Hello all, I have wanted a smart car for several years. I recently had the capital and know how to buy one for $700, minus auction fees, some 7 ish states away in Indiana. While being a spur of the moment purchase I rented a U haul and drove from Maine to Indianapolis in my Tahoe. I have wanted a diesel version for almost as long. I was nearly set to import one from Canada fr about $2000 due to exchange rate and the flew that are for sale are all cheap. The national manager of the department of Transportation said in one of out one plus hour phone calls that it could be imported and that it was on the list of vehicles approve for import. DHS said talk to National DOT, EPA said talk to DOT, DOT said get the state police to inspect it, state police said they never herd of a policy saying they had to inspect it. All importers except two ghosted me. One said can't be done. The second one that was the first importer to import the Smart CDI said it was 80 ish parts, and $26,000 ish in work to bring it into compliance. I asked for the parts and that I might be willing to do that. They never responded. Fast forward. I may or may not have the CDI engine already and a list of the rest of the parts to get. I am looking to make this vehicle a thing of beauty. Since it is the Pure model I am going to replace the body panels. Make the glow in the dark or something crazy. Larger fender flares for wider tires. heated mirrors, replacement heated and cooled cloth seats hopefully, the 2" lift kit from smartmadness because I live in Maine, potholes and rocks suck, new fabric interior (previous owner was a smoker), dashboard, maybe a thin stainless skid plate to replace the plastic one (I am a metal worker), kick ass sound system, maybe a proper fancy manual and automatic AWD transmission from Alison or something. I have been tossing around a diesel electric hybrid idea for a bit now as well. A Tesla style motor for the front and back. As much help as I could please. I might take it to a performance shop when all is said and done or before and help me use all that the CDI has to offer. Or get a second and pimp it out.