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Patrick
12-27-2001, 08:20 AM
Wow. I put fuel in my new BMW today for the first time and managed to get 57 liters of winter grade diesel into the tank of my 320d today. That is about 20 liters more than the tank on my former 2000 318i. Strange.

It is cold as ... around here (-20C for a HIGH today), so I went the full serve route. The station attendant, to my horror, was on his way to putting 98E into the tank when I told him that it's a diesel. BMW did a terrible job of marking what fuel should be used; it doesn't say DIESEL anywhere around the filler area, and the fuel cap is green, just like the petrol models. That would be an expensive re-fuel if it went wrong! :eek:

Anyway, on my way home from work at 110k/hr, my OBC informed me that at the current speed, I could drive another 1240 kilometers before needing to fill up again. That basically means that I could drive one a single tank from my house to Moscow, Russia - if I maintained the same fuel economy. Wow. And Red Square is beautiful at this time of year . . .

Patrick

planet
12-27-2001, 08:33 AM
Wow. Damn!

LilEccentricJ
12-27-2001, 08:37 AM
Great economy there Patrick! Will a 98E nozzle fit in a diesel filler? I didn't think they were made to fit which might prevent such a mishap, at least here in the states a "leaded" nozzle wouldn't fit an "unleaded". Good thing you caught it anyway cuz if full-service is anything like the quick lubes here, they would figure out a way to torque it in.. lol

Conversions for US

-20c = -4f

57 liters = 15.05 Gal

1240km = 770.5 miles

Alex Baumann
12-27-2001, 08:52 AM
Hmmm, 1240km? What a bummer that no diesel on coupes. The 330d has a great engine with 185hp, 390Nm at 1750-3200RPM. Not bad eh?

JPinTO
12-27-2001, 09:14 AM
Just like everything else in life... just do it yourself to make sure it gets done right! I wish Diesels would come to North America. I'd love an X5 Diesel or an M-Class Diesel.

Patrick
12-27-2001, 09:17 AM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann
Hmmm, 1240km? What a bummer that no diesel on coupes. The 330d has a great engine with 185hp, 390Nm at 1750-3200RPM. Not bad eh?

I think that would make something like 50 MPG.

Yes, the 330d (still green with envy) makes some massive torque.

Tell me if I am wrong, but isn't there also a 740d A model (E38) as well? Have to check TOTAL BMW magazine, but I thought that I saw one for sale at the same dealership where I bought my 320d.

Patrick

Alex Baumann
12-27-2001, 09:20 AM
Originally posted by Patrick 320d
Tell me if I am wrong, but isn't there also a 740d A model (E38) as well?

Yep, there is. A monster ! :) 245hp , 560Nm 1750-2500 RPM

Patrick
12-27-2001, 09:36 AM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann


Yep, there is. A monster ! :) 245hp , 560Nm 1750-2500 RPM


Mmm. 560Nm of pull. That is freight train-like power.

Last month, I was back home in Seattle and got to spend a week driving a friend's brand new 740iL (E38) with all of the possible extra equipment added to it. Man, what a car. I think it also comes close to 250hp. Quite an experience to go from my 318i to 740iL -- and then back! Felt like the 318i had all of about 9 horsepower.

Apples to oranges ...

Patrick

Alex Baumann
12-27-2001, 09:40 AM
Originally posted by Patrick 320d
I think it also comes close to 250hp.

Euro 740i has 286hp.

Clem
12-27-2001, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by Patrick 320d
Wow. I put fuel in my new BMW today for the first time and managed to get 57 liters of winter grade diesel into the tank of my 320d today. That is about 20 liters more than the tank on my former 2000 318i. Strange.


What's strange is I had a E36 320i that had a 60L tanks as does my E46 323. As far as I knew all 3ers (E36 and E46 not sure about E30s had 60L tanks) I wonder why your 318 had such a small tank.