Originally Posted by Penske_smart_WCovina
There are many smart drivers around the world that don't have any problems with the way it shifts. I know I don't. I also remember my very first test drive thinking "what the heck is the transmission doing?" until I had to learn what an automated manual was. It was my first time ever driving an automated manual because the technology never hit all the mainstream cars I had been driving prior to selling smarts.
I was one of those people too back in 2008! And then I learned that the automated manual is just a computer controlled stick shift that chooses gears based on vehicle speed, vehicle position (up/down hill), and engine speed/throttle pressure and I honed my skills. I'm likely better at driving it than most other people which is why I'm going to defend the transmission at all costs. I know for a fact that it works the way it was intended.
If somebody else lacks the skill driving it as well as I do, I'm going to attempt to help you get better. And if somebody says the transmission is sloppy for them when it isn't sloppy for me then I'll attempt to show them how to improve their driving.
I've witnessed people drive the smart, make one claim, only to have us switch seats for them to turn around and say "wow, you just taught me something I didn't know how to make the car do." And then they go home and practice, improve their skill, and call me a week or month later accepting the fact that they can practice and improve the performance of the car based on their desires. But the key is whether or not they are willing. If you're unwilling, it doesn't matter what techniques I try to teach or encourage... you're a lost cause. And I'm not going to let some lost cause people convince me about a reality they know nothing about due to their own ignorance.
There are aftermarket companies selling chips to boost speed and horsepower for every car on the market too. That doesn't mean there's something wrong with the performance of every car on the market. Aftermarket companies are irrelevant IMO.
You are bragging about people that you have "tutored" to learn the "proper driving Technique" to drive a Smart, taking weeks or a month to contact you stating what a revelation you gave them.....OMG !
What other modern day car requires that much thought process and practice to drive properly ???
Jay Leno could teach me how to properly drive a Stanley Steamer with less practice.
And you are talking about skills, I have owned over 130 cars, from a BMW Isetta 300 with 13 hp, to a Superformance 427 Cobra replica with 469 HP.
Other cars that I have driven includes a Tatra 603, Trabants, Scootacar, Goggomobils, Subaru 360, up to a 500hp Sprint car. And none of these cars required more than 5 minutes of drive time for me to properly operate. Yet, driving my Smart down six levels of my parking garage in drive is more than the car can figure out since i must coast around the turns and lightly accelerate in the straight...as I come out of the turns it free-wheels and cannot make up it's mind what it wants to do.... So I use the paddle shifters so the car does not have a brain Hemorrhage.
The Smart transmission works as well as Obama-care !
You stated "There are aftermarket companies selling chips to boost speed and horsepower for every car on the market too. That doesn't mean there's something wrong with the performance of every car on the market. Aftermarket companies are irrelevant IMO."
My understanding, correct me if I am wrong, ...(oh know, did I leave him an opportunity?) is that the Sprint booster improves shifting, and has nothing to do with adding engine HP like the "chips" that you reference.