New to Smart Insider - just bought a 2010 fortwo this month!

Hi guys.  Me and my wife have been sharing a car for a while as I haven't really had a need for two cars.  We have been driving a hybrid around all this time but I did not want to buy another one because the one I have doesn't get all that good of mileage in the city anyway.  The MPG I get with the smart car isn't far off from our hybrid and when the smart car gets 150,000+ miles on it, I don't have to worry about spending thousands of dollars to replace batteries on it.

This is the fortwo we took delivery of.  After I saw the smart car crash stories, I'm really glad I bought this car.  That's Mercedes-Benz coming through for you.

The car is a joy to drive in the city.  The hybrid is more comfortable on the highway and shift smoother and all with its CVT, but every time I go out to the store or to run an errand, I always pick the smart car instead since it's more fun to drive.


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Welcome to our smart world. Now if we can just convince the rest of the USA of the great assets of our smarts. The smart is not for everyone, but most everyone can use one. Be sure to check out smart owners events in your area.
If smart would just put their stuff on TV like when the news used to do it back in 2007/2008, then there would be a buying frenzy for this car. People have to see an ad over and over before they are compelled to buy something. That's marketing 101. They have some cool commercials, problem is, I never see them on cable or anything, only Youtube because I am "looking" for them. They need something to compel them to go to Google and type in "smart car dealer " to look for their local dealer.

If we got the red of the USA to buy these, traffic and fuel costs would dramatically change for all of us.
U will be cursing your smart soon.
Just ignore Franoc; he's apparently run out of his meds again.
Proofread twice, post once! :D

Forest said:
My smart never shits on the Highway. On the on ramp sure, but by the time I'm on the Highway I'm in 5th and it wont shift again till I exit an Hour later. Doesn't get smoother than that
I am getting accustomed with the quicks of the smart. I am slowly not noticing the shifts as much now anymore. Having no issues passing people on the highway at 75-80 MPH. Only thing I don't like is when I drove from I-595 to Delray Beach and back and only averages 29 MPG on my Scanguage II. In the city stop and go traffic I was averaging 23-24 MPG. That's absolutely HORRIBLE for this kind of car. It pisses me off even more when I see the diesel CDI in Europe getting 85-95+ MPG. Why do they not bring those cars here? Can they not do 80+ MPH or something?

I have 526 miles on the car today.

jwight said:
Just ignore Franoc; he's apparently run out of his meds again.
Mileage improves as the car gets broken in. Somewhere around 3K miles you should see a big improvement. Of course, driving in "D" and keeping speeds below 65 mph helps too.
Yeah, most of the time I leave it in D. I rarely ever use the paddle shifters as I know the computer is trying to do its job of getting the best MPG possible.

I just hope you're right. I've seen some people on here who got over 3,000 miles and still have terrible gas mileage. Then I saw another guy on here who reported bad gas mileage and then later on he was getting close to 50 MPG. If that happens to me, I'll be happy. I am just hoping that it's the synthetic oil from the factory that's slowing down the break-in process. Usually that's the case. Sometimes a car can take up to 30,000 miles to break in good, as I've heard this with BMW's and such.

jwight said:
Mileage improves as the car gets broken in. Somewhere around 3K miles you should see a big improvement. Of course, driving in "D" and keeping speeds below 65 mph helps too.
The car is new. I don't carry anything at all; just myself.

Even when driving at 60-65 MPH, I can never break 40 MPG. At that speed I am lucky to even get 32-33 MPG. To see 39-40 MPG, I have to do 45-50. Anything over 50 MPH and the MPG drops. Not easy to go that slow when you get on I-75 and people are doing 70-85 MPH.

Jesse James said:
There are many factors involved with mpg. Keeping the vehicle in tip-top shape helps but you most also consider that a vehicle that is weighted down will not do as well as one that is kept relatively empty. Leave items that do not need to be in vehicle at home. Add on accessories will also add weight (i.e. subwoofer boxes, amps, heavy floormats, and such.)

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