Thanks for the input. I actually got tons of response on the smart cars of america forum. Turns out Smart USA dropped the MSRP on the very part I needed (clutch actuator AKA motor) from $975 to $595 (HUGE DROP!! probably because so many…"
"Sorry... can't answer your question but have you emailed other smart friendly garages with the same question just to get an idea on the price and maybe if see Tysons are about right with their suspicions and their price?
Let me start by explaining the problem I have been having. Bear with me....ANY help or advice or similar stories would be GREATLY appreciated. Starting several months ago, I was driving my smart (in automatic mode) on a busy road (flat, no hill), and came to a stop light. when I came to a complete stop, the car shifted itself into Neutral, and the wrench icon began to blink. It would not shift into Drive or Reverse, only into park. I shifted it into manual mode - no change. So, I put the car in…See More
"Its the cat. ozone controler in the exhaust system. The catiolitic converter can get so hot that it glows red, this is to burn all the un-burned oil and fuel from the engine. It is normal to get that burning smell. You will have that burning smell…"
"I drove from Southern California to Reno Nevada at Christmas, over the Sierra Nevadas (somewhat higher and steeper than WV or PA), and had no problems with the hills. True, you can't go up steep hills in 5th, but you can do most of them at 75…"
"Your smart will perform quite well on mountainous roads. You will have to switch to manual mode and keep the RPM's between 3-4000 rpms. Hope you have a tachometer which makes it easy to stay in the power band. Otherwise, 4th gear and on steep…"
"has anyone had this problem with the 2009 model??? or is this mainly an issue with 2008s?? sorry if this was answered already, i didn't really have to time to read through 8 pages of answers :) thanks!"
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