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Somebody cheaped out the electronics for the transmission, and it shows.
It needs a few more bits of A/D resolution.
It needs a few more dimensions on the lookup tables/maps.
Processor needs to be faster.
As it is, you will find yourself lurching through corners, because the processor cannot comprehend the steering wheel is being turned.
You can, however, put one foot on the brake and one foot on the acclerator and 'wind up' the transaxle. :eek:
And the processor cannot comprehend you may be trying to back-up a hill. Kinda scary, rolling down a hill when you are trying to back into a driveway (on a blind turn) :eek:
What Getrag needs to do is open source the code, and tolerate someone hacking an solid state clutch pedal.
The paddle shifters need to be fixed, not rotating with the steering wheel.
All in all, the drivetrain is culturally biased, and I suspect that the German engineers would smirk and say "Americans don't know how to drive".
Maybe not, but I DO know how to back up a hill, and the Getrag tranny in the SmartCar does not.
And even my aunt that lurched a Chrysler TorqueFlite could make it around a corner (without lurching).
What's the use of having an 'idiot-proof' tranny (to reduce warranty work) when nobody wants to be a return customer?
Put a clutch-by-wire in the damned thing, and cost it as 'customer loyalty'.
And the dealers are not being entirely honest with the true cost of a replacment key. Here in Indy, World Wide Motors played dumb and refused to disclose the cost of a key being the $170 key and the $110 programming charge.
I have done customer service, and I call BS on not having a scripted response for "How much to have a replacement key made?".
I'll keep the damned thing, at least for 100,000 miles. But my Chevy Metro never pissed me off like this SmartCar is doing.