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    Default Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    The glass boot lid keeps dropping unless I utilise a scrunched a shopping bag in the gap, so needs changing (something I am for once capable of) ..any brands to steer clear of in terms of hopeless longevity maintaining pressure resistance?

    Prefer quality & buy once, fit for purpose where I can.
    Cheers

    Gus
    Smart (450 city coupe 0.7 pulse) 2003 "vintage" 45KW / 61 HP (M160/1)
    E.V. Owner (Nissan leaf)
    E-Bike rider (lots of fun with knackered knees)
    17 snowboards (ish)
    Bitter drinker (not bitter)
    Cheapskate, Skateboarder,
    Old enough to know better.

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    tried the smart parts dept ?
    fq101.co.uk

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    Nope, are they around the £15.00 per pair mark? ..recently got stung by mini for £3.00 worth of plastic & sponge & was tricked into paying £76.00 for two replacement speaker grille covers (kicked in by previous owner) & fresh LFU gaskets that I could have made myself, ..call me wary

    But point well made, I have just emailed Cambridge Smart for a price.

    Cheers
    Last edited by Mr Gus; 9th January 2019 at 17:40.
    Smart (450 city coupe 0.7 pulse) 2003 "vintage" 45KW / 61 HP (M160/1)
    E.V. Owner (Nissan leaf)
    E-Bike rider (lots of fun with knackered knees)
    17 snowboards (ish)
    Bitter drinker (not bitter)
    Cheapskate, Skateboarder,
    Old enough to know better.

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    Bought a cheap pair of gas struts for our old Octavia just before we sold it and they were crap. It made the tailgate very, very slow to open even with assistance, though it did hold it up once it got there.



    I would at least go for something with a recognisable brand rather than no-name Chinese eBay special. e.g. a pair of Magneti Marelli struts is less than £25.

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    thanks, duly noted, waiting for Cambridge smart to get back to my email.

    It is amazing how a little thing like a worn out gas strut can influence someone to change a vehicle, (my wife & her A class, we love it but she's been moaning about that, ..it is 16 years old mind!
    Smart (450 city coupe 0.7 pulse) 2003 "vintage" 45KW / 61 HP (M160/1)
    E.V. Owner (Nissan leaf)
    E-Bike rider (lots of fun with knackered knees)
    17 snowboards (ish)
    Bitter drinker (not bitter)
    Cheapskate, Skateboarder,
    Old enough to know better.

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    Sold singularly, not as pairs, £28.40 !? per unit...
    Aftermarket Magnetti Marinelli it is then.

    Oi vey
    Last edited by Mr Gus; 10th January 2019 at 17:52.
    Smart (450 city coupe 0.7 pulse) 2003 "vintage" 45KW / 61 HP (M160/1)
    E.V. Owner (Nissan leaf)
    E-Bike rider (lots of fun with knackered knees)
    17 snowboards (ish)
    Bitter drinker (not bitter)
    Cheapskate, Skateboarder,
    Old enough to know better.

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    Ouch

    Although don’t let it put you off asking next time, they can often surprise you in a good way.
    What price an email or quick phone call...

    PS: the singularly is a good thing anyway , you’d be moaning if you just wanted one
    fq101.co.uk

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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    I wouldn't moan if they were 1/2 the price & came as a pair, or even half for one, the consumer has more choice overall which subsequently affects brand perception & future loyalty (or not) ..always makes sense to replace a gas loaded item at the same time when they are part & parcel of the same job (lifting holding, tensioning, dropping evenly).

    Otherwise it might come to the point of mystic older car ownership oddities whereby you get clonked on the head if you stand on one side but not the other..

    The only downside of the Magnetti's is the long potential lead time ..one month, I need to convince my other half sooner rather than later that this car is worth keeping compared (in a cost effective manner) to looking for another towards my daughters seventeenth birthday to learn in.
    Last edited by Mr Gus; 11th January 2019 at 08:28.
    Smart (450 city coupe 0.7 pulse) 2003 "vintage" 45KW / 61 HP (M160/1)
    E.V. Owner (Nissan leaf)
    E-Bike rider (lots of fun with knackered knees)
    17 snowboards (ish)
    Bitter drinker (not bitter)
    Cheapskate, Skateboarder,
    Old enough to know better.

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    Default Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    I bought a pair on eBay last year, they cost £16.50 delivered. They are perfectly okay but unbranded. Sellers name was insuppa-trading.


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    Default Re: Gas strut lifter recommendations?

    Thanks Smartysmartface, It's good to have a recommendation for cheap(er) kit, ..ordered!
    I would happily have bought the others if it were not for the potential for a months wait, I enjoy going out in the smart on the back roads, & visits to the wholesaler will be easier as a result, plus if by spring we haven't the room on the drive (building materials & space) then, it is at least tidied & tested if forced unwillingly to sell her on, the name is now "Moo Mole" ..that little Czech mole is on the keyring & it's black, so that's the definitive name, I'd like to get a vinyl sticker to seal the deal & claim outright ownership, no luck currently!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_(...iler_character) little mole, Krteček
    Smart (450 city coupe 0.7 pulse) 2003 "vintage" 45KW / 61 HP (M160/1)
    E.V. Owner (Nissan leaf)
    E-Bike rider (lots of fun with knackered knees)
    17 snowboards (ish)
    Bitter drinker (not bitter)
    Cheapskate, Skateboarder,
    Old enough to know better.

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