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  • Cdi or petrol 2014

    Hi all im looking to buy a 2014 smart should i go for diesel or petrol

    cheers
    paul

  • #2
    Depends really on whether mpg is the reason for buying a Smart or ease of parking etc. My 451 petrol turbo does high 40s to the gallon but I believe the diseasal will do somewhat more. Short trips on any diesal car won't be kind to its DPF

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    • #3
      Ok I would of thought you would have got 60mpg ??

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      • #4
        Later (54hp) diesels with DPF etc are problem prone judging by internet traffic and the less troublesome (45hp) variant was an earlier fitment.
        When this (which engine in a 451?) arises the answer is usually 84hp turbo as the MHD is to be avoided, the diesels are either troublesome or short on power (45hp?), and the NA petrol (71hp) isn't rated as being much of an engine.
        Personally, going by all I've read, I wouldn't consider anything but the 84 turbo. Enough grunt and the most reliable. Depends of course, what you have in mind for it.

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        • #5
          I've had a diesel 451 54bhp since July 2016. Great little, but aren't all Smarts! I have never had any problems with the car or in particular the DPF. Thrumbleux is right to be cautious. My drive is 70 miles round trip on the M40 then M25. The perfect drive for the 54bhp model. I sit at 60-70mph and the DFP cleaning cycle engages when required. With regards to the economy I normally get 80mpg, unless I've had a lots of FUN! The worst I've had is 70mpg (that was a fun week), the best was 91mpg. It depends what you are after, economy or fun. With help of Kane on the Evilition website and Rob at S2Smart, I have an I incredible amount of fun in my diesel. They are not as customisable as the petrol engine so sure. But economy vs fun ... your choice!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MRA View Post
            ...... With regards to the economy I normally get 80mpg, unless I've had a lots of FUN! The worst I've had is 70mpg (that was a fun week), the best was 91mpg. It depends what you are after, economy or fun. .....
            That's excellent economy. Though my 84bhp 451 'only' does high 40s mpg, it's twice as good as my other car.
            And you're a braver man than me using your Smart on the M25. I'm only on the motorway (M61) for about 2 miles on my commute & that's enough for me, particularly when it's windy.

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