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An engine motor mount replacement is a relatively affordable service, though the price varies depending on the type of car.

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What is an Engine Motor Mount?

So, here’s the deal: Engine motor mounts are mounts for your car’s motor. Bet you couldn’t have seen that one coming. Your car has a few engine motor mounts (usually referred to as “engine mounts” or “motor mounts”). The mounts have two responsibilities that are extremely important for your car. The first task of the motor mounts is to hold your car’s engine in place. One side of each mount is attached to the engine itself, while the other side of each mount is attached to the frame of the car. By acting as the connection between the car and the engine, the motor mounts keep the engine fromwell, from sitting on the ground, which makes it pretty hard for the car to drive. Just take my word on that one, and don’t try it at home. The second task of the motor mounts is to limit the vibrations and noise that are in the cabin of the car. Your car’s engine generates a lot of power, and, if left on its own, would vibrate all over the show. But the motor mounts, which are made in large part out of a very durable rubber, absorb the bulk of those vibrations. As the engine bucks around, the mounts absorb the movement and shaking, and keep it from making its way to the frame of the car, where you would have the displeasure of feeling it. So, the mounts are kind of like a bouncer, to keep the vibrations from bothering you. Many modern cars even have liquid in the center of the mounts, which acts as an ever stronger level of absorption. By absorbing the vibrations, the mounts also make the drive quieter for you, as you don’t have to hear the engine clattering and vibrating all over. Motor mounts are extremely durable. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll never have to replace the mounts that are holding up your engine. But, as you know all too well, nothing is invincible. Motor mounts can wear out over time, eventually cracking, breaking, or otherwise ceasing to work. And when that happens, suddenly your engine won’t be very well supported, and you’ll be on the receiving end of more noise and vibrations when you drive.

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Symptoms of a failing Engine Motor Mount

A very bumpy ride

Have you ever tried driving on a gravel or dirt road at a high speed? Hopefully the answer is “no,” unless you were somewhere safe and using an off-road vehicle. You probably noticed that ride had about as many vibrations as a wooden roller coaster, yeah? Well, that’s not the greatest sensation. But if one of your car’s motor mounts calls in sick to work, you could end up with a very bumpy ride. I shouldn’t have to explain why, if you’ve been paying any attention. The motor mounts absorb the vibrations from the engine, and keep them from getting to you in the cabin. If you’re feeling those vibrations, with a seat, steering wheel, and center consoles that are bouncing all over the place, then you very well may have a busted motor mount. This isn’t a massage chair at the mall. Vibrations while you drive might sound kind of enticing, but they really, truly are not.

Rattling and clunking noises

If the motor mounts in your car are beginning to go, the engine will shake and rattle more than usual, because it’s not held firmly in place by something that’s absorbing the movement. When this happens, the car will begin to make some rattling noises, that hopefully get your feelers up. If the mounts aren’t fixed, that will lead to a clunking noise whenever you put your car in gear, which will eventually evolve into a clunking noise whenever you use the gas pedal, brake pedal, or drive over any bumps. When your car talks, listen.

Leaks

Leaks under your car, or under anything really, are a bad sign. Hopefully that's not news to you. Many new cars have liquid-filled motor mounts, to aid in absorption. So, what do you think happens when the mount breaks? That’s right, the liquid spills out. There are a lot of different car issues that cause leaks, and, if we’re being honest, a malfunctioning engine mount is one of the least popular ones. But it can happen.

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How urgent is an Engine Motor Mount replacement?

If one of your car’s motor mounts is fully busted, then you absolutely should not drive your car. Don’t drive it even an inch. If one of the engine mounts is only just starting to go, then your car is safe to drive in short spurts.

But don’t push it pal. Get this handled immediately.

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How reliable is a Smart Fortwo?

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Nicholas Hinrichsen - Published: October 15,

There is much more that impacts the cost of car ownership than just the sticker price or MSRP. When buying a car most people have an easy means to find the MPG or fuel economy, fuel costs, registration fees, and insurance premiums as part of their average car annual costs - how do you know how to find maintenance costs?

