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My name is Gabe. I just joined this forum. I've found a 2015 Smart Fortwo Passion electric vehicle for sale, and it has less than 18,000 miles on it. My late mother-in-law had a gas-powered smart and absolutely loved it, and she'd be happy to know that I'm thinking of getting this one.
I purchased a Red '09 Smart w/33k original a few years ago from an original owner. Would not start. I bought it for a song. Turns out it just need a replacement clutch actuator ($1,100), and has been very reliable every since. Then last yr I purchased a white '15 Smart ED w/13k from a bank auction for $4800. We have put on around 3k miles. ZERO issues. LOVE IT.
You would think the MBZ dealer would have a "record" of any work or recalled on this Smart you have interest in. Contact the prior owners. Did you check? BUY IT!
So you plug in the charge cord that comes with the car and charge to full. What does the dash show re % charge? If you can, drive it for 50 miles or so to test performance. If it provides the range you need on a daily basis, and then some++, go for it.
Remember you buying a orphan brand.
With almost no dealer support.
Someone else was considered buying one and a few members including myself, offered this advice.
'Don't spend any more than you're willing to lose.'
The large HV battery seems to be mileage dependent. We have a '12 Prius v with just under 32k mi and I feel like the NiMH battery is still new.
The 12V battery I believe the owners manual of 2015 year has a recommendation/service requirement to change every 3 yrs? Can verify if I'm correct I have high confidence I saw it before...
Dead/Bad 12 V can potentially lead to a dead HV battery which has been a mystery/puzzle on this forum....
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While their position may have changed, two months ago CarMax made me a very fair offer our MY15 ED.Full disclosure
Just so you know Carmax will not sell or buy a smart EV/EQ because of battery issues.
Very small production with most never traveling beyond their “range.” Here’s my offer from CarMax for Sparky with multiple follow up emails/calls…Strange, I just looked and can't find any ev or eq available for sale on carmax.
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