the crank position sensor, but because of all of the Canadian EGR nonsense I am having a devil of a time getting to the darn thing. The low beams of the headlight do not work because of the drastically undersized wiring coming from the SAM burning up (which after seeing the hack job done on the stereo, I had erroneously blamed on the former owner). I will be taking care of that soon, I want to wait until the rest of the work is done. It needs new reluctor rings (I sourced an aftermarket set from the UK), and I am trying to talk her into a Malone tune, but the closest tuner is 2 states away. The good news is that is has just under 100,000 miles, an AEM dryflow panel filter, powerstop rotors and pads, an aftermarket stereo headunit with bluetooth calling ( had to source a reverse harness and trim surround from LATVIA), and brand new headlights (imported from Spain...wtf, its a Canadian car) and (modified) projector lens fog lights waiting to be installed. The greatest improvement I have seen was when I replaced the battery to ground wire with a 2 ga cable along with appropriate sanding and dielectric grease. If you haven't done it, I highly recommend it. That is about all she has let me do so far. We bought the car because she has always liked them, and once we found that there was a diesel option and that it could run biodiesel it became a "must" purchase. I am a chemist (among other things) and dabble in biodiesel at home. I have yet to run anything but a test generator with it (I don't have a centrifuge to truly get rid of the particulate matter that could clog the injectors) but once I find the right deal, her fuel tank will be filled at home (don't tell the Uncle Sam).
  3. I've been having a lot of problems with my '06 450 CDI Passion. The battery light keeps coming on after the engine has been idling for about 10 seconds, and never goes off again. I took it for servicing, and was told that the aftermarket stereo & amp were causing a drain - not true, because I've removed both from the car. Here are some more details: I'm on my THIRD alternator in 3 years (replaced 1 year ago, car has only been driveable for 3 months since!!) so I doubt it's the alternator Brand new Smart battery installed 3 weeks ago, driven once since (back from mechanic, battery light came on about 15 min into my trip home) The only issue I can see with the battery is that the bolt for the bracket that holds it down has been sheared off (see red box in photo), so the battery slides around a fair bit, and the bolt hole is very rusty (I wire brushed it). Also, the ground connection to the frame is rusty as well (see green box in photo), and I cannot remove the washer, so I'm not convinced that the ground has proper contact with the frame. No error codes Used multimeter, battery puts out about 13V (I think? I don't know much about electrical stuff) Last week when testing the battery with the multimeter, I turned the car off. Then tried to start again, and got the immobilizer key on dash. Pulled key, locked/unlocked doors, tried to start, got the immobilizer again. Repeat x3 before giving up. 2 days ago, I brought my portable power pack and jump-started the Smart, started fine, no battery light. Let it idle for 5 minutes before unhooking the jump cables. Battery light came on within 10 seconds of removing the jump cables. I can't find a parasitic draw anywhere (doesn't mean there isn't one, just that I can't find anything) All fuses good I've also been having an issue for over 2years with a drastic loss of power when on the highway. The car won't go more than 90km/hr, even in 6th gear. I used to keep it in 5th for maximum torque. Replaced turbo TWICE, did EGR valves, replaced clutch, transmission ok, and no error codes. Please help me figure this out! I've spent over $3,000 fixing this car in the past 1.5 years alone, and I'm not putting any more money into guesswork. If I can't figure this out, I have to get rid of the car. I'd like to keep it, but I'm out of ideas on what to check or do to figure out what's going on. **Photo from Evilution
  4. My 450 CDI cranks but doesn't start. Suddenly after a round of two maintenance tasks (see below). It started briefly but conked out. It cranks very well but it sounds way too smooth. Not sure if this is the sound of no injectors injecting. With the good weather finally here in Ontario, I decided to clear two maintenance items that were backlogged over the winter. 1) ABS reluctor ring replacement (Mine had a big crack in it. Discovered it in the late fall when replacing my rear wheel bearings). Took 3 weeks for the replacement rings it to arrive from UK. It got way too cold and I am without garage. Somehow the ring held up over the winter. 2) Rubber intake turbo hose (Mine had a patch over the wear hole that was duct taped and hosed clamped to get by). The patch was working well enough that replacement got pushed out to today. But it was leaking (by the look of oil blow mess in the area). I did the intake hose first. It is a bit awkward to get it in and out. But I did it before to inspect and patch the old one. I don't think I buggered anything up in the process. But I could have. I just wormed the old one out and wormed the new one in. Didn't remove any connectors etc. The only hard part is getting the hose onto the intake manifold. I "should have" tested it at that point. But I didn't. Lesson learned. I then replaced the passenger side (RHS) ABS reluctor ring. I did this by disconnecting the X to the De Dion tube and gently jacking up on the motor. You can get just enough space for the shaft to clear the hub. I didn't pull the shaft from the transmission but replaced the reluctor ring "in situ" (Dremel grinding tool is very handy to clean up the body). The rings are an interference fit so there was some work with a brass drift to get the ring in place. I'm suspicious of the turbo intake hose replacement. It is right by the fuel injection hoses. Maybe I flexed something too much. But would the gentle "lift" of the engine stress something in a bad way? What I'm thinking: 1) Check to see if fuel is getting to the rail and check the electrical connections to the injectors. 2) Check to see what may have been pulled out of place when jacking then engine up (could not have been more than 1 inch or so). 3) Check the crank sensor? It is close to the drive shaft. Maybe it got mangled with my messing around with the crank shaft. Any other ideas on what I might have disrupted today? Any hints on diagnosing the problem? I don't have a proper manual for this car so I'm a bit lost as to where all the components are located. Thanks, Mike
  5. I removed a couple of hoses from my 2006 CDI. I did this to make space to remove the intercooler. But when I disconnected the hoses, a liquid came out, which it seems like water with coolant. Does this type of car uses water as a coolant? If so, were shall I add water to replace the one drained from the hoses???? Thanks for you help.
  6. All parts sold as of July 19.
  7. Hi, I'm looking for a Key FOB for a 2005 Smart ForTwo cdi. Someone in Toronto will be copying it for me so if you are in the area that would be ideal. Please send a pm or email me if you have one. steve@communitycomposting.org Thanks so much! Steve
  8. Thanks to FlossyTheSmart, we now have an interactive smart 450 Registry available under the pull down menu towards the top of the page, just above the advertisement banner. It is labelled as Car Registries. Please feel free to peruse these data. If you click on a VIN, more detailed data concerning the car will become visible. We rely on our members in part to keep these data reasonably up to date, so please, if you have corrections or updates to offer concerning any car, send Mike T or FlossyTheSmart a private message or email. http://clubsmartcar.com/index.php?app=ccs&module=pages&section=pages&id=7 Disclaimer: ClubsmartCar (being the collectivity of forum members and other contributors to this Registry) provides all data contained within this Registry without cost and "as is", without any express or implied warranties as to their accuracy with respect to any data concerning all motor vehicles contained therein. This also excludes any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, such as in assisting in making a decision to purchase or not purchase a used car. ClubsmartCar has compiled all the information contained in this Registry in good faith. ClubsmartCar has taken reasonable care to ensure this information is accurate. However, ClubsmartCar cannot accept liability for any claims, actions and demands arising from or relating to losses due to the accuracy of any of the information contained within this Registry. Should you have any comments to make regarding this Registry and its contents, please send a PM to FlossyTheSmart or Mike T.