Transmission Failure


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,350 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2008 Smart fortwo Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 062020

fortwo Passion 1.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 99,000 miles


I just want to know where the water is getting in, and get it fixed or totally out. It shorted out my transmission control box.

- Mark F., OakHarbor, WA, US

problem #2

Nov 232018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,500 miles

I wish I had heard this before I bought the 2008 Smart Fortwo. I feel like the dealership patched it up and sold it to me to get rid of it. The car would intermittently not go into reverse, into any gear or start. Finally it gave up and wouldn't shift to any gear. This is an issue I have seen over and over again. Should of researched on Youtube.

It's at the shop now but I am not putting anymore money into it unless they are confident this will fix it.

- Chris S., Severna Park, MD, US

problem #1

Jan 182015

fortwo Passion

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,500 miles

My car was kept in pristine working condition. Yearly dealer maintenance plus the fact I drive less the 6000 miles a year. Over the years, I had intermittent transmission slipping. When I tried to address this with the dealer, I was unable to repeat it on command. I have since found multiple YouTube videos of this known problem.

Last week, I went to accelerate from a stop sign and the entire transmission failed. They diagnosed it as clutch motor failure, transmission motor damage and damage to the transmission. Mercedes is claiming that because it is outside of warranty they have no obligation to fix it.

When asked how a car with less than 34,000 miles can fail this way...One rep said it was my driving. The other rep said the car is not designed to be driven in city traffic. And the third rep stated that 34,000 is about right to replace the entire transmission on a normal car.

The blue book value of this car is $5000. The cost to repair the car is more than that. Total complete failure.

- poly, Los Angeles, CA, US

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