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  1. And that thread is still online if you want a good chuckle.....
  2. Bumping this one back up, as I get requests once a year from someone interested in lifting their smart up a little bit and putting in some larger tires...
  3. LOL, quick update..... So back in December, a used 2019 Hyundai Kona appeared on a Hyundai dealers lot with just 19,000 kms and a very convincing price.... I took the VW in, and made a deal the same day and drove home for less total cost than the difference would have been to get the Kona new as oppised to the eGolf..... the VW clearly was the better vehicle overall I must say, but even knowing that, the range of over 400 kms is well worth the extra out the door... The VW had 19,000 kms on it as well, so it was a real no brainer to swap... $8700 extra after tax. New, a Kona would have been roughly $3000 more than what I was now out of pocket in total.... Good weather is now on the menu in BC, and a 90% charge is giving almost 450 km range... 80% just about 400! I can use as little as 13 kWh/100 km as per the vehicle estimate The VW ID.4 will kick the snot out of the Kona once it is actually available.... but until then..... Already at 36,000 km+ and going to add 20,000 or more this year before winter arrives I think I keep an eye open for smart electrics... saw one once for $8000 which would be an ok deal I think.... although such limited range is an issue, even for a daily commute here in the valley The VW was never intended to be a long range vehicle... we simply upgraded for the longer range after our expectations with an EV were exceeded I have no qualms about taking the Kona cross country at this time.... probably will do a trip to Manitoba this spring at least
  4. LOL.... a flood of posts? You mean from the spring freshet taking out the fraser valley farmland and the fence 'posts'? I cannot imagine there being a trickle of posts.....
  5. This site is critically out of date by many years, and not likely to see an upgrade.... I can still login and get into it from a PC with the latest windows settings....
  6. Hi, Looking for a set of 15" wider wheels/alloys for a 2008+ model 451 gas smart - used is fine..... Cheers, Keith
  7. Don't you need some flex in the muffler set-up? That's why the Brabus were not particularly reliable.... Your set-up there looks really "solid"....
  8. On the 451, if it looks noticeably dark, change it... if it's really dark, change it right away...
  9. The 451 has a huge copper washer that is good for many changes and doesn't need replacing each time. The problem with some 451 is that the change interval in the book is 15,000 kms, which honestly is too long.... and then other issues are, was the correct spec oil used, and was it overfilled.... these are all potential contributing issues to these otherwise pretty reliable engines. smaert cars let you know after an oil change that they are happy, they sound and respond so much better....
  10. OK, well that is operator error for sure! Idiotic over-torqueing stuff....
  11. Read an article on incentives and net prices of the upcoming Rav4 Prime... Quebec sure is making gasoline obsolete! Anyway, there was an interesting remark about the Prius Hybrid and how hybrids far surpass Tesla's in terms of net tailpipe GHG reductions when looked at based on the electric battery size.... ie: more hybrids on the road for the same amount of battery materials... I haven't dug into whatever might exist for the analysis backing this up, but it makes sense. Making a battery with 85kW or 125kW of potential storage "just to cure range anxiety" is pure silliness.... I can see where a 400 km rage vehicle makes a lot of sense (newer Leaf for example), but 200 ish is still going to meet 90% of daily users needs...
  12. Getting closer to 10,000 kms on the eGolf with zero issues. Except occasional brake noise - because they get used so lightly and get pretty dusty.... German build quality shines on this car. It's all the car one really needs, lol. Range is proving itself to be reliably 150-180 useable kms operating between roughly 25% and 90% of battery charge, ie: from 230-240 kms down to around 50-60 remaining...
  13. For wheel locks with a worn out or missing key, I just buy a cheap one size larger socket at Princess auto, bang it on, and voila... I could use a vice I suppose to then re-free the cheap socket, but it happens not too often, so I just toss it all in the scrap bin.... 6 pointers are cheap and do the trick...
  14. Lots of good info on the 2011 era gas smarts here, and also at the smart car of america forums.... cars are the pretty much the same for the USA / Canada except for a few minor differences....
  15. Car drives remarkably better,,,, we both drove it individually, I went a second time.... night and day difference in shifting and the engine itself sounds better This has sort of always been noted on smarts from my experience of several hundred thousand kms over 15 years, but this car really benefitted