This will be the first in a series of posts about modifications I make to my Smart Car. The first big mod I'm making is installing a new car stereo. The Passion Cabriolet comes with what Smart calls the "premium sound system," but let's be honest: factory installed car stereo systems always suck.
If you are a Smart owner and want to work on your car, you should get to know the website Evilution really well. This site has information on how to do basically anything in your Smart with regards to assembly/disassembly. This is good because Smart/Mercedes is very protective of the official service manual.
I replaced the head unit yesterday which was incredibly easy. I must say that the Smart is, by a long shot, the easiest car I have ever worked on. Nearly all the screws are the same type (torx 20 or 25) and none of them so far are torqued so tight that you can't unscrew them with a manual screwdriver. Nice!
My head unit of choice is the Sony Xplod MEX-BT2700. I bought it mainly for the price as it is by a long-shot the cheapest bluetooth car stereo solution out there right now. It does have some glaringly stupid limitations, like not automatically reconnecting A2DP to existing partnerships when the radio turns on (it does, however, automatically reconnect the bluetooth hands-free phone profile). So each time you start the car, you have to press a button to reconnect your bluetooth audio device to the radio.. Despite that, it's a great unit for the price and the built-in microphone works really well for hands-free bluetooth goodness. Here's a couple pictures.
You can see RCA cables coming dangling in the passenger foot area. Those will eventually find their way to the amp!
The car kit for the Smart looks really nice and creates a very professional "factory" look even when replacing the double din factory radio with a single din aftermarket like above.
My next post will cover replacing the factory door speakers with Orion XTR652 coaxial speakers.