My wife's 2008 Smart Car (30K miles) wouldn't start the other evening. It would turn over, but not start. Battery checked fine. Had it towed to local shop. Original thought was broken timing chain. When checked, the chain was fine. Mechanic performed cylinder leak-down test and found out the piston rings were bad. We have an extended warranty, so their inspector agreed something was wrong. They are sending a 2nd inspector to review the problem after the engine head is removed today. The mechanic says that we cannot purchase spare parts to repair, but that the engine will need to be REPLACED?!? and that he will have to order the engine from Germany. Estimated cost will be around $11K, which is more than we paid for the car. Does the 2008 model have a history of problems like this? Can spare parts be purchased in North America or Europe? Thanks in advance for the help.