Posts by sokoloff

    I had no guarantee on my HV battery and I change the 12v battery after about six years, but I do check it every few months. IMO changing the 12v battery every three years is expensive overkill, but I guess if you sleep better at night, that's something to consider.


    Len

    2014 EV Coupe 22,500 miles

    2014 EV Cabriolet 24,000 miles

    2015 EV Coupe 22 000 miles

    In my case I've got three 451's and almost always charge them in my garage on a 110v outlet. I've had one of the cars for almost seven years and I have had no issues with the way I charge. I have replaced the 12v battery though. When the car gets below 40% is when I usually charge it, but if I know I'm going to need the car the next day and I'm even up around 60%, I have no problem putting it on the charger overnight and charging it up to 100%. And even when it is fully charged, I sometimes don't get out to the garage to unplug it for several hours after it is finished charging. Actually the car never really charges to 100%. The battery test tool I have indicates that the real state of charge is about 96% even though your gauge says it is at 100%. So for me this has been no problem and I haven't and don't plan to drive myself crazy worrying about my charging techniques.


    Len

    2014 EV Coupe 22,000 miles

    2014 EV Cabriolet 23,000 miles

    2015 EV Coupe 21,000 miles

    Thank you VERY much for this info. I want to make sure we are talking about the same part. As you can see in my third photo, i.e. the piece with the scrape mark and dimples on it, that's the piece that may need to be replaced. Looks like your instructions are about removing the lower valence piece. Maybe that needs to come off before removing the piece I'm talking about?


    My initial search for the part may indicate that it is not available. I need part number A451 647 00 01 CE6L, called a rear-end center section of the rear body panel. That part number did not come up, but it looks like Mercedes now sells a generic panel that needs to be painted. The original panel is molded plastic with the color all the way through.


    Thanks once again for your help and for this new forum.


    Len

    I had a minor fender bender the other day. I was in bumper to bumper traffic going no more than about 5 mph when the driver behind me hit me in the rear and pushed me into the car in front of me. There were no injuries and the damage looks to be very minor in all three cars. My 451 has a scrape mark and a couple of dimples, probably from the car's license plate that hit me. I looked closely for other damage around and under the car and saw none. However, in order to make things right, I may need to replace the rear bumper panel if it is even available. Do any of you have a good link to doing that?


    Thanks.


    Len

    2014 EV Coupe

    2014 EV Cabriolet

    2015 EV Coupe - this is the one with the damage

    Thanks to Moritz for starting up this forum. Can't have enough info about these cars.


    Moritz - I did not know that your were MineCooky on the US forum. Good to know. Lots of good posts from you there - keep 'em coming.


    I own three 451 EV Smarts as noted below - love them. I do all of my own maintenance if I can and these are the easiest cars I have ever had to service - so simple. I have had almost no need to use the factory warranty and of course all of them are now out of warranty.


    Len

    2014 EV Coupe 22,000 miles - 35,400 km

    2014 EV Cabriolet 23,000 miles - 37,000 km

    2015 EV Coupe 21,000 miles -33,800 km