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I'm perplexed. I have generally been light footed with all my vehicles. The thinking behind that was easy on the pedal easy on the gas consumption. I'm ironically finding that on the rare days I drive it like I stole it the menu's on the car show that my MPG is better since start and in conjunction seemingly better since last reset. Is it possible that light footing doesn't open up the car to run at potential, while at the same time hot footing and running higher RPM's lets this car use less fuel but put that energy into better use by blowing it wide open in short spurts...? Therefore increasing mileage... What say you?

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Normally when I'm soft shoeing it I am in something closer to city stop and go. When I'm hot footing I get more highway highway like runs. So that is to say in my opinion my mileage is always better if I keep the the car north of 3rd gear and rolling fast.

Disclaimer I am a 451 owner.
 

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My 453 notes : when I tach around 3000 , my mpg meter goes up , seems that if I?m cruising around in 3rd gear without much load , my meter trots around 38-42 mpg , on the highway I can see that loading the motor (less rpms) my meter heads south in the mpg .. until I?m cruising at higher speeds and rpms . SO, my take is Taching in the lower 2000 rpms is counter productive in the mpg area.
 

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I've always driven my ForTwo's like i stole them. In my 451, i typically got no less than 40mpg (though sometimes it seemed to dip down during the winter... probably due to winter gas mix?). In my 453, 45mpg seems to be my typical average. Most of my driving you could KINDA say is highway driving, since there aren't a whole lot of instances where stopping is required... but it's also a LOT of hills...
 

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In this case, yes! The engine appears to be tuned to be its most efficient when it's consistently in boost. Constantly having to spool up the turbo seems to be when the engine does its worst, explaining why city fuel economy in the 453 is worse than the 451 for a lot of members.
 

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Wow... who would have thought that the more you hot foot... the more fun and gas savings!! [email protected]!! I've been a Smart Fan since my new one off the lot in San Antonio in 2009. I've got it pretty good right now, as both my daily drivers are now 453s. I'm gonna maintain them and run them like I stole'm. Thanks.. everyone and thank you for your advice Miss M....

-Tony
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