Mariner Mel
  • Oakland, Ca
  • United States
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I've been a smart owner since
November 14, 2008
I've been a smart reservation holder since
July 15, 2007
Location
Oakland, Ca
My favorite things about smart
Humble and smart like the original VW bug
About Me
Retired, had a great professional career and concerned about the moral fabric of the society that will inherit our legacy.
My smart's name
Dory

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Daytime running lights

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 3:55pm 1 Comment

I found out this week that Smart now can add the daytime running lights to 08's via a software download. I just had mine installed for $70 by my dealer in Walnut Creek, Ca. This mode puts out 50% of the headlight output, and one can turn off/on the mode by clicking the unlock/high light at the same time. Nice to have this added safety feature... Apparently this is not known by all Smart dealers; if you need to contact my dealer- his number is 925-482-8740 (Hugo).

Credit Freeze

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 12:08am 5 Comments

For those of you about to pick up your new car, let me warn you about a minor problem I encountered last week when I picked up my car. I was told to bring a personal check since I could only charge up to $3000 on my credit card (although my limit could have covered the whole cost). However, when I was prepared to close the deal on site, they said they needed to run a credit check in order to accept a personal check. With a credit freeze on all three credit services, they would not accept my… Continue

How is your transmission and what is your experience getting replacement parts...

Posted on June 22, 2008 at 11:39am 10 Comments

Heard all kinds of comments about the Smart's transmission (see NY Times). What is going on here? Also have not heard much about the cost and availability of parts- love to hear how others have experienced getting parts like oil/AC filters, replacement parts like side mirrors, etc. Since my nearest option is also a Mercedes dealership in SF who does not have a reputation for service and parts, I sure like to know what I have to look forward to...

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At 12:01am on June 20, 2008, Mariner Mel said…
Heard all kinds of comments about the Smart's transmission (see NY Times). What is going on here? Also have not heard much about the cost and availability of parts- love to hear how others have experienced getting parts like oil/AC filters, replacement parts like side mirrors, etc. Since my nearest option is also a Mercedes dealership in SF who does not have a reputation for service and parts, I sure like to know what I have to look forward to...
 
 
 

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