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gerchy
11-14-2004, 03:27 AM
Hello!

Could you please write down your car`s fuel consumption. I need this for my website statistics.

Example:
E39 540i/6, 26mpg (or 11L/100km), 15 degrees / fahrenheits (average temperature of your country), Florida/USA (location), 60% city, 40% highway (where you drive).

Thanks a lot! :thumbup:

fixdaserver
11-14-2004, 05:57 AM
E39 540i/6, 21.5 mpg, 80 F avg, Florida/USA, 30% city, 70% highway, FREQUENT SPIRITED DRIVING.

BE SURE TO POST YOUR SITE URL.

markseven
11-14-2004, 08:24 AM
E39 540iT, 18 mpg, 80 F avg, Orange County, CA/USA, 75% city, 25% highway

-Mark

Patrick
11-14-2004, 08:30 AM
E39, 520iT :eeps: , 13l/100, 12C, Finland (Eastern Europe), 60% city/40% highway.


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Ghost Runner
11-14-2004, 11:19 AM
540i six speed
23.5 mpg commuting - 27 highway trip
Mature, fast, smooth driving
Louisville KY - 70degrees F

pwalk
11-14-2004, 03:17 PM
E39 525i/6, 24 mpg, 80 degrees, Florida/USA, 50% city, 50% highway, (31 mpg 100% highway), heavy on the gas pedal

gojira-san
11-14-2004, 03:36 PM
E39 528iT, 23 mpg, 7C, 50% city 50% highway (26.5mpg 100% hwy)

my other BMWs in case you are gathering more than E39s :) :
E46 330xi, 26 mpg, 7C, 40% city 60% highway (30mpg 100% hwy)
K1200RS moto, 49 mpg, 7C, 10% city 90% highway

flattothefloor
11-14-2004, 03:41 PM
new jersey shore area...

Godsogd
11-14-2004, 04:44 PM
E39 Lake Tahoe 80% Almost Legal City/20% Aggressive Mountain Highway Average 21MPG 87 Octane at +5000 feet

waapples
11-14-2004, 06:52 PM
seattle, WA; 50' F average now days
1999 528i
5spds
sports package
87oct gasoline

i've been getting 26mph average from highway & local drives.

AuthorJim
11-14-2004, 09:44 PM
E39 528i, 22mpg city, 27 mpg highway, Metro New York

Nick325xiT 5spd
11-14-2004, 10:01 PM
You guys drive like pansies. :)

My average is 13.1.

gojira-san
11-14-2004, 10:35 PM
You guys drive like pansies. :)

My average is 13.1.Nah, I drove one trip back in the 330 on the NY Thruway where I filled the car near Rochester, ran 75-100mph in a pack of cars from Syracuse almost to Albany (I don't normally recommend doing this - the NY State Troopers must have been sleeping that day!) and filled up again just over the Mass Line. For the tank: average speed was 87mph, mileage was 27.4 mpg. I love that car! :banana:

1Dreamer
11-14-2004, 10:39 PM
You guys drive like pansies. :)

My average is 13.1.
Thank you! I know I don't exactly have a light foot, but seeing everyone else's great mileage was beginning to depress the cr*p out of me. :ouch:

I'm averaging around 17.5/18mpg according to the OBC, but it's wrong. When it comes time to fill up, I'm actually averaging between 15/16 (65% hwy and 35% city) in my "gas guzzling" Sport. :smokin:

BillP
11-15-2004, 01:24 AM
2000 540 Sport/Step, 16mpg, 15F, SF/CA, 50/50, 91+ octane, unleaded fuel, leaded foot

gerchy
11-15-2004, 01:33 AM
Thank you guys .. keep up the good work .. :thumbup:

87 octane? :dunno:
We use 95/98 - it's recommended in the service manual ...

Anyone care to explain? :D

Steve D
11-15-2004, 06:34 AM
Averaged 18.5MPG over the last 25K miles with a relatively heavy foot and about 30%highway driving. 2000 540/6sp with 3.15 diff, CAI, Eisenmann exhaust and GIAC DME program.

Steve D

1Dreamer
11-15-2004, 08:59 AM
Thank you guys .. keep up the good work .. :thumbup:

87 octane? :dunno:
We use 95/98 - it's recommended in the service manual ...

Anyone care to explain? :D
Knock knock

Who's there?

Theirenginesprobly

Theirenginesprobly who?

Theirenginesprolby knockencuztheydidn'treadtheowner'smanualclosenough . :D

dagoo98
11-15-2004, 09:44 AM
LOL. That's funny. I never understand people who buy BMW's and then use cheap gas. That's like buying Crystal wine glasses to drink kool-aid. :dunno:

gerchy
11-15-2004, 10:47 AM
this booklet is the same as german`s ...

http://www.integra-mb.si/gerchy/gasoline.jpg

Need a translation? :smokin:

Godsogd
11-15-2004, 10:48 AM
Actually... I did read the manual (twice :p)

The oxygen saturation levels at 5000-8000 feet above sea level are such that higher octane cannot be uptaken properly unless a higher compression level is used (there ain't enough air up here). Having sold race fuels for everything from go carts to top fueled dragsters at altitude, higher octane is a waste without the 12-14:1 compression found in some race vehicles. As far as I know Octane doesn't produce power, it prevents predetonation and frankly, I ain't experiencing any pinging or knockin folks.

I guarantee I'll load her up when I travel down to the California flatlands :D

1Dreamer
11-15-2004, 11:15 AM
Actually... I did read the manual (twice :p)

The oxygen saturation levels at 5000-8000 feet above sea level are such that higher octane cannot be uptaken properly unless a higher compression level is used (there ain't enough air up here). Having sold race fuels for everything from go carts to top fueled dragsters at altitude, higher octane is a waste without the 12-14:1 compression found in some race vehicles. As far as I know Octane doesn't produce power, it prevents predetonation and frankly, I ain't experiencing any pinging or knockin folks.

