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I've been a smart owner since
October 15, 2008
I've been a smart reservation holder since
June 1, 2008
Downers grove IL
My favorite things about smart
the open top
My smart's name

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Thumbs up

Posted on May 3, 2009 at 3:34pm 3 Comments

I got a beep and a thumbs up from a motorcycle that passed me yesterday. I think I will get some Harley Davidson badges to put on the car, so I fit in. Ha.

Mileage illusions

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 10:30am 7 Comments

I have had my smart since Oct 2008. I now have the 2.0 update which I highly recommend. I have lived with a scanguage II now for several hundred miles.

Here are some observations on mileage/.

The mix of speeds, # of accelerations ( ergo stop signs) etc has a big effect on the average mileage.

There are a handful of mistakes and errors that come into play with the scanguage.

For a while with careful driving, I was getting well over 40 mpg

As I would discover calibration… Continue

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At 1:54pm on May 31, 2009, Sharkdog1986 said…
With only a couple of weeks to go, now is the time to make your hotel reservations for the Midwest Rally in the Wisconsin Dells. And if you are attending, make sure you RSVP to Jeff at If you need to know more, you can visit the Smart Car of America's Midwest Clubs section for any info you need.
At 9:47am on May 18, 2009, Bert Monsen said…
Sorry John, but I never heard any more about getting together in Bolingbrook from anbody.
At 1:02am on May 14, 2009, Sharkdog1986 said…
I've noticed you haven't RSVP'd for the Midwest Rally yet. Do you know if you'll be able to make it? We would really like to break 100 cars so we thought we'd just drop a note to check.
At 10:14am on March 23, 2009, John said…
I have about 2500 miles on it now and glad the weather is getting warmer. the roof is my favorite part. I have added a spare tire, cruise control, a stainless grill guard, and have ordered a scanguage II I have enjoyed how quick it is to wash in the garage with just a rag and a spritzer of detail spray. I painted the front brake calipers red just to make people think it is a porche. Bought some ramps and changed the oil at the 2500 mile point. Can't see running the original oil 10,000 miles.... goes against my training. John steichen
At 9:25pm on November 7, 2008, John said…
AT 300 miles, very happy with the car. I would not be enjoying it more if it was a corvette
At 11:39pm on October 28, 2008, John said…
Well I gave up on my regular reservation, and I am picking up a black cabrio at list price on Oct 30th. I went on an orphan list. The dealer ship would call about once a month with a new orphan. He started out wanting too much money, but the latest offering was AT list. I guess that is all you can hope for for now

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