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Funny my smart just turned 31,000 and I just had the same problem with it not going in reverse and hearing the beep. Guess I'll be taking a trip to the dealer. What I am wondering is if I continue to drive, will I lose forward gears or does this only effect the reverse gear? It may take me a couple of days before I get a chance to take it in for the 2.03.
Apparently they are now calling this the latest software update for your vehicle. They do not recognize the 2.03 term, that someone mentioned on here. Anything to keep from sharing real information with the owners. I think I remember that eventually it won't go into gear? It is best to get the download.

You might suggest how nice it would be if that is covered as a good will gesture from the mother ship, since shortsighted software came from momma Benz.
After all some dealers do this for free and it is REALLY appreciated! :D
 

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Exactly!!!
Our Subaru has had a software update to the ECU free of charge but it was due to a recall of the car frying the cat convertors due to runninig really rich at higher rpm.

smart should make an announcement of a recall to get all the cars in and get them all up to the latest software version.
 

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Sounds like I need this update. Thanks guys for sharing your stories. Last week mine would not go into R or D. I rolled down my driveway only to have to walk it back into place. But the side note to this is that the weather was nice for the whole week that I could ride my Ducati everywhere instead. I tried it the other day and it went into D but not R. I am driving it now, but I don't know when it will fail on me next.

Does anyone know when the next update is supposed to happen? I heard late 2012, or 4th quarter. Is it worth it to just wait till that one comes out? Or is the 2.03 the latest and greatest end all update?

BTW, 2008 Passion. I have the 2.0 update, but mine does not do the paddle shift into manual like everyone else. Smart Corporate says that it should not do that either. I think mine is a dud in that department. I am hoping that 2.03 will change my paddle shifting functions.
 

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Your "local" smart center should have a record of everything that was done to your smart if it was done at a smart center. They can look it up by your VIN.

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Dan
Are you saying that you believe that all of PAG's records crossed over to the other side? :eek: :D
 

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Sounds like I need this update. Thanks guys for sharing your stories. Last week mine would not go into R or D. I rolled down my driveway only to have to walk it back into place. But the side note to this is that the weather was nice for the whole week that I could ride my Ducati everywhere instead. I tried it the other day and it went into D but not R. I am driving it now, but I don't know when it will fail on me next.

Does anyone know when the next update is supposed to happen? I heard late 2012, or 4th quarter. Is it worth it to just wait till that one comes out? Or is the 2.03 the latest and greatest end all update?

BTW, 2008 Passion. I have the 2.0 update, but mine does not do the paddle shift into manual like everyone else. Smart Corporate says that it should not do that either. I think mine is a dud in that department. I am hoping that 2.03 will change my paddle shifting functions.
Apparently you DO NOT have the 2/0 update :(

IF you did, when you hold the right paddle shifter for about 3 seconds it will go into manual. :)
 

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Firmware update

Does anyone know when the latest firmware update (I'm assuming it's the 2.03 version several people have been referring to) came per-installed in new cars? I have a 2010 sold new in September 2010, and though I'm not experiencing any of the issues described here, other than a momentary pause when shifting into reverse, I'd like to know if my 2010 came with the latest firmware from the manufacturer. Thanks
 

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My smart won't start unless your foot is on the brake. Won't go into gear either unless the brake is on.
2008 will go from neutral to drive without pressing the brake pedal. Also, when in auto-mode, pulling the right paddle does nothing. Pulling the left paddle puts it into manual. Then if you pull the right paddle, it puts it back into auto and "D."
 

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2008 will go from neutral to drive without pressing the brake pedal. Also, when in auto-mode, pulling the right paddle does nothing. Pulling the left paddle puts it into manual. Then if you pull the right paddle, it puts it back into auto and "D."
???? When I toggle the RIGHT paddle (in the auto mode) my car switches to the manual mode and when I pull and hold the RIGHT paddle it will go back to the "D" auto mode.
 

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Hey All,

So my 2008 passion has 33k miles, I just bought it less than 1mnth ago.

I've been trying to find an answer by searching forums.

What happened was I had driven the car a few miles & and then parked for quick errand. Started car, put car into R, hit the gas & all I heard was revving, looked down, and noticed there was no R in display, at some point some beeping started.
I was starting to panick a bit, I switched through other gears, and only thing that was showing up was N or some bars if I recall.
I figured some kind of computer glitch, so I shut off car, and restarted, same thing was happening. I believe I shut car off again & restarted & it was then switching gears properly.
I read a post about mistakenly resetting transmission or something like that, by accidentally holding down brake pedal while starting car???
I'm pretty used to holding holding down brake pedal while starting car, not sure if in this instance I had done this while starting, but am wondering if this could have been the problem?
I have driven the car 2 days now, and it seems to be fine; except for today, it seemed to shift fine, but I heard the beeping sound for a second or two while shifting into gear automatically.
I like driving the car in manual mode sometimes, and sometimes when car has first been started and after warming up a bit, I notice that it doesn't catch into gear on first or sometimes second try???

So, if you've read this far :D what could be my issue? Sorry if this has been discussed a million time, couldn't quite pinpoint it in forums.

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Joe
The Antichrist sarted out doing this (The flashing "N" while just revving, not going into reverse, etc.)...After a software upgrade, a clutch actuator replacement, a clutch replacement, and another (BS) software upgrade (pushing $3K), it might be fixed...I am waiting for Penske West Covina to let me know...They've only had it 3.5 weeks...Next time I think I will go to the smart dealer in Rivertucky (Riverside, CA)...

I hope you have better luck...
 

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I meant the right paddle.....failed right from left in school:p
(fixed my post)

Thanks Chief...
I did notice at the Dragon this year that the R and L on the bottoms of your shoes was reversed and that you were walking funny, now that you mention it.:p
 

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Why would software that worked for 35k miles suddenly not be adequate? I guess my 09 has the first fix by virtue of its build date, and has had a tranny burp just once, about a year ago and nothing since. Self healing software maybe? My money is on a mechanical/sensor glitch.
 

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Why would software that worked for 35k miles suddenly not be adequate? I guess my 09 has the first fix by virtue of its build date, and has had a tranny burp just once, about a year ago and nothing since. Self healing software maybe? My money is on a mechanical/sensor glitch.
Curious.....what IS your build date??? My 09 is 12/08 :D
 
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