Help Please. 2004 Cabrio. Safe Mode, Dash Flashing, Intermittant Starting.
My problem dates back to February 2010.
Car is a 2004 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Petrol - named "Pootle"
Intermittantly the car does the following: Cuts out and all the dash lights flash, clicking comes from the SAM unit and power is lost, then it all goes back to normal and drives fine... or... it properly goes into Safe Mode, drops to 40 mph and either switches back to normal within a few seconds or has to come to a stop, and after a few minutes starts again and drives ok.... or... when is at a stop for over a few minutes all of the dash lights come on, the gear indicator has one line through it and the car has to be turned off, wait for a few minutes, then starts and is ok. It has also begun to have trouble starting and sometimes takes several attempts with the lock/unlock etc procedure before it will go - this happens if the car is left in N or R when parked.
The car has been in the official Smart garage on five ocassions since February ( totalling over 4 months! ). It has had a new Turbo, Offside speed sensor ( inc full driveshaft ) and a new Steering Wheel ( to replace the speed sensor ) They have also tried replaceing the ECU and ESP and have checked the SAM and the wiring. None of these "fixes" have sorted the problem BUT have cost a lot of money. It is in the garage now but they have basically given up as I refuse to throw any more money their way. Due to pick it up this coming weekend
Please help - any ideas are greatly appreciated.