"Because of the airbags, you can't switch the seats.
I've found that you just have to prepare ahead of time when you are going to flip down the passenger seat, and do it before you get out of the car."
"Yeah, I just did mine yesterday, had to use a breaker bar to get the plug loose (and busted my knuckels on the ground when it broke loose lol) but other then that was a snap to do, plus it saved me about $190!!"
"Going to go out on a huge limb here - anneal the washers? I've reused them as is, on two separate smarts now, with zero leaks. These things are hard as rocks and are commonly mislabeled "compression" washers. They may compress, but…"
"~Yes you can reuse your old copper washer if you make it new again by Annealing it~
I do this with my copper washers and solid copper head gaskets before reusing them...
Yes, I raced Cars & Motorcycles & Rebuilt them…"
"There's a discussion about this on the Smart Car of America website. As I recall, it has something to do with the "hardness" of this particular copper washer. Some copper washers actually deform to create a seal between the engine and…"
Everyone has a different story. I configured in Sept and took delivery on Dec 27. I did receive the 90 day e-mail but nothing about the car being built, its VIN, being on the boat or on the dock. All I received was a phone call from the dealer telling I could come and pick up my car! I was about 2 months into my DDE at the time. Good lluck