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Old 08-23-2012, 07:20 AM
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How many MPG do you get?

So I am interested in buying a 2004-2008 x3 and am interested in the mileage. I see online it says 16 to 22 miles per gallon; however, the 530i says 19-27 mpg but I get up to 45 mpg on the highway.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:49 AM
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My wife drives really light and get 24 overall. That is 75% highway.

HWY mpg at 60 mph is 28.

However, if you start to get on it a lot (like when I drive it) I get about 19.

I pull a boat and get 20mpg @ 70 mph.


I was concerned about mileage when I first got this thing. Now it's been 6 months, and I love it so much I don't care about MPG.

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Old 08-23-2012, 07:51 AM
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So I am interested in buying a 2004-2008 x3 and am interested in the mileage. I see online it says 16 to 22 miles per gallon; however, the 530i says 19-27 mpg but I get up to 45 mpg on the highway.
Mine is a manual tranny 2009 with 96,000 miles and my BC says 25+ average. My actual consumption is pretty close to that. We're retired so none of that is stop and go commuting but about 40% is in town traffic.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:53 AM
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I have a 09 with auto and 96k bought new and my 6 month average on BC is 23 mpg with a bias toward highway (75% hwy/25% city).

Highway only I can return 24 to 25 mpg all day long at about 80 mph max...I have found speeds higher than that and mpg goes down. City I get between 21 and 22 typically as long as I don't get too heavy on the gas in sport mode at stop lights.

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:07 AM
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Mein Auto: Z4 3.0i (sold the X3)
2008 50/50 highway/city averaging 20 MPG.
On highway only 24 MPG
Intown between 18-19 MPG
Towing Polaris RZR S between 13-15 MPG

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:42 AM
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I have a 2007 with 40K miles:

Highway - 24mpg
Traffic - 19mpg
Sport mode - 14mpg
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:37 PM
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check out www.fuelly.com for a less biased list. after over 28k miles (in under a year) i'm right at 23.8

http://www.fuelly.com/driver/dominic49/x3

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:25 PM
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So I am interested in buying a 2004-2008 x3 and am interested in the mileage. I see online it says 16 to 22 miles per gallon; however, the 530i says 19-27 mpg but I get up to 45 mpg on the highway.
Yeah, right
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:51 PM
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So I am interested in buying a 2004-2008 x3 and am interested in the mileage. I see online it says 16 to 22 miles per gallon; however, the 530i says 19-27 mpg but I get up to 45 mpg on the highway.
If I Hypermile my X3 I can get a steady 30.8 to 31 BC out of it. That's fairly flat ground running back roads at no more than 55 MPH.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:52 PM
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Average 21 mpg in our 2004 x3 3.0i with 134,000 miles. 5 speed auto transmission.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:46 PM
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18-19 in the city
22-24 highway (depending on wind, hills, etc)
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:55 AM
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17.2 on BC, 90% city. This is for a 2008 3.0si over about 1500 miles.

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Old 08-29-2012, 01:48 PM
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2005 automatic transmission 3.0i with 160,000 miles

Best observed highway mpg was 24 mpg doing 55-60 mph. More realistic driving for me is 21 mpg at 75-80 mph.

Average city highway mix for me is 17mpg.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:49 PM
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I'm averaging 21.1 mpg, with a mix of city and highway -- to give you an idea, my typical "average mph" is in the low 40's. Manual tranny... I stay close to the speed limit in town, but cruise about 15 over on the highway... Best observed is 24.8, and worst is 18.5 mpg.

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:14 PM
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My normal drive to/from work one-way is 40 miles. It breaks down to about 8 city avg (40mph or so avg), 20 freeway (75ish) and 12 (60ish) rural hwy. The OBC reads 21.7 like clockwork.

Long distance open road on the freeway averaging 75-85 its usually about 23-24. That drops to about 21-22 climbing mountains or with a bad headwind.

The same driving in my wife's 03 525i auto is about +5 mpg across the board.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:20 PM
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We're new to the BMW world....Have a 2005 X3 for a couple of months...We are averaging 19 city and 26 highway and 22 combined.

Great lil' SUV.

R.

Oh yeah, It's the 3.0i engine and automatic transmission. No towing (got my Tundra for that) and 73k miles on it.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:27 PM
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08 Auto & OBC is saying 21.7. Thats with a mix of driving as average speed is 41mph. Wifes car btw.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:56 PM
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:15 PM
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:15 PM
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Average 21 mpg in our 2004 x3 3.0i with 134,000 miles. 5 speed auto transmission.
A quick update. I just replaced the O2 sensors at 134,000 and notice a huge difference in gas mileage. Just drove down to the obx and averaged 27 mpg with 4 adults, our 2 year old, and a full cargo area of luggage! I'm really impressed with the difference that the new O2 sensors made.

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Old 09-11-2012, 11:07 PM
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but I get up to 45 mpg on the highway.....
.....at 30mph in 6th gear, going slightly downhill, with a tail-wind.
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