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VESS Speaker Location?

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Hey all, going to be picking up an old 2013/2014 Smart ED now that they’re hitting sub $5k on the used market for commuting purposes. 

 

I’ve test driven a few and they ride fine for the size, but I’ve noticed the virtual engine sound system is much much louder than on my i-MiEV or my past Ioniq electric. Annoyingly so. 

 

Anyone here know where the speaker for the VESS is located so I can access it and lower the volume manually?

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I've never had any sound coming from my Smart ED. What country are you in? I'm in Canada. Maybe there's a requirement for that where you are located? In my opinion, that would be really annoying and I don't think I would want to buy a car that produced artificial noise like that. Hopefully you can turn that garbage off.

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Yeah in USA most EVs produce some sort of sound when below 20mph. Oddly my Tesla doesn’t. I know some VESS speakers are easily accessible like the one on the Fiat 500e. If anything I would just want to duct tape over it to make it slightly less obnoxious. 

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I just purchased a 2013 one in red earlier this week. When it arrives from a carrier (hopefully next week...?) I’ll take a look and see if I can find the speaker without having to tear too much things apart. 

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It's located down in the front of the car, on the passenger side.  :)

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Excellent! So are you just looking through the front hood opening for this photo? Trying to orient the angle. 

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Yes, looking down with the service flap removed.  You can see the passenger side wheel rim at the top of the photo.....:)

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