Smart Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Smart

Smart Problems

Malfunctioning "Automated Manual" Tranmission

Dealer replaced Clutch Auctuator under an extended repair policy. Total cost of repair was $950. My deductible was $100. Ongoing problem with many 2009 Smart Cars. Tranny still malfunctions on occassion. Very aggrevating!

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Smart Questions

What does SNOW SIGN mean in speedometer (1 answer)

Where can I get body work done? (1 answer)

Front end is damaged; no structural damage, just need replacement of plastic body panels.

Car does not shift into reverse. (3 answers)

Occasionally when moving shifter from park to reverse, chime sounds and gear selector display is blank. Transmission will not shift into reverse. Sometimes moving the gear selector thru the gears works, or shutting off the vehicle and starting over. This can resolve itself in as little as 2 minut...

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Smart Recalls

Steering Gear Mounting Bolt Failure

The steering gear mounting bolts can break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle. The dealership will replace the steering gear mounting bolts free of charge to correct the problem.

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Smart Reviews

Have owned the car since new 6 years ago. I have replaced one light bulb. The transmission is the weak spot. Always works, but not a great design. Very unresponsive and design not up the the standards of the rest of the car,(reliable though) The clear roof is prone to crazing. Doesn't bother anything. Wonderful suburban car and will do 90mph when necessary!

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