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      07-11-2008, 07:37 PM   #89
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What did you do, swap the 4 litre out for a Beetle motor. Every time I see a picture of your car on those wheels I cringe with envy. Now that is how a Twenty First Century German sports car is suppose to look and perform.
My driving is a combination of 400 mile round trips (typical) on motorways and hard driving on B roads and single track country roads. I dont commute in the M as I have a Jeep Patriot for knocking about in. The M is for playing out in (country roads and B roads) and business trips.

Locally I hammer it, flat out where I dare at all times and hitting 140-150mph on B roads regularly (sorry plod but it has to be done). On business trips I drive aggressively but rarely exceed 100mph for more than a few seconds (our motorways are plod infested and not worth the risk).

The car varies between 19 and 19.3, never seems to go outside these limits. This is purely from the DIS.

I swear I hammer the shit out of it, I hammer the shit out of the Jeep too (34-37 mpg 2.0 VW Diesel) which is scarier than the M to be honest. My wifes Merc actually locks itself when I go near it.
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      07-11-2008, 08:13 PM   #90
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10.5 ??? WTF
I get avg 16 70/30 % city/hwy
Best 22
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And dont always drive care fully but most of driving is without Power setting on

Well we drive a ///M have fun live a little
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      07-11-2008, 08:22 PM   #91
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I got 23MPG on the highway when driven really nice. In city conditions, I agree with you. It's horrible.
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      07-11-2008, 08:36 PM   #92
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It gets better with time. When I do 50/50 highway city I am Avg 17 MPG
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      07-11-2008, 09:03 PM   #93
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Maybe it's the fuel quality?? 10-15mpgs seems very low... I still need to get my car on August 7, but check this Topgear test: Toyota Prius vs M3 on mpgs.



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      07-11-2008, 11:23 PM   #94
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I'm still extremely annoyed by the MPG of the M. I'm not really worried about the money it takes to fill the tank, it's just how OFTEN you have to do it that's the annoyance. I have about 600 miles on my car and I am going to need to get gas today... FOR THE 4th TIME. I paid cash for the car, I can afford to fill it up. But I'm sick of stopping for gas all the time.

The sticker says 14-20. BS. In normal everyday driving where I keep my foot out of it I am getting 11.9 (says the computer) but in actuality, math says I'm getting 10.5. Almost single digit gas mileage in the year 2008. WTF?

Just as a test I did everything I could to get 20 last week. I took highway routes, kept the RPM's in the 2k range, rolled to stoplights in neutral, air conditioner off, etc...Never did better than 13.8

THAT is ridiculous. My friends 997 gets 19 all the time. If I drive like an angel I can get our SUV above 22. Bad engineering on BMW's part.

When I bought my car, it had around 26 miles on it, and for my first 200 miles the car was averaging between 6.5-8.0 MPG, but I when I reset the MPG display things started to get better, so my guess is that the 1st 25 miles (car testing in Germany, VPC and the dealer) had an impact on the average consumption. Things are getting relatively better and I am averaging between 14.5-15 MPG (mixed City/HWY), and on a short road trip (50 mi) the car averaged 20-22 MPG (going 70-80 MPH). I hope things get better for you as you put more miles on the car.....
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      07-12-2008, 05:03 AM   #95
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I can't stand it when I read about you guys "cruising" at 80 mph. 80 mph here in Hawaii will get you cuffed!! 80 mph or 30 mph over the speed limit will land you in jail. There are a bunch of ridiculous vehicle laws in this state. Another of which is a reconstruction permit. If you modify your vehicle (suspension, wheels, etc.), you have to get a reconstruction permit. If you don't get the recon permit, you can't get a safety check. If you can't get a safety check, you can't renew your registration. The recon permit is not easy to get either. For example, if you lower your car, you've got to get it aligned within the car manufacturer's specs. If not, they will not give you the recon permit. Lame.
Yeah, well we aint got any sun kissed beaches, it pisses it down regularly and the women dont wander around in bikinis mate.
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      07-12-2008, 10:49 AM   #96
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threads like this one make me laugh, why? because i own an M5!!!! AND THAT BEAST IS THIRSTY LIKE F@CK!!!!!

i'm planning on trading my M5 for an M3 within a year from now, so i don't think the M3 MPG would be as bad as my current M5 MPG.

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