Chicago Area Smart Car Enthusiasts


Chicago Area Smart Car Enthusiasts

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Comment by LeMayzingSmartie on September 20, 2011 at 12:57pm

@clicker.  I'm very glad that one of the new dealerships is in St. Charles, especially since I picked up my used 2008 red Cabrio last night from Toyota of Naperville.  Besides the convertible, the upgrades from my (crashed) 2009 Passion include the better radio (6 CD) and heated seats.

Comment by Chanda Foucher on September 20, 2011 at 4:37am

Hey Guys, 

They ended up only having two cars for the parade.  It was me and one other guy.  Unfortuately it was a last minute plan for them, so none of us got any notice, lol.  I'll ask them if they want to do the same theme next year and try to let you guys know in July if it's a go :)

Comment by clicker on September 16, 2011 at 11:22am
Sooooo, with 2 new dealerships is it time to dust the cobwebs off of this group?
Comment by Itasca Mark on September 15, 2011 at 10:08pm


My drop top has been up and down and up and down for two years with no issuestet. As long as you make sure you hear two clicks when you put back the side rails all will be fine.   

Comment by LeMayzingSmartie on September 15, 2011 at 2:02pm

@Itasca Mark, @Chanda--


Yeah, I would have tried to make the parade with more notice, too. 


Unfortunately I am "smart-less" right now.  I got sideswiped by a Toyota Tundra on 8/18 on the Reagan Tollway in Lisle.  My smart kept me mostly safe (gash on head, pulled neck and chest muscles, minor scrapes and bumps), but paid the ultimate price when it smashed into the concrete wall. 


However, the insurance paid off nicely, and I'm in the market for a used smart.  Got my eye on a 2008 convertible.


Any comments from convertible owners about problems with the top?  Any special maintenance?  Problems with operation, reliability, or sturdiness?

Comment by Forest on September 15, 2011 at 1:42pm

This group may grow. 2 more smart centers in the Chicago area were just announced on the front page. 


Still not help in MN

Comment by Itasca Mark on August 13, 2011 at 1:15pm



the parade sounded like fun. I saw some of the parade on TV this morning. Chanda, if they make the offer next year give us at least a week's notice, a month would be better. I'm bettinga bunch of us would be there. 

Comment by clicker on August 12, 2011 at 1:03am

To short of a notice for me.


Comment by Chanda Foucher on August 11, 2011 at 6:53pm
I know the Program Director at WVON RADIO in Chicago. WVON has a SMART idea for this Saturday Aug 13. WVON RADIO would to participate in the Bud Billikin Parade on Chicagos S.Side 39th to 55th on MLK drive with a SMART attitude. If WVON can get at least 6 Smart Car Owners to participate they have a place in the parade for your car. the parade starts at 10 am with the line up starting around 8:30. our position is in the first 1/2 of the parade participants so we wvon most likely wil be on tv. Please e-mail Todd asap if you are interested.
Comment by LeMayzingSmartie on August 9, 2011 at 3:01pm
From the Loeber Motors newsletter:

Smart Exceeds White House-Proposed Fuel Efficiency Standards for 2025


Unfortunately, the smart does NOT get more than 56.2 miles per gallon!  (Except for the electric, which Loeber doesn't sell, and perhaps a few crazy hypermilers.)


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