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Old 04-01-2011, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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

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

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

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

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Old 04-01-2011, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I assume your full name includes the word 'Saud' in it somewhere ?

And yet you could be a hypermiler with it quite easily.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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
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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
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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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
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Yep, defo go for hypermiler status - again
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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.
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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

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

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