smart roadster Review from Belgium

2005 smart roadster coupé 0.7 turbo petrol

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 0.7 turbo petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres


Great to drive - nightmare to own


I'll just list the main motor troubles...

Turbo broke down at 40k km.

Lambda sniders replaced a bit later.

At 50k km the car was drinking oil (approx. 2,5l/1000km)

Valves burnt at 55k km.

Valves burnt at 60k km.

Engine rebuilt (pistons) at 60k km.

Still drinking a lot of oil...

So more troubles to come.

General Comments:

It's great fun to drive; really!

If it wasn't this poor quality I'd buy another one..

(or I would still be driving the first one)

Smart dealers are rubbish: very expensive and not willing to help in unusual situations like this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd October, 2008

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review