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Just bought a 2017 Smart Fortwo w 17,000 miles. Second day of driving the check engine light came on. It’s now att he second mechanic who is sending it to a third mechanic to have the catalyst replaced. Getting this car was a huge mistake. The part may be covered under warranty but it doesn’t cover the previous expense the other shops have charged. The shop it’s being sent to is hours away I really don’t have time or money like this. Just want to warn ppl.
 

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I would have taken it to a MB/smart dealership, in the first place. The converters/labor covered under warranty. How’s the cars a lemon?
 

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Just bought a 2017 Smart Fortwo w 17,000 miles. Second day of driving the check engine light came on. It’s now att he second mechanic who is sending it to a third mechanic to have the catalyst replaced. Getting this car was a huge mistake. The part may be covered under warranty but it doesn’t cover the previous expense the other shops have charged. The shop it’s being sent to is hours away I really don’t have time or money like this. Just want to warn ppl.
It's a car, not a miracle from Heaven. Everything mechanical thing can break down now and again. If the warranty is still in place, the dealer can repair the car like new. I am sorry for your problems, but you will have a hard time discouraging owners on this forum that have owned smarts for more than ten years and many with over 100,000 miles. But anyway, welcome to the forum.
 

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The part may be covered under warranty but it doesn’t cover the previous expense the other shops have charged. The shop it’s being sent to is hours away I really don’t have time or money like this. Just want to warn ppl.
Even cars with a warranty may need a repair. That does not necessarily mean it's a lemon. It more or less just sounds like you experienced incompetent mechanics.

The real warning here is not to take a car with a warranty to any regular auto shop. If you have a warranty, take it to the dealership. From what I can tell, you have a dealership within a 30 minute drive of you that still does service. :)
 

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Just bought a 2017 Smart Fortwo w 17,000 miles. Second day of driving the check engine light came on. It’s now att he second mechanic who is sending it to a third mechanic to have the catalyst replaced. Getting this car was a huge mistake. The part may be covered under warranty but it doesn’t cover the previous expense the other shops have charged. The shop it’s being sent to is hours away I really don’t have time or money like this. Just want to warn ppl.
Welcome to SCoA.

LEMON not...

A "lemon" is generally defined as a new car, truck, or van that's been back to the dealer at least four times for the same repair
or has been off the road for service a total of 30 days during the first 12-24 months/12,000-18,000 miles after delivery. Repetitive defect has to substantially impair the value, safety, and/or reliability of the vehicle.

So at four years and 17,000 miles you have a newly purchased pre-owned MY17 smart with a potential Catalytic Converter failure and likely no Lemon Law protection? Does your state require emissions testing? Was the purchase "As-is?"

Components typically covered under the 8/80 Federal Emission Warranty include emission parts which must perform for an extended period of time without performance issues. These components include a vehicle's Catalytic Converter, Transmission Control Module, and Powertrain Control Module and/or Engine Control Unit (PCM or ECU).

Unfortunately, unlike the M-B/smart Center "Warranty" your local repair shop WILL charge you for diagnostics and parts as you are outside the manufacturers network.

No warning required as this used car purchase came with all the UNKNOWNS, warts and pimples of four years and 17,000 miles!
 

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Depending on the state you are in, it may not matter if you are the first owner. Some states require the dealer to warranty the car for the duration of the warranty period even if it has changed hands. They can't sell a car "as-is" and sent you of your warranty rights.

It might be worth a carefully worded call to the dealer to explain the problem calmly and rationally and asking if there is something they are willing to do to help you.
 

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My response was aimed at the LEMON “title.”

A MY17 smart with 17,000 miles is likely still covered by the Factory Warranty if taken to a M-B/smart Center?
 

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Emissions control items, have longer warranty period, such as the Catalytic converter Then the basic cars warranty. I believe 7-8 years, 80K miles.

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Emissions control items, have longer warranty period, such as the Catalytic converter Then the basic cars warranty. I believe 7-8 years, 80K miles.

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Emissions control items, have longer warranty period, such as the Catalytic converter Then the basic cars warranty. I believe 7-8 years, 80K miles.

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Looks like warranty info from a Penske era smart. After MB brought smart in-house, limited warranty was 4 years or 50k miles. Don’t know if any of the other info changed.
 

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I don't have my 453's warranty handbook on hand, but I don't recall the warranty having any changes for the 453 ICE models. Here's the ICE warranty circa 2015:

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Emissions warranty duration varies depending on state and what's wrong.
 
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