it's just the transmission whining...
Sounds more like brakepads to me. Hey, this is a really really old discussion we're digging back up.
not the brakes, something to do with the automated shifting. Now with 88k miles on my smart, it still does it when it throws out the clutch to shift. Not always, but now and then.
Perhaps you should have a friend videotape what you are describing and then linking us to that video. Trying to diagnose based on your description is difficult. It's not usual for squeals and squeaks coming from the transmission during shifting.
Sorry, I worded my post incorrectly. I didn't mean squeals and squeaks DURING shifting is normal. What I meant that actually hearing the transmission shifting is normal just like any manual gearbox.