I am considering buying a late model smart passion or pure smart. Are there any problems I should watch out for when buying. Are the Diesel engines problematic as they are no longer available in Canada. Are there any mechanical or electrical problems with these vehicles. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Expect electric/electronic problems. Also be aware that you won't have any warranty left on 2008 and some 2009 models.
This is a real problem if the previous owner didn't have the Transmission software updated to the 2009 version (no charge), which greatly reduces the 1-2 shift time.
I have a 2008 model that I took in to Smart for a look-over right after purchase. They treated the car to a new battery, the 2009 transmission software and a new user's manual (all at no charge). I made two more trips to have this car repaired due to computer problems. This week, the fuel gauge seems to have gotten stuck, or else I'm getting about 100 mpg!
Check the Smart User Groups on this site and others to read up on the mechanical problems.
No diesels were sent to the USA, but there are Canadian user groups that should be able to give you some statistics on diesel reliability in the 450 model.
Update to my reply 13 hours ago: I'm NOT getting over 100mpg and the gas gauge is NOT stuck any more. Maybe I overfilled the tank.
The gauge dropped by two more squares today (out of 8 squares total). When the gauge dropped to 5/8, the odometer read 112.8 miles. Assuming that each square represents one gallon (U.S.), then I got 37.5 mpg so far.
Disclaimer: This is a user generated "Web 2.0" community, smart GmbH, smart USA and smart Canada are not responsible for the maintenance or creation of this page. All brand names and/or trademarks used are for reference only and are the property of their respective holders.