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#1 (permalink) Old 08-22-2005, 03:26 PM
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So I've had a automatic '96 325i for a bout a year now and i've always thought my milage was average, 16-18 mpg. I've never really thought it was good but I thought the low mileage came with BMW power. But I was talking to my friend and he says that he gets around 24 mpg. His lowest is 21. Is there anyway you guys recommend to raise mileage, maybe of device of some sort. Thanks
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So I've had a automatic '96 325i for a bout a year now and i've always thought my milage was average, 16-18 mpg. I've never really thought it was good but I thought the low mileage came with BMW power. But I was talking to my friend and he says that he gets around 24 mpg. His lowest is 21. Is there anyway you guys recommend to raise mileage, maybe of device of some sort. Thanks
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Here are some suggestions:
Make sure the tires are properly inflated,
Reduce weight as much as possible (remove junk from trunk)
Make sure air filter and fuel filter have been changed at proper intervals
Tune up (new spark plugs, if necessary, new wires/coils)
Lastly, take it easy, aggressive driving = poor gas mileage.
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Might change the fuel filter too. Inexpensive and easy. Look into your O2 sensor as well. Mine went bad and I noticed an improvement in MPG as well as performance.
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So I've had a automatic '96 325i for a bout a year now and i've always thought my milage was average, 16-18 mpg. I've never really thought it was good but I thought the low mileage came with BMW power. But I was talking to my friend and he says that he gets around 24 mpg. His lowest is 21. Is there anyway you guys recommend to raise mileage, maybe of device of some sort. Thanks
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A good tune up including cleaning the injectors and throttle body always helps. Have the Oxygen sensors looked at if they're original or have high mileage on them. Most diagnostic scanners can read the output from the O2 sensors as well. Something as simple as a good wax job and RainX on the windshield and windows to reduce drag helps at highway speeds. Proper tire inflation (near the tire's max rating...) will help it roll easier. But the biggest factor is just the way you drive. Take it easy as much as practical.






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16-18 mpg?!!

I would check all of the above mentioned items (tires, sensors, etc.) and try driving CONSERATIVELY (no dragracing, jackrabbit starts, full throttle passing, etc.) and see just how many miles you can get on a tankful.

I have a 98' 328is...I am getting about 400 miles to a tankful. 15 gallons a tank makes for almost 27 MPG.
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