It is my undestanding that the 09 Smarts have a new chip which makes the car shift smoother. There is supposed to be a replacement chip for the 08's but we haven't heard much about the when.

Anyone know? I have been searching the sites (forum, blog etc.) and have found nothing. About a month ago when I was on someone had commented on the fact that the 09's have it, but I couldn't find it now.

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Comment by SATO on March 3, 2009 at 11:20am
Dotty there is no chip removal or the such! these cars as well as 99% of the others on the road get a "flash" to the software.. its a kind of update or bug fix. this is all done without removing anything from your car as it is a "software update" not a "hardware upgrade"
Comment by Judith Baukus on March 3, 2009 at 10:33am
Ted I am in SO CA./ can't get it done here now (programmed) Maybe it's SOA that's the hold-up..
Thanks for the info.

Judy
Comment by Dotty on March 2, 2009 at 11:54pm
I took my Dotty car in for fixin'; the auto lock didn't lock and the transmission would freeze up. They put a chip in. It made it a bit smoother and the paddles work w/out moving the gear shift. However the auto lock doesn't lock (again) and my husband says it's freezing up in low now and then. So guess we will be visiting them again - when I need to have the car washed.
Comment by Jim Yedor on March 2, 2009 at 10:50pm
Wally- I appreciate your support but I'll defer to GLSONN on this one- Jim
Comment by Ted on March 2, 2009 at 10:42pm
The chip is programmable. I had mine flashed to the 09 shift pattern and it is great. You can use the paddles to shift without moving the shifter to manual mode. It also seems to react quicker.

The bit with the silicone grease to the shifter was to make the shifter work, otherwise it would get stuck in park.
Comment by Regina Glasgow on March 2, 2009 at 10:29pm
I haven't heard about this need for a new chip. However, at 451 smart there is a man with a 2008 Fortwo, who noticed that if he removed the shift knob with a plier and a cloth and added a silicone oil to the gear shift and the inside of the knob, he gained better shifting capability. Apparently, there was not enough oil applied to the shifter at the factory.
Comment by Judith Baukus on March 2, 2009 at 8:57pm
Thanks.

Judy
Comment by Ken Reutebuch on March 2, 2009 at 7:32pm
At the dealer smart party in Orlando Fl. Dave Schembri president of smart said the new shift pattern would be downloaded into the o8 cars later this year at no charge
Comment by Judith Baukus on March 1, 2009 at 9:02pm
Thanks guys.
Comment by Wally Gullang on March 1, 2009 at 8:51pm
Judith there is a guy in California by the name of Jim Yedor who if anyone would have an answer to your question, it would be Jim. From the little I know of Jim, he seems to be a good guy and is vary good when it comes to the smart car. I would have to say it's either Jim or smart themselves. Good Luck

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