 

Most people know that certain brands have good cars that are reliable (Honda) and others are very unreliable (Land Rover). While these associations are often grounded in fact - there’s far more data we can use to determine which Hondas (e.g. the Honda Civic vs. Ridgeline) are reliable and which Land Rovers (e.g. the Evoque vs. Range Rover Sport) are unreliable.

How reliable is a Smart Fortwo and what are the expected maintenance costs?

To look into your specific vehicle’s maintenance costs we’ve developed some aggregated data from RepairPal, Warranty companies, and long-term quality studies to determine both maintenance costs and the overall reliability of a Smart Fortwo and compared its results across other makes and models. In this article we’ll examine:

  • How reliable overall is a Smart Fortwo?

  • What is the overall maintenance cost of a Smart Fortwo?

  • How frequently does a Smart Fortwo require maintenance?

  • How likely is the Smart Fortwo to have a severe repair issue?

  • What are different factors that impact maintenance cost?

  • How reliable is Smart Fortwo over the long term and in the real world?

Some vehicles may appear to be a smart purchase due to low down payments and purchase prices, however you should do some research on exactly how much the car will cost you throughout each year. This article writes about the details of the true cost of maintenance of a Smart Fortwo in order to answer these above questions to save you time and money. 

Overall Reliability Ratings: Is The Smart Fortwo Reliable?

Overall the Smart Fortwo reliability is undefined and that makes it not very reliable. The chart below illustrates exactly how this ranks compared to some other cars, but the average overall rating is 57 as some comparison.

This data is based on a mix of examining the cost and frequency of maintenance, the warranty coverage, and by looking at long-term reliability by looking at how long these vehicles are typically kept on road. Keep in mind this comparison is amongst all cars, not just compact or subcompact cars in the same class as the Smart Fortwo.

 

You might notice these figures differ substantially than those you might find in J.D. Power or Consumer Reports. Most publications look at reported issues in the first months of ownership to the dealership (such as JD Power), or ask for owners biased reviews over longer term cycles of their new vehicles. This study instead looks at real world repair costs and frequencies from repair shops and wholesale auction data.

Annual Maintenance Cost of a Smart Fortwo

Overall - the Smart Fortwo has yearly car maintenance costs total to $ .  The table below shows a complete ranking of how various cars rank in this overall system as some comparison. Given that the Smart Fortwo has an average of $ and that the average vehicle costs $ annual the Fortwo is substantially cheaper to maintain.

How Frequently Does a Smart Fortwo require maintenance?

To examine the frequency of major maintenance we examined how many times the vehicle needed major unscheduled maintenance over a 3 year span. This “major” maintenance item is an expensive system breakage (generally a part or a component with pricing over $1,) that requires repair. 


It should be noted that while we examine this data on a make model basis, driving habits, condition, and mileage obviously impact results. Each vehicle requires maintenance at different frequencies. Older vehicles may need more frequent services, while new cars can go longer without as much attention. 


You can tell how long a vehicle can go without maintenance services by its frequency score. A frequency score tells us how many times per 3 year span a specific vehicle requires major maintenance. The score is presented over a 3 year span - so for example, if a car has a maintenance frequency score of 3, then this car requires major services every year. The closer the frequency score is to 0, the longer amount of time it can go without major maintenance services. 


A Smart Fortwo has a frequency score of This compares to an industrial average of , so on that implies the Smart Fortwo is substantially better than average. The chart below gives a breakdown of all makes/models. 

It’s worth pointing out that there are lots of reliable vehicles that may also require frequent, but affordable maintenance. Many domestic brands for example require higher maintenance visits, but at a cheaper overall cost (since labor and parts expense are typically cheaper for domestic brands). This doesn’t mean the car breaks less often, but does indicate that when the vehicle has issues its very easy to fix - which is arguably even more important.

Severity of Repair and how it impacts overall reliability for the Smart Fortwo

Some repairs can be outliers as they cost way more than the average repair cost. To identify these “big deal” repairs where an engine, transmission, or major component needs replacing, RepairPal uses a severity score for their consumer reports and reliability rating.

