If that's the CDI, then something sounds wrong. If it's the 3.2L V6 gasoline engine, then that's not too bad at all. Remember, the same German engineers that designed your E320 put everything they learned into the Smart. I've seen how it's constructed and I was amazed. There is some crash video on The Internet showing the Smart being rammed into a concrete barrier at over 80mph. While the occupants would surely be hurt, the safety cage never deformed. I'm not sure there are many cars of any size that could beat that. My big safety concern the ability (or inability) of the roof to resist crushing. In some preliminary test, Toyota/Lexus has not done very well. Carbon fiber is great, but the problem is if it ever gets damaged - even just a small nick - the whole piece has to be replaced. Talk to the guys who drive MBZ SLR's about having to replace the entire carbon fiber chassis after bottoming-out on a speed bump.