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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-11-2014, 09:20 AM
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Why does the needle move so quickly?

I filled my car up on Sunday morning around 1..after about 23 miles this happened.. Click image for larger version

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Last night when I pulled into the garage..I almost burned thought 3/4 of my tank Click image for larger version

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Is there something wrong with my car that's making it burn through gas so quickly? I've driven a mixture of city and highway and intentionally avoided any spirited driving.


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Old 07-11-2014, 10:23 AM
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I'm getting 25-27 indicated mpg on the highway with my 535ix. The needle does come off the full mark pretty quickly after I start driving it. I'm guessing it's not buffered. Fill the car up and then take your mileage to see what your really getting. If it's bad it could be anything from low tire pressure to a driveline issue. Any other symptoms?
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:26 AM
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I did notice your average speed is only 25 mph so 16.6 indicated mpg is probably about right. Maybe a lot of stop and go miles? My cars rating in the city is only 17 mpg.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:27 PM
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I just filled my car up this morning at Costco, and after about 35 miles the needle has moved off of the stop, it doesn't show completely full any more. I reset my mileage calculator this tank, and I'm showing 25.0 mpg, but the 35 miles was mostly freeway running about 70 to 75 mph. I'm sure it will drop down to where it normally runs (about 21 mpg) after I drive home this afternoon in Friday afternoon LA Traffic.

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Old 07-11-2014, 01:01 PM
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That's pretty much how my gauge shows too.
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:37 PM
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OP: That's really awful mileage.

I never resetted my trip computer and I show a 25.8 MPG, on 38.7 MPH average over 9000+ miles of driving. Did someone siphon your car?
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:48 PM
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I have found out that if you fill the car up til the pump cuts off the first time, you can actually squeeze about another 3/4 of a gallon into the tank after that. When I have been in a rush and not did that extra part the needle would move off almost instantly. Keep in mind that I get worse gas milage than you anyway.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:03 PM
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I just filled my car up this morning at Costco, and after about 35 miles the needle has moved off of the stop, it doesn't show completely full any more. I reset my mileage calculator this tank, and I'm showing 25.0 mpg, but the 35 miles was mostly freeway running about 70 to 75 mph. I'm sure it will drop down to where it normally runs (about 21 mpg) after I drive home this afternoon in Friday afternoon LA Traffic.

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You usually get around 21mpg? I honestly get around 14-16 and I only have a 535. I've never understood why my gas mileage was so bad
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:05 PM
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OP: That's really awful mileage.

I never resetted my trip computer and I show a 25.8 MPG, on 38.7 MPH average over 9000+ miles of driving. Did someone siphon your car?
Siphoning may be the cause haha. But I usually average about 14-16mpg. Unless I drive all highway then I can get about 24-26mpg
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:14 PM
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I'm getting 25-27 indicated mpg on the highway with my 535ix. The needle does come off the full mark pretty quickly after I start driving it. I'm guessing it's not buffered. Fill the car up and then take your mileage to see what your really getting. If it's bad it could be anything from low tire pressure to a driveline issue. Any other symptoms?
No other symptoms at all. I got everything that could cause bad gas mileage changed. Fuel injectors etc.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:15 PM
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I have found out that if you fill the car up til the pump cuts off the first time, you can actually squeeze about another 3/4 of a gallon into the tank after that. When I have been in a rush and not did that extra part the needle would move off almost instantly. Keep in mind that I get worse gas milage than you anyway.
Incidentally, a good way to ruin your evaporative recovery canister. Even if you don't initially push gas into the canister, especially in warm weather,as the gas expands it may flow into the canister - which is only supposed to be trapping vapors. For getting that last click or two of gas you may be paying an unwelcome repair bill if the check engine light comes on.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:59 PM
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I average 16.8 on my 545, but I drive like a bat out of hell and always use DS. I say drive the car hard for a few days after a MPG reset and see if gets even lower.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:26 PM
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Siphoning may be the cause haha. But I usually average about 14-16mpg. Unless I drive all highway then I can get about 24-26mpg
Seriously, your trip computer do indicate a 178 mile distance travelled. It is entirely possible that there was a tron glitch that caused your fuel indicator to hang up a tad before the next morning's operation. You should refill as soon as possible and note the actual fuel quantity delivered... it would be interesting to know how much fuel it takes to 1.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:13 PM
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You usually get around 21mpg? I honestly get around 14-16 and I only have a 535. I've never understood why my gas mileage was so bad
I get an indicated 21 mpg on my 550, driving LA freeways, which means heavy traffic a lot of the time. My calculated mpg (I keep a log of all gas purchases for all of my cars) is a bit lower, around 20.3 mpg. This also includes at least one or two runs up through the gears just because it's fun!!
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:43 PM
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I commute everyday from the valley to downtown LA an usually get right around 20 mpg. Give or take a few mpg either way. I drive a 08 550i.

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