smart roadster Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 2 of 3

2006 smart roadster Light 0.7

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 0.7 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Drive one and you'll try to find a reason not to buy it!!

Faults:

Leaks from soft top.

General Comments:

Amazing fun to drive, a raw driving experience as expected from a roadster at an affordable price, keeps me smiling.

Fuel consumption is great 40+ mpg (even with heavy driving, which I can't seem to help doing).

Expensive to service from the main dealer, lots of private outlets out there instead that give better, more affordable results. Parts are reasonably priced.

Lots of nice attention, from such a supposedly uncool car,'nonsense'.

These gems are prone to leak from the door and soft top seals, but the pure handling and surprising acceleration grunt from the turbo gifted engine far outweighs the drips on a rainy day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2009

2003 smart roadster 80 700

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 700 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired750 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Fun going and fun coming back

Faults:

Wipers can be a bit erratic. I am investigating.

General Comments:

You see it.

You drive it.

You buy it.

You have continuous fun whatever your mood.

Sure it has a few problems, but it's iconic and will from now on only increase in value.

As for its handling, it's simply agile and when driven correctly in town/country, takes the smirk off a Boxster.

Yupyup.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2009

2004 smart roadster 0.6

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 0.6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles

Summary:

The most fun I've had in ages

Faults:

Leaking rain water down each door.

Front suspension coil spring corroded.

Radio sometimes losses power.

General Comments:

I am now the fourth owner of this 2004 smart roadster and its got a high 71,000 miles on the clock, but I got it for the bargain price of 2000. So far it’s the best £2000 I've ever spent.

Considering the mileage of the car, I can have appreciation for some of the repair work that is required on the front suspension. For this I don’t mind as the parts are reasonably inexpensive. The water leaks are common from what I hear, but there are a number of web sites that recommend solutions, but I hope that some silicone in the right places will stop this, plus I plan to park the car in the garage over the winter.

For such a small car, it handles like its on rails, the steering is so direct, a friend commented that it steered better than his Alfa. You sit very low down that adds to the excitement. Economy is second to none, okay its not the fastest car out there, but for a 0.6 engine, its faster than a few 1.4’s I’ve drove in the past. The engine does a fine down pushing this very light car through its paces.

This car isn’t for the shy and the styling is a lesson in great achievement in how a budget sports car should look, four years later it can still stop people in their tracks, who look over their shoulder as you zip by.

Be warned, this car is not ideal for use as your main car, storage is very limited, I couldn’t live full time using the semi automatic, and due to its height its not the most elegant car to step out off, but I would recommend one for a Sunday drive in a heartbeat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2008

2004 smart roadster Coupe 700cc turbo

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 700cc turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance9800 miles
Previous carVauxhall VX220

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Small leaks, now remedied with new seals.

Paint bubbling around rear boot hinges (seems to be common) but have not got around to mentioning to the dealer!

General Comments:

Reasons I bought the car :

1. Surprising performance from the 700cc turbocharged engine.

2. Great handling characteristics as standard, but I may lower the car because at higher speeds it does not inspire confidence - but still manages to grip to the road!

3. Cheap running costs - group 9 insurance, 50mpg - however needs servicing at 7500miles. Smart specialists only charge £120 for an 'A' service.

4. Creature comforts (esp after a VX220). Heated seats, leather, air con, auto wipers, auto lights, electric roof etc, etc. Be careful though because there are some lower specification models - make sure you know what you are looking at!

5. Looks - guaranteed to turn heads. Always brings a smile to my face.

6. Luggage space - we managed a two week camping trip to France. The front boot can fit a load of stuff in - the coupe boot provides yet more space.

7. Comfort - it looks small (and is!) but with a small engine it leaves more space for driver and passenger. Even managed to fit a 6'5" friend in with no trouble!

Other points.

1. The roof does leak (minor) but I have owned four convertibles and all have leaked. Annual attention to the seals helps.

2. The gearbox - perhaps the biggest failing of the car. But it can be very rewarding once you get to grips with it. Changing down early before a corner is necessary, but ultimately rewarding when you get it right.

3. The interior is a bit plasticky. DC should have invested more in this area!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th May, 2006

9th Jun 2006, 04:56

Very satisfactory informations regarding the pros and cons of Smart Roadster. I also own one, my comments would be very similar. One point to emphasize: the overall comment is "excellent" but you wouldn't be buying another car from the same manufacturer seems a bit odd to me.

My additional comment would be: "satisfactory if you are to buy such a small engined car, excellent if you are looking for the toy of your childhood dreams." Sevki Tuncel.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 12 reviews