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Comment by jwight on November 30, 2011 at 10:43am

In case anyone is still checking this group:

smart center of Cincinnati holiday party and grand opening

When: Tuesday Dec. 6th form 5-7pm

Who: smart enthusiasts and anyone else interested in smart

Location: 8727 Montgomery Rd.

                Cincinnati, OH 45236

Food: Deli food and goodies

RSVP: Jordan Moore

          (513) 794-4092        

Comment by jwight on October 19, 2011 at 2:17pm
Jordan Moore, the new smart brand manager at smart center Cincinnati, has started a new local group at
Comment by jwight on October 3, 2011 at 9:33pm
22K miles on the car should be no problem for a x-country trip.  As long as the fluids are topped up and tire pressures correct, you're good to go.  Plenty of folks have made long trips with no issues.  As far as things like oil, filters, brake pads, etc., any good mechanic can handle those.  It's just a car as long as the computer's not involved.
Comment by Laura on October 3, 2011 at 6:19pm

Seems more likely a Penske decision to bust up everything.  Not wanting to let items they paid for be reused.   There was a lot of bitterness over that breakup.


As for maintenance pricing, dealerships always screw you for scheduled work.  I'd hazard a guess that "higher end" dealerships like Mercedes are even worse.  Normally I'd go to a regular shop who could probably do the work for half the dealerships markup but I have a bit of nervousness there because the car is so uncommon.   Probably my irrational side.


I've only put 2k on the car since I got the 20k maintenance in April but I'm tempted to take it in just for a checkup.  I'm about to drive it 1400 miles cross country and just want to make sure bumping down the giant pothole that is the Cincinnati road system hasn't jarred something critical loose.  :)

Anyone know how long the stock tires on the 2008 should be good for?  I'm at 23k right now.  They're starting to look a bit worn.


Did I mention a replacement windshield cost me a thousand dollars?  I've bought cars for less than that.  You really shouldn't pitch the car as a practical urban commuter then rape everyone on repairs and parts.


/end rant

Comment by jwight on October 3, 2011 at 4:37pm
Would love to know the story behind that - sounds like a M-B USA decision to me, unfortunately.  I'm disappointed that there's no external signage at the new smart center - unless you count the small print on the door.  Not sure how folks will even know it's there.  May be time for a smart rally at Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati!
Comment by Britt Kuba on October 3, 2011 at 3:35pm

I would be interested in hearing what others think of the new location. I   am unaware of any pricing regarding services there but judging from some of the comments I have read it must not be very inexpensive. I have had people ask me where is all the furniture and showroom shelves and fixtures are. They have not seen them at the new location. Well we are sorry to say they were destroyed with sledgehammers by the moving company as instructed by smart car, and placed into a dumpster and hauled away from the old showroom. I agree with many of you who thought this was a wasteful end to perfectly good items which could have furnished a local school with computer desks and other fixtures for a library or reading center designed for kids. With so many of our schools struggling for money just to stay afloat, the proper donation of such items would have been warmly welcomed I am sure by any of Cincinnati's local and needy schools. I was just a surprised as some of you who thought how , "un-green" this really was.... I guess looking back on it now it was not such a smart decision. Boo.....


Comment by Steven Smith on October 3, 2011 at 9:28am
I am about to need the 40k service. I will let you all know what happens with that.
Comment by Felinae on October 3, 2011 at 9:13am

You just made me feel better, Laura!

What was that, about a 85% increase from the 10K change?

That would mean the 30K should cost us about $682?

Looking forward to that! =)

Comment by Laura on October 3, 2011 at 9:07am
You got out cheap.  I had the same service without the bulb and blades at the old dealership and they took me for $367.54.
Comment by Felinae on October 3, 2011 at 8:48am
I just went in to MB on August 26th of this year for my 20K maintenance, and with the new wiper blades, and new license plate bulb, I got out of there at about $362.82.  They must of seen me coming.....  =(

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