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Old 03-06-2015, 09:18 PM
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I'm getting 500 miles...how is that possible?

ok so i have owned my car for 5 months now and since i just sold our old car my wife have been driving my 2012 535i on a regular basis.
she drives about 75 miles a day and about half is highway and half is city.
i always tell her to reset the meter when filling and recently i have been noticing that when the car reaches to empty light the mileage is around 500..which comes out to be around 30mpg.
i thought the combined on this car is 24mpg so I'm surprised how am i getting such good mileage?
the only thing is my wife a very cautious driver and always drive on EcoPro. not sure if that makes a difference but reading other post seems like EcoPro is useless.

anybody else getting that kind of mileage?
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:16 PM
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ok so i have owned my car for 5 months now and since i just sold our old car my wife have been driving my 2012 535i on a regular basis.
she drives about 75 miles a day and about half is highway and half is city.
i always tell her to reset the meter when filling and recently i have been noticing that when the car reaches to empty light the mileage is around 500..which comes out to be around 30mpg.
i thought the combined on this car is 24mpg so I'm surprised how am i getting such good mileage?
the only thing is my wife a very cautious driver and always drive on EcoPro. not sure if that makes a difference but reading other post seems like EcoPro is useless.

anybody else getting that kind of mileage?
Drove ~75 freeway miles in my 535i on the way to my M-I-L's house a few weeks ago. I reset the average MPG on the freeway and checked it at her house (add about 4 city miles). The average per the computer was just over 34. I had the cruise set at 75 and was in Eco-Pro mode the whole time.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:24 AM
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If half her driving is city, then no....not possible. Make sure it's set to miles and not kilometers.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:59 AM
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Unless you have an LCI F10, eco pro don't really do too much on the highway. City driving can mean many things, cruising at 45 mph with a red light every quarter mile or here in the northeast, sitting in traffic and inching up 10 feet every minute
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:42 AM
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Unless you have an LCI F10, eco pro don't really do too much on the highway. City driving can mean many things, cruising at 45 mph with a red light every quarter mile or here in the northeast, sitting in traffic and inching up 10 feet every minute
I've looked all over..... What constitutes an LCI car? All I can find is it's just running updates.

Also, when I filled up after the M-I-L's "trip" my DTE showed 527........
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:52 AM
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Driving range can vary based on many factors and mine produces (what I think to be) very good fuel economy. That said, I've found by early testing, that my fuel reserve light came on when I still had 2-4 gallons remaining in the tank. Once that was known I make it a habit of refueling when I'm at or below 1/4 tank. I do that mostly for convenience and trust - I tend to use the same station unless I'm traveling out of state ... station is kept clean (if they keep the outside looking good I hope they are doing the same for filters and storage tanks) , prices are low.

Knowing the amount of fuel remaining in the tank when the reserve light comes on could be handy if for some reason you have to stretch it to the last drop - e.g. plan a stop but find the station is closed for some reason.

BTW I track my gas purchases (habit when I was reimbursed for business miles / work) and my '13 535xDrive fuel economy is running 23.4mpg. But on long trips I've managed to average close to 30 mpg and even higher - surprising economy for a loaded luxury sedan!
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:54 AM
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I've looked all over..... What constitutes an LCI car? All I can find is it's just running updates.

Also, when I filled up after the M-I-L's "trip" my DTE showed 527........
LCI=Life Cycle Impulse, which is BMW speak for a mid-life update. In other words the 2014 and newer F10's got quite a few subtle but noticeable changes.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:00 AM
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Unless you have an LCI F10, eco pro don't really do too much on the highway. City driving can mean many things, cruising at 45 mph with a red light every quarter mile or here in the northeast, sitting in traffic and inching up 10 feet every minute

And how do I find out if my car is a LCI?
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:22 AM
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And how do I find out if my car is a LCI?
Yours is not. Model year 2014 and newer are LCI cars.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:38 PM
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The LCI F10 has the new cruise mode which shift the car into neutral when you let off on the gas in eco mode.
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:10 AM
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ok so i have owned my car for 5 months now and since i just sold our old car my wife have been driving my 2012 535i on a regular basis.
she drives about 75 miles a day and about half is highway and half is city.
i always tell her to reset the meter when filling and recently i have been noticing that when the car reaches to empty light the mileage is around 500..which comes out to be around 30mpg.
i thought the combined on this car is 24mpg so I'm surprised how am i getting such good mileage?
the only thing is my wife a very cautious driver and always drive on EcoPro. not sure if that makes a difference but reading other post seems like EcoPro is useless.

anybody else getting that kind of mileage?
2 weeks ago we drove from Phoenix to Palm Springs CA and the mpg was 26.1 with cruise set at 85 in AZ and 80 in CA....x 18 gal = 460 range. Not bad for a 2011 550.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:27 AM
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With the way I normally drive, I'd be happy with 300 miles on the tank. I have 30 miles left on my current tank and have only driven 250 miles.

However, on an all highway trip I can get 400 miles easily. I still miss the days of 500 miles on a tank.

What are the diesel guys getting, 600?
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:45 PM
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I just finished a nonstop trip via the Paris peripherique of 800 kms with an average of 122 km/hr and some stretches at 170 km/hr at 980 kms on one tank of 70 litres of diesel. I have made some trips of over 1000kms before refilling, keep the diesel under 1500 rpm and it will run forever.....
You can do the math, but by just dropping the speed to a max of 60mph 700 miles on a tank must be possible.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:51 PM
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2 weeks ago we drove from Phoenix to Palm Springs CA and the mpg was 26.1 with cruise set at 85 in AZ and 80 in CA....x 18 gal = 460 range. Not bad for a 2011 550.
This Saturday we'll be making a San Diego to Phoenix and back trip to pick our daughter up from GCU. I'm looking forward to making it there on a tank of gas instead of having to top-off just past Tonopah (Shell exit 103).
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:03 PM
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The LCI F10 has the new cruise mode which shift the car into neutral when you let off on the gas in eco mode.
With that I once did 42mpg highway. Eco pro is an amazing mode. Pity that auto stop and go cruise doesn't take advantage of it.
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:34 AM
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With the way I normally drive, I'd be happy with 300 miles on the tank. I have 30 miles left on my current tank and have only driven 250 miles.

However, on an all highway trip I can get 400 miles easily. I still miss the days of 500 miles on a tank.

What are the diesel guys getting, 600?
If you're willing to run it to the last Gallon or so you can get close to 700 on Hwy on the diesel. 600 is easy.
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