 

You can use a vehicle’s severity score to determine how likely that specific make and model will have a major issue. Severity scores are given as percents, with a score closer to % showing the vehicle is very likely to need major repairs. 

These scores are especially important for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who enforces the safety standards to reduce vehicle-related accidents; vehicles in need of repair are a hazard to the driver and everyone else.


Specifically for the Smart Fortwo, this vehicle has a severity score of 8%% compared to an average of 12% for all vehicle models. 


Please note - severity score is a very good indicator of whether or not you might want to purchase an extended warranty. Extended warranties don’t make economic sense most of the time, but they do help avoid high-cost catastrophic events. 

Long term reliability and the “Keep on Road” score of the Smart Fortwo.

Although reliability encompasses many things, there is a score from Dashlight that seeks to give a good overall impression of an owners ability to “keep on the road”. This study looks at trade-in vehicles both in terms of overall mileage, and the number of reported “red light” issues for those trade-in and auction vehicles.

 

A red-light issue is when there are major engine, transmission, or other powertrain issues that require substantial repairs. This index is good for a couple reasons shown in the 2 x 2 chart below:

Cost / Frequency to Repair 

Low

High

Low

Low frequency of issues, and when they do occur they will likely be remedied so few cars will be traded in with issues

Although repairs are low in frequency, because they are very high cost its likely many trade-in cars will show these major issues

High

Although repairs are frequent, the low cost of repairs means few cars are traded in with issues

Highly likely cars will be traded in with a high frequency of major issues

So in essence this is a good estimate of how expensive it is to keep a car on the road reliably vs. getting a newer car. It's also a good metric to balance out the superior reliability of some brands (e.g. Lexus) with the cheaper cost to repair some domestic brands (e.g. Ford).

 

Overall the Smart Fortwo has a long term quality rating of undefined compared to an average of 43 across Makes and Models we examined. Please note this is not compared amongst cars from the same bodystyle (e.g. hatchback) or class (e.g. subcompact) or size (e.g. small cars) but amongst all cars.

 

Factors That Impact Maintenance Cost

There are a number of things that impact the exact maintenance costs of your Smart Fortwo. Generally these fit into a few main categories:

  1. The region and driving conditions in which the car is used

  2. The preventive maintenance the car receives

  3. The exact trim levels, configuration, transmission, and options and packages on the vehicle

The region and driving conditions

Would you rather buy a delivery van from Boston or a one owner van from a Grandma in rural Southern California only driven to church? Usage has a lot to do with expected vehicle maintenance costs, and in general the harsher the driving conditions, the more maintenance required. 
 

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Bad

Warm temperate weather

Hwy cruising commutes 

Unsalted roads

Smooth level roads

Extreme Heat or Cold

Stop and Go Traffic, short trips

Salted Roads (de-icing)

Pothole heavy hills

The Preventive and Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance costs and requirements depend on your vehicle’s make and model. These routine maintenance costs will likely help you avoid the higher costs of unscheduled maintenance. Most of the time - you can explore your vehicle maintenance schedule located in the car owner’s manual in the glove compartment to find out which maintenance services your car requires and how often these services need to be done. 


Thanks to modern computerization and mechanical improvements to the design of the engine, new vehicles require less upkeep than ever before. Nonetheless, as a general rule of thumb here’s some general maintenance expenses:


Basic maintenance factors include:

  • Oil Change: It is standard to change a vehicle’s engine oil every three months or between every 5, to 7, miles. 
     

  • Tire rotation: Because a car’s front two tires bear most of the vehicle’s weight, a tire rotation is needed to spread this stress evenly on all tires. It is recommended to rotate your vehicle’s tires with every oil change.
     

