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The "END"

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Yup yup yup!

Guys, today was an emotional one! This morning I have to removed all my personal stuff as CD's, tool box, snow brush, tires repairs kit, flashlight, license plate, etc... form my "reliable lemon". After 8 years, 1 month, 11 days and 282,389km behind the steering wheel and an unumbered amount of hours to dirty my hands on this car, it was time to passed the key of this thing to its new owner.

Fortunately, I'll be able to come back here sometimes to remember to myself all these memories and all these adventures we live with this little rolling thing. All our road trips, all these repairs, all these failures and issues... I didn't know that I was so attached to this car. It's a part of my own identity and personality who goes out from my driveway today! So... I would share with you this event guys...

I still don't know which other make of car will replaced the smart but it'll be hard to don't go back with an old reliable Mercedes-Benz product.

Have a great weekend!

Dom

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Thanks for the info Dom, all the best. And good idea to stay away from M-B, their cars are crap.

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Tabarouette! Another passionate owner kisses his smart goodbye...

I understand your feelings Dom, and I wouldn't like to be in your shoes.
Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for the smart and bonne chance with your next vehicle!

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Best of luck in the future!

I've enjoyed all your adventures and your repair skills are remarkable! If you ever travel this way don't forget to look us up!

Cheers mate! :beerchug:

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yes best of luck to you as well... I am now considering doing the same, my 450 is in constantly challenging my mechanical abilities and electrical knowledge.

three bars, the VIN snafu with NY, and now what i feared a possible gearbox fail ... I may be right behind you ...

take care and check in once in a while and say HI... Steveg.

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Good luck Dom. Never say never. you might find a little 450 driven by a little old lady to church once a week and give it a new home.

:)

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The little old lady's car would have a clogged EGR and never had an oil change ;)

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The little old lady's car would have a clogged EGR and never had an oil change ;)

Yah Mike, and that is exactly why I am getting nervous with my 10 year old Smarts. Low mileage, infrequent usage and long storage periods. From what I am reading lately I get the impression that all of them will self destruct in the next two years. We have literally never had a problem with them (okay, air conditioning lines that Mercedes replaced) and I can't help but feel it's all going to happen at once. sigh......... I still love driving these things though. Top down, going back and forth to work the last few days, too cool. Makes this 53 year old feel like he's 35. :) Maybe Dom will buy one. :)

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Change the oil annually or every 5000 km and you will be fine.

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Sorry to hear you've said goodbye Dom. Thanks for your help in the past.

Keep in touch with us all as we struggle on with our little vehicles.

A la prochaine.

2seat

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Hi Folks!

Thanks for all your good wishes guys. But you know... life goes on after the "smart life". So here is some news about what is going on since I sold my smart.

Some of you already now that now that we live in a remote cottage from a remote village where the roads are not plowed during winter, the smart became a real problem to get out for work, grocery, water (we have no tap water), etc... so, an AWD car wasn't an option here. That's why we bought an old subaru impreza last december. This car is just amazing in snow! We were very very satisfied about this car for all the last winter. I still remember a morning of last march where Marianne get out to start her smart and when she came back in the house she said: "Dom! We are trapped! There are snow over the wheels of my smart and over the subaru bumper! What will we do?" I said: "We will take the subaru dear and we will go to work!" I took a picture of this morning where I falled in love with subaru...

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So, even if this car is amazing in snow, unfortunately, it's not a young car. A 1999 car who's 4 seasons drived on over 300,000km could failed at anytime so when I sold the smart in last march, I realy needes another car who can drive over 6 hours in the same day without any chance to get stuck on the road. I saw and tryed alot of cars. Some 4matic mercedes-benz, suzuki SX4, toyota rav4, newer subaru: forester, impreza, legacy etc...

I spent close to buy a mercedes-benz E320 4matic 2004 but during the road test with seller, the check engine light and ESP/ABS goes on. Well... does I realy want a car who should have the same electricals gremlins as a smart but more $$$ and anoying to repair?? The answer was difinitely NOT!

I finally stoped my choice on a 2005 subaru Outback manual 5 speeds well équiped. It's the same car as a subaru legacy but the suspension is 2 inches higher from the ground. As I was realy satified with our old impreza, this choice inspired me more than another "Merdecedes-benz" product. So, here is the beast!

