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Started this discussion. Last reply by George Oller Apr 5. 1 Reply

I have left SCOA due to left wing NAZI moderators, the MN guy here knows who he is. I would be banned for life if I posted this on SCOA. He's here and knows who he is, so I'm posting it here. Take…Continue

smart vs scooter

Started this discussion. Last reply by james g Jul 20, 2011. 3 Replies

i used to have a couple of scooters in the early/mid '80s, a Honda passport C70 and later a Yamaha 180.  the passport got well over 100mpgs (about 120, if memory serves me well) and the 180 got about…Continue

Tags: comparison, mpgs, scooter, smart

road trip planners?

Started this discussion. Last reply by steve campbell Feb 23, 2011. 2 Replies

does anyone know of a road trip planner that can split a multi day trip into timed sections, as to where you could find out where you'd be after a given time on a road trip? i have a 30 hour, 2000…Continue

afterglow... installing an LED bulb in the dome light

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Butler Jul 12, 2013. 12 Replies

I just installed and removed an LED bulb from my dome light. it draws very little power, maybe a watt or two, as opposed to 10 watts for the standard incandescent bulb. when the bulb is in the "off…Continue

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2016 Smart Car Nationals Deadwood SD at Deadwood South Dakota

June 13, 2016 to June 18, 2016
Registration for the 2016 Smart Car Rally June 13 in Deadwood SD is not available on the web site.  http://smartcarnationalsdeadwood.webs.com/.  Registration closes April 30th.  Looking forward to seeing you thereSee More
Jan 15, 2016
james g might attend jwight's event

"Meet Me in St. Louie" 2015 Midwest smart Rallye at Holiday Inn St. Louis SW - Route 66

June 5, 2015 at 4pm to June 7, 2015 at 11am
Another year, another Midwest smart Rally (or Rallye...) Hotel: Holiday Inn St. Louis SW - Route 66 10709 Watson Road St. Louis, MO 63127 USA Front desk: 314-821-6600 (correction) Reservations: 800-HOLIDAY (800-465-4329) Holiday Inn St. Louis SW The special smart car group rate is $89.00 per night and that rate will be honored if you decide to stay earlier and or later than the event.More info and sign up at the SCoA link…See More
Jan 9, 2015
james g is attending jwight's event

2014 Midwest smart Rally at Amana, Iowa

June 6, 2014 at 4pm to June 8, 2014 at 11am
The return of the annual (except years when there's a national smart meet) Midwest smart Rally.Located just north of Interstate 80 in east central Iowa, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies are home to Whirlpool (Amana Refrigeration), Amana Furniture & Clock Shop, Amana Woolen Mills, and Millstream Brewing Company.The host motel is the Guest House Motel located in Amana, IA.See More
Apr 18, 2014
Larry Butler replied to james g's discussion afterglow... installing an LED bulb in the dome light
"No, they aren't.  An LED can be "pulsed" on and completely off hundreds of millions of times per second.  That's how fiber optic data is transmitted!  There is nothing in an led that "afterglows" like a…"
Jul 12, 2013
Larry Butler replied to james g's discussion afterglow... installing an LED bulb in the dome light
"The soft on/off circuit that's made to operate a filament bulb is leaking.  They, probably, all are a few milliamps to operate the low-level electronics through the bulb, which won't be enough to make a filament glow.  An LED…"
Jul 12, 2013
Art Whittaker replied to james g's discussion afterglow... installing an LED bulb in the dome light
"I installed 5 led lights over the trunk and wired them into the dome switch, no glow. Shutting the door the leds dim and then go out while the incandescent goes out right away, this happens to be inherent to led bulbs."
May 18, 2013
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"Thanks for posting this; the smart is also usually rated as one of the cheapest cars in the USA to insure.  "
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September 9, 2012 from 11am to 1pm
Our monthly meet to greet and eat - California Pizza Kitchen - Old Orchard Shopping Center - Skokietwo blocks east of I-94 on Old orchard Rd.See More
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"nice, me and Tracey have something in common, both featured in the NYT :) http://youtu.be/6bq-IwkZjIM i'm in it @ 0:40 to 0:42 :)"
Mar 26, 2012
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"13 days until my 4th anniversary of getting my smart, hoping for snow like my delivery day, then i can make a video doing DONUTS!!!!"
Jan 8, 2012
james g is attending Jim VW's event

