2014 Smart EV
My 2014 Smart Electric says malfunction when I plug it in. Well, it switches between a cord symbol and malfunction. The second light on the cord goes red. Have tried leaf 110 charger also and 40a juicebox 220 charger. All a no go. I am at 40% state of charge. I can pick up an onboard charger for $500 plus shipping, but hate shooting in the dark. I don’t know if code resets or programming are required with new(used/salvage) charger. I can’t find any repair information about this. 1200 miles to tow it out of state and return for it at a later date-the nearest MB service center with a tech. I would also be renting a trailer, time off, etc... I’m starting to think thermite on the top and a sparkler might be the best fix for it. I just don’t see this car making it to 500,000 miles. It is at 30,000 miles now. I got it at 28,000 miles-hopefully not the worst regret of my life. I would like a scan tool, a repair manual, and confidence that electric car future isn’t going to suck. My question is what causes malfunction message and can it be cleared or diagnosed at home? I haven’t tried charging 12v battery, but it should be fine. I also haven’t tried disconnecting 12v battery to reset. I also have the double wrench -135 days maintence message that can’t be cleared like the single wrench one. I can’t trailer this bumblebee car 1200 miles everytime I need to put another 1000 miles on it or get the washer fluid topped off. I’m thinking a 6.0L dually 1 ton pickup might be cheaper to drive and less headache at this point. Oh and won’t be charged the extra $75 a year to register it in Nebraska like the EV. I’m glad they stopped selling these disasters here in the USA because of dependability, but I hate to throw in the towel without giving it my best shot to repair. I was able to replace a couple cells in my prius for $60 and give that car some more life. I just haven’t found any info about this cars mysterious ways.