2005 smart roadster Reviews

2005 smart roadster 0.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 0.7 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Will buy another. Shame they stopped making them

Faults:

This is one great car, it is like a cross between a mark 1 MR2 and the golden age of British sports cars, like MGs and Triumphs.

Great as you have Mercedes build quality and reliability.

You have a hard targa top that is totally secure, 55 plus mpg and £90 a year tax.

The handling is great, and there is that great whine to the engine. It also has ABS and ESP.

You can fit stuff in the front and not much in the rear, go shopping on your own, and put things where the passenger sits.

General Comments:

This car handles great.

Reliable.

Fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2010

31st Dec 2010, 05:38

Update: the only reason it's not 10 for running costs, was I thought it best to take to an independent Mercedes dealer for the service.

2005 smart roadster coupé 0.7 turbo petrol from Belgium

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

Summary:

Great to drive - nightmare to own

Faults:

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

2005 smart roadster 698cc turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 698cc turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6700 miles
Previous carMCC Smart Passion

Summary:

Brilliant handling, gorgeous looking sieve!

Faults:

Car suddenly jumped out of gear repeatedly, engine would not rev and you would have to come to a complete stop, switch off engine and take key out and then start over again! Very unfortunate when it happened to me in the middle of the M4!

The roof leaks sporadically, seat-belts are very wet most of the time!

General Comments:

Fabulous handling and fun car, only gripe is that it would be more than perfect with a standard gearbox and not the semi-automatic rubbish that smart insist on!

I have never had so many stares when driving this car! it really stands out in shine yellow!

It's so low than many people have difficulty getting in and out of it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2005

1st Dec 2005, 14:42

UPDATE! 29.11.2005 - After 7 months and 6500 Miles the car has started misfiring and only running on 2 of its 3 Cylinders! Booked into local Smart dealer for repairs and service tomorrow.

8th Mar 2006, 17:01

UPDATE : Engine no longer misfiring, but went in to have all seals replaced early january, the car has started leaking again (08.03.06). Other than that everything is OK so far.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews