Reliability of the Smart ForTwo

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which Smart models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used Smart ForTwo.

In the statistics for 2021, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2020 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the Smart ForTwo.

Smart ForTwo Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2020 calendar year

EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018
19,4 21,3 14,9 18,7 32,7 29,9 13,4 10,8

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
26,3 18,4 20,1 15,7 17,1 32,8 25,4 7,5

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Drive belt (2010-2013)
  • Automated transmission (2010, 2012)
  • Battery (2015-2017)
  • Spark plugs (2012-2013)

Source: ADAC

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

Check the vehicle’s history

See the Reliability of other Makes


Recent ForTwo Recalls

Smart-EQ-fortwo-2020-windscreen
30. 08. 2021

The windscreen may be incorrectly bonded and could become detached from the body of the car in the event of a … .

Smart-fortwo-2020-roof-panel
27. 07. 2021

The adhesive bond between the roof section and the roof frame may become weak over time. As a result, the roof … .

Smart-Fortwo-Cabrio-2017-recall
14. 10. 2017

The strength of the left front steering knuckle may be insufficient. As a result, the steering knuckle could break, affecting the … .

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