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      10-24-2011, 10:45 AM   #45
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My last tank (assuming the fuel computer is accurate) was 30mpg. This was with a lot of short journeys where the engine didn't get warm - the kiss of death for diesel fuel economy. The short journeys themselves were more like 27mpg.

I'm still only on 1,600 miles. Motorway at 75mph to 80mph can consistently deliver 37 mpg but this is driving most of the time with some thought to economy and the Journey stats on continuous display.

Driving style has a significant impact, having fun in spurts on A/B roads when the engine is warm drops economy to 30ish mpg.
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600 miles in and getting about 37ish mpg out of our 3.0d.
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Doing 60mph on cruise control in flat lowlands at around 0 deg Celsius I got just a tick over 6 litre, which translates into 39mpg (US). Pretty neat, I say.

At 100mph constant on cruise control on the autobahn in slightly hilly country at around 10 deg Celsius over 45 minutes consumption is around 9 litre, or 26mpg (US).

The increase in consumption between 60mph and 90mph seems pretty linear, the last 10mph cost maybe one litre (just an estimation).

Btw, done 1800km/1100mls so far. Overall consumption 30mpg (US).
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600 miles in and getting about 37ish mpg out of our 3.0d.
Now I like that.
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Doing 60mph on cruise control in flat lowlands at around 0 deg Celsius I got just a tick over 6 litre, which translates into 39mpg (US). Pretty neat, I say.

At 100mph constant on cruise control on the autobahn in slightly hilly country at around 10 deg Celsius over 45 minutes consumption is around 9 litre, or 26mpg (US).

The increase in consumption between 60mph and 90mph seems pretty linear, the last 10mph cost maybe one litre (just an estimation).

Btw, done 1800km/1100mls so far. Overall consumption 30mpg (US).
That = 36MPG UK which is great for your driving style, I would be happy with that.
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Thing I found that BMW could easily change with a software update.

Issue: When you select a radio station with the idrive knob you have to take the hand off the knob to adjust loudness (either via the radio knob, or the steering wheel buttons).

Solution: BMW should assign loudness plus/minus to the knob up/down function. Would be more in line with the HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) concept they try to mimic with their iDrive.
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RSchneider does your car have any of the following?

-Sport Suspension
-Performance Control
-Servotronic Steering

You seem to like the handling and I wonder if any of the above contribute.

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RSchneider does your car have any of the following?

-Sport Suspension
-Performance Control
-Servotronic Steering

You seem to like the handling and I wonder if any of the above contribute.

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# No sport suspension, no trick dampers. Just plain vanilla 30d suspension with 245/55 on 18.

# Performanance Control - YES. That was part of the "Austria Plus Package" BMW is offering here.

# Servotronic - YES. That was also part of the "Austria Plus Package".
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Thanks. Useful to hear that standard suspension works well with this combo. How do you find Servotronic? oppinions seem to be very divided on how it affects low speed steering feel.
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Thanks. Useful to hear that standard suspension works well with this combo. How do you find Servotronic? oppinions seem to be very divided on how it affects low speed steering feel.
Can't complain. It's very "transparent" and natural. There's no threshold speed where you could feel the transition between the higher level of support to the lower level. At high speeds it becomes very direct and quite sensitive, but always remains nicely precise. Low speed feel - enough I'd say. For a SUV it's a very nice steering.
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