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Diesel engine for the United States?

Is there any place in the United States where I could purchase a smart diesel engine with a standard 5 or 6 speed transmission (with a real clutch) like they have in Europe? My smart gets VERY POOR gas mileage and I just HATE the transmission.

I have 40,000 miles on it and I am not very happy with the car.

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No diesel for US and no announcements of any coming.
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You want less power?

Not available in the US



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You want less power?

Not available in the US
He wants better MPG and a different transmission.
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OK Help me out here folks, Does smart offer a "real" clutch on any 451 in the world?

Or is it an automated manual on all models?

For the OP, What kind of milage do you get?



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I get - on average - about 37 mpg. It is mostly city type driving with some roads with 50 mph. I have not done much highway roads where the speed limit is above 50 mph. I can go about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks on a fillup of prem gas. My previous vehicle - a 1996 Nissan pickup - was filled every other week. I like the mpg of my little car. It might be as high as some think it should be but it works for me.
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NO MANUALS WITH CLUTCH ANYWHERE!..... sorry, just didn't seem to be getting through so I shouted. Very uncharacteristic of me, sorry.
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i have a new UK 451 smart CDI (only 2 weeks old) and it does not have a clutch pedal and is a 5 speed box (triptronic or auto at the press of a button). I've never seen a fortwo with a clutch pedal or 6 speed box. Must look out for one now.....
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What do you consider "VERY POOR" gas mileage? I drive in MA, my commute everyday is combined city/highway, and my average MPG is 42.2 MPG. Far from "VERY POOR". Are you putting premium gas in it as suggested? Are you driving conservatively? If not, then you will get poor mileage with the diesel as well.

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You will be looking for nothing...does not exist....
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