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Of course, I bought this car for a cheap price because there was same repairs to do on it like link kit, swaybar bushings, timing belt, wheel bearing etc... But when I did the front swaybar bushing, I saw an oil leak under the engine. After a quick wash and a short drive, I finally came to the conclusion that the left head gasket was leaking. I read on some subaru forum that almost all subaru 2,5L boxer engine are prone to head gasket issues. Well... fortunately these boxer (flat pistons) engines seems to be far more easy to work on than my previous OM660 800cc turbodiesel.

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I still understanding something interesting by selling the smart and buying another brand of car. A car is a car! Regardless of brand, model, year, or price, whatever you do, a day will come when it will get our hands dirty! I hope that our Outback will be a reliable car after all the repairs needed. Cause if it doesn't... our next vehicle could be an( ALD) "ALL LEGS DRIVE" véhicle. Something like a reliable horse or camel maybe! Haha! :lol2:

So guys, I miss my smart every time I fill one of our subaru. Yeeeaaaap! If someday you dream of a car who drink like a pickup truck, buy a subaru! :P But seriously, the smart 450 CDI will always fascinate and will always be an interesting car for me. We never have say never eh! Because we can get the man out from the smart but we can't get the smart out of the man!

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Have a good week guys!

Dom (amost healed from smart) :P

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Yes, don't ever buy a post-1995 Mercedes! Guaranteed problems $$$$$

Good photos and story, we miss you buddy!

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I miss this club and this forum too Mike! I hope there are great peoples like the ones I met here on some subaru clubs.

Long lasting to csc and please, continu to be a precious source of useful technicals information and a very precious source of good peoples. Never have to loose it!

Dom

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I had a 2002 ML320. It was great. I didn't have to do anything to except of roil changes and brake pads until it hit 220,000kms.

The 2005 E320 4matic wagon I have now has also been a great vehicle. I actually had more problems with my 1995 E320 than both my ML and newer e-class.

The 2001 CLK55 was a different story though - it was a low production model - only 2000 sold worlwide for both years with that chassis. Parts were always backordered from Germany.

All-in-all I've had good look with MBs both pre-Chrysler and post.

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Hi Dom, be sure to oil spray those Subaru's very well, pay attention to the rear quarters, engine bay and use lots of grease/anti seize on the all the hardware when you fix it, for some reason the Japanese cars don't have the same plating on the hardware that Germans do. Enjoy the winter fun those cars offer, awd is simply amazing. Head gaskets are prone on them as you discovered, there is lots of info on how to make them better/what to do. They are capable cars, seen several with high kms but rusty bodies. Other then rust and gasket leaks not much else to worry about on them.

Does your girlfriend still have a smart? One still around?

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Just back from 3+ weeks in New Zealand and saw lots of Subarus. Seems like one in four or five was a Subaru.

And it's pronounced "su-BAR-u" over there.

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Hi Dom, be sure to oil spray those Subaru's very well, pay attention to the rear quarters, engine bay and use lots of grease/anti seize on the all the hardware when you fix it, for some reason the Japanese cars don't have the same plating on the hardware that Germans do. Enjoy the winter fun those cars offer, awd is simply amazing. Head gaskets are prone on them as you discovered, there is lots of info on how to make them better/what to do. They are capable cars, seen several with high kms but rusty bodies. Other then rust and gasket leaks not much else to worry about on them.

Does your girlfriend still have a smart? One still around?

Yeah! Thanks for your advices. I'll miss the plastic body pannels for this reason. But for the hardware, I'm already that kind of guy who don't screw back any screw without any antiseize or loctite (as required). So far, screws and nuts seem to be in better shape (rust) on the subaru than my smart and our outback is one year older than my smart so... I don't saw a big difference about the bolts plating and rust between smart and subaru. Then, it way far more easy to work a boxer engine in a subaru than working on an OM660 in a smart diesel. Everything seems to be easy to replaced or removed on a boxer: Alternator, starter, timing components, plugs, wires... even the engine seems to be easiest to removed than on a smart cdi. So... time will reveal if our choice was the good one.

Marianne still own her cabrio but it's for sale now. She don't want to drive it one more winter in here. There are too much snow and too much wind beside the sea so, I think the smart is the worst car to drive where we live now. She look for a 2008-2010 hatchback impreza,

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