Chicago Area Smart Car Enthusiasts


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Comment by Itasca Mark on January 1, 2014 at 4:15pm

Happy Snow Year to all...

Thought I'd let everyone know I bought a set of four Blizzak snow tires and installed them on the stock rims. I drove them through four snow events including New Years Eve and NY Day. 

This is the 5th winter I’ve driven the smart but the first with snow tires. What an incredible difference they make. The car grips and corners much better. I like to have fun in the snow and folks were shocked that I was able to zip by and around them. The look on their faces was priceless. When they caught up with me at red lights a couple of folks asked me how the car could handle so well in the snow.

As an added bonus when the road is dry the tires ride a bit softer then the stock tires as well. They absorb the bumps just a bit better.

If you have been thinking about buying snow tires they are definitely worth it.    

Comment by Bert Monsen on July 18, 2013 at 12:19am

I have discovered a local repair shop that works on foreign cars including Smarts. It is called 'Gearhead Auto Sales and Repair, Inc." 575 Forest Ave. Glen Ellyn, IL. 630-469-4353. It is in the heart of the downtown area. Very friendly. Glen Ellyn is an upscale town where many residents drive expensive foreign cars, so they expect good quality car service. It sure is nice to have someone other then the dealerships available.


Comment by james g on June 8, 2013 at 8:43pm

i might be able to do the saturday big star, might take that day off from work, with the holiday week, work is pretty much shut down, i'd be jammin tunes at my desk and goofing off at work (i recently got a huge raise and i'd feel real bad about that)

Comment by Itasca Mark on June 6, 2013 at 9:17am


Is the Big Star event happening? If so what time are we meeting? Later afternoon or evening works better for me.

Comment by Itasca Mark on May 21, 2013 at 10:28pm

Sounds like fun little drive to me. If no one I know plans a grad party methinks we'll be there.

Comment by denise fred olderr on May 21, 2013 at 8:05pm

if im here but i might be goin to vegas then

Comment by Bert Monsen on May 21, 2013 at 6:50pm

In checking the events for Smart, I noticed that the electric is coming to Chicago on Saturday, July 6th...Big Star Chicago, 1531 N. Damen Ave. CHicago, 11 am - 7 pm.  Might be another reason the get together...anyone interested?

Comment by Itasca Mark on May 18, 2013 at 10:00pm

I vote for Saturday day or evening. I like the idea of meeting at car shows and other interesting events.

Comment by Bert Monsen on May 15, 2013 at 11:30am

Thanks to the few who were able and willing to meet for brunch this last Sunday. Sorry more of you were unable to make it and I apologize for setting this up on Mother's Day as I never gave it a thought when I set the date...only was trying to set it for our usual day of the month.

We discussed future meets and I really need your input. PLEASE get back to me with your thoughts...what day of the week would you like to see?  Location(s)?  Some suggested we go (as spectators),  to some of these area car shows on a Friday or Saturday night where we could look at the cars and eat at a local restaurant.

Robert, from the car wash in Roselle hopes we can still meet at his facility for a wash (discounted), and then go to that good restaurant (Bentley's) near by.

Again, post your thoughts on this, pro and con.  Should we continue to set a meet for the same day each month or vary it? Daytime? Nighttime? Go with the status quo? Let us know.


Comment by denise fred olderr on May 11, 2013 at 5:55pm

glad i checked almost was gonna go to the other one



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