Hi folks, Mike T here, a friend of deezle from Vancouver Island BC Canada. I've had my smart cdi pulse cabriolet since January 8, 2005 and I've driven 91,000 km with it so far. The lifetime fuel economy is 3.9 L.100 km (about 61 US MPG), "without even trying" as they say. In fact, my car has wider wheels and tires, and the convertible top is often down, which hits the fuel economy somewhat. About the only thing I do to keep efficiency good is drive sensibly, usually more or less at the speed limit, and anticipate stoplights and traffic conditions. I am not going to re-enter all my FE data here, but if you click on the icon in my signature, you can see all of my fuel records back to Day One. I like the car a lot, it is fun to drive and the design is fabulous. I will be keeping it forever....well maybe one of my kids will inherit it or I'll give it to one of them sooner or later, AFTER I get another one. I have my eye on the 98 HP BRABUS version, which isn't sold here.....yet...... It is not without its flaws. I would have preferred a proper manual transaxle but that never was offered. The gearbox is the car's most annoying feature, though you can get used to it. The shifter paddles on the steering wheel make it tolerable. The ride is choppy due to the stiff suspension and short wheelbase. But that's about it for bad stuff. The good is much better: excellent (heated) seats, fabulous convertible top, direct steering, fun to hammer around town or the twisties, very economical, adequately quick even with the standard 40 HP/74 lbs-ft 800 cc engine, safety equipment that is a decade ahead of the small car competition (I think the car hasn't any competition, at least until Toyota introduces its copycat "IQ" model soon).