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320touring 04-01-2011 07:33 AM

Damn.. I thought I was Cured!
 
So there I am, draging 40+MPG UK out my 318iS, enjoying the challenge of cutting my commuting costs..

So last night, I went out and bought a BMW e34 535i Sport:o

Its manual, and I got the average consumption up from 7.4mpg(UK):eek: to 30.4mpg(UK) on the drive home:turtle:

specs of the car are below.. needless to say a3.5 6pot aint gonna sip the fuel. may be a handy track weapon though as it Has LSD and sports suspension as standard..plus a manual gearbox:rolleyes:

1988 BMW 535i SE E34 car technical specifications from Carfolio.com - 4 door 3.4 litre (3430 cc) Inline 6 213.9 PS, 5 speed manual

Arragonis 04-01-2011 02:47 PM

I assume your full name includes the word 'Saud' in it somewhere ?

And yet you could be a hypermiler with it quite easily.

PaleMelanesian 04-01-2011 03:03 PM

;) You gonna trade it back tomorrow, on the 2nd of the month?

I've done several trips at 35 mpg US in the Odyssey. It has a 3.5 V6 and a whole lot more vehicle to drag along.

320touring 04-01-2011 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Arragonis (Post 229275)
I assume your full name includes the word 'Saud' in it somewhere ?

And yet you could be a hypermiler with it quite easily.

lol!its not that bad.. reckon on 35UK mpg with tyres at 40.

not a daily driver though- the iS will stay as that.

Figures seem to be 14/21 from the US

Frank Lee 04-01-2011 03:19 PM

Haw haw, saving money with BMWs. Yes, it is April 1.

Arragonis 04-01-2011 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by 320touring (Post 229284)
lol!its not that bad.. reckon on 35UK mpg with tyres at 40.

not a daily driver though- the iS will stay as that.

Figures seem to be 14/21 from the US

If you are april fooling me I will be giving you a hard paddington stare

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ucmj2UupKT...ddington+3.jpg

and force feeding you marmalade sandwiches...

320touring 04-01-2011 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Arragonis (Post 229306)
If you are april fooling me I will be giving you a hard paddington stare

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ucmj2UupKT...ddington+3.jpg

and force feeding you marmalade sandwiches...

Car was bought on 31st March. Its sitting in carpark outside next to my iS.

Happy to provide photographic proof if req:)

its my 3rd 535i- i;m an old bmw fan:thumbup:

Arragonis 04-04-2011 03:23 AM

Yep, defo go for hypermiler status - again ;)

RobertSmalls 04-04-2011 07:18 AM

If the goal is to get 35mpgUK, you could either hypermile a BMW 535i, or drive a diesel Civic like an absolute hooligan. Your choice.

However, the Civic leaves you the option of getting >>35mpgUK, and it saves you money up front.

*sigh*... if people made rational decisions about cars, cars would be like aircraft. There would be a handful of body types (Insight, Prius, truck with a minivan-styled cab), and cars within those types would look almost identical. The dealer would ask you what interior options you prefer, and how long you'd like your boat tail.

320touring 04-04-2011 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by RobertSmalls (Post 229699)
If the goal is to get 35mpgUK, you could either hypermile a BMW 535i, or drive a diesel Civic like an absolute hooligan. Your choice.

However, the Civic leaves you the option of getting >>35mpgUK, and it saves you money up front.

*sigh*... if people made rational decisions about cars, cars would be like aircraft. There would be a handful of body types (Insight, Prius, truck with a minivan-styled cab), and cars within those types would look almost identical. The dealer would ask you what interior options you prefer, and how long you'd like your boat tail.

I'd rather have the BMW:)

I fully take your point re the Civic diesel, and I'm currently looking at replacing my e36 318iS with a diesel varient (possibly a 318TDS) to improve my daily MPG figure.

The 535i is an indulgance, admittedly, but one that is worth having. The 3.5 is capable of decent mileage for a large engine- and will only be used when I have to carry 4 in comfort, or am attending a trackday etc.

