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@  smart65 : (19 August 2016 - 06:55 AM) Ours has auto though.
@  smart65 : (19 August 2016 - 06:54 AM) Good choice. We've had a similar model since July 2012. No regrets!
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 09:09 PM) no led lights or navigation screens.... oops....
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 09:08 PM) 2.0 litre, 155 hp, and thank goodness, no LED lights of van screens on the base model... cruise, stereo, info display, AC.... all I need! It's a wonder you can get something like this still.
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 09:06 PM) 65 cubic feet cargo room behind the front row with second row flat, a must for me now.....
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 09:05 PM) Gone is the Volvo V50 T5 FWD automatic.... I got $4500 trade, which with the tax savings got me $5040 of my $5500 total out of pocket on purchase and tax and repairs... not bad for a years driving.... the mazda has a 5 year UNLIMITED kms warranty on the powertrain.... and 3 years unlimited kms bumper to bumper.... unreal. Looks like it can do 6.0 on the highway, just anecdotally from the trip meter in the vehicle, but we'll see soon enough.
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 09:02 PM) Tuesday night, I spent about 5 hours on the net doing a bit more looking into new vehicles... and long story short, decided by 2 am Wednesday that I was likely to get a new Mazda CX-5 in FWD with a 6 speed manual.... Went into the dealer at 4 Wednesday and was done the deal by 6... picked up the dark grey base model at 1 pm today, and so far, I'm pretty impressed. Therefore, the k has become an m....
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 08:54 PM) but we've read about this issue before!!!
@  smartzuum : (18 August 2016 - 08:53 PM) what the heck???? how do they screw that up? bad
@  Mike T : (18 August 2016 - 06:42 PM) oh man
@  Surturiel : (18 August 2016 - 10:21 AM) (but they asked to send them the bill, so they will refund me)
@  Surturiel : (18 August 2016 - 10:20 AM) now I need to fix my front fender that they broke because they put the rear wheels on the right and the front ones on the left...
@  Surturiel : (18 August 2016 - 10:19 AM) the guys at kaltire paid me 40 for all of them T.T
@  Surturiel : (18 August 2016 - 10:19 AM) I had to leave them behind, Mike T. nowhere to put them...
@  cadillacman : (15 August 2016 - 04:49 PM) or go to http://clubsmartcar....showtopic=28124
@  cadillacman : (15 August 2016 - 04:49 PM) pick any topic on this forum and then replace the topic # at then end of the url
@  moi : (15 August 2016 - 12:51 PM) this website and,I are not getting along at all...methinks I am just not good with computers. LOL. I need a tutor or something.
@  moi : (15 August 2016 - 12:50 PM) how do I look up topic 28124?
@  moi : (15 August 2016 - 12:50 PM) Cadillacman
@  Mike T : (14 August 2016 - 06:05 PM) glad you made it.
@  Mike T : (14 August 2016 - 06:05 PM) Left near Dryden?
@  Mike T : (14 August 2016 - 06:05 PM) What did you do with the three good tires you had before?
@  Surturiel : (14 August 2016 - 11:36 AM) Unfortunately I bought them from Kaltire, and though they replace them no questions asked, the nearest store is in Ontario...
@  Surturiel : (14 August 2016 - 11:35 AM) Now I need to replace the intercooler and find a way to trade these 185/60s...
@  Surturiel : (14 August 2016 - 11:34 AM) So, we (me and the car) survived the trip! I'm in Halifax!
@  Surturiel : (14 August 2016 - 11:34 AM) Hey, people
@  moi : (14 August 2016 - 11:27 AM) Consider it done!! Membership is inexpensive and and I am way below novice. Love the car very much but am too inexperienced to deal with these things.
@  cadillacman : (14 August 2016 - 08:00 AM) see topic 28124 on this forum
@  cadillacman : (14 August 2016 - 07:54 AM) smartest tool you can purchase at this point is a membership to http://www.evilution.co.uk/
@  Mike T : (14 August 2016 - 07:49 AM) Unscrew the SAM from the front edge of the dash - T-10. Then it's easier to pull the whole thing down and get at the top side where all the connectors are. They're all labelled, molded into the SAM casing. N11-3 with the brown plug.
@  moi : (14 August 2016 - 07:43 AM) PS...I gotta read up on how one discerns which 'connector' is the right one...I imagine there is something already on the forum to show how to identify each connector.
@  moi : (14 August 2016 - 07:40 AM) You guys are much appreciated by this pure amateur.
@  moi : (14 August 2016 - 07:39 AM) I wish someone knowledgeable lived closer to Owen Sound..
@  moi : (14 August 2016 - 07:38 AM) It's interesting that when I started to remove the cardboard cover that hides the SAM the actual unit was already unclipped and dangling...the dealer I got it from must have been monkeying about in there. The thing cranks rapidly but won't start and there is no fuel pump sound.
@  Mike T : (13 August 2016 - 10:07 AM) Yes I should have! oops
@  cadillacman : (13 August 2016 - 09:54 AM) I think Mike should have said N11-3
@  Mike T : (13 August 2016 - 09:54 AM) For clarity, what I called "connector" below in the first post is actually the whole plug or plug head (brown plastic) but elsewhere it means the single electrical contact within the plug.
@  Mike T : (13 August 2016 - 09:29 AM) With respect to replacing the plug head, the plastic bit will be enough but if the corrosion or heat damage on the female connector is too bad you can replace that single connector.
@  Mike T : (13 August 2016 - 09:28 AM) Take out the N-11-2 connector and look for melting. If there is melting, if you are lucky replacing the plug head (repair kit available from Mercedes) will revive the SAM. And that plus both headlight circuits require an external relay to protect the SAM. There are threads in the operations and maintenance forum about this.
@  moi : (13 August 2016 - 09:10 AM) PS....so...how does one clean those "plugs"? Spray? Sandpaper? Mini wire brush? Shotgun?? Just kidding on hat one....maybe.
@  moi : (13 August 2016 - 09:08 AM) Mike T. Thanks very much for the comeback. My little Smart Passion will crank over vigorously but NO sound of the fuel pump running. Methinks it is time for me and "Sam" to have a visit....
@  smartzuum : (12 August 2016 - 09:26 PM) Last chance on canada1 at $6500 before I roll it over 100km soon.... :) If you are quick, you can do the honour!
@  Mike T : (12 August 2016 - 07:32 PM) plugs. Little captive connectors.
@  moi : (12 August 2016 - 08:47 AM) I have not looked at the unit itself but wonder what the connectors look like. Plug ins? Spades?
@  moi : (12 August 2016 - 08:45 AM) You advised that you cleaned the connections on the SAM unit...how did you go about it please?
@  moi : (12 August 2016 - 08:43 AM) Dank1945
@  Surturiel : (11 August 2016 - 10:03 AM) (Eddie's flash and losing turbo pressure=richer, not complete burn, I guess...)
@  Surturiel : (11 August 2016 - 10:01 AM) Ah, and because of the hole in the intercooler, the car is running richer and puffing smoke every once and a while (it never did before)
@  Surturiel : (11 August 2016 - 09:59 AM) On the plus side, the tires are taller, and a lot softer than the ecoContacts...
@  Surturiel : (11 August 2016 - 09:57 AM) Like, one week using that tire...


