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Gas cover B falls off if it gets hot

Started this discussion. Last reply by JD LOWE Aug 15, 2009. 7 Replies


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Gary Johnston commented on I'm Bill.. my smart is Annie's group 2009 BRABUS
"I believe we have all been busy searching for a place to get our Brabi serviced following the Penske meltdown. Pothole last winter caused $2400 damage on mine and I was at the Kia dealer's mercy to fix it. No snow/winter here in MN this…"
Feb 17, 2012
Jeff Edmondson replied to Gary Johnston's discussion Snow tires at Tire Rack in the group MinneSMARTa
"Almost time for me to swap my tires again."
Oct 17, 2010
Gary Johnston commented on Michael K.'s group Brabus Group
"I bought a set of Falken 452 this time last year. Haven't used them yet. I haven't noticed any cracking on the Hankooks but now I will have to give them a closer look. The Falkens LOOK almost exactly like the Hankooks. No idea how they…"
Jul 13, 2010
Gary Johnston commented on Michael K.'s group Brabus Group
"yes others have recommended that. Joe Service said its a cheap switch. They add a rubber boot to keep the weather out. Dont know where the switch is and didnt want to spray stinky WD40 in my brabus. was due for service anyway so timing worked out.…"
Jan 5, 2010
Gary Johnston commented on Michael K.'s group Brabus Group
"On a different note . . . If you're gear shift wont move out of Park then your brake light switch is bad. They fail more often due to wet and cold weather. free fix I checked on the gas flap last week and was told there still was no part. Its…"
Jan 5, 2010
SmartJoeMN replied to Gary Johnston's discussion Snow tires at Tire Rack in the group MinneSMARTa
"This are the tires I have on my 09 Fortwo and I love em! Way better than the factory tires."
Dec 14, 2009
Gary Johnston added a discussion to the group MinneSMARTa

Snow tires at Tire Rack

In case anyone is looking for snow tires . . . There are Blizaks on clearence at These are made/intended for smarts. 145 65 15 fronts and 175 55 15 rears. $235 for all four tires delivered.Good tires great price. My big fat Brabus slicks - not so good on this white stuff . . . .gSee More
Dec 14, 2009

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I've been a smart reservation holder since
May 15, 2008
Saint Paul Park MN
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At 9:40am on April 29, 2009, Not so smart said…
Hi Gary, Thanks for that. Now I know it's normal for it not to beep more then once. Mine has the smart security package and will automatically relock the car if I don't open a door with in 25 seconds after unlocking it with the remote. And I also cannot lock the car with the lock button in the car. Only with the remote. I can lock the key in the car with it in the ignition, but only if I use the second remote. This car is something to get used to in allot of ways, but it makes up for it with the fun factor. I will keep mine stock, but will get cruse at some point. I have not decided which one is better yet, the Area 451 or the MDC. This is what's good about getting involved with a car groupe and meetring with other smart owneres like MinneSMARTa. You can learn allot about what works best from other owners. I also have other big vehicles. I sold a 2003 SS Silverado pick up and used the money to buy the Brabus. Almost broke even . I drive a work truck to work and my wife uses the buss or light rail to get downtown to work. So the Brabus dosn't get out much. Thanks again for your comment.
At 11:32pm on April 26, 2009, Not so smart said…
Hi Gary, I kind of consider myself a newbe as well. I got my silver Brabus coupe on Feb 28th, and it just sits in the garage. I only have 148 miles on it now, but did manage to finely get the plates on it so I hope to get it out more.. I missed the last MinneSMARTa rally, but hope to join in next time if it works out. Be fun to meet with other smart owners.

I have noticed something on my car that I think is a change since I picked it up. When I leave my key in the ignition lock and then open the car door, I get only a half a beep from the dash and then it stops. I thought when I first got the car, when I opened the door with the key in the ignition, the dash kept beeping as a reminder that I left the key in the car. How does your car act when you open the door with the key in the ignition ? I don't mean to put you on the spot just asking. Nothing in the manual about it. Thanks for your comment.

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