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Hello everyone, this is Richard from Montreal. I recently picked up a 2010 451 from an auction for $2000 CAD. It is a weird edition high style which has a brown exterior and beige leather interior which looks fancy. The car has 54,000km when I got it and it has one previous owner before me. Is this a bargain or I overpaid for this car. When I got it I realize that the roof is completely hazed, it looks like those cheap crap Toyota headlights from 2000s and Honda paint from 2000s which is horrible, this could be an easy fix since I have done a couple of headlights restore before and this roof thingy is made of the same cheap material Toyota use to make their Prius V. When I got it I did an oil change, since the previous service was overdue for 870 km I used some total 0w-40 oil and Napa filter.
For my first tank of 91 octanes I did about 7.3 L/100 km which is around 32-33 MPG, pretty bad for a smart car after reading tons of threads. Any clue how this happens?
Couple things wrong with this car so far
1. I will need a secondary key which gonna cost me 520 bucks programmed
2. I will need to somehow solve the ****ty roof situation
3. Being an auction car interior is super dirty need to be cleaned
4. spark plugs might need to be replaced, any recommendations?
5. brakes all around are below 10%, could that be rubbing on the disk for so long and rob my mileage? also any recommendations on those?
6. ambient temperature is around 0 degrees Celsius, which is 273.15k or 32 F, could that affect the mileage too?
7. Front door is rubbing on the fender and my mechanic don't want to do any bodywork, I searched the whole forum can't find any thread mentioned this, any clue how can I do that part?

So far things have been done:
1. Silverstar ultra headlight bulbs, oem is like hanging oil lamp in front of the car
2. ordered a $70 piece to replace the broken PRND shifter indicator light thing
3. oil change and filter change

Next weeks big plan will be updated when everything is done.
I am considering starting a youtube channel about the cost and stuff about my smart XD so stay tuned!

Thanks for taking your time to read my thread, I know I will enjoy my smart cause I have been spending over 10k/year on renting those stupid car2go smart cars, now I finally decided to get one myself. The car is beautiful when the weather isn't that s**t I'll get that cleaned and post some nice pics. BTW just curious how many edition high style existed on this forum or manufactured, i can't find any data online.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have rescued a nice car!!
The roof situation is quite common, and is a cosmetic one (so the factory says) mine is also crazed and I have learned to ignore it. You can adjust the front fenders by moving the pin to move the fender in and out located at the inside of the fender. Sitting in the car, open the door and look at the front of the door where the hinges are, from the inside of the door. there are 3 different locations for the pin.

These cars are known to get poor MPG for the first 30,000 miles (roughly where you are at) and then they get better. Plugs are probably not a bad idea. I use the Irradium long life plugs myself as you can go longer without needing to replace them

Headlights are usually either pointing at the ground, or straight up into the sky. they are easily adjusted with an allen wrench on the top of the headlight assembly. I use the Ultrastar lights and have had good results with them.

Brakes, You want to find a set of Ceramic Brake pads. They don't leave that black dust all over the wheels and what little dust there is, cleans off easier.
 

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I recommend using ceramic front brake pad. No dirty dust. Good braking power. Since day one my smart car has achieved 36-38 mpg. 91 octane fuel. Gotten over 40 mpg, on highway, using 93 octane. Modern car are usually broken in, after 6K miles. I owned enough of them to know. Change your spark plugs, air filter. Replace the cabin filter too. Estimate your fuel economy, tank to tank between fill ups. I use Mobile One synthetic oil, and filters.
 

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I recommend using ceramic front brake pad. No dirty dust. Good braking power. Since day one my smart car has achieved 36-38 mpg. 91 octane fuel. Gotten over 40 mpg, on highway, using 93 octane. Modern car are usually broken in, after 6K miles. I owned enough of them to know. Change your spark plugs, air filter. Replace the cabin filter too. Estimate your fuel economy, tank to tank between fill ups. I use Mobile One synthetic oil, and filters.
I don't really trust mobile 1 stuff or Castrol. I'll use total, Valvoline or Liqui Moly. Next week all the filter and the complete brake system will be changed so it should be fine. Elkebono pads I believe. I don't know which spark plug I should use, maybe Denso plugs? I don't drive my car hard so don't understand why my mileage is worse than a stupid Mitsubishi mirage
 

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https://www.auto123.com/en/news/2010-smart-fortwo-edition-highstyle-review/50228/
mostly a special trim Passion, with fog lamps and special paint, leather seats, etc. Same motor and trans as all the smart models.

As for oil, all U.S> models came with Mobil 1 oil and most just keep using it. Synthetic oil does tend to make the break-in time last longer so usually we don't see higher MPG until after 30K miles (roughly 48,000 KM) and even then it depends on how you drive it. A 3 cyl motor takes a light throttle to get the mpg, a ScangaugeII or similar monitor helps to give you feedback on how much pedal to use.

Denso plugs will do the trick nicely. Just be sure you get the long mileage ones or you will be changing them soon.

P.S. posting pictures or links on here is a real chore.
 

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https://www.auto123.com/en/news/2010-smart-fortwo-edition-highstyle-review/50228/
mostly a special trim Passion, with fog lamps and special paint, leather seats, etc. Same motor and trans as all the smart models.

As for oil, all U.S> models came with Mobil 1 oil and most just keep using it. Synthetic oil does tend to make the break-in time last longer so usually we don't see higher MPG until after 30K miles (roughly 48,000 KM) and even then it depends on how you drive it. A 3 cyl motor takes a light throttle to get the mpg, a ScangaugeII or similar monitor helps to give you feedback on how much pedal to use.

Denso plugs will do the trick nicely. Just be sure you get the long mileage ones or you will be changing them soon.

P.S. posting pictures or links on here is a real chore.
What is the proper way to post pictures here, I tried it just won't work. And yes it's just a limited production passion. The mileage on the second tank seems to be 1 MPG better
 

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I investigated the usual suspects and suppliers I have used and come up empty handed? Can you give me the source where you found them?
You mean where I found the car? It's in an auction and a broker sold me this car in Montreal. This is my second attempt to upload photo hope they don't broke this time
 

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MPG factors.................

My 2013 passion averages 36/37MPG running 91/93 octane winter blend gasoline. Summer blend averages 40/42 MPG. Cold
weather will decrease MPG. Using cheap mid-range gas will decreaseMPG. High percentage of ethonal in gas will decrease MPG.
I live in western NC mountains,so everything is up hill/down hill. And I drive the little car,like I just stole it!!.................
 

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I don't really trust mobile 1 stuff or Castrol. I'll use total, Valvoline or Liqui Moly. Next week all the filter and the complete brake system will be changed so it should be fine. Elkebono pads I believe. I don't know which spark plug I should use, maybe Denso plugs? I don't drive my car hard so don't understand why my mileage is worse than a stupid Mitsubishi mirage
I own 5 vehicles. I Use Mobil 1 synthetic, in all of them. Japanese, Korean, German, and Italian cars. Nothing wrong with that brand of oil. Smart recommends it. Been using it in the smart car for 11 years now.

Denso spark plug are fine. Have fun replacing them.

Our Honda Fit, and Fiat 500, achieve just the same, sometimes better fuel economy. Then the smart car. The Honda Fit highway miles, will get up to 40 mpg, On regular gas. The 500, I’ve seen 38 mpg. 91 octane.
 

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I am not sure what $2,000.00 CDN equates to in US dollars, but it sounds to me like you got a very good deal. That is a very rare model in the US. I have only seen one in person. It should clean up very well and be a fine car for years to come. Good luck with your new smartie!!
 
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