Midwest Rally at Red Wing Minnesota

June 8, 2012 at 6pm to June 10, 2012 at 7pm
2012 Midwest smart car Rally Red Wing, Mn June 8,9,10 Watch for more information as it becomes availableSee More
Dec 24, 2011

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I've been a smart owner since
January 21, 2008
I've been a smart reservation holder since
March 17, 2007
Downers Grove
got a new next door neighbor last week, he has a white c300 and his GF has a black smart cab, looks like a DTH center exhaust on hers. we met for the first time a couple days ago, he says "you got the smart!" i said "yeah", then he goes "i got that watch, a skagen" and i say "yeah a titanium"... small planet... at least they're not noisy, yet...

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salty dog, 3 years later...

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 10:44am 0 Comments

last friday, january 21, was my 3 year anniversary of smart ownership. this will be my 4th winter with my little pure black pure. as it is the middle of winter in the midwest, there is snow on the ground and salt on the streets, which makes my little pure a "salty dog". after 3 years and 28,000 miles, it's still a happy lil puppy, eager everyday to get up and go when i have to go somewhere, or even when i don't have to go somewhere.


it's amazing that after 3 years, some…


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At 1:38am on August 1, 2011, spicejax said…

Why not? Stranger things have happened. lol



At 12:59am on July 31, 2011, spicejax said…

I'd think you are a good 'voice' for smart. Showing your videos about mileage. And you have added good content to sUSAi.  I might have to call you Mr. Good Example. lol


Gotta go drink a Foster's in the shade.



At 4:55pm on July 30, 2011, spicejax said…

James, congrats. you are a 'featured member' on the main page. Who'd a thunk it.



At 12:47am on July 23, 2011, spicejax said…
At 6:53am on July 21, 2011, spicejax said…

James, You oughta be in this group.



At 6:02pm on July 11, 2011, Dora Anderson said…
I watched your scan gauge video.  Looks like at around 40mph you are getting the best economy, but the numbers change so often it's hard to tell.  I would have liked to have heard your engine and your shift rate instead of the radio.  That would have been helpful for a lot of us who can't decide how hard to accelerate, like me!  I've heard jam it and get to your speed asap, and I've heard tap the accelerator.  What's your style?
At 6:06pm on July 7, 2011, Dora Anderson said…

I do see you are in IL, but since you replied to our wrench party event, I was hoping you might be in our area currently!

But yeah, these wrench parties, swap meets, service parties, what ever have been SO MUCH FUN!!!  I recommend them for all the clubs!!!


At 2:51am on August 27, 2010, mucsmarti said…
You are right "BB-***" (pic .04_smarti) stands for Boeblingen/Badenwuerttemberg/South-West-Germany close to Stuttgart (Daimler Benz). All pictures, incl. video, are made this year during the gettogether of around 1.400 Smartis from over 16 countries in AUG 2010. This event takes place every year and is always a big success. Have a nice day ;-)
At 9:57am on August 17, 2010, SMART MADNESS - Boris said…
Great to hear James!

Glad everything turned out well.

However the offer still stand when you are ready to take advantage of it. :-)

Take care,
At 6:02pm on August 16, 2010, SMART MADNESS - Boris said…
Thank you for getting back to me with the details and once again our my apologies about all the mess with the shipping labels.

Hope you like the new exhaust.

Once you are ready for your Cruise Control please call in to order instead of placing it online. When you call in let one of our team members know I authorized a $20 discount on the unit due to the delay on the exhaust.

Thank you again for your continued support.


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