Cleaned it up and kept it local all weekend.
Daimler would have lost even more money bringing a diesel here.Nice
I do wish they had done the diesel here in the states.
Misfitsailor, as far as I know, tube covers were never an OEM product, but many Smart owners have installed aftermarket ones as you have. Personally, I like the looks of having them on and they do seem to cut down on the crud hat gets inside.Today I received a brand new pair of dust covers for the struts. Mine were missing, if they were ever there at all. It is possible that a dealer mechanic removed them, but it's also possible that the car left Smartville without them in 2009. They snap on over the strut attachment points (under the service flap) to keep dirt and water out. Part #451 323 00 38 about $7 each. Anyone else missing these? Not a critical part, but it bothered me that my car was missing something. (OCD much?) I also replaced my stalk end covers. Probably best to do so while they all the colors are still available! $10 a pair, all today's goodies from dealersalessolutions on eBay. View attachment 68234
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I used an electric impact wrench, 1/2 drive universal on a long extension. You do have to hold the strut shaft from turning on the other side. Do not try to use the hex slot in the top of the strut, as it can not take the torque. Here is a photo of the special tool that allows you to hold the shaft without damage. See Evilution web site for procedure.Misfitsailor
Tried to remove the bolt for the struts on my 09 and they wouldn’t budge(penetrating oil will be a must)