May 2009 Blog Posts (31)

Road Trip to Myrtle Beach

My wife and I took Einstein on a trip to the Beach. It was great! On the way home we drove straight through. It was 800 Miles no problem. Spent about 50.00 on gass each way.
We had plenty of room for clothes, RockBand Wii and ourselves.

I am very happy with our Smart.

Added by Shaun on May 31, 2009 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

Tranny ?

Hi All can anyone tell me if they had there cars software up dated from the dealers to the new 2.0? I was woundering if ity's worth the time to take it back to the dealer or not it's no charge for the up grade but do they try to sell you everything else that might go with it ??

Added by Joe Helsel on May 28, 2009 at 3:57pm — 18 Comments

New Items

5/27/09: Two photos showing an emergency brake cover. Just a little touch to a little car. Also moved the picture of my other car (2008 MB C300) from comments to the slideshow.

Added by Mark B. on May 27, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

New Model ForTwo Rear Wiper on the Previous Model ForTwo

Smooth Rear Wiper

Thanks to I found out that the rear wiper from the new model Smart ForTwo (called the 451) fits the previous model's (called the 450 and in the USA is a "grey market" vehicle) rear wiper.

Here you can see the new model's wiper fitted to my 450 (the top wiper) and the old, non-smooth wiper… Continue

Added by Brian DeWitt on May 26, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

cruise in

June 14th were trying to put together a group of smart car owners to join us at the aviation museum in warner robins for a crusein. 1pm till 5pm and than were convoying to Perry Ga to eat supper at an italian restraunt. Please feel free to join us. David Owen

Added by david owen on May 26, 2009 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Get smart - be safe

From the desk of Smartie Smart...

Wow! What a fun weekend! I was at Jacksonport Maifest for Memorial weekend and I made a ton of new friends. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say "Hi!" and buy a raffle ticket!

While I was meeting and greeting all the folks who decided to stop by, I do have to say I was surprised by how many people just assume because I'm small that means I'm not safe. But if those folks had taken minute to listen, my friends Sue and Sam would have told… Continue

Added by Smartie Smart on May 26, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments


5/26/09: The slideshow currently shows some small changes made to my smart. One photo shows a trunk liner; albeit not well. :-) The other shows an aluminum handle added to the hatch glass and an aluminum fuel door replacing the plain plastic piece.

Added by Mark B. on May 26, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments


In the Photo section, you'll see a inappropriate post under my Name/Profile. I have added a disclaimer! This is the second time that somebody has posted a inappropriate picture on smart-insider under my name/profile; "Knodel"! Just two weeks ago I was banned from this site, because of this. I ran virus/spyware, have changed my PW three times and my computer apears 'clean'. I like to apologize to this community for any discomfort this may cause, but I'm innocent and I'm working with Smart… Continue

Added by Knödel on May 24, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Comfortable with thinking differently...

I've read recent blogs and other postings "trashing" Smart cars with a certain degree of amusement. As a long-time Apple Macintosh user (early 1985... about a year after the original Mac was introduced), I am used to having my decisions questioned, attacked, and even mocked by others. But through it all, I enjoyed the benefits of working on the Mac platform and learned to ignore the comments of those who hadn't even used one before forming their opinion. (Or the comments of those who,… Continue

Added by Alan Brask on May 24, 2009 at 12:35pm — 10 Comments

Second Windshield Cracked

Less than a month after replacing my original windshield (small chip developed into a 15 inch vertical crack from just under the drivers side wiper) - while driving on the 91 Freeway in Corona, CA - a small piece of debris hit the upper passenger side. By the sound of the impact I didn't think much about it - then noticed a dime size star chip! I freaked! Within five days (after sitting in the sun for an afternoon) a crack has appeared - about 18 inches horizontal across to the mid point of the… Continue

Added by James & Michael on May 23, 2009 at 2:34pm — 6 Comments

Daimler Takes A 10 Percent Stake in Tesla Motors.

