New and Abandoned in Virginia
I believe it's good form to post an introductory message when joining a new forum, so here I am.
I just acquired a 2015 smart electric drive two days ago. It's a gas! (sorry, no pun intended). Paid cash for it, drove it home (side story: I just moved into a home equipped with an EVSE, which is why I bought my smart in the first place), charged it, and now I'm learning it as best I can. Bright Yellow Flame with Black interior.
This is my secondary vehicle. My primary is a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe with the AMG sports suspension. I'm not giving that one up!
So, why the title of this post? Yesterday I learned that the MB dealer closest to me (~15 miles) was discontinuing its smart operation. That leaves me with the only smart dealer/service center 41 miles away, through the worst traffic in the nation (Washington, D.C. suburban) on roads that ooze anger, aggressiveness and drivers who never encountered a steering wheel before they found themselves in the nation's capitol.
My used smart ED reports that service is needed in 71 days. Given the logistics, I will now need to take a day off from work, brave the horrible traffic, and wait while the car is serviced and charged up before enduring the drive home again. This does not make me a happy camper!
I am hoping to connect with smart ED owners in the NoVa or DMV area who may have some insight on how to best cope with this situation.
Also, given the mixed messages emanating from Deutschland (all smarts will be electric in 2018+, but support for them is dwindling), I'm hoping the bright yellow of my new smart doesn't turn out to be lemon!