New CDI Owner needing Service Advice

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#1 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:50 PM

Hi,I would like to introduce myself- recently bought an 05 Passion CDI Cabrio; was purchased in Calgary and shipped to Van.Has more options than I thought, including factory CD Changer, Heated Seats, AC, Premium Sound Package- no fog lights.. the original ship note FOB/ FAS Vancouver was included w/ the docs listing all options.It has 76000 kms on the odometer: North Van Mercedes were pretty disappointing as far as support- I had a few questions regarding maintenance- I have no idea what type of a service history this car has- got it as a gift; service adviser said the car is so reliable it will not need anything until 80000 kms. Apparently the electronic service history is not available through Mercedes from another province. Depends on how many G notes you flash I guess...Are there others recommended to service 450's besides Mercedes who are possibly more knowledgeable and less 'Mercedes' like... Not too worried about price, more quality and characterThe car I believe was taken care of, however, as an Alberta vehicle, registered in BC recently I am wondering where to check for rust as well as other cold weather weak spots that wouldn't otherwise appear in Vancouver both mechanically and cosmetically. Would like someone to look at the undercarriage.Very happy with it so far- it's amazing being 6'1'' 210 lbs and being able to sit in this car that feels full size- my cross the bridge commute has since become much more interesting as opposed to driving my ostentatious luxury cars that are now more or less sitting in my garage until the weekend.How do I begin to care for this unconventional masterpiece? Most importantly how do i refill the windshield washer fluid without having a smooth talking Mercedes tech tell me I have to bring it to him how to do it? How disappointing the Mercedes dealership was... How must I care for the side panels without damaging the plastic and paint- what is the right polish to use?Thank you. :D

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#2 Alex

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:59 PM

Flying Tiger! Very strong recommendation.

#3 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

Flying Tiger! Very strong recommendation.

Where are they? I have browsed the web and seen that they are in the GVRD. Too lazy to look- enjoying chatting on this forum-will look now- Thanks- anyone else?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:12 PM

Where are they? I have browsed the web and seen that they are in the GVRD. Too lazy to look- enjoying chatting on this forum-will look now- Thanks- anyone else?

Can you put a tonneau cover in the rear of a CDI Cabrio?

#5 Smart42

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:20 PM

How do I begin to care for this unconventional masterpiece? Most importantly how do i refill the windshield washer fluid without having a smooth talking Mercedes tech tell me I have to bring it to him how to do it?

See: http://www.evilution.co.uk/271


#6 glaughler

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:42 PM

See: http://www.evilution.co.uk/271

Thank you.

#7 Mike T

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

Hi, see if you can add it to our Registry, by letting us know the last 6 numbers of the VIN. We have over three thousand of them registered, so far.Eddy is on the Westminster Highway a couple of km east of the Auto Mall. He is a good guy.Check the undercarriage and under the carpets for rust. If it was winter driven, it could have suffered. At the very least, take the car apartpanels off in the summer and wash it thoroughly, and the underfloor plastic panels too.To refill the washer fluid, use a screwdriver to turn the little slotted bolt in the passenger side vent under the windscreen one wuarter turn, then remove the grille by pulling it towards you. Look inside, at the front of the black plastic block is the filler cap. Grab it and pull hard upwards until the hose comes up to the edge of the aperture, then fill it, re-cap it and push it back home.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:10 PM

Consider an extended warranty on your vehicle before it hits the 80000 km. May protect you for awhile since you have no history.

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