Does or has anybody else have a problem with the gear shifter not shifting till you play with it?
In park, then I shift to drive (but it acts as if it's in nutral) then I go back to park and try it again. 1 or 2 times of doing that and it's works.

If yes and you know what the problem is, please fill me in.


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Comment by Antonio Vazquez on January 30, 2010 at 10:30pm
Hello Mike!!
I also own a 2009 Smartcar and having the same problem as you. Either trying to get reverse or drive will not register until I play around with the shifter. Planing to call the dealer soon for repairs, car is still under warranty. If I find out before you I will e-mail you in members.

Sorry that I cannot be more helpful at this time.

Comment by Robert Stout on January 20, 2010 at 12:57am
Those German engineers are SO devious...
Comment by Richard Baker on January 19, 2010 at 8:36pm
I was told by a tow truck driver in CT that there was a recall on the transmission shifters, but I have not seen anything about it.
Comment by jwight on January 18, 2010 at 7:15pm
You may find some helpful info here:

Also worth trying the transmission re-teach procedure in the Owners Manual (see link in post #2 in the thread above.)

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