  • Multipoint inspection:

    • It is recommended to get the following inspected each oil change

    • AAA auto insurance offers free multipoint inspections

    • Fluid levels

    • Hoses

    • Inflation pressure

    • Tire tread depth

    • Battery

    • Belts

    • Air filters

In addition to these basic maintenance requirements, vehicles often require some wearable car part replacements that ultimately affect ride quality. As your car gets older in model years or if it is a used car, you might notice replacement costs starting to rise. For example, your Smart Fortwo might also require replacements. Your average yearly cost of owning will also rise in effect to age. Also, more expensive cars are made of pricier parts, which can be more costly to replace. Replacement and car repair costs include but are not limited to:

 

  • Tires:

    • Checks tires once a month for cracks or tears

    • You can also use the penny test to check the tread depth of your tires
       

  • Wiper blades:

    • The rubber in the blades is upgradeable over time

    • Recommended to be changed every 6 to 12 months
       

  • Engine filters:

    • Stops dirt and debris from clouding your engine

    • Should be replaced every 20, to 60, miles
       

  • Brake pads: recommended to be changed every 30, to 50, miles
     

  • Car Batteries
     

  • Engine transmission: check whether your reliable car has an automatic transmission or manual transmission (e.g. six-speed manual) or CVT (continuously variable transmission) 


The exact trim levels, configuration, and options and packages on the vehicle

While we treated all [MAKE] [MODEL] the same in this article - sometimes maintenance costs vary quite highly depending on the exact trim level (e.g. LX, EX-L, EX on most Honda models), engine configured (e.g. the fuel efficient four-cylinder engine BMW is more reliable than the six cylinder turbo), standard features (e.g. airbags, sunroof, etc), as well as additional options (e.g. leather seats, heated steering wheel) and packages (e.g. technology package, utility package) the vehicle has (Toyota infotainment touchscreens in were not highly reliable).


Although it's not a steadfast rule - the more moving parts, options and packages your vehicle has the more likely these items are to need repair. E.g. a vehicle equipped with Bluetooth, climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, touch screen infotainment system, and NHTSA/IIHS approved active safety features (blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning) has more items to break than a base-level Nissan Sentra with just a steering wheel and AM/FM radio. If you opt for the four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), rather than front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive models this too is likely to cause additional complications.


In addition, for styling,  trim levels for the higher horsepower sport models are more likely to be “pushing” the limits of their mechanical components than lower priced based models. The BMW M5 as an example had notorious engine and transmission issues for a very advanced, highly complex V10 powertrain. The base model 5 series (more tuned for good epa gas mileage) was far more reliable.

 

Will having back seats increase your maintenance costs?

When deciding on the best car for you, it’s important to note the amount of legroom and overall cargo space available to you that will fit your lifestyle. Due to the technology and build of the larger vehicles now, maintenance costs to do not vary that much from SUVs to sedans. A sedan will usually have a lower CPM than most SUVs, mainly due to the higher cost of tires and brake repairs.

 

However, these prices do not deviate that much from one another to detract from the roomy vehicle with foldable rear seats you could have. If you’re a large family, a three-row car is definitely worth the maintenance costs, but if you’re short on a budget and don’t use your car much, only having a first row (Smart car) may work for you. 

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How much is a recon/exchange smart engine nowadays?

Only I've been offered a scruffy but running , mile smart for £ and it might be just the job for my commute.

Its drinking a little oil and the clutch needs doing but I was just trying to work out the costs of putting it right to see if its worthwhile or not.

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Smart Fortwo Engine and Cradle Swap 2012 into a 2008

The Smart car has been around since the mids, making it a relatively newer car.

With so little history to rely on, many new car owners are wondering:

How long do Smart cars last?

With proper maintenance, a smart can last , miles to 2, miles.

If you drive an average of 15, miles per year, your smart car should have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.

Read on to find out how reliable Smart cars are if they are expensive to maintain, and common issues faced by smart car owners.

How Long Do Smart cars Last?

1. How Many Miles Can Smart Cars Go?

Let’s take a look at how many miles a smart car can travel on a full tank or full charge (if electric)

Miles Per Gallon

A Smart car averages about 40 miles on one tank of gas.

A Fortwo Smart car has an gallon tank for gas.

The Forfour Smart car has a gallon tank, but still gets 40 miles per gallon as it is also a slightly larger vehicle.

Their mileage is one of their most attractive features, as it is almost double the average vehicle mileage of 24 gallons per mile.

This great gas mileage is because the vehicle is lighter, being only to pounds.

The lighter weight means the car needs to exert less energy to move it.

The 40 miles per gallon statistic is for highway driving.

