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  • 06-11-2010, 03:31 PM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    I get about 11.5 mpg all city driving in Seattle. All highway about 25 in my 530i automatic '94.
  • 04-30-2010, 04:29 PM

    Re: What octane fuel are you using? Higher=better MPGs

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  • 04-30-2010, 04:29 PM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

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  • 11-23-2007, 10:28 AM

    What octane fuel are you using? Higher=better MPGs

    Because the M60 engine (with its knock sensors) can adjust timing to compensate for can use any fuel with an octane rating from 87 AKI - 93 AKI. While many choose to go with the lower 87 AKI fuel (thinking they are saving money)...the downside of that decision is fewer miles per tank of gas and lower engine performance. Whereas using a higher octane fuel may cost from $2-$4 more per tank of get more miles from the tank of gas PLUS better engine performance.

    For example, in the hypothetical scenario presented below...the cost of fuel per mile is identical...yet the lower octane fuel is providing less performance, and the higher octane fuel is providing enhanced performance:

    * 87 AKI - $2.97 x 22 gallons (full tank) = $65.34 ~ 300 miles achieved per tank ($65.34/300 miles = 0.22 cents per mile)
    * 91 AKI - $3.24 x 22 gallons (full tank) = $71.28 ~ 330 miles achieved per tank ($71.28/330 miles = 0.22 cents per mile)

    In the hypothetical scenario above, if you can achieve just 30 more miles out of a tank of gas by using higher octane fuel...the cost savings is nill compared to using lower octane fuel. Which means that using lower octane fuel only results in reduced performance ...when for the same cost "per mile"...higher octane fuel will provide an enhanced driving performance.

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  • 11-23-2007, 08:47 AM

    what mileage could i expect from 90 535 5 spd?

  • 11-15-2007, 10:51 PM

    Re: My 540i/6 gets no less than 17mpg

    I've been driving my 540-6spd since 1998. I've always gotten an average of 21-22 mpg. I always thought this was outstanding. It's now traveled over 250,000 miles on the "bad" engine.
  • 11-15-2007, 07:31 PM
    Shralp in SE WA

    Re: My 540i/6 gets no less than 17mpg

    The worst mileage that I have gotten in the last year with my '95 540i 6-speed is 17mpg and that was during a very cold week in winter doing 90% city/10% hiway driving. With my usual commute I get 21-23 mpg and that is 40% city/60% highway. On long highway trips I get 24-26 mpg consistently and have seen as much as 30mpg on a long trip with a strong tail wind.

    I could not afford to drive my car if I was getting 11 mpg :-)
  • 11-05-2007, 11:01 PM

    We get 19mpg combined, 70%hwy/30%city

  • 10-24-2007, 11:26 AM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    Alas, these cars are not very fuel efficient! My '95 M540i with a 6 Spd. manual, gets a very poor 18 MPG aver. city/hwy. Having owned two Nissan 300ZX's (one a turbo) and gotten between 25 MPG and 35 MPG with them I am extremely disappointed with the BMW's poor fuel economy.
  • 10-12-2007, 03:48 AM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    i would say you should check your plugs for signs of running rich, if no signs, HAVE FUN WITH IT LIKE THAT, if u see signs and check your fuel pressure regulator.
  • 09-29-2007, 11:47 AM

    v8 drinks gas, my 525 gets 29 mpg

  • 09-18-2007, 09:55 PM
    Dave K

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    I'v averaged 17 since I bought the car in March (95 6sp)per the computer. I got 23-24 on 500 mile drive home when I picked it up.
  • 09-17-2007, 11:15 AM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    Using the standard gallons divided by miles. The obc also shows 12 mpg.

    After searching previous years posts regarding mpg on the 540i, I thought maybe mine was somewhat low. Many posted they were getting 15-18mpg in city driving.
    I can live with 12 mpg, but thought if there was something that could be done to improve mpg, I'd do it(besides what I have already replaced).
    Thanks to all that replied.
  • 09-17-2007, 10:43 AM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    Are you calculating mileage by using the standard gal divided by miles or your onboard computer. Get on the hiway, set cruise for 55 mph then check MPG on your computer (don't forget to reset it:S/R button)
  • 09-15-2007, 02:43 AM
    Scott Jackson

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    Well, with my 3.91 M5 rear in my 540iA, I get about 17-18mpg highway and I don't know what my city mpg is. I'd expect around 12mpg though. And for anyone who's wondering, yes, I'm still planning the Ford V8 swap. It's getting closer but I just gotta have all the bases covered before diving into it.
  • 09-14-2007, 04:40 PM

    Re: Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    Forgot to mention, that I had new injectors put in, new bottom intake gasket,new front & rear gasket on intake. No vacuum leaks.

    Thanks to all
  • 09-14-2007, 12:15 PM

    Why Poor Gas mileage/1995 540i

    I am getting(what I think is) poor gas mileage on my 1995 540i. Approx 11 mpg in city traffic. I am not driving spirited(right now) to see if gas mileage improves.
    I have changed the spark plugs(NGK), 2 new oxygen sensors, tire pressure is correct. Car idles perfect, has great power and runs like a dream except for the poor mpg. I know with the 8 cyl, I won't get 25 mpg, but 15-18 in city driving is what I'd expect.
    What kind of mileage are you 540'ers getting?? If you all are getting approx the same(11 mpg), so be it.
    If you are getting better than 11 mpg, what else could cause poor gas mileage.
    There are no codes.
    Would a different muffler help?
    Thanks to all who reply.

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