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Old 08-31-2011, 09:28 PM
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my wife has 12,000 on her 550xi. getting 21.5mpg. Mostly city. I was watching her tach the other day and she granny drives it. Most shifts occur at about 2200 rpms. She has no need to romp the throttle. Car gets 25 to 26 at 75 to 80 mph. On county highways at 60 it has hit 28mpg. Much better than I ever expected from an AWD 4500 lbs car, I credit the 8 speed slush box and a light size 6 foot. I would not get her milage.
She must have delicate feet...
but I believe the 28mpg at 60mph
I have experiment with this too at 60mph
but if you slightly go to 62-65 you get hit back at 24-25mpg
I have heard that the most economic speeds is 55-60 mph..and this is why the speed limit in most states is 55- 65 but who does this on the highways right?
and driving the 550 like that is not what is made for
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:54 AM
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Seriously....how much better do you people think is a 535i in practice than the 550i in mileage?
I know its says 25mpg vs 30mpg++

I have been comparing my friend's 335i and my 550i and we are on the same page....
we both have i would say 50%city 50% highway..

my avg is 16.4 mpg and on the 335 i is almost 17.9...

my 328 said on the highway 28mpg but i never show the average more than 22mpg in practice even if I reset it many times.

So when I say practice, I don't mean driving like a paranoid being scared to hit the gas pedal.
but I also don't mean driving over 4K rpm either. (only rarely)
7500 miles now, 17.7mpg average. That's up by about 1.5mpg from the first 1000 miles.

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Old 09-01-2011, 07:45 AM
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my wife has 12,000 on her 550xi. getting 21.5mpg. Mostly city. I was watching her tach the other day and she granny drives it. Most shifts occur at about 2200 rpms. She has no need to romp the throttle. Car gets 25 to 26 at 75 to 80 mph. On county highways at 60 it has hit 28mpg. Much better than I ever expected from an AWD 4500 lbs car, I credit the 8 speed slush box and a light size 6 foot. I would not get her milage.
Hands down the best gas mileage for city driving. Your idea of city must be quite different than mine. What is the average speed (as per the onboard vehicle status menu)?
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:50 PM
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I have had my 2012 550 for about 2 weeks. Have 800 miles on it and the mpg has been about 15 city. This weekend I've made some longer highway trips and my computer now says 16.1 mpg. It's certainly not fuel efficient by any means - but I knew that going in.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:18 PM
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I'm getting around 22.5 between city (real NYC city driving) and highway. About 50%/50%. 535xi.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:41 PM
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550xi. Did the entire spring/summer 6 months with 10,000km (80% local traffic / 20% highway) and the cumulative average comes in at 14.2litre/100km or 16.5 miles/gallon (US) or 19.9 miles/gallon (UK) Tires are Michelin PSS. Conservative driving style 75% of the time. Therefore, it comes in more or less what BMW says on the spec sheet.

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Old 10-30-2011, 06:34 PM
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2011 535i - 80% city (suburban) 20% hwy - very heavy driving - frequent sub-redline RPM - 21.1 MPG - 11.1 l/100km (I am quite astonished at this great result given my very hard driving). F10 535 is amazing at gas mileage vs the power that it produces. Way to go BMW...
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:47 PM
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About 2,500 miles so far, and I've averaging just about 20-22 MPG on my 2011 550i. Driving is a good mix between local and highway. I've been very impressed. On a more pure highway trip, I can get between 25-27 MPG.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:27 PM
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have 4K miles, and have 14-16 mpg (~14.5 to 16.6 L per 100km) on my 550 with half-half highway-city, and really enjoy every mile
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:43 PM
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750 miles thus far....avg around 19-20mpg, avg speed over the 750 miles has been 34mph (i would guess 70% hwy/30% suburb driving)

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Old 10-31-2011, 03:37 PM
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It seems a bit over the top to own a car that is overpowered for all day use like a 550(x)i and then being interested in the mileage of the car.
The hardly used 8 cilindres of these cars will be quite fuel inefficient. So why bother comparing them to the 6 cilindre? If it is the differrence in refuelling frequence, do not buy a car with such abundance of power. If you try to compare cost efficiency, hhmm, maybe just buy a nice four banger with some turbos.....
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:49 PM
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It seems a bit over the top to own a car that is overpowered for all day use like a 550(x)i and then being interested in the mileage of the car.
The hardly used 8 cilindres of these cars will be quite fuel inefficient. So why bother comparing them to the 6 cilindre? If it is the differrence in refuelling frequence, do not buy a car with such abundance of power. If you try to compare cost efficiency, hhmm, maybe just buy a nice four banger with some turbos.....
Agree. I couldn't care less if the car did 5mpg. It's all about the smile it brings.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:58 PM
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Agree. I couldn't care less if the car did 5mpg. It's all about the smile it brings.
Thnx for scoring the point!
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:06 PM
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Well, I was in the business too, and I have never gone to Southern auctions because of "flat land" driving. People beat on cars everywhere. The primary consideration was weather, and the lack of road salt. I'm not here to insult anyone - we all have opinions, and in the end they're worth what they cost.

Ones' driving habits are a much larger influence on fuel economy than terrain, unless (relatively) extreme altitudes are involved.

That said, this is a great thread - I think we might need a few dozen pages' worth of data for a decent histogram, though!
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:21 PM
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Just wondering how many are actually calculating mileage or just accepting the computer readout. My experience is that the computer is usually optimistic by a few mpg!
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:56 PM
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Just wondering how many are actually calculating mileage or just accepting the computer readout. My experience is that the computer is usually optimistic by a few mpg!
My computer is usually within one mpg. As side note, their are over one hundred 335d's parked at Fuelly, but there are only four 550i's. I guess 335d owners and 550i owners don't have much more in common other than 400+ ftlbs of torque.

I think averaging 21mpg with a 500hp car is freakin awesome, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:44 PM
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I'm averaging 19.9 mpg on my first 1500 miles. I drive a lot of city and stop-and-go highway traffic. :P
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:52 PM
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My 550i Dinan Stage 2 averages 19.1 mpg. Before the tune, I averaged 19.2 mpg. I guess now that it's more fun, I get on it a little more and thus have decreased my mileage. I think if you were to drive this car for mileage alone, it would do better, but why the hell would you buy either of them it in the first place if you're worried about mileage, might as well get a diesel version or a Volkswagen.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:58 PM
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Just wondering how many are actually calculating mileage or just accepting the computer readout. My experience is that the computer is usually optimistic by a few mpg!
My E46 was 1MPG toe happy per the computer. F10 seems more accurate. Do your own conversion but when my iDrive showed 11.0 l / 100km, the actual mpg was 10.9 (so the computer showed higher gas consumption, but pretty darn close).

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:57 AM
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I'm averaging 19.9 mpg on my first 1500 miles. I drive a lot of city and stop-and-go highway traffic. :P
10,000 miles in and 19.1 MPG average in my 535i. I would characterize my driving circumstances as 100% stop and go city, even though it's in the suburbs. Case in point, my average speed is close to 25 MPH.

As soon as I open it up, clearing 26MPH is easy, and averaging 30 requires very little effort.
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