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  • Bangor, Maine
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Strange Noise - Anyone else hear it on theirs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Stout Jul 24, 2009. 3 Replies


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I've been a smart owner since
March 8, 2008
Bangor, Maine
My favorite things about smart
Style, the general concept of the car, meeting all sorts of new people, and the pure fun of just driving it!
About Me
Born in 1952 and lived in Bangor all my life. My wife and I own Betts Bookstore which deals exclusively in Stephen King and Terry Goodkind. I have been a pilot since I was 16, still fly occasionally but not as much as I would like. My interest in cars has been life long and I have been lucky enough to own some really great machines. From a Messerschmidt KR200 to several Rolls-Royce and Bentleys. I've had many VW Beetles including 3 split windows. And now the Smart! I have been watching these cars since 1998, and am very pleased with the Passion coupe we bought.
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ABS & ESP Problem

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:49pm 0 Comments

I have just had my first "issue" with Buzz. At 12,300 miles, both my ABD and ESP lights have come on. Being 4 1/2 hours from my dealer, I took it to an independent shop and they told me it threw a code C1113 which is supposed to be the right front speed sensor. looking at it, there is a scratch on the tone wheel, maybe from a piece of dirt or a small rock. Does anyone know if the tone wheel is a separate piece or part od the bearing?

Smart Book For Sale

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 2:08pm 3 Comments

Hey Everyone,

We have been able to obtain a few copies of "Smart Thinking....the little car that made it big" by Tony Lewin. This is a great book and retails for $27.95. We have new hardcover copies available at $15.00 plus $10.00 S&H while they last. If you don't have a copy of this book, now is the time. You can e-mail me at or drop me a message through Smart USA Insider. We accept all major credit cards as well as checks and money orders. It would be a great… Continue

Smart Sub-Woofer

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 3:53pm 3 Comments

Has anyone added a Sub-Woofer to their Smart after delivery? How big a difference in sound quality did it make? Anyone have one for sale from an upgrade??

Shifter failure

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 6:54pm 4 Comments

At 3,900 miles we have had our first failure with Buzz tonight. I have noticed the past few days that the shifter was getting harder to move and rather than taking a few mins to fix the problem, I just kept driving it. It finally locked in park and no amount of effort could get it out. I called Smart Roadside Assistance and after 15 mins they said to turn the shifter stalk 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pop the head off. Easier said than done. I had to get a pair of vise grips to turn it and at… Continue

Insider Search Function

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 7:30am 2 Comments

Hey, what has happened to the search function on this? It does not seem to search keywords now. Early on, under Members, if you typed in your State name, it would pull up most members from your State, but now doesn't. It was a great way to meet other Smarties in your area, so can it be made functional again? Or am I doing something wrong?

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At 11:48pm on September 7, 2009, Tom Ratner said…
Yes, but now at BNA! All the best, keep in touch! Burro, Tom
At 8:28pm on June 12, 2009, Tom Ratner said…
Yes, it's me! Call or e-mail any time!
At 11:59pm on December 2, 2008, Brett Harrison said…
good question. Thanks also for supporting the Smart community and good luck on your book sales!
Brett Harrison
At 6:02pm on November 14, 2008, DowneasTTer said…
Hi Stu,

It looks like Max is the only central Maine smart going on the trip. I only heard from Eric a week or so ago that he was trying to get the day off from er duty. But didn't hear if that was possible. At this time Cilla and I just plan on leaving from the house and going down the back way to Augusta. Would love to do a run to Dysarts some Sunday AM at a later date.

Will take some photos and do a posting of the event next week. see ya.

At 8:38pm on November 13, 2008, Eric Metzler said…
If there are still Bangor area Smartie's meeting at Dysarts for breakfast on 11/15, I'd like to be there - but I won't be able to go on to Kittery this time. Can you confirm the time and that it's the Dysarts truck stop on Cold Brook Road south of Bangor? -- Eric
At 6:24pm on September 26, 2008, DowneasTTer said…
Hi Stu,

Just a quick note to let you know I just installed the Area 451 cruise control on Max. Works great. Currently in CT with the trailer and looking forward to going home next week. Hope to have increased mpg with the cc unit.
At 5:31pm on September 7, 2008, Melanie Burnett said…
You may email me at my personal email if you want

business email for me is
At 11:12am on September 7, 2008, Melanie Burnett said…
I live near Saco, Maine. So far I have seen 2 smart cars around. I travel to England frequently and fell in love with this car years ago. I do not have my car yet. I have made the final selection on the options I want. I have ordered a Metalic Blue with black leather seats, Convertable.
At 4:07pm on August 3, 2008, DowneasTTer said…
Hi Stu,

I played with my settings. Looks like maybe the database is pulling the location setting from the about me page of my settings for the state name. Now when I do a search for Maine my account shows up. Did you see the pic of Buzz and Max I posted the first of the week? If not take a look. Getting ready to load the trailer with the bikes and kayaks for our trip. Will post some pics later in the week.

At 10:11am on August 1, 2008, Tom & Dianne A. said…
Hi Stu--
My husband and I visited with you outside the Brewer post office about 2 months ago. We have gotten word that our Smart will be in around the 8th of this month. Of course---very excited.
Tom and Dianne

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