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Old 07-04-2004, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
What figures should I be looking at for a 1995 318i?
It would appear that I'm getting about 20MPG through town & a little more on a run.
What ways could I use to improve this?
Sorry if these are dumb noob questions, but hey, I'm just a dumb noob!! :P
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Old 07-04-2004, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My display says taht im getting 29 mpg on the highway. I dont think thats quite accurate though i will have to check and see. Yours will be better since its a 318.
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last week i was concerned b/c i was getting like 16 or 17 mpg with my 325is

so i went and got some maintainance done (fuel injectors cleaned, oil change, etc..). and all this week i started driving in 5th gear while going 35 mph, instead of 3rd gear

now this week i have noticed im getting about 24.7 mpg, quite and improvement
so i recommend you try using 5th gear more to improve your mileage, unless you drive an automatic, then you should try getting some maintainance done
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I have a 96 318i 5sp and I get 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
I wouldn't recommend driving in 5th gear in the city as a BMW engine loves to rev high, as it was designed to do that.
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I consistentily get 22mpg city and around 37-40 mpg on the highway. 300ish mile trip takes exatly half a tank of gas. And this is at speeds including and mostly in excess of 70 mph
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the single largest thing you can usually do to imporve mpg is check your tire inflation.

If you want to spend more:
replace the air filter
clean fuel injectors
replace worn plugs
replace fuel filter

Doing all of the above, in that orer will help the most. As the list goes down the less improvement you will see.
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Thanks guys, that's some helpful info there.
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