A Smart car will average around 32 miles per gallon when driven in a city.

Miles Per Charge

The electric Smart car runs solely on its battery, so there is no gas engine to recharge the battery if it is low.

The electric Smart car can last an average of 84 miles per charge.

This statistic is based on highway driving.

Owners have given lesser estimates of miles per charge, saying they could last close to 80 miles only when driving 60 miles per hour on a highway.

But, they last closer to 60 miles per charge with everyday driving around towns and cities.

2. How Reliable Is A Smart Car?

Smart cars have received a reliability index of 52 with being the average, according to the Reliability Index.

The lower the reliability index, the better the vehicle.

This rating is based on Smart cars that were around 4 years old and driven less than 30, miles.

Smart cars can be driven , miles before serious issues begin to occur.

Many Smart car owners have owned their vehicles well past the ,mile mark by keeping up with regular maintenance.

Some Smart car owners have reported mileage of ,

One Smart car owner even mentioned that his work car passed , miles.

When the Smart car starts needing those larger repairs, car owners need to weigh the value of the vehicle against the cost of repairs.

Smart cars are known to be more affordable to buy, costing an average of $15,

But, what causes many consumers to consider the Smart car unreliable is the relation of repair costs to the overall cost of the vehicle.

Let us explore some of the most common and expensive repairs in Smart cars.

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How Long Does The Engine Last?

The engine is the main powerhouse of a Smart car. It is a complex part, consisting of over 30, parts.

With all these parts, many things can go wrong.

The Smart Fortwo has an engine that meets an average of , miles before needing serious repairs.

A Smart car engine repair easily can cost anywhere from $5, to $10,, making it the most expensive part of the car outside of the body.

Because of the complexity of the engine, it requires hours of taking the engine apart to replace parts.

The labor cost can easily add hundreds of dollars to the repair.

If the engine goes bad, most Smart car owners choose to replace the entire vehicle, unless it is a relatively new car.

A newer car is usually considered to be a car with less than , miles.

To keep a Smart car engine lasting longer, an owner should perform regular maintenance.

This includes fluid changes, spark plug replacements, and filter inspections.

Many of these are simple enough to learn to do yourself if you would like to save on maintenance costs.

If a Smart car is displaying any check engine lights or making odd noises, it should be taken to a shop immediately.

Driving with a small issue can quickly escalate it to something much larger and expensive.

How Long Does The Transmission Last?

Transmissions are responsible for transferring the power from the engine to other parts of the Smart car, mainly the wheels.

When a Smart car transmission goes bad, the most common symptom would be a change in the control of the vehicle.

The Smart car has an automatic transmission.

The transmission can last on average for 7 years.

A Smart car’s transmission can be another expensive repair.

For the Fortwo, a full transmission replacement will usually cost between $ and $1,

This is below the average vehicle transmission repair cost of $3,

How Long Does The Suspension Last?

The suspension of a Smart car is what smooths out the ride. It helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle.

A Smart car’s suspension has received many complaints on user forums, so owners often decide to replace the stock suspension with their own choice to add stability to their ride.

Replacing a Smart car’s suspension can cost in the range of $$ A good quality suspension system in a Smart car should last four to five years.

3. Are Smart Cars Expensive to Maintain?

The average annual repair costs for the Smart Fortwo is around $

This repair cost is close to the $1, average repair cost of a full-sized vehicle.

The higher the mileage of the vehicle, the more repairs will need to be done.

A Smart car is expensive to repair for two reasons.

The first is that the Smart car is not as widely produced as other vehicles, making parts more difficult to find and in turn more expensive to purchase.

The second is that a Smart car has a complex electrical system that increases the length of time it takes to complete basic repairs.

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Tires

Smart car tires can range from 15 inches to 16 inches.

A inch tire can cost anywhere from $50 to $ on average.

The longevity of the tire will depend mostly on the brand that is selected.

Some people prefer to upgrade their Smart car’s suspension system and add larger tires to help with smoothing out the ride.

The larger tires will also come with a larger price tag.

4. How Long Before Smart Cars Start To Rust?

Rust is not a big issue with the Smart car, as very few owners reported rusting in their vehicles.

