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Transmission Trouble

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chuck Comer May 27, 2010. 2 Replies


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Chuck Comer replied to Chuck Comer's discussion Transmission Trouble
"Just got a call back from the service writer at Chandler Smart. The UAG Warranty Adjuster visited the dealership last night and approved the transmission replacement, however at their option they are only going to replace it with a used unit with 1K…"
May 27, 2010
A2Jack replied to Chuck Comer's discussion Transmission Trouble
"Chuck. This is the first Syncro failure I have ever heard of in a Smart. In fact, I am dubious of the diagnosis. Did it throw a code? My thought would be a clutch problem (Very common in our cars). The "Extended Warranty's" sold by…"
May 27, 2010
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Transmission Trouble

I made a post awhile back ref. having trouble with my 2009 Smart shifting from 2nd to 1st at low speeds, 5 to 10mph.  I tried to have the issue addressed at the 20K service in San Antonio TX however the tech could not determine what the problem was nor could he duplicate the problem.  (didn't ask me to try)  Contuined to have the problem and wasn't able to get the car in for service untile today at the Chandler AZ Center.  (30K)   The tech here wasn't able to duplicate the problem however asked…See More
May 26, 2010
Pee Santos commented on Chuck Comer's blog post Smart Transmission
"No, She's really Red, they dropped the Orangey Red with the '08. If I had spare $$ I would paint it orange, which is the absolutely bestest color ever. And I think the winning name is HotLips James. I asked friends to help me name her."
Mar 23, 2010
Pee Santos commented on Chuck Comer's blog post Smart Transmission
"I just took my '08 in for tune up and repair and they were downloading new software that comes on the '09. Check with your dealer for a software update. - then I walked out owning a red '09!"
Mar 22, 2010
Tommy Wong commented on Chuck Comer's blog post Smart Transmission
"Well, I have an 09 Passion and it only seems to do this when the transmission is cold. From the first start of the day, it might jerk once from 1st to 2nd, but I drive it manually and it does not do it again after that. The only other time I have…"
Mar 19, 2010
Ryan commented on Chuck Comer's blog post Smart Transmission
"That's probably the main issue with a computer controlled manual transmission. seeing as it is a manual transmission, after all, different gears have different rpm's where being in that gear would no longer be fuel efficient/safe on the…"
Mar 19, 2010
Brett Harrison commented on Chuck Comer's blog post Smart Transmission
"Chuck, surprisingly, this has been happening to me. I believe that driving in manual would solve the problem. As other have pointed out, the problem usually occurs at a rolling stop. When I cruise around my neighborhood and I come to a rolling t…"
Mar 19, 2010

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Smart Transmission

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 8:44pm 10 Comments

Has anyone encountered a problem with the trans. @ low speeds (5 to 15 mph) i.e. it seem's to get confused where it should be, 1st or 2nd. Seem's that when it shifts up to 2nd and decides it needs to be back in 1st and trys to downshift it gets locked up in 2nd. Will shift up but never again into 1st. I flat tow my Smart with my RV and have a battery cut off switch installed and the only way I can get 1st gear back is to turn off the battery and re-boot the computer. I'm just worried that there… Continue

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At 9:48am on March 16, 2010, Dorte Lowman said…
Hi Chuck - we own a 2008 and tow it behind our motorhome. We have had no problem with it, but we do not diconnect the battery, we only shift into neutral and turn the ignition off.

Can anybody tell us what the purpose is of disconnecting the battery? We also live in hilly country in Virginia and our Smart rolls right along behind us without any problems.

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