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ProV1
09-19-2005, 05:09 AM
what are you guys getting for combined city/highway gas mileage? below 20? thx!

GSIRM3
09-19-2005, 05:44 AM
what are you guys getting for combined city/highway gas mileage? below 20? thx!

I have owned a 03 M3 Coupe and my current 04 M3 coupe. My daily driving is a mix of about 50% city and 50% highway miles. On both cars, I have averaged 20.0 to 20.2 mpg.

mtbscott
09-19-2005, 06:12 AM
I'm up to 49K miles on my 2003 M3 Coupe already, much of that is my daily roundtrip commute of around 60 miles. With that mixed in, I average 20-22 mpg, have seen as high as around 25-26 on a highway trip, as low as around 15 with nothing but short trip/stop and go. For comparison, my 330I/ZHP was only about 1-2 mpg better.

Nick325xiT 5spd
09-19-2005, 06:23 AM
11-13 city, 25 highway. Overall 15.

jaydoc1
09-19-2005, 04:42 PM
Holy Crap! I had no idea M3s had such poor gas mileage. I figured they were up around 25 mpg average.

SteveT
09-19-2005, 05:05 PM
I've never seen anything as low as 11-13 MPG. The suburban in traffic driving I do puts me at about 18 MPG. I've seen around 25 MPG on the road.

Jim in Oregon
09-19-2005, 07:37 PM
I get 7 mpg on the track; 14 mpg in town; and 25 on the highway. I've seen as high as 28 mpg if the speed is under 80 mph (not often under 80 though).

Moderato
09-20-2005, 08:17 AM
I've been getting about 20 - 21 mpg with mixed city & Highway driving, plus going up and down some hills where I live.

ProV1
09-20-2005, 08:54 AM
moderato, what MPG do you get from your 330?

Moderato
09-20-2005, 09:14 AM
moderato, what MPG do you get from your 330?

24 - 25mpg. I have the ZSP so I get slightly better mpg then the ZHP's. :p

Stuka
09-20-2005, 09:23 AM
11-13 city, 25 highway. Overall 15.

I recall the same. :bigpimp:

bren
09-20-2005, 11:48 AM
Holy Crap! I had no idea M3s had such poor gas mileage.
You do realize there is a Gas Guzzler Tax on the M3 right?

elbert
09-20-2005, 12:03 PM
I get 7 mpg on the track; 14 mpg in town; and 25 on the highway. I've seen as high as 28 mpg if the speed is under 80 mph (not often under 80 though).

There's a sweet spot around 77 or 78 mph, according to the obc, that gives the best mileage (it's a boring drive from Ohio to VIR).

I get around 8 or 9 mpg on track, 20 mpg mixed city/highway.

Nick325xiT 5spd
09-20-2005, 12:05 PM
There's a sweet spot around 77 or 78 mph, according to the obc, that gives the best mileage (it's a boring drive from Ohio to VIR).

I get around 8 or 9 mpg on track, 20 mpg mixed city/highway.
Boy you do need more traction. If you could get on the throttle sooner, you'd go even faster and burn even more fuel. :)

elbert
09-20-2005, 12:11 PM
Boy you do need more traction. If you could get on the throttle sooner, you'd go even faster and burn even more fuel. :)

I know, I know :cry:
Handling will be addressed this winter :)

Ara7
09-20-2005, 10:26 PM
My '05 has 4900 miles on it. I get 22.5 MPG consistantly. Mostly 80+ MPH highway mileage.

Ara :)

boxerman
09-22-2005, 01:35 PM
I got 24 driving from spartanburg home, mixed blue ridge pkwy with 80-100 on the highway but no revs above 5500.

Now with mixed mountain, a bit of suburbia, and highway it averages 20-21. That means twisty mountain roads 3 and 4th gear full throttle with some shifts near redline. Most Highway entrances taken at full tilt and 80-90 when running on highway.

SONET
09-22-2005, 02:54 PM
I do mostly city driving and have averaged 16.0 (up from 15 not too long ago) according to my OBC.

--SONET

dmk
09-22-2005, 07:23 PM
I have 8400 miles, and get 18.2 mpg for mixed city/highway driving (actually mainly city).

reb03
09-23-2005, 09:19 AM
I used mine for commuting and routinely got between 24.5 and 25.5mpg. I once saw 26.5mpg on the computer and after doing the math it came out to 26mpg. So it does quite well at 80mph cruising down the freeway. BUT, once you open up the six throttle bodies and feed the engine mpg deteriorates at a rapid pace. On weekends when I was having fun I got around 15mpg. At DEs I got about 5mpg.

Pinecone
09-24-2005, 01:15 PM
It all depends on how you drive it, specifically how you use your right foot. It CAN get well over 20 MPG, but if you start playing, you will get MUCH less. Just like ANY car, much less any performance car.

794truck
08-23-2007, 07:22 AM
Just got back from a trip across WI and got 29 calculated while the OBC said 30.1. The cruise was set at 74mph with some passes up to around 90mph.

prof330i
08-24-2007, 09:03 AM
You do realize there is a Gas Guzzler Tax on the M3 right?

333 HP doesn't come for free...

I get ~19.5 general mixed highway/around town comuting and 24 at 75 on the highway (no cruise control). All according to the OBC. I've had my '05 ZCP for about 2 months and the mileage is actually a bit better than I thought. Only a few MPG less than my 330i. I don't don't baby it either.

Pinecone
08-25-2007, 10:02 AM
BTW worst I have gotten is 4.4 MPG, during a track session. Best so far is 29.5.

Real world daily is about 20.

Tp///M3
08-25-2007, 10:18 AM
20-22 mpg. city and highway combine. 14 on local twisties.

06SilverM3
08-26-2007, 03:30 PM
Ya The Gas Mileage Is Horrible For My M3 I Get Only Like 16 Mpg In The City

Pinecone
08-27-2007, 04:33 AM
YOU control the gas mileage. Use the loud pedal less and you will get better gas mileage. :)

rruiter
08-27-2007, 01:00 PM
mixed highway/city driving (70/30) I usually get around 20mpg. Freeway trips I've seen it close to 30. One time driving to LA from Phx the computer told me 30+mpg.. I couldn't believe it. Might have been roads going downhill more because on the way back I didn't get any better than 26mpg.

People complaining about low mpg on their m3 should go buy a Yaris :rofl:

SPin1200
09-05-2007, 03:28 PM
I average 8 on track days 16.3 combined highway/town driving. Im with rruiter! I wish more people had yaris's or prius's. lol.

///M3lissa
09-05-2007, 03:42 PM
I've been getting about 20 - 21 mpg with mixed city & Highway driving, plus going up and down some hills where I live.

I'm getting about the same as you :) I'm satisfied with it :thumbup:

imola03
09-20-2007, 09:24 PM
Gas mileage is inversely proportional to the amount of fun I'm having driving