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  1. Holy moly... MOST AMAZING TRANSFORMATION! MILD TO WILD! 9 SEC SMART CAR! WORLD'S FASTEST! RT66!
  2. My original 450 was also blue/black, and although it was not the car I originally ordered, it grew to be my favourite colour combo. I sold it to a friend, and he sold it on, and I don't know where my little guy ended up. If you ever see a black and blue 450 coupe with the sliding sunroof, it might be my old one.
  3. There's barely anything left of the donor Mini in the end. You could probably do something similar with a smart, but… why?
  4. I’m curious how the car was legally titled and registered there… the CDI wasn’t legal to import into the USA, if memory serves.
  5. It's on page 85 of the manual. https://www.smartusa.com/resources/downloads/manuals/2015/ev_owners_manual.pdf
  6. Most people replace the fronts with LED discs, and never worry about replacing a bulb again. There are elliptical LEDs that are a fit for the rears as well, if I'm not mistaken. I had to replace my rear fenders after some body damage, and I opted to not replace the "pods".
  7. The next time we're over visiting my brother and sister-in-law on Salt Spring Island, we definitely plan to do more driving and hiking around Vancouver Island, up to (and beyond) Nanaimo. We'll have to swing by and say hi!
  8. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/smart-goes-esuv-compact-giant-new-urban-spirit-daniel-lescow/?trackingId=jY1T0g4tTrmI0CQuFxSvNg%3D%3D
  9. It's actually the other way around. The original design had skinny tires all around, but after failing the swerve test, they put wider tires on the rear and made ESP/ABS standard equipment. A set of BRABUS wheels will be slightly wider all around.
  10. What are O/S and N/S? Can you please translate to "left" and "right"?
  11. I loved my 450 and never liked the gas 451 transmission or engine. The 451 ED changed all that. Loved my 451 ED, just wish it had a bit more range. The drivetrain on this generation was 100% Daimler-Benz, if I'm not mistaken. Earlier iterations had been co-developed with Tesla, but the final ED was all Benz.
  12. What is that exactly? Some kind of oil cooler?
  13. I hope you were driving it at the time!
  14. At the very least, you now have a whole lot of parts.