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      10-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hey everybody!

I am addressing the people that already have the M3, and have used it for some time.
What kind of mpg, or l/km are you guys looking at? Are you hitting BMW's target of 12.4 lt/100km?

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      10-18-2007, 03:46 PM   #2
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I've been driving mine for 967km now and have a steady measure on 14.7lt pr 100km for the last 500km or so.

Please note that I am running in the car now and have stuck to max half throttle and less than 5.500rpm. From my experience at Nürburgring it gets rather thirsty on WOT, but at the end of that day we only had 26.0lt pr 100km.

The dealer recommended that I kept varying the revs which means that I've not always chosen the "economical gear". I have also been driving on twisty roads with steep hills, which means that I've probably been using more gas than if I were just cruising along on nice roads in 6th gear.

I do think it is possible to get it down to 12.4lt pr 100km and must say that all things considdered I expected it to use more gas.
On the same roads my E46 330i would use 11-12lt pr 100km.

Btw: The M3 still surprises me if I look at the speedo in hairpin turns. The car just flows through them like nothing and keeps asking for more.
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      10-18-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
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My average is 17 MPG (UK), sometimes having to refill after 170 miles. Not good compared to my E46 M3 which was around 22 MPG for similar driving. Nothing here to back up BMW's claimed improved mileage.
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My average is 17 MPG (UK), sometimes having to refill after 170 miles. Not good compared to my E46 M3 which was around 22 MPG for similar driving. Nothing here to back up BMW's claimed improved mileage.
Is that mostly city driving or highway driving?
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      10-24-2007, 08:55 AM   #5
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Is that mostly city driving or highway driving?
I'm doing an even mix of city and motorway. Can't resist full throttle whenever possible but inevitably this is far from all time behind the wheel. Whatever my driving mix and style, it is no different since my E46 M3 and I now fill up more frequently.
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      10-24-2007, 09:29 AM   #6
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It has more displacement and hp, so inevitably it will take more fuel to make it happen. It may be more efficient than the previous 3.2 on a per liter basis, but has more liters. I'm fine with it.
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      10-24-2007, 10:06 AM   #7
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It has more displacement and hp, so inevitably it will take more fuel to make it happen. It may be more efficient than the previous 3.2 on a per liter basis, but has more liters. I'm fine with it.
Agreed. I'm not complaining about the mileage either, just answering the question and relating it to earlier BMW claims that the E92 gets better mileage than the E46. None of us would consider buying this car if mileage was our priority but running on fresh air would still be nice.
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Yeah guys, but it appears that the Nissan GT-R is gonn arape the M3 as far as performance yet get better gas mileage for only about 5k more. BMW may be falling behind.
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its still a nissan dude.
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its still a nissan dude.
And an ugly one at that, IMO.
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Yeah guys, but it appears that the Nissan GT-R is gonn arape the M3 as far as performance yet get better gas mileage for only about 5k more. BMW may be falling behind.
They aren't even in the same target market. Why must this comparison continue to be made?
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They aren't even in the same target market. Why must this comparison continue to be made.
^Exactly, furthermore the car will be offered in a variety of trim/performance levels as well. Probably only the top end model will school the M3 and that car is going to be fairly pricey - certainly way more $ than the M3. At the same time way less than a 997 Turbo, which it is said to significantly outperform. Hat's off to Nissa but not a car for me.
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mesier1111, www.gtrforums.com i'm sure you can find some sympathizers there.....
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