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Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   05-12-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,276
Posted By svaraman
I've heard different things from different...

I've heard different things from different people. Some say what's you're saying; you'll owe the full $5,010. Others say that you'll owe the full $5010 until you hit the 5 year mark. After that...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   05-11-2017, 05:34 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,276
Posted By svaraman
You must have received a different agreement than...

You must have received a different agreement than the one I signed. The BAP contract I signed does NOT cover normal wear and tear. They call it a "Battery Lease Agreement" and it very clearly...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   05-06-2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 22,636
Posted By svaraman
I completely agree that the pedestrian warning...

I completely agree that the pedestrian warning sound currently used on the smart ED isn't as effective as it could be. A similar study to the one stevenvillatoro mentioned found that the backup...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   05-06-2017, 10:07 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 22,636
Posted By svaraman
To be completely clear: The pedestrian warning...

To be completely clear: The pedestrian warning sound is only on at speeds between 0 and 20 mph. Above 20mph (actually 30kph or 18.75mph) the pedestrian warning sound is cut off. The idea is that...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-30-2017, 10:41 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 22,636
Posted By svaraman
The pedestrian warning sound kicks off at 20mph. ...

The pedestrian warning sound kicks off at 20mph. I very seriously doubt you will hear it unless the windows are open and it is very quiet outside and the entertainment system is off.
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-30-2017, 11:18 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 22,636
Posted By svaraman
I dug into my paperwork. The pedestrian warning...

I dug into my paperwork. The pedestrian warning device was NOT listed on the window sticker, but it was listed under the "STANDARD ACCESSORIES" section of the order acknowledgement as "Accessory...
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   04-19-2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 80,537
Posted By svaraman
The key fob uses "rolling code" technology to...

The key fob uses "rolling code" technology to make it very difficult to spoof a key just my monitoring the codes sent over the air. This is the same technology used on garage door openers. FWIW,...
Forum: smart Operation and Maintenance   04-19-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 80,537
Posted By svaraman
This is nothing like the process I used to get a...

This is nothing like the process I used to get a third key and fob for my MY15 ED. I ordered a key and fob from my dealer. They required my VIN, state registration certificate and a government...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-19-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
Posted By svaraman
Original owner of a MY15 ED with 17,600 miles on...

Original owner of a MY15 ED with 17,600 miles on it. Best car I've ever owned by a wide margin.
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-12-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 11,516
Posted By svaraman
The BAP program is run by MB Financial: ...

The BAP program is run by MB Financial: 1.866.700.9853. BAP brochure is attached.
Forum: smart Wheels & Tires   04-12-2017, 05:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,590
Posted By svaraman
Tires "aging out" before they "wear out" isn't a...

Tires "aging out" before they "wear out" isn't a common problem with smart car tires. The OEM Kumho Solus KH16's that came on my MY15 ED have less than 10K miles on them, but are more than half worn...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-12-2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 22,636
Posted By svaraman
At the risk of getting flamed into oblivion: The...

At the risk of getting flamed into oblivion: The pedestrian warning system on my MY15 ED is fully functional and will remain that way for as long as I own it. In my view it is irresponsible to run...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-11-2017, 05:31 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,354
Posted By svaraman
I never asked about the battery and it's parts or...

I never asked about the battery and it's parts or the means of reading the data from it. I think you've crossed a quote from someone else. I'm an electrical engineer that has designed numerous...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-11-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 22,636
Posted By svaraman
That's really odd. My 2015 ED has the pedestrian...

That's really odd. My 2015 ED has the pedestrian warning device. It's even listed on the window sticker and the sales invoice as "standard feature".
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   04-11-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,786
Posted By svaraman
Can you point me to some of these ED's for $5K?...

Can you point me to some of these ED's for $5K? The lowest price I've found so far is $7,500. I'm thinking about buying a second one...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-23-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,115
Posted By svaraman
Here's one of my favorite alternative...

Here's one of my favorite alternative chemistries: https://news.utexas.edu/2017/02/28/goodenough-introduces-new-battery-technology More technical description at: Alternative strategy for a safe...
Forum: The Car Lounge   03-21-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,271
Posted By svaraman
Funny story: Last September my significant-other...

Funny story: Last September my significant-other and I took a vacation to the Olympic National Park in Washington state. We pulled into Costco to get gas right as they were closing. The attendant...
Forum: The Car Lounge   03-18-2017, 11:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,271
Posted By svaraman
Ditto for Oregon......

Ditto for Oregon......
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-18-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,348
Posted By svaraman
I've never seen 90 miles on the computer even...

I've never seen 90 miles on the computer even when my 2015 ED was new.
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-18-2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By svaraman
MBUSA told me that any MB dealership that is...

MBUSA told me that any MB dealership that is "Electric Certified" can service my smart ED. In Portland there are two "Electric Certified" MB dealerships.

BAP has created LOTS of difficulties...
Forum: 453   03-17-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,240
Posted By svaraman
Vapor recovery nozzles are designed to shut off...

Vapor recovery nozzles are designed to shut off when the tank is full. The problem comes in when the design of the tank, fill tube and the ventilating system causes the pump to shut off when there...
Forum: 453   03-15-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,240
Posted By svaraman
Yep, my 1996 Ford Contour was a giant PITA to get...

Yep, my 1996 Ford Contour was a giant PITA to get filled all the way.

That only works if you live in a state where you can pump your own gas. Here in Oregon, there is no such thing as...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-13-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,283
Posted By svaraman
Thanks for posting this information. I expect...

Thanks for posting this information. I expect that BAP will be discontinued sooner rather than later for the reason you cite. I just hope they do it before I get the $5010 discount I received paid...
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-13-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,260
Posted By svaraman
I don't know what model smartie you have. Are you...

I don't know what model smartie you have. Are you talking about the internal combustion engine (ICE) or the electric motor? I'm wondering about the hitch on an ED.
Forum: smart fortwo Electric Drive   03-12-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,260
Posted By svaraman
I bought the hitch but have been holding off on...

I bought the hitch but have been holding off on the install because it looks too low to the ground. Do you ever drag the hitch on speed bumps or pot holes?

FWIW, I mostly plan on using it for...
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