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They sorta didn't even try to sell the electric vehicle, which is what it should have been from the start (oh, if only Mercedes actually listened to the original designer...). The electric cars are the perfect city car. But they gave them ridiculously slow charging, under-reported the crap out of the range (it's reportedly 60% longer than what Mercedes claims it is). And then - for all drivetrains - there is the fact that because Mercedes expect the smart brand to operate as a stand-alone, they don't have the ability to sell a bunch of giant price-inflated cars to make up for the low profit margins on the smaller cars, unlike every single other car maker out there, which breaks even on their small cars and pads their earnings with the large.
Maybe in the future if electric vehicle technology becomes cheap they can come back with a $13-15,000 proposition, but at $25,000+ there's just an extremely small market for them.
The problem is economics. The margin on small cars is tiny and volume has to be very high to make it worthwhile. No-one buying a car like this wants to pay much. Everyone hates the dealers. Not a good sign for profitability.
Renault has now bailed on the next generation smart platform and even with them as partners it was losing money. So smart will most likely be gone in 2020.
There won't be a run on the diesels, at least not for another 20 years until they become classics after maybe only 800-1000 are left. And then it won't be a run, probably a slow trot
As title says, sounds like my oil sprocket is done. When I start the car, it squeals like a pig. I've left this repair for over a year, as I was hoping to find a local shop to do the repair. Nobody is interest in touching my 06 Fortwo.
I guess I will have to try it myself, is this possible leaving the engine in and removing the tire and hub, or does the engine have to be removed?