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Since we must return to the USA after a 13 year absence, and cannot take our purly European, bought in Mexico, 450 Passion, we have found a buyer and will probably deliver the car before the week is out.
We are not happy to part with it, and are really not happy to move back to the USA. We have been spoiled by living in other countries, especially this part of Mexico, with its perfect climate. But, the house is under contract and our clock is ticking toward closing.
The other side of the coin: We must now get our 1999 Pathfinder loaded up for the trip, legalized for the highway in two countries and head north into the unknown.
 

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Hmmm...I bet the 450 could've made it across the border since the 450 was a Grey Market model. I mean, there are blokes importing Canadian diesels across the border.

Hope the new owners take good care of it! :)
 

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The diesels entering the states are not legalized for the US in the least. They're basically being smuggled in by a guy with a friend in the DOT. I like to call them black market. The grey market 450s in the US at least were modified to comply with US legislation, and processed through the goverment appropriately.

I guess the other question is, RVGRINGO - Are you going to pick up another smart once you're in the US?
 

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Since we must return to the USA after a 13 year absence, and cannot take our purly European, bought in Mexico, 450 Passion, we have found a buyer and will probably deliver the car before the week is out.
We are not happy to part with it, and are really not happy to move back to the USA. We have been spoiled by living in other countries, especially this part of Mexico, with its perfect climate.
RVGRINGO, so sorry to hear . . .

Was "living the dream" vicariously through your posts while awaiting the publication of your next book - Retiring in Mexico for Dummies.

I wish you well my friend . . .
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments and wishes. If we could take our smart, we would. However it was not grey market, as it was purchased in Mexico and is the European model. Importing it would be totally impractical and cost more than the value of the car with the silly modification requirements. We have driven it in the USA, before you even had the US version 453. It drew crowds! We might get away with it in the USA for a year, but could neither register or sell it there. Also, registration renewal here is in just a few months. Inconvenient. We know the new owner and all will be well with her and the car.
Would I buy a 453? NO, NO, NO. Actually, only my wife can drive now, due to my failing vision; one of the many factors forcing us to return to the land of VA and Medicare. We love the world-class quality of medical care in Guadalajara, but even the reasonable prices add up after 8 or 10 major surgeries in fine private hospitals, by personally chosen specialists. I know we cannot match that quality, but we may be able to hang on to some of our nest egg.
We have friends in AZ, so will make Tucson our destination next month. We are packing slowly, which is all I can handle, setting a closing date for the house and looking at motels along the way and houses to buy when we get there. It is not fun, like it was when I was young, and either the military or my employer took care of everything.
 

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Sorry to hear of your loss. Maybe a 451 will tide you over for a number of years when you get back to the U.S. I really do enjoy mine. My partner doesn't like the stiff Brabus suspension and low profile stiff sidewall tires or the bumps that it does not absorb, "OH, MY!" It does corner like a worm on sand paper however. :D
 

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"Best wishes and if you are really keen, you could get another 450 in the USA."

or move to canada and get one there; same thing really, perfect climate...
 

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RVGRINGO, so sorry to hear . . .

Was "living the dream" vicariously through your posts while awaiting the publication of your next book - Retiring in Mexico for Dummies.

I wish you well my friend . . .
Muchisimo gracias.
Actually, your instincts are pretty good. I did write that book back in 2005, entitled “Streets of Glass“, a reference to the fact that our cobblestone streets are mostly obsidian; volcanic glass. It was only available by e-mail and many folks did buy it and print it to read on the way down; or just out of curiosity. It still lives in my computer, and in one printed copy on my bookshelf.
 

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"Best wishes and if you are really keen, you could get another 450 in the USA."

or move to canada and get one there; same thing really, perfect climate...
Ah yes! Fifty years ago I was an avid skiier and frequently enjoyed the slopes and trails of Mt. Tremblant in Québec. I even thought that retiring to Montréal might be nice. Then, I got old. Somewhere on the trip north, I will turn 77 and that journey through time is getting more and more difficult. It has been a good ride, though.
 

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We all wish you the very best.

I too was living the life through your posts :D

Have a safe journey, my friend :)
 

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RVGRINGO - though you may have sold your smart, here's hoping that you drop by SCoA occasionally to keep your Forum friends honest with their spelling and grammar . . .

Note, did read a few outtakes from your literary work, "Streets of Glass" and it helped me better understand your heavy heart in leaving "all that" and the simple life in Mexico. :cheers:
 

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Our smart went to the new owner on Friday, after doing the paperwork at the tax offices, where one transfers title.
The Pathfinder is almost packed, closing on the house is Thursday and the maid and gardener will be paid off and terminated, as required, just before closing.
Then, we have to wait a few days for a permit to drive the Pathfinder out of Mexico, since we permanent residents cannot otherwise drive a non-Mexican plated vehicle.
After that, we expect 3 or 4 days on the road.
Next job: Bathing the dogs before spending those days with them confined to a car and motels.
Oh yeah....got to pack up this computer......adios.
 
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