John Maurer
  • Ames, IA
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I've been a smart owner since
January 22, 2009
I've been a smart reservation holder since
May 30, 2007
Ames, Iowa
My favorite things about smart
The concept.
About Me
Electrical Engineer.
My smart's name
Don't need no stinkin name

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ScanGauge II

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

My ScanGauge II arrived today. I didn't expect it so quickly. I ended up ordering it directly from ScanGauge as I wanted an extra OBDII cable for other vehicles. Also, I was unsure of the reputations of some of the other sellers online, and whether I would get the latest firmware. I paid $169 shipped, plus $20 for the additional cable. I've seen it for $149 elsewhere so I was content to spend the extra twenty.

I ended up mounting it with the included velcro above the center vents. It… Continue

Ames lunch

Posted on January 31, 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Jeff arranged lunch in Ames at Cazador's, so I got a chance to meet some other smarties. Three of us from Ames (Jeff, Larry and myself) and two from the Cedar Rapids area (Steve and Penny, and Sean). We had a plentiful lunch, then got a group picture in the parking lot with the five cars.

Road trip

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

I drove up to Spencer to visit relatives. The roads were snowpacked for the first twenty miles, but were fine north of Hwy 20. I thought I'd be able to get gas along the way, but didn't have much luck finding any premium in rural Iowa. So I begrudgingly put a few gallons of 89 octane until I could find some premium.

The trip was uneventful. My 86 year old mother enjoyed riding it in, as did my sisters. Ended the day with about 580 miles on the beast.

First day

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

Went to La Vista to pick up my red/black passion coupe Jan 22, 2009 after waiting 602 days (20 months) since I reserved it in May 2007.

It was a warm calm day, so my first drive amongst 18-wheelers was uneventful. After driving on I-80 for a while, I got on the back roads and came up through Lake Panorama and eventually Hwy 30.

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At 8:17pm on May 15, 2009, Sharkdog1986 said…
Hey, if you get some free time we are trying to get as many Iowans to place a marker on our Iowa Smarties map. Just type in your address at the top and If you put your e-mail address in the message box it will show on the map. This will help Jefferios to get a hold of us if there is another Iowa get together in the future.

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