2008 Smart Fortwo: Anatomy Of A Smart
November 17, 2008
Long-Term Blogophiles will recall that I've had some trouble with non-auto-off headlights. This morning I had an inconvenient case of deja vu. I hit the remote unlock button on the Smart's key...nothing. After popping the plastic cover off the door lock and manually unlocking the door, I confirmed that I'd left the lights on overnight -- and the battery was as dead as Marvin of Pulp Fiction fame.
What I needed was a trusty Magrath, and sure enough, he rolled up in the GT-R a few minutes later, jumper cables in hand.
"Huh," he mused aloud. "I wonder where the battery is in this thing."
That turned out to be a good question. First we opened the hatch and checked the engine bay. No dice. Then we tried the front hood compartment thing. The washer fluid's in there, but no battery. Time to RTFM, a task that fell to Magrath while I snapped pictures and passers-by gawked at the sight of the GT-R, bonnet propped open, parked next to the Smart with its dangling hood.
So where's the battery? Why, in the passenger-side footwell, of course.
So we passed the jumper cables through the driver side of the Smart and stretched them over to the footwell. There was just enough slack for the cables to reach their destination.
After a few false starts by me (hence the grimace), Magrath performed a brief voodoo ritual, and the Smart fired up on his first attempt. My punishment was a half-hour drive around L.A. to charge up the battery. Also, I had to stand shirtless behind the company ping pong table while the rest of the editorial team whacked balls off my chest, Texas-style.
Moral of the story for Smart drivers: Our man DiPietro's '87 Subaru Justy may have had auto-off headlights, but the Smart does not. And you don't want to find this out for yourselves.
Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,068 miles