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      12-14-2012, 04:08 PM   #67
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Well I'm a thousand miles in now, most of which have been pretty short journeys and in traffic with two trips to Birmingham and one to Londonville. 39.1mpg so far and I've had my fair share of fun It's dead easy to keep this car over 40mpg - which is all I wanted from the economy side of things
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      12-16-2012, 11:13 AM   #68
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Any members come for e90 330D mine was 231bhp 2006 , to F30 330d and how did the MPG compare, thanks Derek

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      12-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #69
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I bought a brand new e60 520D a few years ago and soon regretted it. Mark summed it up perfectly, once you are used to more power you won't want to settle for less. I ended up changing it in for a e92 335D (and remapped it)

The 330D is in a lot lower insurance group than the CLS350CDI I've just got rid, will use less fuel and cost less to tax so I'm happy.
I drive a f30 330d se, and it is averaging around 48mpg mixed driving and 58 mpg on a gentle motorway cruise about 60/70mph (on eco pro) which i think is excellent for a 3ltr 6 cylinder turbo diesel, insurance was quoted at 355 though BMW. but I am over 50. also went for the 5yr service plan.
I recently had a manual 320d f30 as a loan car while mine was in for a paint issue, and i have to say there is no contest, i thought the 320d was very noisy and unrefined and i wasn't impressed the gearbox either. road noise is an issue on both versions however. unacceptable for this class of car!

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      12-19-2012, 03:49 PM   #70
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I drive a f30 330d se, and it is averaging around 48mpg mixed driving and 58 mpg on a gentle motorway cruise about 60/70mph (on eco pro) which i think is excellent for a 3ltr 6 cylinder turbo diesel, insurance was quoted at 355 though BMW. but I am over 50. also went for the 5yr service plan.
I recently had a manual 320d f30 as a loan car while mine was in for a paint issue, and i have to say there is no contest, i though the 320d was very noisy and unrefined and i wasn't impressed the gearbox either. road noise is an issue on both versions however. unacceptable for this class of car!
What tyres are fitted to the 330D?.This would be the problem IMO.
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      12-19-2012, 03:57 PM   #71
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I'm getting 37.6mpg and driving it in eco-mode
That's verified with fuel vs miles too.

1000 miles now, hoping it gets better!
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      12-19-2012, 04:07 PM   #72
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What tyres are fitted to the 330D?.This would be the problem IMO.
The tyres on the 330d se are pirelli run-flat on standard 17" rims, not sure what they were on the 320d but it was a sport model with 18" rims, the ride felt a lot firmer on the 320 as well, you noticed a lot more bumps on the same roads.
330d se has a very smooth and comfortable, but soft ride for a bmw 3 series.
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      12-19-2012, 04:43 PM   #73
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I'm getting 37.6mpg and driving it in eco-mode
That's verified with fuel vs miles too.

1000 miles now, hoping it gets better!
Ha ha it isn't the car mate it's your right foot. Does the EcoPro screen keep telling you to 'lift off' ? That little tip always brings a smile to my face, or the arrow to say 'you're going too fast'
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      12-20-2012, 12:00 PM   #74
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I drive a f30 330d se, and it is averaging around 48mpg mixed driving and 58 mpg on a gentle motorway cruise about 60/70mph (on eco pro) which i think is excellent for a 3ltr 6 cylinder turbo diesel, insurance was quoted at 355 though BMW. but I am over 50. also went for the 5yr service plan.
I recently had a manual 320d f30 as a loan car while mine was in for a paint issue, and i have to say there is no contest, i thought the 320d was very noisy and unrefined and i wasn't impressed the gearbox either. road noise is an issue on both versions however. unacceptable for this class of car!
I drove a 330D SE for 3-4 days a month ago on 18 inch wheels and (IIRC) noisy Bridgestones that drove me mad (but nobody else who had a ride thought there was anything wrong - I must have delicate ears!) - that aspect of refinement was very disappointing. Also had a quick 10 mile test of auto 320ED (16 inch) and still thought the road noise was too high - but felt very underwhelmed by the car generally compared to the 330. I thought the ride & handling of the SE were more than acceptable - no need for Sport for me

Disappointing to hear that you find the 17 inch wheel/tyre combo to be too noisy, though - that's what I was thinking of getting
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Not too bad for winter driving on winter diesel

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Not bad, but you still have a bit to go....

But yours will get better as the miles go on it.
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      01-05-2013, 07:00 AM   #77
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Went for my first long run in the car this morning to pick my parents up from Southampton. Driving down there I got 56.4mpg sticking to 65mph mostly as I had plenty of time.

