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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:09 PM
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Mein Auto: 1997 328i, 5-speed, Black
Gas mileage on 1997 328i 5-speed

In the city (very frequent 0 - 50km/h stopping and going... often stopping and going 0 - 30km/h in many times), I'm getting about 19 - 20 mpg..

Mixed with about 1/3 city driving and 2/3 or so highway, I get 30 - 31 mpg...

This is on 89 Octane (just following manual instructions). Is this typical for this car? I find the 19-20 mpg in traffic just painful ...
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:57 PM
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yes http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/13317.shtml
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:01 PM
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Well, the EPA rated your car at 18mpg/city, and you're getting 19-20mpg, so... I guess you need a Prius.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:30 PM
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Good to know. Thanks! And I rather not get a Prius.. lol
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:36 PM
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One thing to keep in mind is that the easiest way to dramatically increase your fuel mileage is to adjust your driving style. In other words, the single greatest influence on a car's achieved efficiency is the driver. By anticipating traffic, accelerating and braking gradually, upshifting early, etc., you can make a big difference.

I live in a very urban environment, and drive quite sedately in most instances. My OBC-indicated city MPG is over 25mpg, but the OBC is a tad optimistic, so I'm probably getting closer to 22-23 real mpg. Of course, you can help improve your mpg by making sure your spark plugs and air filter are in excellent condition, as well as making sure your tires are properly inflated, which many people overlook, somehow...
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:02 PM
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Karl everyones OBC is different.

yours overestimates. mine under estimates.

Everyones going to be different until we all calibrate our OBC's
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