I really like this site and I think is the best place where I can express my experience with my Smart Fortwo passion 2009 in its first 7 months and 7500 kmts so far.
I am extremely pleased with it, it is what I expect of it and a little more, however it does have some idiosyncrasies, not necessary defects that I want to share, although I expect is noting new to the forum.
The first and most strange thing is the steering wheel, too heavy on a stop and too vague on the road, how Mercedes could have missed this one, they should have bough the one from the Seat Ibiza, to me is the best electric steering wheel there is, it could have been the perfect car, a pity.
I have heard complains about the transmission, I think this is fine for me, what I believe is wrong, in my case I drive 96 % of the time in auto mode, why the dam thing doesn't remember that, every time I start it is in manual, by the way, I have a bad feeling about the durability of the stick, will not be good if I do manual all the time besides it is to stiff and yes I don't have the steering paddles.
A thing I did notice is that when you select reverse, the engine will not go more than 2000 rpm regardless, I had to go like 100 meters in reverse and it took me an eternity, I wonder what will happen if I have to stress it in reverse, like climbing a ramp, probably it will not make it.
The ESP is to sensitive to click in, when braking and hitting a bump it make the triangle on the dash to blink and I can feel it entering in action, the same happen when I am parking the car in the garage and the floor is wet, let it be all for our protection, isn't it.
The radio goes blank, off and on when starting the car, I have to turn it off then on strange?. Why the sun visor doesn't turn, it is really annoying drive with the sun on one side and having no possibility of turning it, I wonder if in other markets to mine, the sun visor does turn.
Finally, on my no likes list, the engine gets so much dust for being in the back and fully encapsulated, of course to clean it, is a nightmare there is no space for do it.
Nevertheless, of all I have said, it is a fully enjoyable car, that I forgive all those small nauseas, as soon as I started and listen to the small turbo to spool up. Enjoy it and thanks to all the contributors of the forum.