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Old 03-07-2005, 04:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I usually find the answer here. . . . .

My 316i Automatic is using a full tank of petrol, and taking me on average 300 miles. I dont screw it at all. I cant get my head around the high fuel consumption.

I have been told that this figure should be better. Most of my driving is around town, but not all.

My car is a 51 plate that was a dealer car, it was registered last year. It has the older style engine in it, not the valvetronic thingie. The engine is the 1.9 unit. and the gearbox has 4 forward gears.

If you could shed some light on this, would be v grateful.

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60 liters (15.85 US gallons) if it's not modified...
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Old 03-07-2005, 04:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Def not modified.

63 Litres Per Tank

in the book (manual) here are the figures for fuel consumption.

Urban - 22.1 miles per gallon
Extra Urban - 42.1 mpg
Combined - 31.4 mpg

Well, how about this. I filled up the tank to the brim, including a few clicks!! The dial is on three quarters exactly, sixty three miles.

Please help me. any bmw techs here? ? ??
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oh, and another thing, i said it has the older style engine. this isnt a modified car at all, i dont understand it either, my 51 plate compact had the new style engine, (basically the one with all the plastic coverings) this one doesnt, it has a 4 cyl 1.9 unit, but only a little plastic, it looks similar to my bosses 10 year old engine!!

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I have gone from the older type engine in a 2000 318i se to a 2001 face lift 330i Sport. My petrol consumption has gone from around 34 mpg in the 318 to 26 in the 330. Both have the 63 litre tanks. The 330 gets about 320 - 335 miles from a full tank. You should be getting much better fuel consumption than that. My father has my 318 now and measures all the petrol he puts in and records it in a spreadsheet. His old 1994 E36 316i had every bit of fuel meausred on his spread sheet from new to 162000 miles when he sold it to my friend last year. During its life it got 37.5 mpg. The BMW figures seem to always over estimate as no matter what I do in my 330i, I cannot get the 31 mpg it says I should.
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I have gone from the older type engine in a 2000 318i se to a 2001 face lift 330i Sport. My petrol consumption has gone from around 34 mpg in the 318 to 26 in the 330. Both have the 63 litre tanks. The 330 gets about 320 - 335 miles from a full tank. You should be getting much better fuel consumption than that. My father has my 318 now and measures all the petrol he puts in and records it in a spreadsheet. His old 1994 E36 316i had every bit of fuel meausred on his spread sheet from new to 162000 miles when he sold it to my friend last year. During its life it got 37.5 mpg. The BMW figures seem to always over estimate as no matter what I do in my 330i, I cannot get the 31 mpg it says I should.
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FYI....

I drive my 2000 BMW 323i pretty hard in the city, but gently on the Highway....my highway fuel consumption is consistenely around 30 (sometimes 29, sometimes 31.....even 32)....

BMW's suggested highway mileage for my car is 26, and I always get more than that....
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By adding the few extra clicks you can soak your exhaust gas recirculation system with excess fuel. This can lead to poor fuel mileage over time. Try to fill the car until the pump shuts itself off and no more. Over the period of a few weeks the system should restore itself to equalibrium and work better giving you slightly better fuel economy.
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