NO John I didn't take a test drive as there was no dealer within 500 miles when I reserved my Smart 14 months ago. I did my homework but have never driven an automated manual. I do know a bit about cars as I build show and race cars for a living, and by the way this is how you spell DECISIONS.............Thanks for all the info guysDidn't you take a test drive? Or do any research on the smart?
Yes this is normal and that's the way the automated manual trans works.
You should have driven the '08 before the 2.0 upgrade.
If this is unaccepable, then you won't be one of the smart ones.
(sorry it bothers me when people make uniformed desitions).