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March 20, 2008
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Update on mileage problem

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 11:27am 14 Comments

Just spoke with the local Smart Car dealer about my mileage: 26 mpg for last three tanks. Tires are fine. Driving is urban stop and go only. Running airconditioning most of the time since the ambient temp is in the 90's (plus I paid to have AC in the Passion).

The dealer said there is nothing they could offier diagnostically. The AC could be a big factor in a 3 dylinder car. "Take it on the freeway for a long trip and see what happens," he suggested. Knowing drivers in SLC, Utah I… Continue


Posted on July 10, 2008 at 1:26pm 10 Comments

The past two times I filled my Passion Coupe and calculated the mileage...24 mpg. I have been running the AC and thought that might be the problem but the service folks at the local dealer had no suggestions or ideas.

I am frustrated...help

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At 6:48pm on May 12, 2011, Kevin Nichol said…



I’m Kevin, live in West Jordan, and own a 2009 BRABUS.  I invite you to join the Smarter Utah group.


After driving my smart for a while and turning heads everywhere I went, I thought it would be fun to get together with other smart owners.  I’m too busy to try to host a picnic or a rally, so I went looking for events others might be organizing near my home, but didn’t find any.  I scoured the online sites of smart USA insider, smartcar of America, Club smart car, and 451 smart fortwo and the closest thing I could find to a Salt Lake Valley or Wasatch Front smart club was the Smarter Utah group at smart USA insider.  You gave your location as Salt Lake, so will you join us?  Once enough of us are connected, we can get some events organized.

At 11:44am on July 17, 2008, Louis Borgenicht said…
Fuel Gauge Now

Now my fuel gauge is not working....have driven 100 miles and no movement. The local dealer has never encountered this problem. I am losing faith.
At 5:44pm on July 10, 2008, Bobby said…
I wouldnt be very happy. Ive had my car several weeks and on my 6th tank. My milage has improved every tank. I run the ac all the time in our Tennessee humidity and Im currently getting 36 to 37mpg in town.
I am using only 91 octane. I noticed that you had the ESM replaced. Makes me wonder if thats not killing the mpg's by not shifting properly into the higher gears.
At 5:29pm on June 16, 2008, Louis Borgenicht said…
I recently had to replace the EMS (Electro shift mechanism) after two months of owning my car. I am curious how common a problem that is,

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