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Starting problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by sUSAi Admin Dec 1, 2014. 3 Replies

Highline radio and surround sound

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Maynard Dec 4, 2011. 2 Replies


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sUSAi Admin replied to Bob Maynard's discussion Starting problem
"Hi Bob! If you want to shoot us a private message with your VIN number, email and telephone number, we'd be happy to put you in touch with customer care for further assistance!"
Dec 1, 2014
Bob Maynard replied to Bob Maynard's discussion Starting problem
"Thanks for your reply.  No I haven't found any OBD codes."
Nov 30, 2014
jwight replied to Bob Maynard's discussion Starting problem
"Have you found any OBD codes when these events occur?"
Nov 30, 2014
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Starting problem

I own a 2012 Smart for Two cabriolet.  Love the car, but I have a very unusual problem.Sometimes when I try to start the car, a message comes up that it should be in park or neutral,It's already in park.  After I turn the key of and back on a couple of times it always starts.  I've given up on Mercedes here which sells Smart.  I've left it up there at least 5 times, and they say there is no problem that they can find.  Have any of you had the same experience? If so, what was done to correct the…See More
Nov 30, 2014
Bob Maynard commented on Bob Maynard's blog post 2012 Passion Cabriolet
"That's great.  I can see why you named her DAISY."
Feb 7, 2012
Bob Maynard commented on Bob Maynard's blog post 2012 Passion Cabriolet
"Jan, Thanks for replying to my blog.  After reading  it I decided to give her a name.  The name is Daisy, from the movie Driving Miss Daisy, and from Daisy, one of my favorite characters on the PBS series Downton Abbey.  Soon,…"
Feb 7, 2012
Bob Maynard commented on sUSAi Admin's blog post Favorite Feature
"There are several new features on the 2012 cabriolet which I finally got 2 months ago, after a 9 month wait.  I love the new power steering, the rain sensor, and the radio with surround sound and GPS. The car seems to ride smoother than my…"
Feb 4, 2012
Kamaal commented on Bob Maynard's blog post 2012 Passion Cabriolet
"There have definitely been tweaks and improvements in appearance and options.  The overall refinements have been much improved for 2012 model year.  I'm happy to see that you enjoy your new smart and that you appreciate the…"
Jan 20, 2012

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I've been a smart owner since
January 30, 2009
I've been a smart reservation holder since
March 10, 2008
Sarasota, FL
My favorite things about smart
I love the design and the way it handles.
About Me
I was working in Germany when the first Smart Cars came on the market. I ordered one as soon as I heard they would be available in the US.
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Posted on January 3, 2012 at 11:28pm 3 Comments

Would be great if the Smart Car company would make some videos showing how to operate the new Smart highline radio.  I've had my new one for over a month, and still have trouble operating the system,

2012 Passion Cabriolet

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 11:18pm 5 Comments

After waiting for nearly nine months, I finally got my new metallic blue, Passion Cabriolet  I traded in my 2009.

Am so pleased with the new car.  The transmission seems to be a lot smoother, and I love the ambient lighting, the cruise control, and especially the new radio with GPS and surround sound.  The daytime running lights are another plus.

Would be interesting in hearing any comments about your 2012 model.

Navigation system

Posted on December 3, 2011 at 11:38am 1 Comment

I am having trouble setting up the voice activated navigation system on my 2012 Smart Car.  I followed the manual, but when I give commands orally the system does not work.  Any easy suggestions? Thanks,

surround sound

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 11:23pm 1 Comment

If you are planning to get a new Smart Car, I would highly recommend the surround sound.  It's awesome.  I have never heard a better stereo system.  It's rather expensive, but worth every penny.

glass tinting

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 11:18pm 2 Comments

I just got my 2012 Smart For Two Passion cabriolet, and really like it, but was disappointed that the windows and windshield are not a bit tinted.  The 2009 which I traded in came from the factory with tinted glass.  What should I Pay to have a tinted job?  I live in FL. where it is very necessary.

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At 10:42pm on January 15, 2012, spicejax said…

Bob, You should upload a pic of your smart to your profile pic. That gray head looks boring. lol


At 9:36am on September 25, 2010, Jim VW said…
I usally use one of those lint rollers that have the tape on them. It takes up most of the dirt and dust a vacuum can't get out.
At 9:09am on September 25, 2010, jwight said…

Your owners manual has a section called Vehicle Care; around page 140 or so it goes into all the various cleaning steps.

Interior Special
Light soiling Heavy soiling
Cloth upholstery Use a clean, lintfree
Light soap suds Stain remover (test
on an inconspicuous
place first)
Plastic parts Use a color-fast
Damp, clean cloth,
cockpit spray
Damp, clean cloth,
cockpit spray
Leather upholstery Use a clean, colorfast
Clean cloth with
lukewarm water,
leather care
Leather care
Windows Damp, clean cloth,
microfiber cloth,
glass cleaner
Microfiber cloth,
glass cleaner
At 7:12pm on May 8, 2009, Randy Maynard said…
I love mine too! I was a little surprised when the dealership changed the way my car goes into manual, by simply pulling on one of the paddles. they also didn't tell me they had made the change, sheesh!
All the best, Randy M.

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