smart to Upgrade Transmission on 2008 Models

We already found out from a number of smart owners that the transmission systems integrated into these tiny vehicles aren't exactly the best ones, especially from the point of view of urban driving when the smart becomes a bit uncooperative. Well, smart acknowledged the glitch and is getting ready to set it right by recalling no less than 24,622 model year 2008 fortwos for a transmission upgrade.

According to an article published by USA Today, the car manufacturer has already sent letters to owners of these particular models, asking them to contact the closest dealership and make an appointment for the free software upgrade.

"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," the letter sent to smart owners read according to the aforementioned source.

As mentioned, smart already acknowledged the problem, with the company's spokesman Ken Kettenbeil admitting there is "a little hesitation between gears", as he was quoted as saying by the source. However, the manufacturer expects to get rid of these problems by the software upgrade which is likely to provide a "smoother transition" between gears. The whole upgrade would take up to 90 minutes for every single car, with operations to be conducted free of charge.

smart fortwo was officially launched in 1998 at the Paris Motor Show while the second-generation saw daylight on November 10, 2006. The revised model comes equipped with a 5-speed sequential transmission which has been longly criticized by owners for the poor performance it provides.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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