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I just got a chance for a short test drive in a used smart. It's an '08 all black passion with some options. Supposedly around $18k new. It was a trade in at local dealer. Previous owner needed a bigger car for family so the story goes. 59k miles.

This dealer is willing to sell for $10k. What do you think of this price? They seem motivated to get this off the lot as they are not a smart dealer. Car seems very clean, tight, quiet. The motor started and ran well. It did seem to idle a little rough but not sure if that is just a function of the 3 cylinder. So what do you think? Anything I need to check on an '08. Clutch issues? I've read this mileage seems to be when they show up. Is there a way to check if the software updates have been done? Thanks for any help!
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Either take the car or the VIN to the nearest smart center - they can check for software updates - at least a couple for an 08. Would probably be worth having them check the whole car over. Just my opinion but unless the car is fully loaded (or a Cabrio) it was not sold new for anywhere near $18K; with the mileage I'd say they're asking too much.
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if they really want to get it off their lot, talk them down to 8k
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Love to help you out. I'm in PG County Maryland and could teach you about the Smart and some of its characteristics in person. I paid $10k for my 09 Passion with every option and 6k mileage from a Smart Center.

As for the software update, if it has paddles then hit the down arrow when in Drive. It is works and shows 1 on the tach then it has the 2.0 software.
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I would say that the price is way too high. For $15k you can get a brand new with some options and that will have the warranty and no miles on it. I would think that $7500 is a fair price for that car. As for the rough idle I would get something in writing from the seller that they will repair if needed. I have 41k miles and my engine has never idled roughly. Good luck. Let the fun begin
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To see if the software updates have been done, you will have to re-visit the vehicle. While in drive, move the left side paddle and the shift indicator in the instrument cluster should change from D to 1. This is the 2.0 upgrade.

If this vehicle sold for around $18k new and is a passion coupe, it should have just about every accessory available on it. The dealer asking price of around $10k isn't bad but I would try and get it down a bit more since it is a high mileage vehicle. Check out cars.com and Edmonds.com for comparable prices. You can also check out Kelly Blue Book for current prices.

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10k is robbery for that many miles . When I shopped my 5K mint Brabus , no dealer was over 10k on trade , most were around 9 . That gives you an idea what the dealer paid for that car . I agree with Padi $7500 tops and even that might be very generous .
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The asking price was $12.5 I got them down to $10k pretty easy. Edmunds says about $8.5k is typical for this car. KBB is normally so far off the mark on anything I don't even bother with them. Most of the ones on CL here are in the same ballpark. Dealer has a 3k mile or 90 day warranty on this car used. I'm not sure on the options on these things. It does have the gauge pods, PW and PL and a high end touch screen pioneer head unit. I think leather seats.
This was for the most parts just a stop and drive for me. The mileage seems high for these cars for 3 years compared to what I see here. PO supposedly was his only car and 20k a year here is easy. I'm north west of Balti and many commute to DC. I used to. 100 miles round trip. The clutch on my old commuter beater went out today so I may stop by and see if they really want to sell that car this weekend. Only if the deal is sweet. I've spoken to a dealer in germantown (not too far away) and they seem helpful and knowledgable. might see what they have as well. Thanks for the info folks.
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