On the way back with them on board, the car fully loaded with all their luggage after coming off a 3 week cruise, and with the cruise control on 85mph all the way back to get home quickly it averaged 47mpg overall. I work that out as only 40.1mpg for the return trip. The speed (and load) makes a big difference!
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      01-05-2013, 10:29 AM   #78
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Also went for my first longish run the other day, about 80 miles each way on the M62. 70-80mph all the way, average of 51mpg, which I was very happy with.

For our normal driving - which is mainly slow town driving, usually stuck in traffic, and only shortish journeys, we're getting 34mpg, which again I'm happy with (particularly considering it's winter, and the car has only done just over 500 miles, so will hopefully improve a bit). For comparison, my 135i got 22mpg in the exact same driving, so I'm thankful for the improvement
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      01-05-2013, 12:50 PM   #79
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I have now covered 1850 miles car returns 44MPG per half tank ( I fill up on half) I drive around 75/85 MPH depending on traffic, seems to be loosening up a bit now.
Strangely my Odometer says 43 MPG and when brimming it's two MPG more = 44/45 MPG, so it's pessimistic not had that before.
I can get 50+ MPG if I stick to 67MPH.
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      01-05-2013, 02:16 PM   #80
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Does anyone use the ECO PRO Analyser App?

Mine is very intermittent, but it shows 4 trips in the log worst was 45.1mpg (110 miles on dual carraigeway) best was 56.9mpg (51 miles of slow rain spray motorway about 65mph average).
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I have now covered 1850 miles car returns 44MPG per half tank ( I fill up on half) I drive around 75/85 MPH depending on traffic, seems to be loosening up a bit now.
Strangely my Odometer says 43 MPG and when brimming it's two MPG more = 44/45 MPG, so it's pessimistic not had that before.
I can get 50+ MPG if I stick to 67MPH.
How come you fill up on half..?

Seems like you'd always have an extra 25 litres, approx 25kgs, of weight to lug around?

I'm not an efficiency freak as I just go from a full tank to an empty one, but it seems like what you are doing is a less than ideal strategy for efficiency
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How come you fill up on half..?

Seems like you'd always have an extra 25 litres, approx 25kgs, of weight to lug around?

I'm not an efficiency freak as I just go from a full tank to an empty one, but it seems like what you are doing is a less than ideal strategy for efficiency
Correct, a friend of mine religiously only fills to half a tank in search of ultimate fuel economy. He does high miles. I couldn't be bothered spending that much extra time in a petrol station for what would be minimal returns.
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How come you fill up on half..?

Seems like you'd always have an extra 25 litres, approx 25kgs, of weight to lug around?

I'm not an efficiency freak as I just go from a full tank to an empty one, but it seems like what you are doing is a less than ideal strategy for efficiency
Yea you are right I must drive the tank right down and see what that does to MPG.
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Correct, a friend of mine religiously only fills to half a tank in search of ultimate fuel economy. He does high miles. I couldn't be bothered spending that much extra time in a petrol station for what would be minimal returns.
I fill mine to the Brim every time, I fill up at half full, will run it right down and see what MPG I get next time.
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Very interesting (all four pages!)

I'm coming from an audi a5 Quattro 2.0 TFsi which does 31 if I'm lucky on the motorway or about 25 round town.

My 330d m sport arrives off the production line on March 9th, better mpg, less tax and a MUCH faster and all round better car.... Life is good. I've joined the dark side :-)
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Very interesting (all four pages!)

I'm coming from an audi a5 Quattro 2.0 TFsi which does 31 if I'm lucky on the motorway or about 25 round town.

My 330d m sport arrives off the production line on March 9th, better mpg, less tax and a MUCH faster and all round better car.... Life is good. I've joined the dark side :-)
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I'm getting near on 39 mpg out of the 328i with an even mix of town/country lane/dual-carriageway driving. Mostly in Comfort but with sessions of Sport/+ when I haven't got SWMBO on board Also managed 50.9 mpg on a 300 mile motorway run.

Get the impression that I'd get +5mpg or more in the 330d with the same sort of driving.

That sounds good - I can't get anywhere near that in my 328i.

How many miles does yours have on it?

Mine has done about 3k miles now, but at best I get about 31/32mpg which is mix of town and motorway driving.

I'm hoping it'll get better with miles, but I keep wondering if its my driving style /or the manual box being generally less efficient than the autos.


I do keep wondering if i should have just "settled" for a 320d given my fuel costs - unfortunately a 330d would have been out of my reach!
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