smart fortwo - city coupe Review from South Africa

2003 smart fortwo - city coupe Pulse 0.8 turbo

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 0.8 turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2600 kilometres
Most recent distance144000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Outback


Love it


Had the turbo replaced twice and turbo assembly.

Leaking fuel pipe.

Ignition coil.


Fan relay.

Brake circuit switch.

The parcel shelf ties keep snapping.

It doesn't always unlock with the remote.

General Comments:

I'm 26, and this the only the second car I have ever owned after driving my Subaru into the Haartebeestport dam.

I've found the smart to be very efficient and relatively problem free.

Although it has a small engine, it doesn't feel like it.

People seem to get really ticked off when you over take them.

My car is alonso red, and is very eye catching. I LOVE IT!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2010

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review