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      06-20-2008, 01:09 PM   #3
goldminer
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Originally Posted by goldminer View Post
According to the BMW.ca 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.

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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.

Sincerely,
*****
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.
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