Mike 5
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At 11:45am on October 4, 2011, Mike 5 said…

Bought my first set of replacement tires and front disc brake pads & rotors at ~42K miles in Aug from smart Center Cary.  The key to low wear is anticipate stops, go easy on the brakes, and keep your tires slightly overinflated vs. manufacturer specs.  Mechanic found a slightly bent right front wheel rim, but the service tech was not able to verify my wheel warranty obtained at purchase.  I later provided a copy of the warranty purchase, and smart Center Cary replaced the bent wheel at no charge when I brought it back in Oct for an NC State Inspection.  All good.

At 1:39pm on September 30, 2011, Mike 5 said…
At 12:17pm on June 30, 2011, Mike 5 said…

Will hit 40K miles this week, and had 4 Key servicing last week at smart Center Cary.  "Thanx" to technician extraordinaire, Matt C. for keeping "Pete" in great mechanical condition!  Need to get new tires and front disc brake pads before Winter driving begins.  Otherwise, still enjoying driving ~250 trouble-free miles/week, and spending only ~$20/week on fuel!

At 11:21am on December 16, 2010, Mike 5 said…

My first Microcar (above) - a '59 Autobianchi Bianchina 140-B, based on the FIAT 500 Nuova.  Who really needs more than 2 cylinders and 20 HP?

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I've been a smart owner since
February 23, 2008
Raleigh, NC
My favorite things about smart
Low consumption, pollution, & costs - High entertainment
About Me
My favorite former cars: '59 Autobianchi Bianchina, '66 VW Beetle, '84 Isuzu Impulse, '87 Suzuki Swift (aka Chevy Sprint).
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Goodbye 451...

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:20pm 2 Comments

Been away for three years, while my two daughters sequentially drove my 2008 Passion Cabriolet for their freshman and sophomore years of college.  Got "Pete" back this Summer, just had 60K servicing done, and only needed to replace an aging serpentine belt.  Still averaging 40 mpg overall per tankful. 

Somewhat sad about tomorrow's unveiling of the new 453 version 2015 model, as jointly developed with Renault.  Gotta say I've never been a fan of Renault or Gallic cars in general...…


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