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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-26-2005, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious to see what kind of numbers you get with which engine and what kind of driving you all do?

I drive about 130 miles a day, 90% of the driving is 80-100mph and average 21mpg in the '89 325i automatic.

I only use 87 octane fuel, she has 169k miles, and now that I replaced damn near everything other then the actual engine, still runs great.
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well i drive about 60 miles a day, most of it is around 80-90 MPH i think i get around 20-25mpg on my 89 325i 5spd
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Old 04-26-2005, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I get about 40mph on the highway at 80-95mph
25 on average though.
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Old 04-27-2005, 02:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Do any of you know some form that i can use to convert miles per gallon to kilometres per litre?
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21.5 mpg on my 325is with 92 octane.
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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91 318is & it is need of a tnue up. I am getting 33 Mpg right now on 87 octane. I am planning on trying diffrant fuel grades to see if there is any change in gas milage.
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'85 325e 4spd auto driven imostly in the city, average speed likely 55-60km/h. Depending on my driving style (it varies greatly) I get between 8.75 to 10kms out of a litre of fuel.
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325e using 93 octane,
55 mph: 37-38 mpg
75 mph: 34.5 mpg
Mixed: 33 mpg

Not too bad for a 20 year old eta.
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325e using 93 octane,
55 mph: 37-38 mpg
75 mph: 34.5 mpg
Mixed: 33 mpg

Not too bad for a 20 year old eta.
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thats awesome, but also weird, since brand new they were suppoused to get 28mpg highway...
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Originally posted by ae.cowboy+Apr 27 2005, 08:33 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ae.cowboy @ Apr 27 2005, 08:33 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-jk988@Apr 27 2005, 10:13 PM
325e using 93 octane,
55 mph: 37-38 mpg
75 mph: 34.5 mpg
Mixed: 33 mpg

Not too bad for a 20 year old eta.
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thats awesome, but also weird, since brand new they were suppoused to get 28mpg highway...
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Not to start an argument, but wrongo. On the highway they were rated for 37mpg, wheras in the city they only managed 25mpg, both figures with a manual tranny. The automatic only dragged it down about 1mpg in both accounts. I can post the Motor Trend article to prove it if need be.
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Originally posted by offabroadway+Apr 27 2005, 10:53 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(offabroadway @ Apr 27 2005, 10:53 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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325e using 93 octane,
55 mph:* 37-38 mpg
75 mph:* 34.5 mpg
Mixed:* 33 mpg

Not too bad for a 20 year old eta.
[snapback]338636[/snapback]


thats awesome, but also weird, since brand new they were suppoused to get 28mpg highway...
[snapback]338642[/snapback]
Not to start an argument, but wrongo. On the highway they were rated for 37mpg, wheras in the city they only managed 25mpg, both figures with a manual tranny. The automatic only dragged it down about 1mpg in both accounts. I can post the Motor Trend article to prove it if need be.
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actually, i'd like to see a motor trend e30 article =)
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Whoops. The real numbers are actually 22 city/36 hwy for the automatic. Here's the article, I've seen it on various sites as "Originally Appeared In Motor Trend" I think. Could be wrong, but I know it's out of a magazine. Whoever put it up even scanned in the pics for us.

325e Article

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I know this is reviving an old post but I wanted to add the following link:

BMW 3-Series Gas Mileage

This site has mpg, as stated by bmw I imagine, for every 3 series BMW from '78-2008. The 1984 BMW 318i, manual, has the highest stated MPG of any 3 series, 27 city/ 38 highway.

What changed in the 318 between '84 and '85?
Do these numbers seem accurate to you?
Seems like members here are getting different results.
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Depending on my driving style (it varies greatly) I get between 8.75 to 10kms out of a litre of fuel.
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I use my 325i for mainly city/traffic driving. I average like 18mpg and drive about 20-30 miles a day.
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