Hi, the engine was a dud. I sold my lil smart yesterday for $2350. Asked $2550. They know it is a running but a non drive car, and that they'll likely need to rebuild the engine - a mechanic bought it.
I also landed a bar job for part time, which I am also ecstatic about. Back to 60+ hours a week, and right in time for Stampede here. They are really nice people, which is rare in my industry.
I'm uncertain if I will buy another smart, because I don't want to pay extra fee's when things go wrong, and I am sure there are many on here that have owned smarts without issue's for years, but it was my first car, and it was unfortunate to have all the issue's it did in less than a year. I cried when someone else drove it away. lol.
I had to withdraw out of the program I was in, but gearing up for a two year Welding program next fall - which I am excited for.
Everyone up North say I should stick to my dream truck, but I still grin and say a smart could make it... in the next 2 weeks, I will have enough to buy another smart...or hold off to buy my truck. With a truck, tacoma, dodge, or ranger, I can learn how to do basic fixes on my own, which was my goal in buying a vehicle.
....cuz I have my eye on this cherry red passion convertible with cruise control, and the whole nine yards.... but I just have to be practical.
Thank you everyone for your help.