Fair comment re the choice of cars if it were more like aircraft.. however, this car is 22 years old- I didnt order it yesterday:D

Financially, this car would be a rational decision- It'll take a helluva lot of miles and Fuel to get to the per month cost of a new car/insurance/tax/then fuel on top..

I honestly dont think there is a simple answer to issues like this:eek:

Arragonis 04-04-2011 08:19 AM

318TDS is bl**dy awful and the 325TDS has the possibility of wallet disabling fuel pump failures. You'd be better off with a Pug 406 HDi smoker and hyper-mile the 535. :D

320touring 04-04-2011 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Arragonis (Post 229707)
318TDS is bl**dy awful and the 325TDS has the possibility of wallet disabling fuel pump failures. You'd be better off with a Pug 406 HDi smoker and hyper-mile the 535. :D

Lol you're probably not far wrong... Small diesel or french may be the way to go.

Arragonis 04-04-2011 03:08 PM

Get the 405, you can do some mini-cabbing to put fuel in the 535 at the same time. :D

Red_Liner740 04-04-2011 08:12 PM

ah the 535.... i had the more advanced, faster replacement the E34 540i Touring....not very economical with 530i manual tranny which lacks the 6th gear...i also had a 633csi with a swapped 92 535i engine...basically your engine.

anywho...the 535i M30 engine is an antique...SOHC 8V with primitive "flapper door" fuel metering...

jank that out and drop in the 3.2L M3 engine out of an e36....:p

aero84 04-07-2011 01:25 PM

535 e34! The iron pig, as we call them here. :thumbup:


m30b35 definitely is one of the nicest engines ever built. The one I had the pleasure to drive went down to 8.8 liters driven sensibly, not too bad for such a big heap of metal.

320touring 04-07-2011 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Red_Liner740 (Post 229840)
ah the 535.... i had the more advanced, faster replacement the E34 540i Touring....not very economical with 530i manual tranny which lacks the 6th gear...i also had a 633csi with a swapped 92 535i engine...basically your engine.

anywho...the 535i M30 engine is an antique...SOHC 8V with primitive "flapper door" fuel metering...

jank that out and drop in the 3.2L M3 engine out of an e36....:p

The m60 lump has too many valves and cylinders, and not as nice power delivery!

I wouldnt fit an s50 in an e34-better just to buy an m5..:thumbup:

aero84- you may be onto something- these old cars just keep tooling along, and I cna get 30+ UK mpg out it if I try.. but the real fun is in the grunt from 2000rpm- makes it "lively" in the twisties:D

Red_Liner740 04-07-2011 09:40 PM

stupid 5post limit....this is post number 5....

Red_Liner740 04-07-2011 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by 320touring (Post 230318)
The m60 lump has too many valves and cylinders, and not as nice power delivery!

I wouldnt fit an s50 in an e34-better just to buy an m5..:thumbup:

aero84- you may be onto something- these old cars just keep tooling along, and I cna get 30+ UK mpg out it if I try.. but the real fun is in the grunt from 2000rpm- makes it "lively" in the twisties:D

Oh i'm gonna have to disagree on the "not as nice power delivery"

stump pulling torque down low and yet it still screams up to the redline...very nice linear pull...and man they sound great!

have a listen here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5lFOHawSOQ

thats my old 530i Touring with the 3L v8 (that was a horrible engine...) swapped out to a 4L V8 and the autotragic swapped out with the 530i 5spd manual...thing hauled ass for a 3800lbs car and i had the opportunity to run a 1991 M5 and reeled him...so yay for me!

aero84 04-08-2011 04:40 AM

http://turboseize.files.wordpress.co...senschwein.jpg

No, not my car (my only e34 is a 525 24V, and that one isn't even working right now...) nor the one got the 8.8 liters with - but a nice car neevertheless. Picture taken one year ago on a BMW meeting in the bavarian forest.

Did I mention I really like the m30? :)


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