I always get 40 mpg with my vw passat diesel..2004 but looking forward to adding my smart...wife has 2006 diesel new beetle...
I thought that you could only put premium (93) in it?Don't look for any MPG figures in the next 60 days to have much meaning.... It takes a while for folks to find the best brand of fuel and multiple fill up averages for the MPGs to get stable...
When you start posting MPGs on these things please add:
Typical terrain (hilly, steep mountain, sea level, altitude etc..)
Driving style (hyper-miller, lead foot, sporty, conservative etc..)
Load (single drive mostly, driver and passenger mostly etc..)
Fuel brand and octane ( Shell, Chevron, 89, 91, 93)
Clean air blend if any (10%, 15% ethanol or MTBE)
Total tank fulls in the average
Tire pressure (please check this cold as it makes a significant difference in performance and seriously effects MPGs)
"However, I'm not sure I want to be permanently disfigured when a shopping cart rolls into me at the grocery store"
wanna come back down to earth marcrhodes?
not buying a 46~50mpg car for $2~~3k because you are askairt of a shopping cart is a tad extreeme...
Thousands of civics, metros, festivas, diesel rabbits, yugos and several others navigated American highways and cities with out leaving death and carnage every where... defensive, attentive driving is the key
BUT yes.... the Smart car is technically safer then a Geo Metro--- if you are the typical brain dead idiot sitting in a car doing every thing on earth BUT paying attention and driving.... well... I don't suppose I do not need to say much about those Darwin award, gene pool strengthening candidates...IYKWIM
Our grade number are different here (RON+NON)/2 or AKI. We generally have 87-89 regular, 89-91 mid and 93+ premium. Difference in price is about twenty cents US more for the premium over regular, or less than $2.00 per tankful.what grade fuel choice do you have ? Over here in the Uk we run from 95ron-99ron . We notice better MPG and performance in our smarts with 98+
The higher premium is worth the better MPG ,even if it does cost Â£1.10 per uk gallon .Equiv Â£1.32 for your larger measure .
If the above is true ( I have no reason to believe that it isn't), it leads me to really be happy to have chosen the 450. I do have a hard time accepting that Mercedes could/would take a step backward.Ok - back from the Newport run ...
No real traffic so it was 70+ mph the whole way and back ... hills in Laguna (which you'll never get up faster than 60 in 4th)
160 miles r/t ... 3.68 gallons means a pretty darn good 43.5 mpg !! That already beats the sticker of 41. Now if I was doing 60 like I usually do (I was running late), then I can see that being at least 45 to 47.
Don't drive 70+ mph on the freeway - especially if it's windy. The car gets buffeted A LOT by cross winds and cars next to you. Slow down ... seriously ... I'm pretty "ballsy" and it was almost to the point I might sell the car.
The ride on the freeway was not good at all. Any groove and you're getting pulled that way, any bump and you're feeling it. If you have a long freeway commute that isn't in bumper-to-bumper traffic, get another car. Don't get me wrong, I love my Fortwo, but it isn't comfortable at all on the open highway.
I have to agree with Don on this one, too. When I traveled with the Canadian Smart Club this summer (15 Smarts altogether traveling convoy style) I heard no such remarks from them about this sort of behavior and I watched them as I traveled with them in their group. They all seemed pretty stable to me. The did a roundtrip from Montreal to Cooperstown and back in a day...that's a fair amount of driving and thru the Adirondack Mountain region of NY State, too!If the above is true ( I have no reason to believe that it isn't), it leads me to really be happy to have chosen the 450. I do have a hard time accepting that Mercedes could/would take a step backward.
The decision to purchase my car was 100% mine. My wife was apprehensive but supportive throughout the whole process. Since bringing the car home she has become completely won over and that's to the car's performance merits.
To any objectors; I categorically reject any implications to the contrary of the above statements, so just save your little typing fingers from typing in vain.
Does the car come with continental tires? OMG! We had those tires for 16,000 miles before they went thread bare! Thank god we had tire warranty.Tires that come on the vehicle and what affect they will have on the ride and handling of the car. They will have a HUGE effect on both of those things. I was never a fan of Continental Tires and never will be. The one time I used them I found them to make the car seem "squishy" riding and handling. This was some time ago, though, and they may be made differently now.
This is JMHO and I will see for myself how the car handles once I get it this week or next. There's that *eternal optimism* showing again.....