As far as I know it, I am the highest mileage smart car in Michigan. I can honestly say, I have taken my car to the dealership for the maintenance. All the items the dealer check for me were needing replacement.

One thing I can say was after the maintanence, my smart car perform like the first day I got it. The cost for the dealership to do the work was very reasonable to me. The service was excellent.

You asked how did I get all those miles? Well, I travel over 132 miles to work roundtrip. I can tell you I average about 38 to 39 miles to the gallon . The most I have gotten on a single tank was 340 miles (approx 42 mpg heck yeah!!!). [I am still trying to beat the record on the internet for 350 miles on a single tank] I can tell you I do not see a difference in fuel economy if I am using the manual only or automatic only. The fuel economy only drops off if you are cruising higher than 77 miles per hour. My average cruising speed is 72 between 80 mpg on the highway. You can say I have a leadfoot.

I try not to fill my tank unless I achieve 300 miles on my trip odometer...

The smart car has been a wonderful commuter car for me and I would like to hear from others experience. I am curious of the avg mpg and most you have travel on a single tank. Plus, tell me how many miles you driven your smart car.

Keep on driving...

JL Reese

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Comment by Sharon Baseman on June 17, 2008 at 9:25am
I have almost 2,000 miles on mine and I've been getting between 32 and 43 mpg, with most tanks between 35-37. How are some of you getting such great mileage? My worst tank was when I was on the highway at 70 mph for a trip. I only got 32 mpg on that tank. My best tank, 43, I spent a lot of time at 50 mph.
Comment by Smarty Pants on June 16, 2008 at 10:47pm
At 1,800 miles on the odometer, I'm currently getting about 38 MPG in the city, and about the same on the freeway. The only time the MPG were considerably less was when my ex-husband was in town and I was running around with him in the passenger seat. Maybe it was the additional 270 pounds of "dead weight" . . . teehehehehe . . . just kidding.
Comment by J L Reese on June 16, 2008 at 9:02pm
For all those who have enter your miles and experience with the smart to that point, thanks. Who has the long distance record for fuel economy? Please describe how you drove the car and explain where (state or states) it was achieve.

I appreciate all your response. It good to see everyone giving back

JL Reese
Comment by angel on June 16, 2008 at 8:03pm
That's great! I have about 3,000 miles on my lil blue belle now and have seen mpg anywhere from 23 to 48. I keep track of every tank and have a running total. 23 was me with someone and the rear loaded with baggage for 10 days trip and driving it like I stole it. Plus the A/C was full blast the whole time. I was in a hurry to get home since I had the flu. {Well, I still have the flu.}

48 was taking it easy, just me, A/C only part of the time, and nothing extra in the vehicle.

You have the most miles of anyone I've heard of thus far.
Comment by puzzlejunkie on June 16, 2008 at 7:52pm
Arthur has been low mile per gallon from the beginning. I have just over 1100 miles now with tanks running from 28.8 to 34.2. I do a combo of short trips and highway stuff around Orlando usually in automatic. 29 mpg seems to be my usual. Does anybody else have an automatic mode that shifts at 10, 18, 25, 38 & 45 mph?
Comment by magic8ball on June 16, 2008 at 7:51pm
I'll be rolling over 3800 miles on my way to work tomorrow, took delivery on April 29. My experience with economy has been that the a/c is devastating, and that if you're going more than 70 or so on the highway that the economy drops off pretty quickly.
Comment by R.Bradburn on June 16, 2008 at 7:09pm
When I test drove the smart car it had a large navigation system in it. I would like to know if anyone has information on one that has a bluetooth and a DVD player also.
Comment by Robert McBride on June 16, 2008 at 7:07pm
their early cdi deisels get fantastic mileage
Comment by Peterbra on June 16, 2008 at 6:38pm
Id like to have feedback about using the paddles, as I do, vs. Drive in automatic. Also if anyone is only using standard gas, not high-test as we are told to do.
Why are Smart cars in Canada claiming 50+ mpg????

Tanks, Peter peterbra@mac
Comment by Eleanor on June 16, 2008 at 5:54pm
we just average between 40 and 47 mpg on ours. It is very comfortable for a micro car. We just have 1500 on it and love it more every day. We especially love the looks on others' faces when they first see it. We have had people actually stop in the intersection and ask about it. I loved it when we were eating at a local restaurant and people were going down the street, taking pictures of it with their cell phones. We have a ton of fun with it.

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