Silicon Valley electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors got another shot in the arm today from German auto giant Daimler, which took a 10 percent stake in the company and expanded its partnership with Tesla to equip future Mercedes-Benz vehicles with electric lithium-ion batteries. Mercedes has been testing Tesla’s batteries in a fleet of 100 smart cars, and is already moving into limited production. But with this agreement, Mercedes now expects to roll out its first battery-powered Mercedes-Benz… Continue

Added by Robert Basil on May 19, 2009 at 12:46pm — 7 Comments


Over on there is a post asking people to name the worst cars in the last 25 years. The Smart is getting trashed unfairly. I'm defending the little guy, but I could use some help. Let's gang up on them.

Added by Monty on May 19, 2009 at 1:40am — 10 Comments

Dumb questions

I've only had my Smart now for two weeks. I just love it! I get all the questions too, but the one thing I think I liked the most so far, is, this past weekend I was coming out of Blockbuster when a little girl, probably around 5, looked at my Smart with a great big smile on her face. Her dad was standing next to her, and as I pulled out of the parking lot, I rolled my window down and looked at the little girl with the great big smile, and told her "my car hasn't grown up yet" and she just… Continue

Added by Idpaws on May 18, 2009 at 1:28pm — 4 Comments

Stage 2 - Bike Rack Concept

I have fabricated the bracket to accommodate the RockyMounts bike rack. So far I have invested $7.50 for the 18" of 5/8 - 8 ACME Threaded Road, $272.00 RockyMounts Tandem R4 Bike Rack, $4.00 5/8 - 8 ACME Nut (qty 2); $15.62 for 1" OD x .625 ID x 5 LG for Spacer Pipe & 1/4 x 4-1/4 x 15-3/4 plate. $10.00 for 1-1/8 OD x 5/8 ID x 4-1/4 LG Steel Tubing.

This is what it looks like right now...

From… Continue

Added by Mr. Incredible on May 17, 2009 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

His and Her Brabus Smart Cars

We finally did it. After a year of waiting we bought two Brabus orphans. We traded in the 4 door 1 ton GMC in the background. My wife has the all silver one named "Little Muffin". I have the all black one and I am still waiting to name her. It was a great experience working with the San Antonio TX Smart Center. They informed us that we were the first husband and wife to purchase two Brabus cars on the same day. We are getting so many… Continue

Added by JD LOWE on May 15, 2009 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Watch your Smartie's performance on the go -

My husband installed a cool gadget we found at on our Smartie and we can watch mpg, cost-per-mile, etc., real-time while driving. Learning more about better driving habits, the impact of premium vs. regular gas on mpg (yes, you can drive the Smartie with regular, but your mileage goes down) and how incredible the Smartie is vs. our other cars. You can easily switch it to your other car(s) too - just reset the engine size, get an accurate… Continue

Added by Barbara Errickson on May 15, 2009 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

Smar Car Accident on 4-24-09

Went by the car place today to see my smart, and it is fixed. The lady tole me 3 days ago that it would be at least 3 more weeks or longer before I get my car back, and I should have it Monday or Tuesday depending on when the appraiser comes out to look at it. They shipped the parts Fed Ex which was a lot faster. I can't wait to drive it home and drive it around again.

Added by Michele on May 14, 2009 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

Get Smartie

Hey guys! It's Smartie - the new raffle car for the Northern Door Children's Center annual car raffle. And am I ever excited! My big brother, Bee Smart, was last year's raffle car. He told me that every year the NDCC raffles off a car to help raise money to cover their general operating costs. Tickets are only $20 each for a chance to win Yours Truly and $5,000 cash! Pretty spiffy, huh?

I've been cooped up in the garage all winter, so believe me when tell you how excited I am about… Continue

Added by Smartie Smart on May 14, 2009 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

CSI New York

I'm sitting here watching CSI New York and the episode is taking place in Greece. In many scenes there are one or more smart fortwo's in the background. They all have two tail lights as opposed to three. It's great to see so many on a tv show.

Added by Richard D. Shell on May 13, 2009 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Finally a comfortable "top down" day!

It's hard to believe that it took until the middle of May for Chicagoland to have a day warm enough to really enjoy the Cabriolet with the top down and the side rails stored. I've driven with the top down a number of times recently, but always had to had the heater blasting to stay warm (commuting early a.m. and late in the evening). But today was INCREDIBLE! Sunglasses on, windows down, and stereo blasting (is it considered blasting if it's opera?)... I didn't even mind the… Continue

Added by Alan Brask on May 12, 2009 at 11:05pm — 3 Comments

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