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  1. JBL Sound System

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    The JBL system in my 2016 sounds comparable to sound systems from other newish cars, which is to say pretty good, but I've not heard a 2017 model for comparison. However, sound quality is a bit relative when considering the rather high road noise found in 453's. I don't think I'm alone in...
  2. New video on smart leaving North America and moving production to China

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    In hindsight, I'm glad Daimler took a chance bringing the car to the U.S. I've read the company wanted to capture some of the enthusiasm surrounding the MINI, but in reality, the Smart was just too small for folks in the land of trucks, SUV's and crossovers. China makes sense of course, but...
  3. Old Owner Looking to Jump Back In

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    Just curious, Oliver, did you go the Smart Madness or CPA Chiptuning route?
  4. smart dead in the US and Canada after 2019 model year

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    I have read that MINI intends to come out with smaller version of the Cooper... possibly a miniMINI. ;) This would be electric powered. I'm hoping it's similar to the Rocketman concept from a few years ago: https://autoweek.com/article/car-news/bmw-and-toyota-may-join-forces-smaller-mini-model
  5. Service as of 2019 - SLO and/or SF Peninsula

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    Hi figgy, I just got my 2016 Smart serviced at the Mercedes dealership in San Jose last month. I was told they will discontinue service on all Smarts at the end of the year. The tech then mentioned the SF dealership would continue service. As others have said, most independent shops could do...
  6. EV with Generators

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    As the owner of an older BMW i3 REx model, it's one of the features I've appreciated most about the car... built-in gas generator. Our i3 has a max electric range of 80-90 miles, 70 on the gas generator. The generator only activates when you have 6% charge left. Based on our driving patterns...
  7. Old Owner Looking to Jump Back In

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    I recently had my 2016 Smart serviced at the Mercedes dealership in San Jose, CA, but I was informed they'll discontinue service for all Smart cars at the end of the year. That means San Francisco will be the only authorized service center in the Bay Area. I suspect Phoenix is your best bet...
  8. Re-Painting a 453...

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    Post pics if you have it done, Bob. Wraps are pretty convincing ways to change color and a helleva lot cheaper. You could even change it again down the road.
  9. Love my Smart car

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    I test drove an electric 453 last year and it was a cool, capable little machine. Acceleration is great off-the-line and handling felt rather refined. I'm thinking the smooth power imparted that sense of refinement. Quiet too. But since new car sales are going away in North America, I have a...
  10. 453 Owners. Need your guidance

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    Thanks again, Mailman. Yep, there aren't too many sizes available in that staggered configuration. I've had good experiences with Yokos in the past, so that would be my likely choice. As much as I love this little machine, it can be a drone monster over course asphalt. I believe that's...
  11. 453 Owners. Need your guidance

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    Thanks for detailed post, Mailman! I'm curious from your picture, it looks like you have two different type tires under the Yokohama brand. Is that causing any driveability issues? It's usually recommended to stay with the same type of tire, even if the wheel sizes are different. My 453 has...
  12. Looking for a new Fortwo..

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    Agreed... grab the best one you can find now that Smart is leaving the North American market. Although San Francisco is a bit far, the SF Mercedes dealership had a decent selection several months ago since the town is ideally suited with its tight parking spots and short commutes. I drove a...
  13. smart dead in the US and Canada after 2019 model year

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    Funny, I saw my first 453 on the highway last week near San Francisco...all black. Looked good. I saw a blue one near my workplace nine months ago, two black and white 453's parked at some facility and one from Oklahoma at a restaurant. But I see 451's more often, if once or twice a month is...
  14. smart dead in the US and Canada after 2019 model year

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    The Smart venture really was born of European tastes and sensibility. There's simply more opportunity for a small runabout in confined spaces. For anyone who has visited, many cars are smaller than their American counterparts. The brand had a stronger case there. I think the Smart executives...
  15. Design website for Smart exhibit

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    Actually, a design firm that handled the Smart exhibition in various capacities. Check out the initial video on the front page... good stuff. Although they collaborate with other brands, there's lots of Smart content in that vid. Bittersweet though knowing the brand is going away...
  16. smart dead in the US and Canada after 2019 model year

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    Probably not a bad idea. Since the brand is going away, that's gotta be difficult selling point if the prospective buyer asks. I test drove the only remaining manual shift car there a few months ago. Fun, but ended up finding a gas model I liked in Arizona. Have you considered the Fiat 500e...
  17. Smart Electric Question

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    Ricky, if you like small pod-like EV's, you could consider the Fiat 500e. They were only sold in California and Oregon, but folks have bought and shipped them around the world. You might get a bit more range than a Smart EV and the acceleration is pronounced. But like the Smart, servicing and...
  18. What did you do with your smart today?

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    I was beginning to walk the dog on this late afternoon and suddenly I noticed the beautiful sunlight coming through the trees across the Smartie. Ah spring...
  19. smart's fate to be decided by the end of 2019

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    Small sporty cars are a fickle thing in the States. Minis and Miatas are still in production, but other models haven't fared so well. I've read that both Smart and Fiat were trying to tap the successful appeal of the Mini, but the results have obviously been quite mixed. With the industry...
  20. smart's fate to be decided by the end of 2019

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    I still find the popularity of pickup trucks fascinating. Are people really hauling a bunch of stuff all the time? Or towing that trailer, even if they have one? I mean if it gets used the way it's supposed to, fine. But most of the time, it's one person piloting this 5,000 lb. 20 foot land...
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