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CEL Code P2178
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Ricewasser Feb 14.

Optima 34R Battery?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Zeno Chen Mar 27, 2013.

Fuel Gauge Concern???
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Ricewasser Oct 20, 2008.


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Robert Ricewasser replied to Barry Rogers's discussion Black Alloys or Standard silver Alloys on my Black Brabus fortwo
"I like the black wheels."
Apr 16
Robert Ricewasser replied to Ronnie A Drake's discussion Clear coat paint peeling
"The rally red clear coat peeling seems to be limited to certain vehicles in the production cycle during 2009. I think smart USA is aware of which vehicles fit into this category based on their VIN. Apparently, some other type of clear coat was…"
Mar 28
Robert Ricewasser replied to Ronnie A Drake's discussion Clear coat paint peeling
"The peeling of the clear coat has occurred on certain 2009 Rally Red smarts. smartUSA is aware of this issue and you should contact them & open a case. They are dealing with this on a case by case basis, so hopefully they will assist you with…"
Mar 27
Robert Ricewasser replied to Crystal's discussion Fan belt - how long does it last
"It is hard to say how long a fan belt will last. It is like saying how long are you going to live. Fan belts should be periodically inspected and when they show signs of wear, they should be replaced."
Feb 24
Robert Ricewasser replied to Laurie Perkins's discussion Front hood latches
"They are located on the left & right hand side of the grill. Your owner's manual does a good job of explaining how to latch the front service flap (hood). I believe there is also a video on the smartUSA website showing how to remove &…"
Feb 23
Robert Ricewasser replied to Robert Ricewasser's discussion CEL Code P2178
" Drove the car today. No codes and no rough shifting. Everything is normal."
Feb 14
Robert Ricewasser posted a discussion

CEL Code P2178

My wife's 09 Pure, that is just shy of 13k miles threw a P2178 code, which indicates that the engine is running too rich.Before the CEL came on, the shifting was harsh and abrupt. This is the 2nd time this has happened. The first time this occurred, I had the rough shifting and an intermittent hesitation around 70 mph. There was no CEL. I disconnected the battery for 30 minutes, reconnected and everything was back to normal. This occurred a few months ago. Today, the harsh shifting symptoms…See More
Feb 14
Robert Ricewasser replied to Dave C's discussion Does anyone know the valve angles on a 451 smart engine?
"I would get in touch with Barney or Rusted Wrench at: www.smartcarofamerica.com.  Another way is to chuck up an intake & exhaust valve in your face grinding machine and see if they are 45 deg. angle or possibly a 30 deg. angle. Many shops…"
Dec 7, 2013

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Do you own/will own a 451 smart fortwo? If yes, which model?
YES: pure coupe, YES: passion coupe
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My wife and I are car enthusiasts and we enjoy going to various car events and showing off and talking about our Smartfortwo. It seems to attract a lot more attention from the public then our other collector vehicles.

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At 4:54am on May 16, 2013, Ioana said…

Thanks, Robert. I was thinking about this as well. Cheers!

At 9:39am on March 28, 2013, Jesse Zeno Chen said…

Hi Robert,

Glad to be of help!  I'm sorry if this comment is in the wrong place!  I am new to this site/figuring it out.  I have been on the smartUSAinsider forum and been pretty busy on the smartcarofamerica forum.  You might have even better luck at a better price on a battery from Costco or Sam's Club if you have a membership to one of those places, and even Walmart.  (I just realized you're in Monrovia, and I go to the Walmart in Duarte a lot.)  The group sizes I mention seem to be universal.  (I can't believe how prices seem to have gone up on batteries.  I haven't had to change one in a long time though.  I buy a 1.5 amp Schumacher battery maintenainer from Walmart for $20 and it helps keep batteries happy...)

At 4:51am on August 4, 2012, Jeremy said…

Hey Bob i just added a event to 451s.com about Jimmy's Jam On The Dam II.

At 8:26pm on September 27, 2011, herb said…
email:  herb@specialfolks.com
At 1:26am on October 4, 2010, Jeremy said…
I am meeting at the one on Main street in Hesperia
At 8:15pm on March 11, 2009, Bruce Fromoz said…
Hi Bob & Lilly,

Thanks for the tip! What a great mod - for under $10!! I think I got the last one on this side of town!
At 4:00am on February 22, 2009, Bruce Fromoz said…
Nice Bob!! Thank you!

Lilly is as lovely as ever.... you lucky guy!
At 9:55pm on July 16, 2008, BJ said…
At 9:52pm on July 16, 2008, BJ said…
Check the Smart Celebration in West Covina. It should be fun.
At 7:51pm on July 15, 2008, Robert Ricewasser said…
Has anyone had a problem getting their Smart into reverse? I seem to be having difficulty and it takes several attempts to lock into reverse.



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so many bad reviews?? should i buy??

Hello fellow smart lovers.... i really want to buy a used (2006) smart that i've got my eye on,…See More
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Col Bolla replied to Col Bolla's discussion Auto gears question
"Yey, but on my 451, there is no way of telling what gear you are in, as the 1, 2, 3 4, 5 on the…"
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Herb Bell replied to Col Bolla's discussion Auto gears question
""A" means your transmission is set to "Automatic"."
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"I'm talking about the baffle box for the air intake so I can install a silicon hose in its…"

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