I've asked about most of the problems I've had in posts to get advice whether or not it is user error or if there's a larger underlying issue. I'm not intending any of this to be whining, only expressing my frustration with the fact that I'm the lucky one to experience most of the common problems with one car.Well, powerofvoodoo, I'll try to be more supportive and not read your posts as whining. ok?
Maybe it read that way because you being young and this your first car you had expectations that weren't met. It's life and it happens. It really sounds more like minor issues and communication problems with the dealer. These can all be overcome with a lot less freaking out about it. I know, because I'm a big freaker-outer, myself! Talk with your dealer - service manager or GM. These people want you to be happy - it's their job.
The larger problem that I was posting about is the fact that I did inform my dealer of all of the problems and he said "So what's the problem?" and only tried to help me after I informed him that I hadn't completed my survey yet.
I came here with the timeline for everything because my mom is pushing me to e-mail "smart" and tell them what I've gone through. This post was basically asking if I should do that or if this was normal considering the car has only been in the US for 2 years (my previous excuse every time I took the car to the dealer).
For everyone else, these problems are in no way a deal breaker and there's no way I'm selling or trading in my car for anything else. The problems, minor or not, and visits to the dealer have mostly just taken away the excitement from the fact that I just bought my first car and it's a car I've wanted for years. Stating that I should have gotten a used Honda was kind of tongue-in-cheek considering the Honda I was going to get had a bad transmission and it probably would have needed to get replaced while I owned it.
I was lucky to get the smart - I had a $12,000 budget (the car is completely paid for), and the only way I was able to afford a brand new ANYTHING was with cash for clunkers.