Intermittently Won't Engage Reverse


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,550 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace clutch (1 reports)
2008 Smart fortwo transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Smart fortwo Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012020

fortwo Passion

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles


It happens usually when the car is hot. Sometimes it get so worse that if I shut off the car the car doesn’t start again until the engine get cold again.

- Qadmier C., Danbury, US

problem #4

Nov 082017

fortwo Passion 3 cyl, 1.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,898 miles

After selecting reverse, it takes up to 5 seconds for it to recognize and shift.

- minktheshrink, Avon, US

problem #3

Dec 262015

fortwo 1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,766 miles

My wife generally drives this Smart and has told me that from time to time it would not engage in reverse. This weekend we drove from DC to NYC. We pulled into a parking garage, stopped to get the check-in ticket. The car would not engage in either forward or reverse. I got out and pushed the car out of the way. When I got back in the transmission started working again.

Does anyone know of a true fix for this?

- Philip K., Laurel, MD, US

problem #2

Jul 092015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Won't engage in to reverse. Can turn off then back on & will engage. Drive started doing it too took to Creve Cour Missouri to fix. Told clutch cost of $750 just for part. Then called back stated another $450 part needed. Got home didn't engage into reverse. Stopped payment because dealership has not called me back, been 3 working days.

- walnut_62707, Chatham, IL, US

problem #1

Jan 012015

fortwo Coupe Tridion Metalic 3 cyl, 1 Litre, 71hp

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

Not fun when you're stuck trying to get into or out of a parking space.

- januarygrove, San Jose, CA, US

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