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  1. Happy New Year to Everyone!

    smart General Discussion
    smart cars driving into the 2020s!
  2. Car inspection before smart warranty expires?

    smart General Discussion
    The U.S. 453 smart warranty is usually based on the date of its first/original purchase (not the build date) and expires at the 48th month or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first). Transmission, brake, suspension and exhaust systems. And check that the software is updated (you can call smart...
  3. Jackrabbit starts: Prius vs. smart

    smart General Discussion
    I drive the smart 453 with 5-speed manual transmission (ICE). I've noticed Prius cars tend to get a better jump from a dead stop at a red light than my smart. Even if I try to slam the 453's pedal and change gears more quickly, I doubt my 453's start could match a Prius's jackrabbit start...
  4. Looking for a Smart Car to use in a commercial in South Carolina

    Carolinas Chapter
    Verify the organization's insurance will adequately cover any loss or damage to the lent vehicle.
  5. 453 smart - Moisture/Condensation in Oil??

    smart Operation and Maintenance
    Hello. I read this post and then checked the inside of my 453 oil filler cap, but no white/emulsified oil is present.
  6. custom 453

    453
    Just saw about six or seven 5-speed manual transmissions (based on interior cabin photos) among the twenty-four 453s on Autotrader's nationwide search.
  7. Two Smart is one too many

    453
    Hopefully your 453 is a Dual Clutch Transmission (6-speed) because the 5-speed manual transmission and electric 453 models are not approved to be flat towed. 453 Official Flat-Tow Instructions: https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f497/453-official-flat-tow-instructions-126105/
  8. custom 453

    453
    Looking on the Autotrader wesbite, there are lots of 5-speed manual/stick transmission 453 used vehicles available for sale right now. Note: Despite a search filter on Autotrader for transmission type, a shopper must look at the photos of each car's cabin to determine if that 453 is a manual...
  9. New some questions

    smart General Discussion
    You could be in an expensive situation and hassle if you lose your one key. Maybe the previous owner who is abroad has the second key on him or it's in his drawer at home, etc. I would inquire with the couple about it. She could be able to send an e-mail to ask the spouse. If their reply...
  10. 453 Coolant

    smart Operation and Maintenance
    Specification 310.1 for smart car 453 model says to use fluids from 320.1 https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/310.1_en.html On 320.1: https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/320.1_en.html On the chart look for the smart car engine smart model 453: (M281) **see the footnote2 for M281...
  11. Cancel service needed notice

    smart General Discussion
    This would be a good question to start in a new thread (so it doesn't get hidden by the "Cancel service" title of the thread. Be sure to mention in that new thread when the last service was done (both by mileage and by month/year). For example, the oil and filter may not need changing at...
  12. Cancel service needed notice

    smart General Discussion
    Here's a video on how to reset the service counter on a 453 model smart: Here are written directions: from SCoA thread: https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f441/453-maintenance-due-dash-reset-112401/#post1281193
  13. 453 Maintenance Due Dash Reset

    Technical "stickies"
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  14. 453 Maintenance Due Dash Reset

    Technical "stickies"
    Here is a thread on this smart car forum with the directions to reset the service count on a 451 model: https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f353/reset-maintenance-interval-11415/
  15. 453 Coolant

    smart Operation and Maintenance
    In this thread, I should've used the term "antifreeze" instead of "coolant." I called the service center to order 325.0 MB antifreeze for my 453. The representative looked it up and said that 325.0 is not for the 453 model. I'm going to wait until the next time I can go in person to see what...
  16. 453 Fuel gauge weirdness

    smart General Discussion
    Some other 453 owners have slow filled their tank to put in extra gas well above the stated capacity and get higher mileage between fillups. This can inadvertently happen if the service station pump dispenses gasoline at a very slow rate; the 453 allows extra gallons of gas to be added to the...
  17. 2017 Cabrio overheating

    smart General Discussion
    Hi. Hope your vehicle back on the road and handling well. Did the smart service center recommend a store brand of coolant for the 453 that can bought in a local auto store? 453 coolant is bevo 310.1, potentially not automatically Xerex G-05 approved for the 451 (bevo 325.0).
  18. What oil for a 2017 turbo?

    smart General Discussion
    After emptying both the pan and removing/draining/inserting new filter, I've found that adding about 3.8 quarts will fill it to the low end of the dipstick's recommended level (triangle notch) and 4.4 quarts will fill it to the high end notch. This is for a 2016 model 453 ICE. Here's a short...
  19. What oil for a 2017 turbo?

    smart General Discussion
    Here is 10 pages of discussion about the engine oil for the 2016 453 smart ICE: https://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f208/453-oil-type-115274/
  20. 453 Coolant

    smart Operation and Maintenance
    What store brand coolant works well for the 453 model? (First change interval is 60,000 miles or six years).
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