Thinking about buying a 2008 Smart ForTwo



Transmission issues? I’ve read everything from “no problems” to catastrophic failures. Trying to make a purchase decision. Thanks!


You really want to buy a 10 year old vehicle that is no longer sold in the US if that is where you are. It was overpriced , needed premium fuel and did not get near the fuel economy it should have . And yes , the transmission was really not very good.


Yeah. Unless you’re just in love with the body style or something, pass. It was not an impressive car by any stretch.


Those cars had two functions:
An eye-catching shape so they made good billboards for your company logo.
You could park two of them in one parking spot if you backed up to the curb in a parallel spot.
I have no personal experience with how long the transmissions lasted, but they felt horrible when they shifted.


A friend of mine has one.

It’s given them a lot of problems. They’re looking to trade in theirs in the near future,


One of those “RUN AWAY” used cars. Lots of better options out there.


I think the $2000 plus computers were a problem too. Maybe if you could get a warranty . . .


Even then. I’m not interested in owning any car where the wheels are designed to self-destruct as part of the crumple zone.


I have to be honest here…I could never see any reason why anyone would want one of these things. It’s so small that it looks like you could only afford half of a car, and I think they only weigh about 1,800 lbs. I would imagine they are easy to park, but really, you could buy a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla and have a real (if a bit small) car that will seat 4 or 5 people in a pinch and will probably achieve better gas mileage. I just can’t see the redeeming qualities, if there are any. I wouldn’t want one if it were a reliable car with a good transmission, and it doesn’t even have that going for it. On that note…I once saw a rather large man driving a blue Smart Car with headlight eyelashes…I’d have needed a bag over my face.


When I first saw these it was parked along the canal in Amsterdam. It fit in such a small space where a bike would normally park. Popular in places like that where space is non-existent. Sort of like a golf cart but smaller.


I have often thought of buying cars like the Smart For Two that are different. Some of the cars I thought about were the following;

  1. Citicar. I wanted to experiment with a battery powered car.
  2. Geo Metro convertible. I thought it would be a fun car to own, but the three cylinder engine and automatic transmission made the car quite sluggish.
  3. MG Midget. This car needed a clutch and extensive body work, but the price was right at $700.
    Mrs. Triedaq talked me out of buying these cars. Odd ball cars, such as the Smart For Two may be fun for a couple of weeks, but the novelty soon wears off. When I was in high school, the daughter of the Chevrolet dealer attended the same school. A local drug store gave away a new 1958 Isetta in a drawing. The winner kept the car about a month and then traded it for a new Chevrolet. The daughter of the Chevrolet dealer drove it to school for about a month --she thought the car was cute–but after a month, she was back to driving a used Chevrolet off the lot. The Isetta was a two seater with one door on the front of the car. The steering wheel swung out of the way so the driver and the passenger could be seated. The Isetta was about the size of the Smart For Two. Like the Isetta of the 1950s, the Smart For Two is really not suitable for most driving conditions.