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      06-20-2008, 02:09 PM   #3

Drives: 2011 SG E92 M3, 6MT
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Originally Posted by goldminer View Post
According to the website the fuel economy for the M3 is as set out below.

Fuel Consumption

City, man/auto (L/100km) 15.3/15.3
Combined, man/auto (L/100km) 12.8/12.9
Highway, man/auto (L/100km) 9.7/9.9

This says that the 6MT gets slightly better fuel economy than the 7-speed M-DCT equipped car. However, the BMW international website says that the M-DCT gets better fuel economy than the 6MT. The press release for the new transmission in January also said that M-DCT "reduces fuel consumption by a significant margin".

What gives? I have a question submitted to BMW right now on the matter.
Well BMW Canada finally replied to me with what seems to be a non-sensical answer. Yes the M-DCT is more efficient but it actually gets worse gas mileage and I shouldn't compare North American automatics with European ones. Here is their response exactly with the names removed to protect the innocent and guilty.

Originally Posted by BMW Canada

Dear Mr. *******:

Thank you for contacting BMW Canada.

Please note that European tests to determine fuel economy differ from those in North America. The M-DCT transmission is more efficient however the numbers should be compared to an automatic transmission within the same market.

Customer Interaction Specialist
BMW Canada
Is it just me or does this make no sense at all. I wish I could meet a CA or a support specialist who actually knew something about the cars they sell.