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      [IMPORTANT] Club smart Car Website Migration - July 2024   07/07/2024

      Hello everyone, we will be looking to migrate the Club smart Car website to a new web host and update the software so that it is on the latest version and has security features such as HTTPS:// which is now the industry standard. A lot of web browsers are marking the website as Not Secure due to this.   In the coming days, you may notice this website go offline in its current form. You will be redirected to a new website URL which will be in use to direct you to the new version of the website. We are hoping to obtain the ownership of clubsmartcar.ca and clubsmartcar.com so you can continue using these links in the near future.   The new forum will look slightly different aesthetically, but will contain all the forum posts from the many years this community has existed! This was the most important to the group looking to keep the community going. Your usernames and passwords will also remain the same.   Unfortunately, the Wiki portions (including the VIN database) will not be able to be migrated in its current form, but the list is preserved and we will look to have the information available again in time. The chatbox will also be removed.   This step is important for the continuity of this community. We are very grateful to those who have graciously run the website in the past, however, currently we have no guarantees of the website continuing on, so we are taking these steps while we can, to keep Club smart Car going into the future.   If you have any questions, please comment in this thread. Otherwise, please stay tuned for the new website URL!   Thank you, -Awesys
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Smartz RIP

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The renowned UK based Smartz Smart car forum appears to be gone forever.  Same fate as OnSmart, Smart Mania and thesmartclub. 

 

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The only active UK forum just now is theroadsternet and Smartmaniacs seems to be in its last leg as last post was nine months ago. 

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It has been almost 19 years since we first worked on these cars. And many are still trying to keep them running. I can still remember the waiting list for the first couple of years in Canada.

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This site will stay active as long as the more experienced members help freely the new members repair their cars and advise them, imho.
Yes this site has slowed down over the summer months as we all have other issues etc to deal with or summer vacations etc, but I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon.
Just my bent nickle's worth...lol.

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5 hours ago, FlyingTigerDevelopment said:

I can still remember the waiting list for the first couple of years in Canada.

It's the circle of life of all cars with character.

 

The first buyers were keeners....I for example was on a waiting list between summer 2002 and the very start of 2005 before mine came in. We were all doing road trips together, it was great.

 

We are now in the "malaise" era of the use car cycle, where the typical buyer of a smart diesel (especially) doesn't see it as anything other than a cheap POS to be run into the ground and then scrapped.

 

The few survivors that make it to 25 years and beyond - I'm going to guess at most 2000 cars in decent running condition, of the over 10,000 sold - may be rediscovered by collectors of oddball vehicles and some will be cherished. As they approach age 30, they may actually begin to gain in collector value. In 2031 mine will become eligible for collector plates and that's what I'm going to do. It will have well over 250,000 km by then.

 

Eddy, if you still have a good stock of BRABUS and other good parts for them, your place will be even more of a smart-Mecca than it was in the old days!

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Looking back when I took Rommie off the road on 2013 for a cleanup / modifications and still working on her to the present day. Not as fast as I want it go though but I'm not going stop. But what is still nice to see and hear younger generation still pointing ,waving and positive comments as I drive by with the brabus. 

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Like Mike T i put a down payment on a smart back in 2002. When I finally received mine back in Dec 2004 it became my daily driver. and remains so to this day.

I have driven smart cars to BC, Florida, and Newfoundland in Feb.   I still love driving them.

 

Last August I was able to buy a highly modified smart with only 38,000 kms. It should be remembered that I have parted out half a dozen smarts so I should be able to keep my smart on the road for many years to come.

 

I'm in it for the long haul :D

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On 2023-08-15 at 9:59 PM, MikeT said:

 

It's the circle of life of all cars with character.

 

The first buyers were keeners....I for example was on a waiting list between summer 2002 and the very start of 2005 before mine came in. We were all doing road trips together, it was great.

 

We are now in the "malaise" era of the use car cycle, where the typical buyer of a smart diesel (especially) doesn't see it as anything other than a cheap POS to be run into the ground and then scrapped.

 

The few survivors that make it to 25 years and beyond - I'm going to guess at most 2000 cars in decent running condition, of the over 10,000 sold - may be rediscovered by collectors of oddball vehicles and some will be cherished. As they approach age 30, they may actually begin to gain in collector value. In 2031 mine will become eligible for collector plates and that's what I'm going to do. It will have well over 250,000 km by then.

 

Eddy, if you still have a good stock of BRABUS and other good parts for them, your place will be even more of a smart-Mecca than it was in the old days!

We have a small collection on hand. And always buying close out inventories from dealers around the world. There are over 10 cars being parted at this moment. Many discontinued servicing parts are also in the works to be re-manufactured

 

I will try to support for as long as I can until full retirement. When that day comes. There will be a big open house garage sale. :)

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Unlike Mike T and Smart142 (Glenn) I haven't been in it quite as long, but after acquiring my first smart (an '05 coupe) in 2007, I liked it so much that a year later, I got an '06 Cabrio.  The '05 is my winter-beater and the '06 is my summer transport.  Each is a daily driver during their own seasons.  My "big" car is a 4-door '89 Honda Civic for those rare times that I need to tow a trailer.

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Oh all right then, we're doing photos......

 

The first one that we factory specced in early 2004: 

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The BRABUS Canada 1 we bought in Toronto in 2010 off lease with 380 km on the odometer, here photographed at speed on the local racetrack in 2022:

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