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For the 2006 smart 450, you just have to do it by feel. I can change each bulb in about 2 minutes by feel alone, but it takes practise. It squeezes the forearm a fair bit but it can be done.
Try carefully maneuvering the bulb clip into position a few times before giving up and taking the nose off. Even with the nose off, it's not that easy to change the bulb! Also, when pulling the 450 nose off, protect the upper centre part of the headlights with thick tape, because the panel clips on either side are perfectly lines up to gouge a large chunk out of the headlight lenses on each side.