February 2010 Blog Posts (25)

Scangauge installation

I love my Scangauge. It did not include installation instructions so I used my imagination and came up with what I believe is a simple, inexpensive and safe install method. If you are interested just let me know and I will get back to you.

Added by James N. Butler on February 27, 2010 at 3:11pm — 8 Comments

transmission creep

i reported back in feb 08 this solution to stop and go trans creep and havent revisited since,dont know if this is common knoweledge by now but here goes.....when in stop n go traffic , i manage trans engagament by raising emergency brake one click ,,that keeps the trans from engaging till your ready for it to [ engage ] by dropping the emergency brake handle back down..it keeps the car from wanting to always take off when you only want it to roll to next point of idle traffic when your foot is… Continue

Added by greg on February 26, 2010 at 8:05pm — 7 Comments

Contact Bama Smartie Member Larry Schmitt - he tows his Smart behind a 53' motor home all over the country. If anyone would know, it would be Larry! If you will email me at siggy@uab.edu I will send …

Contact Bama Smartie Member Larry Schmitt - he tows his Smart behind a 53' motor home all over the country. If anyone would know, it would be Larry! If you will email me at siggy@uab.edu I will send forward your email on to Larry. Continue

Added by Susan Barber on February 26, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Smart Car Towing

I have a 2009 Smart car that I flat tow behind my motorhome. When we make a turn into gas stations etc. the car cavitates REALLY bad. Has anyone experienced this and if so, how do you stop it from happening?

Added by Colette Doyle on February 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

TOWING SMART CAR BEHIND MOTORHOME USING A SUPPLEMENTAL BRAKING SYSTEM

We will be installing a Blue Ox towing system and the blue ox Patriot braking system. If I use a battery disconnect per the manual then I would need to install another 12volt outlet and have it connected directly to the battery so I can plug in the brake system.
Any suggestions and/or feedback would be appreciated. THANKS…

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Added by Fran Butzberger on February 26, 2010 at 12:13pm — 7 Comments

first service

Has anyone had their first service maintenance. I want to know how much it's going to cost. I like to have everything planned. Dealer service hasn't contacted me back yet.

Added by Jose R on February 24, 2010 at 2:15pm — 14 Comments

New street tour cities/date!

There's some more info on the street tour cities and dates on smartusa.com -- http://smartusa.com/streettour

Dates are up for Chicago and Boston and it mentions Dallas and Sacramento too.

Added by DJP on February 24, 2010 at 12:05am — No Comments

New gauge enroute...

So called PLX on Monday afternoon and spoke to Mike the supervisor. Told him about the defective gauge (after waiting for it for 40 days) and he said he would send one out as soon as humanly possible, and that "heads will roll". I asked why the president didn't bother to reply to my email, he stated that he handled that stuff. (So I don't get a reply??? Or better yet a valid resolution? Glad to see that MIke "handled it") I have yet to see the company actually reply to any email. Or take any…

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Added by jaybudder on February 23, 2010 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Breaks failure

Dear Smart enthusiasts



I have a colleague who has a Smart Passion 2009. He got oil leak from the break cylinder. The dealer replace the breaks cylinders and the breaks pads. Does anybody has a similar problem? I just need to know if this a common problem, or is just an isolate case.

Thank…

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Added by Aristide Hagiu on February 23, 2010 at 8:42pm — 3 Comments

LOST Smart Key!!!!

I know this has NEVER happened to anybody before now..... but I lost my Smart Key!!! I searched everywhere !!!! You would not believe what I when through looking for the KEY! Finally I gave up and got the spare KEY to use.

I called my Smart Car Dealer in JAX to order another KEY. Guess what!!!! A replacement KEY is almost $500.00. JUST for a KEY with a computer chip. If it's got a computer chip why can't they locate my original…

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Added by Mary Ann on February 23, 2010 at 3:49pm — 6 Comments

Road Show

I guess smart USA is doing a bunch of roadshows, there's a new page at smartusa.com/streettour - they're in Chicago but I think they're doing Boston and some other cities too.

Added by DJP on February 21, 2010 at 9:42pm — 2 Comments

I rented a passion cabriolet over the weekend. I wish it was warmer out because I think it would be SO fun to zip around town in it. My family always thought a smart would be cramped, but they fell i…

I rented a passion cabriolet over the weekend. I wish it was warmer out because I think it would be SO fun to zip around town in it. My family always thought a smart would be cramped, but they fell in love with it as soon as they got in!
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Added by DJP on February 21, 2010 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Service on Maui, Hawaii

Does anyone else live here on Maui? What to do about service? I've been here 2 months.
I bought my car in Southern California and I love it! Its my red Hawaiian Flower.
Help.
Mahalo,
Kathryn

Added by Kathryn J. Hahn on February 18, 2010 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

new gauge from PLX now has a red line through screen!!! UGGH!!!

So not looking forward to having to contact this horrible company... (I was hoping that I'd get my overpriced gauge and never have to deal with that company again... It's not like to president ever bothered to reply to my email... I believe that is their company policy to not talk to customers or resolve issues.) my $300 gauge now seems to have an "issue" where one line of the screen is red going from top to bottom. I've only had it for about a week now, the line showed up yesterday and is… Continue

Added by jaybudder on February 16, 2010 at 11:58pm — 4 Comments

46.4 mpg going 76-80mph (best MPG yet)

So I decided to let the gauge dictate the speed I drove (within reason) and found that the faster I went, the better the MPG. I didn't test this past 80mph, although traffic was going faster at times. Most of the stretch was highway, but there was a little city and stop and go also. Based on what I got at the pump. I think I've calibrated my gauge too low, but the next step up seemed too high... more testing needed.

Added by jaybudder on February 14, 2010 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

resest after second oil change????

how do i reset the maintenance interval LED on the dash - instructions in manual not working -tried internet comments - not working-tried turn key to 1 position dbl click left button hold -turn key off within 10 secs. turn key back on continue to hold button ten seconds and should reset - BUT it did NOT reset - how to reset?? Any suggestions! 2008 passion!

Added by jeannise hodgins on February 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

most efficient speed? 55mph or 75mph? MPGwise...

So I've always been told the most efficient speed is about 50-55mph. I've been trying to calibrate my new MPG guage (amazingly it finally arrived only 40 days late, an no attempt from the company to contact us, but that's another story). The guage says the Smart has "MAF" (or was it MAP?) and my guage reads really low, so far I've got it set to +65%, +70% was reading too high. @ 0 it reads that I'm getting 12mpg. The instructions say to drive at 50-55mph (the most efficient speed)…

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Added by jaybudder on February 9, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Thank you Smart Center South Charlotte

Thank you Kevin for your quick response to our problem with our Smart Car. Our shifter wouldn't work and you recognized the problem immediately and fixed it.

Added by PAUL on February 9, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Found the smart under the snow...

Well I finally dug "Squirt" out from under the snow. The first major snowstorm she was tucked away in the garage. During the last snowstorm she got caught outside. I shoveled around her yesterday and started cleaning her off today. When I finally got the snow off the windshield I noticed the inspection sticker said January... just great. I had to go out so I took the Subaru. When I came out of the store someone had parked a yellow 2008 smart parked right in front of me. I just hate when Squirt… Continue

Added by Richard D. Shell on February 8, 2010 at 10:33pm — 4 Comments

Handsfree iPhone kit - install photos

I just installed my new Belkin handsfree kit for my iPhone. It's the accessory I have been waiting for! (Got it at the Apple store for $99)

First the motivation and requirements

I use my iPhone a lot and love it.…

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Added by Stuart Berman on February 8, 2010 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

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