2008 Smart Fortwo: Time for Service? You Better Have Good Eyes.
October 30, 2008
One convenience feature in our 2008 Smart Fortwo is an oil service reminder. But like the rest of the car, the reminder is tiny and easy to miss. It's an itty-bitty wrench that flashes for about 15 seconds at start-up. If you're busy with something else like buckling your seatbelt, you'll miss it.
That is why we're now at "-500" -- meaning we should have changed the oil 500 miles ago. The "-500" also only appears during the 15-second window; thereafter, you see the normal odometer display.
If you're wondering, we do take foolish pride in our lack of punctuality. However, at this point, it seems like the Smart's maintenance wrench should be staying on all the time to give the owner a necessary kick in the butt. But it doesn't.
A service appointment is being scheduled. We'll let you know how it goes.
Erin Riches, Edmunds Senior Editor @ 10,520 miles