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Eating some "crow" here. RECAP: Dec 2017 my 2014 ED would not start and a tow truck driver wanted to attach his jumper cables to my 12V battery. I refused to show him where it was located and insisted on a flatbed tow truck. Hand pushing the car about 10 feet toward the flatbed tow truck allowed the car to start. Jo e Lefors suggested that maybe the first tow trucker was right and maybe it was the 12V battery. After a couple of months of denial, occasionally having to push the car for a start I caved and replaced the 12V battery and yes, that solved my problem. The replaced battery tested as "BAD" low capacity, so it would not hold a charge. That said, I love my electric Smart.
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Eating some "crow" here. RECAP: Dec 2017 my 2014 ED would not start and a tow truck driver wanted to attach his jumper cables to my 12V battery. I refused to show him where it was located and insisted on a flatbed tow truck. Hand pushing the car about 10 feet toward the flatbed tow truck allowed the car to start. Jo e Lefors suggested that maybe the first tow trucker was right and maybe it was the 12V battery. After a couple of months of denial, occasionally having to push the car for a start I caved and replaced the 12V battery and yes, that solved my problem. The replaced battery tested as "BAD" low capacity, so it would not hold a charge. That said, I love my electric Smart.


I just had a funky no start on my 2014 smart ed as well. It turned out just to be the 12v on mine as well. Funny it never gave any indication of being on its way out. Just one day no dash display (very dim you couldn’t read it) then a bunch of HV system failure warnings and nothing. We were able to drive wherever we wanted once it was started, but if it sat for more than an hour was dead again (another jump and off we go) so I trailered mine to dealership. I’ll pick it up tomorrow (too late now for the 3 hr drive)



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So what replacement batteries did you guys use? I'd be interested to hear what battery the dealer is using these days.

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So what replacement batteries did you guys use? I'd be interested to hear what battery the dealer is using these days.



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I can tell you some time tomorrow. I still haven’t driven the 2.5 hours each way to pick up my smart.


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So what replacement batteries did you guys use? I'd be interested to hear what battery the dealer is using these days.



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Dealer charges MB $150.30 for battery. My cost at pick up was $0.00. Nice. Seems battery is under warranty too.


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So what replacement batteries did you guys use? I'd be interested to hear what battery the dealer is using these days.

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My replacement was from a local auto parts store. Super Start Platinum CCA: 600, CA: 690, Minutes Reserve Capacity: 100. Cost before tax: $174.59 installed. It was not an "exact replacement" physical dimensions were very close and it fits in the cradle, we had to slightly modify the hold down bracket due to the vent cap placement. Nationwide warranty, 3 year free replacement.

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Delco group 47, about $115 if I remember correctly. Direct fit, no changes needed.
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Johannesl - what battery did the dealership install? The Varta was the battery that Mercedes used for years. Wondering what they are using these days for the Smarts? Did they indicate a part number on your invoice?

Thanks for the replies guys. Good info to have.

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The shut down problem continues to happen probably once in ten starts. I have checked the 12V battery, all connections are tight, granted the car is 4 yrs old now. In my opinion batteries last longer these days, my 2009 Passion is still on it's first battery. I am wondering where the generator is that charges the 12V battery. Many of my trips are under 3 miles. I have had "charge 12V battery NOW" message on a couple non-start occasions. After connecting a charger, it indicated "Full Charge" almost instantly I am ruling out 12V battery and am convinced it is some sort of computer glitch. I did hit a really large pothole that destroyed two wheels and probably shook up the electronics. Until I can drive to the dealer my fix for when this non-start happens is to push the car slightly forward (4 ft) and so far it reverts to a normal start.

On a different note; I replaced all four wheels with 16 inchers and high performance low profile tires. Then I read a MotorTrend article telling me cool sporty wheel/tire combinations will decrease the range of an electric vehicle, not significantly with my driving so far. The tires have a 40Z rating (drive flat at 40mph) which I like.
I had this error many times, if ac was on almost every time.
After 3 dealers just cleared codes, 3 one researched and replaced HV battery for free.
Now no errors for more than 9 months.
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It's possible your knee hit the keyfob. Happened to me once on a bumpy road and car turned off. Really surprised me. I restarted and went on my way. I removed the keyfob when I got home and no further problem. I also learned to avoid the really bad potholes on that street. I zig/zag it a lot more. Just more fun!
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