I guarantee I'll load her up when I travel down to the California flatlands :D
LOL. I was just having fun. :D I'm one of those guys who lives so close to sea level that I could drive my car right into the Pacific 10 minutes from now, and I'm brain-dead when it comes to understanding anything technical (so like all mindless, brain-dead people who can't think for themselves and need books to tell us exactly what to do, I went to law school - :rofl: ).

Gerchy, a more helpful explanation than my "knock knock" joke is that the U.S. uses a different octane rating system than yours. (See link below). We typically have grades of approximately 87 (Regular), 89 (Plus) and 91 (Premium), so although the 91 octane recommended in our owner's manual may sound like we're using swamp water (LOL), it should be equivalent to your 95 or 98 . . . . depending on what system they use in Slovenia . . . which is where I think you are. Hope that helps.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77938

gerchy
11-15-2004, 11:53 AM
Now that explains a lot ... :yikes:

Wengenstein
11-15-2004, 12:20 PM
E34 540i 6sp, 19.0 mpg, Monthly avg temps range from 82.6F-9.0F, NH/USA, 70% Hgwy, 30% City

1Dreamer
11-15-2004, 12:54 PM
Now that explains a lot ... :yikes:
It's all part of our brilliant strategy to fight terrorism. By using different octane rating system than the rest of the world and measuring fuel in gallons, we're hoping that terrorists who drive BMWs and don't read the U.S. owners manual carefully enough will get confused and their cars will either break down or run out of fuel before they get to where they are going. We call it the "wrong fuel, wrong place, wrong time" strategy. :thumbup:

;)

Godsogd
11-15-2004, 12:59 PM
"Shock-n-Stall" baby! :violent:

dagoo98
11-15-2004, 03:05 PM
Actually... I did read the manual (twice :p)

The oxygen saturation levels at 5000-8000 feet above sea level are such that higher octane cannot be uptaken properly unless a higher compression level is used (there ain't enough air up here). Having sold race fuels for everything from go carts to top fueled dragsters at altitude, higher octane is a waste without the 12-14:1 compression found in some race vehicles. As far as I know Octane doesn't produce power, it prevents predetonation and frankly, I ain't experiencing any pinging or knockin folks.

I guarantee I'll load her up when I travel down to the California flatlands :D


Pertaining to your argument, I'm have no experience in oxygen saturation levels and its affects on fuel but I do know that a higher octane does produce power because it creates a more "violent" explosion when ignited. Here is some more food for thought, even if that gasoline was causing predetonation in your engine you would not hear the knocking because of the knock sensor your fine german automobile is equipped with. Therefore, it is not safe to assume you are causing any damage to that expensive motor because you don't hear any knocking. Just something to think about when you save $2 per fill up. :confused:

Godsogd
11-15-2004, 04:00 PM
Wow, okay I give up... I hereby promise to use only Premium fuel for my next tank. :spank:

(even though I know that at this altitude and at a low compression ratio of 10:1 - I should not need it) :banghead:

As the former owner of Texaco stations in the Nevada area I can tell you that you get what you pay for. Quality branded fuels are always cracked at about a half a point above the stickered value. So Texaco (now Shell on the "left" coast) Supreme not only has the best additives in it (most low and mid grade have almost non) but their 91 Octane is closer to 91.5 or better - half a point in octane is a big jump! In contrast; the budget beer palace station that's non-branded probably is within legal limits with only 90.5.

It always amazed me that it was the folks who would bicker about paying a few cents more per gallon for quality fuel were the one's I'd see down at the casino ploppin dollars into the slot machines that very same day.

Silly humans! :tsk:

528i
11-15-2004, 04:30 PM
You guys drive like pansies. :)

My average is 13.1.

lol




1998 528i 5sp. 91 octane (or is it 92?). 50-60F. Western Washington: Seattle, Bellevue and Tukwila.

22.6mpg avg with about 70% highway, and 30% stop and go rush hour city traffic. Spirited pedal when it clears up ;)

1Dreamer
11-15-2004, 05:59 PM
So Texaco (now Shell on the "left" coast) Supreme not only has the best additives . . . . .

OK, now I'm confused (more than usual :confused: ). Texaco is now Shell and has the best additive?

I'm on my 3rd BMW and the dealers have always drilled it into my head to use Chevron Premium whenever possible because the Techron additive was considered the best to keep the valves and injection systems clean . . . and I know Chevron merged with Texaco a few years ago to make Chevron-Texaco. Never heard anything about Shell merging with Texaco or Shell's additives though. :dunno:

VollkommenWar
11-20-2004, 10:41 PM
I drive an E60 04' 525. I have the 6 speed auto-stick and have been averaging 27.4 MPG on 93octane. I usually drive around 70MPH and temps have been around 45-70 round here. I currently have 16" rims 225/55 but going to 17"245/45. I don't know if that'l cut into it but right now the mileage exceeds my expectation.

O yes, also, 75% HWY/25% city. Hate rush hour and will stay late or leave early to avoid it. :)

Godsogd
11-22-2004, 05:05 PM
As of my last trip to the Texas chemical plant in Port Arthur, TX... Texaco actually produced the ingredients that Chevron used to make Techron. Texaco also makes STP and other goods from what I recall.

emPoWaH
11-22-2004, 05:32 PM
2000 528iA, 63K miles
Los Angeles, CA, ~70F
90% city, 10% highway
50% hills
slow acceleration (rarely exceeds 3500 rpm)
Chevron Premium or Costco Premium

16.9 MPG according to OBC :(