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Forum: smart fortwo (451 - US vehicle)   04-06-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 697
Posted By Godfather
Buy oil according to the temps where you live....

Buy oil according to the temps where you live. Forget the factory specs. It's a Mitsubishi engine, not Daimler or Mercedes. I live in South Carolina, southern, and run 5W30 in winter, 10W30 in...
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   03-16-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By Godfather
Just one problem here..... it's not a crush...

Just one problem here..... it's not a crush washer. Can be used more than once. Thought this was laid to rest years ago.
Forum: smart Wheels & Tires   07-10-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 648
Views: 133,509
Posted By Godfather
Have never seen an elk in South Carolina........

Have never seen an elk in South Carolina..... perhaps I should have my eyes checked. Never saw any in Ohio either..... all I can say is putting rears on the front takes the car from being an...
Forum: Minnesmarta Chapter   06-02-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,346
Posted By Godfather
More than about 5 inches of snow the belly pan...

More than about 5 inches of snow the belly pan will become a skate......jus' sayin'.
Forum: 453   05-01-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,023
Posted By Godfather
Silly. Our new 2017 Elantra will run away from,...

Silly. Our new 2017 Elantra will run away from, and out handle, our 2015 smart, and got 44.6 mpg on a recent jaunt to Ohio. I've had three smarts, like 'em a lot, but that is crazy money for one,...
Forum: The Car Lounge   05-01-2017, 03:04 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 21,703
Posted By Godfather
Still get endless appeals to upgrade, and "news...

Still get endless appeals to upgrade, and "news flashes" that could politely be called BS. If they ever actually produce any vehicles I will be very surprised. I've built ground up cars in a lot less...
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   03-20-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By Godfather
Only matters if someone reports them stolen and...

Only matters if someone reports them stolen and you have a state salvage inspection. So no worries......
Forum: Interior & Exterior   03-16-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By Godfather
Just remember, a smart runs on a CanBus system....

Just remember, a smart runs on a CanBus system. One wire may carry 5 signals. Any change has the potential to make the car not run. Not saying don't try, just be aware.
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-13-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,033
Posted By Godfather
ALL cars are now designed to be sacrificial in a...

ALL cars are now designed to be sacrificial in a crash. Save the people, not the metal. My wife's 2016 Hyundai Sonata was TOTALLED in a parking lot crash..... swayed the front end by being hit...
Forum: smart Modifications   03-12-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By Godfather
You CANNOT use a conventional lug nut on smart...

You CANNOT use a conventional lug nut on smart wheels. On aluminum wheels they will break the wheel, and on steel wheels will deform them. ONLY the smart radiused lugs will correctly torque and not...
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   03-12-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
Posted By Godfather
Fading ,give me a call 937-371-0314

Fading ,give me a call 937-371-0314
Forum: smart Wheels & Tires   03-07-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By Godfather
Only important thing is to keep the diameters of...

Only important thing is to keep the diameters of the tires front to rear the same. Your ABS will go wonky and kick it into limp mode if you don't.
Forum: The Car Lounge   03-03-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 955
Posted By Godfather
Looked at a well equipped 500 last year. Was...

Looked at a well equipped 500 last year. Was quoted $21K as a price. I laughed. Salesman asked why. "Well, I just priced a similarly equipped Hyundai Elantra for $3K less". And it has a 100K...
Forum: smart Modifications   03-03-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,361
Posted By Godfather
Have an '08 and a '15. Only 26K on the '08, 1700...

Have an '08 and a '15. Only 26K on the '08, 1700 on the '15. They couldn't handle any differently. Don't know what they did to the springs and shocks on the '15, but it's downright civilized compared...
Forum: smart Wheels & Tires   03-03-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By Godfather
You have an approximate 3 mph error from smart,...

You have an approximate 3 mph error from smart, as in at 70 you are going 67. Going up one tire size brings you even. Not guesswork, by GPS.
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   03-01-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 849
Posted By Godfather
As long as the bead stays sealed and it's in...

As long as the bead stays sealed and it's in balance, leave it alone. Aluminum wheels can be fixed, but it ain't cheap.
Forum: The Car Lounge   02-25-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,295
Posted By Godfather
If you get all Elio's emails, as I do, it's...

If you get all Elio's emails, as I do, it's mostly meaningless BS. I put $100 down 3 years ago, figuring I could afford to lose that. I get endless beggings to upgrade. NO. There is simply no way it...
Forum: Interior & Exterior   02-21-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By Godfather
Be aware this is a CANBUS system, if you cut or...

Be aware this is a CANBUS system, if you cut or modify a wire and it serves multiple systems the car may not start.
Forum: Interior & Exterior   02-14-2017, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 826
Posted By Godfather
Car2Go wiring. Tuck it in and forget it.

Car2Go wiring. Tuck it in and forget it.
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   02-11-2017, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By Godfather
That's what happens when you tickle the...

That's what happens when you tickle the squirrels.......
Forum: The Car Lounge   01-06-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,295
Posted By Godfather
And this is why I just plunked down $7900 for a...

And this is why I just plunked down $7900 for a 2015 smart with 260 miles. More than two years ago put $100 down on an Elio, because I figured I could afford to lose that much. Despite constant...
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   01-01-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By Godfather
Buy an aftermarket 28" sunroof, and paint the top...

Buy an aftermarket 28" sunroof, and paint the top black. Did that on my first '08, and about to do it on my newly acquires '15. The roof is approximately 3/16 thick, and cuts easily with a laminate...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   11-02-2016, 07:22 PM
Replies: 34
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Views: 2,924
Posted By Godfather
Were I you, I'd first want to know if any...

Were I you, I'd first want to know if any underlying damage was done bending three wheels. Car doesn't weigh enough to do that at low speed. Or it was one helluva hole. Might wanna check....,,
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   10-07-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,541
Posted By Godfather
If there's white smoke coming out of the exhaust...

If there's white smoke coming out of the exhaust in a constant manner after warmup you have indeed killed the head gasket, or warped the head. The stumble could well be swapping compression between...
Forum: smart Wheels & Tires   10-01-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,730
Posted By Godfather
Going up one size will get rid of the 3 mph error...

Going up one size will get rid of the 3 mph error built in to the car.
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