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    Default 52.4 miles per gallon

    My 2008 Smart has gotten very good mileage since we got it last year (even when I drive it hard .. & we have big hills around the finger lakes).

    Last night I filled it & thought my computer was wrong, but at home I used another calculator ...52.4 mpg. Why don't the Germans capitalize on that ? Don't they want to sell cars ?

    The info on fuel octane ratings for Smart cars that I found on this site last night was a total surprise. So Smart cars can use Regular gas ! Why don't the dealer sales people capitalize on that too ? Don't they want to sell cars?
    91 octane in Europe = 86 in the US The info on the internet is so good !

    The Koreans advertise hugh mileage on cars twice as heavy as Smart cars. ??

    Does anyone know when there will be a Smart dealership in central New York ?

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    Actually I may have only used 87 octane once & 91 a lot & 93 sometimes. I bought mine on ebay, on an inpulse, then I asked my wife if it was ok. The used car import dealer in NJ delivered it to my home in central NY a week later (Feb 2010). My Forester gets 27 mpg usually, so now I don't think about mileage much. I just wish Washington would quit on ethanol. I'm retired so have only driven it about 18,000 miles (April thru Nov)

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    I now have my 2009 Smart Passion for about a year and a half (bought it with 4500 miles on it). I only use premium.
    Smart repair people are few and far between in California, and repair costs are high. I just can't take a chance with engine damage to save a few cents.
    In the meantime, 65,000 miles and except for regular oil changes have only had to replace the fuel pump, battery, and a few bulbs. Mileage is still only around 40 mpg.

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    I haven't gotten over 50 mpg since 2012. Unfortunately. Soon I will skate my Smarty out of the corner of our garage & enjoy it again. The Forester will then take a back seat. Our Smart car is so much fun.

    Still I usually get 48 or 49 mpg even with that crappy ethanol.

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    Not quite, unfortunately. The smart requires a research octane of 95, an American anti-knock index of 91. The regular gasoline in most of the U.S. is 87 octane. Not the same. You need premium.

    Well, maybe. In Michigan mid-grade is 89 and premium is 93. The smart wants 91. Fuel up one time with mid-grade and the next time with premium (if you don't let it get too low) and you can save money. In colder weather it may be okay to use the 89 all the time.

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    I will be reporting soon on this topic, Just bought a Passion Cabriolet 2008 3 days ago and will be driving everyday to work in Midtown Manhattan.
    There is a dealership located on 53st and 11 ave Manhattan. Do we really need to use premium gas?

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    How confident are you about using regular gas? I do a regular run from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, half (time wise) in heavy traffic, half at 80-85 mph. I average about 40 mpg and only use premium fuel.
    I would love to save 5% ($3.80 v. $4.00) but not at the expense of engine problems.

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    Would love to know how you do it? I can't get more than 36.5 mpg on my cariolet and that's with high octane.

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    I have a 2011 smart pure coupe and I'm getting an average of 54 MPG (Imperial gallon).

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