Is it a MUST to have snow tires? Yesterday first day in snow with Smart. Traction control came on and hit a few ice patches... interesting drive to work... just wasn't real comfortable not knowing how it was going to handle.
All in all wasn't enough snow to really do much but the ice gave a few interesting moments.
In Cincinnati, we just don't get enough snow for snow tires to be worth the hassle as fas as I'm concerned. In the 12 years I've had my truck, I've used the 4-wheel drive less than a dozen times, and haven't driven more than 50 miles using it. Around here, the main problem isn't the snow, it's the fools who think 4WD means they can still drive 70+ on snow, ice, slush, etc. and still steer and stop like the roads are dry.
"Whatcha mean my 3 ton, 8 passenger 4WD uber SUV with one person on board can't do 75 in the unplowed fast lane in a blizzard while I'm eating breakfast cuz I left late for work? It's got 4WD ain't it!"
One of the many reasons I run an ice radial in the winter. I can safely drive at the posted speed limit, for me it is mostly 50-60 mph. When I catch up to those on all season tires driving 20 under the limit, I can safely pass them and go about my business.
It costs $75 to $100 per season for winter tires, my time and safety is worth alot more than that.
I've never understood switching to a thirstier vehicle in the winter when a tire change is more than sufficient to get the job done.
The only days I miss work are when the roads are closed.
All four. Blizzaks. Swapping out will cost you about $85 each time with TPMS, or you can buy a set of steelies (basic Pure steel wheels) on ebay for about $85 a wheel. Once mounted, Discount Tire will swap them out each winter & spring for free, so you'll recover the cost of the wheels in about 4 years. P.S. The only thing that'll really slow you down in winter is the "high-center" of packed snow & ice that sometimes forms when the streets aren't plowed and other vehicles using the same wheel tracks over and over get really deep, leaving a center that is too high for the smart to clear.
The smart's short wheelbase helps it feel responsive and agile in good conditions. But the downside is that when things go bad it happens very quickly. Here in central Washington winters we get a lot of transitions across 32-deg so frequently there's ice to deal with.
Blizzaks handle icy conditions pretty well, and we've been using them for years on other vehicles like my wife's all-wheel-drive sedan and our Ford Ranger 4x4. For those we have separate sets of wheels used for winter tires, as it's so much easier to make the twice-yearly switch.
For a TPMS equipped vehicle, it's apparently against federal law for a tire installer to omit the TPMS senders when installing tires, so there's the added expense of buying and installing a set of senders for your new wheels too.
We have not equipped the smart with winter tires and wheels, as it gets around town ok in moderate snow and ice if driven gently... yet I'm still a "nervous nellie" and don't take it further afield.
Has anyone done anything with the sills to keep them from showing scuffs and dirt all the time (both sides of the rubber). It would have been nice if Smart would have taken a little extra time and larger carpet to cover up these areas rather than just throwing a non-fitting carpet in (sure...
What items do you keep in the storage area inside the tailgate?
1) 50' of 11mm Teufelberger KM III static rope (orange color rope)
2) 50' Dyneema rope (silver/grey rope)
3) a few pulleys and carabiners
4) jumper cables
5) Tire plugs
6) 12v air compressor
I find it's nice to keep a runnning log of issues with my cars, it makes a nice place to record what's happened, what I've tried, and gives others context when helping me diagnose, so here we are.
I bought a used 2008 Passion in December 2019, knowing it had some "quirks", but the price was...
I've seen the chart somewhere on here but cannot find it now, there is a chart that indicates what is the widest tire that will fit on a certain size rim, what I am searching for is a wider tire to fit on a stock '09 Brabus wheel, thinking about going from 215 to 225.
So I just bought a sweet new to me 2010 yellow 251(!!!!!!!iiiiii)
I have only one key with it so my question is, do I need the electronics in the key for it to run? Meaning if I have a key cut to work but it doesn't have the chip in it will the car run?
Also, can I transfer the electronics from...