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Comment by clicker on January 27, 2012 at 10:50am

Who is going to the autoshow?

Comment by Itasca Mark on January 1, 2012 at 12:01pm

Fred,

The reviews are mixed. Some folks say you absolutely need them, others say they are not needed, some like myself say can't hurt, probably would help.

I've been through two full winters and find the car has trouble when starting up after a full stop at an intersection or turning lane where there is 7" or more of compacted snow. What I mean by compacted is this; snow that has been driven through or plowed from a main thoroughfare across the turning lane of the street your currently on. Our cars are very light and when challenged with "thick", heavy snow they struggle to get started after being stopped. Know you will also lose some traction when changing lanes and driving over windrows of snow. No big deal if you are aware, anticipate and adjust accordingly.

I’ve only been stuck once and it was my fault because I was testing the car to see how much snow it could handle before being stuck.

As an aside I carry a folding shovel, tow rope and screwdriver (to pop the cap off the tow hook thread) and know where my tow hook is located because it always a good idea to be prepared.

I don’t have snow tires and use my smart (the professor) as my everyday car. To me the bottom line is - if you drive intelligently you will be OK 99% of the time.

Comment by denise fred olderr on January 1, 2012 at 3:39am

ok so i need tires, i have put it off too long, i got a nail in the front right plus they r balding, so now with it winter, do i have to have snow tires, just so i know b4 i go and buy the others

 

Comment by Bert Monsen on December 29, 2011 at 2:11pm

JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW...WE WIILL SUSPEND OF MONTHLY MEET-N-EAT GATHERINGS FOR THE MONTHS OF JANUARY AND FEBRUARY DUE TO THE USUALLY INCLEMENT WEATHER DURING THAT PERIOD AND THE EMBARASSMENT IT BRINGS TO OTHER CAR OWNERS WHEN THEY SEE THE SMART CARS PASSING THEM THRU THE SNOW...SO WE SHALL PICK THEM UP AGAIN IN MARCH...HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN.

BERT

Comment by denise fred olderr on December 11, 2011 at 7:09pm

sorry i didnt make it, but i slept til 330p

Comment by Itasca Mark on December 10, 2011 at 8:34pm

James,

If asking about my post look eight posts down from this one.

Comment by denise fred olderr on December 9, 2011 at 12:08pm

ok i should of mentioned this eariler, this weekend tonight-sun the kids from Willy Wonka will be at the Hollywood theaters fri and sun at Hollywood Blvd and sat at Hollywood Palms signing autographs, though it will cost ya 20.00 each kid, thats 100.00 plus u have to have either a tix to the show or buy a 10.00 gift card, and u have to purchase a item to watch the movie, but to see Willy Wonka up on the big screen again, and if u buy a soda u get free refills the whole show, check out for more info... atriptothemovies.com

Comment by Itasca Mark on December 8, 2011 at 9:03pm

Should be there.

Comment by Toby Fox on December 8, 2011 at 8:02pm

Hi, Bert,

John and I will try to make it.  I have not looked at my calendar yet, but I hate to miss seeing you all.

love,

Toby Fox

Comment by Bert Monsen on December 8, 2011 at 7:28pm

I am looking for our new member who came to the last get together at the carwash in November that had a Viper remote start installed.

 

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