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smart fortwo Problems and Repair Histories

398 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer smart fortwo. 160 of these members (40.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 387 repairs to smart fortwos--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently smart fortwo problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the smart fortwo problem descriptions below.

Don't infer smart fortwo problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of smart fortwo repairs by problem area

26% of the smart fortwo repairs were to the engine, 17% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 1% to the suspension, 27% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 14% to the body and trim, and 10% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 387 repairs.

smart fortwo repair cost distribution

Of the smart fortwo repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 19% cost less than $100, 51% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, 6% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 93 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten smart fortwo problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 smart fortwo 2dr Coupe

70-horsepower 1.0L I3 5-speed automated manual RWD

smart fortwo in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 0    
1000 0 Shifter became difficult to place in Park. Lubed in 5 minute visit to dealer. 
20000 0 It appears that the Subwoofer never worked. They had to electrically trace the wiring and replace part of the wiring harness. 
36000 100 Clutch actuator was making noise 
39000 100 Failed Shifter total repair cost 877usd 
42000 0 Cooling system leaked  crank shaft position sensor failed 
44000 650 Heater fan & Motor replaced 
48000 1100 Tie-rods, torsion bar, All front end parts replaced except steering and struts 
smart fortwo in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 0    
0 Shifter did not allow the button to press in and the car was either in Drive or Neutral. Wouldn't go into Park or Reverse. Dealer repaired shift lever. 
 
smart fortwo in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 0    
1000 0 Dealer requested I bring the car in for inspection of the shift linkage. 
2000 0 The car shut itself off in hard left turns 3 times. 
3000 0 Low tire pressure light came on. Checked tire pressures and all were High. Reset to factory recommendation but warning light stayed on. Called dealer and they gave me instructions to reset the light. Now OK. 
5000 0 One of the rear window defroster elements was not operating. Dealer diagnosed the problem and ordered part for replacement. 
 
smart fortwo in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 0    
0 Reset the engine light. Not a problem. 
5000 0 Passion tailgate alignment was low on driver side so that glass was rubbing the body panel.  Black plastic cover on upper tailgate has a loud, intermittent, high-pitched rattle. Mechanic said it was the cargo cover and normal. Problem persists. 
14000 0 steering column sensor had to be replaced 
27000 355 code p0442 - leak in evaporator emissions system replace purge valve. 
43000  

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2008 smart fortwo 2-door

3-cylinder automated manual 2WD

smart fortwo in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 0    
1000 0 Engine stopped in middle of block while car running. No warning lights, was able to restart, dealer found nothing and was not willing to investigate further. 
 

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