I am still happy with mine. I have had it 2 years (as of next month) and due to working out of town, have just under 10,000 miles on it. So far no issues!! Reading some of the disastrous issues that have been posted here, I have a tiny fear it could/will happen to me which creates an uneasy feeling related to the transition from Penske to MB, but so far I am glad I bought it and have no plans to sell. Especially with gas prices so high...
Let's be careful out there,
Pops and Carlito
My wife and I have had ours for almost 2 years and haven't had any issues either. I see alot of articles on the web about Smart cars being poor choices but for our situation it has been great. We are empty nesters, use it as our everyday car and know exactly what we have. It doesn't accelerate like a Corvette, ride like a Cadillac and hasn't gotten rave reviews like the VW models (which my car is constantly compared to when people ask what it gets for milage) but it didn't cost $35,000 either! I still get a kick out of the looks and laughs and it gets us from point A to point B realiably. It is also surprising good in snow which seems to not want to stop in Wisconsin! I would say we got more than we expected..........................
I had my smart since the end of May, 2008. It has approximately 49,500 miles. I have tracked 47,500 miles and I have averaged 45 mpg. The longest trip that I’ve been on is 1100 mile. It was from Mentor, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio to South New Jersey and back to Mentor, Ohio in August, 2008. The average speed was 72.5 mph. The average mpg was 41.5--and that was using the air conditioning. The smart is use as my primary work vehicle and I normally travel 90 miles/day, 4 days/week. I purchased the 100,000 extended service contract and so far I have had no problems. I follow the regular service schedule. It is still a head turner--I still get more smiles/mile. Would I do it again…YES I WOULD….
My Smart has only 32,000 miles on it, and Am told by the dealer that I have to have a new head. It is going to cost me around $6,000. I looked up book balue on my Smart. With leather interior and it being a convertible, high book value is still only just under $10,000.00. Does not really seem worth putting another $6,000 into it. Who would ever expect such major problems at only 32,000 miles. Only now do I seroiusly regret buying my Smart. I am actually ashamed that I bought it.
I have owned my Smart only 6 months. Buying it used with only 2,700 miles on the clock and under 6,000 miles now, I am learning something new about my Cabriolet nearly every week. I recently learned that my car has rain sensitive wipers. Just set it and forget it except when going through a carwash. Who knew?? I enjoy my car very much other than the harsh ride and a lot of brake dust collecting on the front wheels. But getting 42 mpg around town takes some of the pain away. Overall, I am very pleased with my Smart. Take care.