Driving around salt roads or with an exposed body will increase the probability of rust in a Smart car.

Washing a Smart car regularly and keeping the paint maintained will help keep your Smart car from rusting.

5. What Are Some Common Smart Car Issues?

Suspension

A common issue with the Smart car is the suspension system.

This issue is related to many of the other issues that a Smart car also has.

These issues tend to appear starting at the 50,mile mark.

The Smart car is a smaller vehicle, so the car will drive roughly and the bumps from the road can be felt all through the vehicle.

The suspension is the first part of the vehicle to feel the impact of the bumps and jolts of the vehicle and often has parts of the system start to squeeze or loosen.

These issues are usually easy repairs as they are only parts of the suspension that grow loose.

The most common parts to need to be replaced are the joints and bearings, like the ball joints. The steering is also a major sign of there being a suspension issue.

The steering will become extra rough, indicating that one of the joints have become loose or completely broke.

A customer rarely needs a full suspension replacement, except for general comfort, and if they wish to avoid more issues in the future.

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Electric System

The Smart car has a complex electric system.

This is especially true of the electric Smart car.

Because of the complexity of this system, electric issues are very common in the Smart car.

In fact, electric issues can begin within the first 10, miles of the vehicle.

Common signs of an electric system problem would be dim headlights, the stereo not working, and the windows not moving.

Lights appearing on the dashboard when there are no issues can also be a sign of an electric issue.

Of the electrical issues, the headlights are the most common to show signs of electrical issues.

This is caused by a short somewhere in the electrical system that would require a mechanic to test the wiring harness until he finds the short.

If the short is simple enough, the mechanic can simply splice the wire together.

If it is more complex, the entire wiring harness may need to be replaced.

One way to cut down on electrical issues is to replace the suspension with a better system.

The vibrations from rough driving can cause electrical connections to loosen.

The electric Smart car’s most common electric failure is the electric charging unit, which usually occurs around the 14,mile mark.

Safety

While the size of the Smart car is great for low gas mileage and purchase cost, it also makes it more apt to receive serious damage in accidents.

There is very little car body in front of the driver to protect them from a front-end collision.

6. How Long Do Smart Cars Last Compared To Other Small Cars?


Smart Car

Renault Twizy
Hatchback
Toyota Aygo
Hatchback

Average Vehicle Cost

$15,

$9,

$17,

Annual Repair Cost

$

$

$

MPG

40 MPG

Electric

55 MPG

Reliability Index

52

N/A

29

Common Issues

Brakes
Suspension
Electronics

Car battery
(electric car)

Sluggish Engine

Average Lifespan

years

10 years
years

7. Tips To Prolong The Life Of Your Smart Car

Smart cars will last longer when regular maintenance is performed.

Many of these maintenance routines can be done at home if you are trained, or at any mechanic shop.

Smart cars are owned by Daimler AG, the same company that owns Mercedes-Benz.

Having regular maintenance done by a Daimler or Mercedes dealership will ensure the technician is knowledgeable about your specific vehicle.

Smart cars will last longer when regular maintenance is performed.

Many of these maintenance routines can be done at home if you are trained, or at any mechanic shop.

Smart cars are owned by Daimler AG, the same company that owns Mercedes-Benz.

Having regular maintenance done by a Daimler or Mercedes dealership will ensure the technician is knowledgeable about your specific vehicle.

Check your Smart car’s warranty as it may have stipulations as to where maintenance can be performed.

The top recommendation to prolong the life of your Smart car would be to keep up on all recalls.

Replacing common recalls will prevent those same parts from going bad in your vehicle and causing larger issues.

Other parts of the Smart car should be regularly replaced to ensure optimal performance and health.

Some items that should be replaced are:

  • Vehicle fluids
  • Brakes and rotors
  • Windshield wipers
  • Spark plugs
  • Tires

Smart cars can be a very loyal car with a great price tag if you are also willing to invest in the needed repairs.

Despite their small size, they can last a full decade or even two.

External Links and References:

Categories CarsSours: https://motorask.com/how-long-smart-cars-last/

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