• Jun 22, 2007

The Euro version of the Smart Fortwo has been recalled due to improperly affixed lockrings that were causing steering problems. Only 1,650 cars were affected, but the country or countries in question weren't named. There were no accidents or injuries because of the problem. In spite of Smart's well-publicized bumpy ride and continual losses since its introduction nine years ago, Dieter Zetsche, head of DaimlerChrysler, said the brand expects to break even this year.

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm.....1,650 tiny Smarts are re-called in Europe. Is this their total European sales? The car has been a dud for what this blog still characterizes as Daimler-Chrysler. Poor Dieter.
        Betta
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have a Smart car in France. It is a great car for getting abound and especially for parking. If my calculations are correct, I get 66 miles to the gallon. I costs 20 Euros to fill up the tank and when you sit in the car it has high headroom and plenty of room. When I go to the market, I can get a lot of groceries in the back. Mine is a convertable and the only drawback is it has no spare tire. But hey, what the heck, it is great, just make sure the tires are not worn or you don't go over any nails. When I look for a parking space and all the other cars can't fit in, i grab it with plenty of room to spare. You see them all over in Canada....so what is the U.S.A. waiting for? Be "Smart", America!
        Betta
        P.S. I am not a dealer, just a satisfied sustomer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Better start getting used to the fact that it'll start to be Daimler AG, Daimler-Benz, or "Ze Germans"... stop tainting Chrysler's image.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "stop tainting Chrysler's image."

        It's an image Chrysler went by. Now they have none. You can't taint what ain't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe Dieter's still feeling the effects of being sprayed with the bubbly at Indy.

      It would be great to have a diesel version of one of these to get around town, except for the fact that I live in one of those suburbs filled with big SUVs driven by cell phone-impaired soccer moms who wouldn't know where the right side of the vehicle was if it bit them in the backside.
      Debra
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've wanted a Smart car for a long time. You just can't find them easily in Texas. I need one for running around.

      I just wish they sold them at every Chrysler dealership!

      Deb
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Debra
        Hi there,
        we have sold alot of smart cars in TX, With our 4 year 50,000 mile warrany you would call the 1-800 and they will direct you if you had any problems. And oil changes are bettween 5 and 6000 miles and it can be done anywhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If not mistaken, the 0-60mph time on these Smart cars is a pathetic 15 seconds. This is about the poorest acceleration of any vehicle on the US roads. In fact, such lethargy would be quite dangerous. It might be great for scooting around the city or suburb, but highway excursions in traffic would probably be unwise.

      Double the horsepower, and perhaps I'll pony up some cash.

      • 7 Years Ago
      they will never really fly in the US where we love big and loud. Nascar has proven this. Until they make an Electric car that can match a Nascar the US won't buy in. Canadians are the trendy type.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That doesn't diminish the Smart in my eyes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should've introduced the roadster to more markets. People complain about the lack of space in the fortwo, but you hardly ever see people complain about the lack of space in a two seater roadster..
        Ben K.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Smart isn't very smart for American roads. Safety will be sacrificed for a little economy, slow 3 cylinder engine won't make any friends in the left lane. It took DCX nine years to break even on this dud. Now, they pawn it off on the Americans. It might look at home on the golf course. At about $15 grand it's overpriced, but i'm sure there is somebody who is in need of attention, looking to be the first one in town to own one. It's no two seat sports car. This thing is a modern day Yugo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't it simply amazing how they (Daimler-Benz) can continue for the better part 12 years can pour money down the drain with this small "car", yet couldn't (or perhaps wouldn't) allow the American "partner" the synergies needed to run profitably (though who knows how the books have been cooked). Is it me, or has Daimler doubled their ad budget recently?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be a great car if you were a meter maid? It looks like a nicer version of one of those meter maid cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It would be a nice car if you are a meter maid. :):)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The original from MB is a great car the new well you will have to check for yourself, The Mitsubishi engine and transmission will 100% hurt this car. The ones sold in the USA now are far better. Why wait till what we heard is not till the end of 08. The still doesnot have DOT yet for the US and at 38MPG comparred to the current one at 58 combined, will save you a lot of money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a great car if your a meter maid.
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