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Power Train Problems of Smart Fortwo

Smart Fortwo owners have reported 14 problems related to power train (under the power train category).

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 1
Failure Date: 04/12/2014

In traffic, attempting to parallel park, car fails to shirt into "r" must turn car off in middle of road, restart three times to finally get car to engage "r" or "d" to move the car safely out of traffic. 1- this has happened to me many dozens of times, I previously reported a similar problem. 2- I see many other similar complaints. Why has there not been a recall issued?.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 2
Failure Date: 04/05/2014

The car just shuts off at anytime whiledriving in d your just a sitting duck cant use gear to unlock trammission so it could be moved out of way of on comming traffic, theres no warning the cars is in the shop now, this has happen to other Smart Fortwo owners, its a death trap wating to happen needs to be fixed before more people lose there life, look at gm . 54cent could have saved many lose lives. Please help the public,,.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 3
Failure Date: 03/02/2014

Put car into reverse. Display would not show reverse nor would it go into reverse. I turned car off, waited until computer reset then turned the key. Car sequenced through the gears to 'relearn' the sequence. I started the car and it still won't find the reverse gear. This is extremely dangerous. Clutch ewas replaced by dealer 5 months ago and software was upgraded.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Smart Fortwo 4
Failure Date: 01/09/2014

Drivers seatbelt buckle does not latch at all. Mercedes will not pay for it or fix it and want us to pay out of pocket .

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Smart Fortwo 5
Failure Date: 08/16/2013

The car has a problem with not going in reverse when you put the gear shifter in 'r' position? usually after driven and the car is warmed up. The car just rolls when put in reverse, as if though it's in neutral. . When giving gas it just revs the engine and nothing happens. . The car is automatic transmission. And it can be dangerous putting the car in reverse if it's on a slope. The vehicle can roll. This is a normal problem with the 08-09 year. This should defiantly be a recall issue. Thank you for taken the time to read my complaint.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Smart Fortwo 6
Failure Date: 06/21/2013

I was driving on a suburban side street when suddenly the engine cut off and the car came rolling to a stop. Fortunately I was not traveling fast and there was room to pull over but I could have been injured if the incident was on a highway. A local mechanic could not identify the problem so I eventually had it towed to the dealership which tested it and found that the coupling motor (a component of the transmission) was faulty and needed to be replaced. The car is running okay now but the repairs cost over $1,000 and it is only 4 years old.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 7
Failure Date: 07/07/2012

It was a very hot day and had been driving on the interstate for about an hour. I slowed down to turn onto ramp and car went out of gear (while driving!). Screen went blank. This has happened to me once before in a similar circumstance so I pulled over. Turned off car and found advice on the Smart car forum (this has obviously happened to others as well). After about 3 times of completing the cycle to reboot the system, it finally worked and I continued on my way. The first time this happened dealer did a software update at my cost ($200+) because it was out of warranty. This car is dangerous. . . Will someone need to die before something is done with a recall of these cars?.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 8
Failure Date: 04/19/2012

I have a Smart Fortwo having trouble with the reverse call the dealer they told me that it was a software problem and that this is the second time that they had to up date it so the reverse would work I have call many Smart car dealers thru out the states and it is a problem so my question is why isn't this a recall because I have to pay for this because the factory warranty is up and my reverse went forward to I don't think its fair that I have to pay for this since this has been an on going problem with these cars please help.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 9
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Smart Fortwo. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into reverse gear and the failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 29,942.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 10
Failure Date: 12/12/2011

Smart car had history of not going in reverse. "r" would not come up on screen, car would just roll forward, hitting vehicle(s) in front. Then for a couple of months, (2 years) car would go into neutral while driving, (even on highway) coast for a while, then shut down, and not restart. If you waited 10 minutes, it would usually restart. If tried sooner, it either would not restart, or only go into neutral. It would not shift into any other gear. The other day, after approaching hill, at red light, car went into neutral, then shut down, and brakes would not respond quick enough since car turned off, and hit two (2) pedestrians, crossing in intersection. Car would not restart, waited 1 1/2 hours, would restart at times, but stayed in neutral, (10/2013). Had to be towed to Smart/mercedes center, quoted me $3000, to change actuater, clutch motor, clutch press, clutch plate, and maybe more if need to replace clutch. Smart forums are all full of the same problems, with the Smart cars, especially the 2008. Manufacturer must have been made aware by now, but is ignoring the problem, apparently changed design and clutch plate assembly for 2009 Smart cars. But has not recalled 2008 year where problems are common, and very dangerous.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Smart Fortwo 11
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

This has happened over the last year, at least a few dozen times. Sometimes it's happened as often as 2-3 times per week. I will start my car, and shift into reverse, and where there was a p for park on the display, the display is now blank, and my car will not reverse. It will also not go into drive, or display d. I will try moving it back and forward and the display stays blank, and my car won't move. Sometimes when I restart my car it will go back to normal, shifting into reverse, and displaying an r on the display panel. . . Other times it will take several minutes for it to respond, and to be able to move. I have read on-line about other owners having several parts replaced and software updates, but always the problem seems to come back. Others claim it's the clutch plate assembly, and that those have been fixed for the 2009 model. . . But I've still experienced the problem. I've read about this happening to others in traffic, and I've read about dealerships not being able to find "anything wrong" with cars in this situation.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 12
Failure Date: 08/21/2010

Driving on interstate on a hot day. After approx. 1 hour of driving, slowed down to change lanes, put on brakes, screen went blank and there were no gears. Nothing. . . The car was still running, but there was no way to move, as if it was in neutral. Went online and found that other owners had same problem. Went through a computer reset and it ran fine. Took it to dealer and they charged me $200 for a software update (after I had to rent a car for $300 to get home).

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Smart Fortwo 13
Failure Date: 03/15/2009

This shifting problem occurred erratically since I've owned new. First incidence was with selecting reverse and thereby loosing the ability to select any gear mode (fwd or rev). This oddity is usually resolved by turning the switch off &restarting but sometimes by selecting neutral & waiting. The next problem came when attempting to accelerate at approx 20 mph which caused the engine to idle & car to coast as in neutral. The first 2+ years, this was resolved by lifting off the gas completely & reapplying. This began to happen at various speeds, always when accelerating. Note: engine revs for bout 1/2 second before failure. My guess is, it happens when it needs to downshift 2 gears. Then also began to happen under load (up long hills requiring auto downshift) always solved by gas recycle and evolved into having to recycle multiple times before it would downshift. Over time,I learned that I could prevent this by downshifting manually & not waiting for "autoshift failure". Sometime in the last year, it has become more frightening as it will not recover by recycling the gas. I don't remember the date or mileage it first happened but I must almost stop before it regains ability to shift/accel normally. It is erratic but was a long time before it repeated itself after the first incident. They are happening more recently & a couple of times in heavy highway traffic & now my wife refuses to ride with me. I talked with Smart rep when car was new & he stated that "reprograming the transmission" was option but this procedure is not covered by warranty. I have appointment to have this 'reprogramming' done at the dealership but have been told it may only solve the "reverse" selection problem. They are not aware of my problems happening in other models or of any recalls, so maybe other owners are slow to complain like me.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Smart Fortwo 14
Failure Date: 12/01/2008

Vehicle started not going into reverse when shifting into reverse from drive. Also if idling then shifting into reverse it will not go, it would go to neutral.