Smart offering free transmission upgrades to smooth out balky shifts

While many Smart owners love their little tiny ForTwos, very few (including many of us automotive journalists) aren’t to fond of the transmission. After complaints of the transmission slipping shifts between gears added up, Smart has finally decided to solve the problem.

Smart USA is now offering the owners of some 24,622 2008 Smart ForTwo units a free transmission upgrade. The upgrade includes some software changes that smoothes out the balky shifts.

“We will upgrade your transmission software to the new 2009 operating mode which provides improved shifting dynamics as well as instant changing between automatic and paddle shifting just by touching the up or down shift paddles,” said the letter sent to owners.

Smart said that the fix will take about 90 minutes.

– By: The Daily Auto Editor

Source: USAToday