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Club smart Car > Technical Discussions > Operation and Maintenance: 450 Model, 2005-2006, diesel
mitsman
Hello I am having this wierd problem with my smart car and i was hopping someone can shed some light on what is going on with my car. I drive a smart fortwo Passion 2007 when i turn on the ignition the transmision is stuck in neutral and wont got on either 1st or reverse ( the gearshift lever moves but all it does is flash the N sign on the screen). Some lights also come on at the dashboard and stay on for the duration of the trip, heres a picture of how it looks like http://imgur.com/xKNHc, also the Speedometer stays at zero no matter how fast i am going. The only way i can operate my car is to turn it on and off until the 1st gear comes on. The other thing is when i start ,after several tries, the car functions perfectly for about 30sec to 2 mins then it goes in neutral for a couple of seconds while i am driving and in comes back again but the lights come on (picture) and my ABS and Antispin dont work. Hope someone has some idea of whats going on because its really hard to visit a smart car service where i live and ive already taken it to 2 mechanics and they got no clue.


PS : The gas indicator is going crazy too
bilgladstone
I believe the early 451 model smarts had a number of hardware and software glitches with symptoms that sound like yours. The dealerships did things like replace the SE drive and upgrade both the central computer and the transmission computer with new code.

I am not surprised that mechanics other than ones actually trained on the smart have no idea what's wrong. I think you probably have no choice but to take it to an actual smart service centre to have the car diagnosed and repaired with MB/smart equipment.

Best of luck, cousin!

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PS where are you located??
mitsman
PS where are you located??
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In Samos Island, Greece wink.gif
bilgladstone
welcome.gif Welcome to the forum! Someone in here may have other suggestions for you, but may I also recommend that you join over at http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/ and also http://www.smartmaniacs.co.uk/forums/ because those two places may have some additional input for you as regards your model 451 and also EU specific systems.

Hope that helps.
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