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Z3 real world fuel consumption

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by GazHyde, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
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    I'm looking at replacing my current Z3 & MINI daily driver, and replacing both with a newer Z3. Biggest decider for me is running costs as I will be doing reasonable mileage when I'm on the road contracting. Most of which will be motorway cruising, something my 2.0 is a bit low geared for.

    Would be looking either at the 2.2 or facelift 2.8, possibly a 3.0?? Depending on running costs I may even be tempted by the 1.9.

    So what fuel consumption do you lot get. For reference I always seem to get about 28mpg out of my 2.0 which is about 225 miles from a full tank.
     
  2. Aceman

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    I used to get mid 30's on the motorway and mid 20's around town with my 2.8. The thing was it was quite a relaxed cruiser as it had so much torque so would definatly say a 2.8 or a 3.0 would be a good choice as when you want to put your foot down you also have the big grin factor you might not get so much with the lower capacity engined Z3's.
     
  3. badman gee

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    Only around 22 mpg, sometimes 15 or so
     
  4. Ragtop

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    Gary when I had my 1.9 I got 35mpg. My 2.2 I get 31mpg, both figures arrived at by making note of miles done between filling of the tank every time.
     
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  5. billz

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    Our 3.0 returns 26mpg around town and 32mpg on longer runs. You just seem to be able to keep it in 5th and hardly ever change down when on Motorways as it just pulls when having to do lower speeds for traffic.
     
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    2002 3.0 Automatic: - average consumption is anything from 7.1L/100km up to 10L/100 km depending on which wheel I have on the cars.
    Currently running on the 17" with 225's on the front wheels and 245 on the rear wheels which make the care use a bit more fuel than it does on my 16" alloys which have 205's on all four rims.
     
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    2002, 2.2, Manual - depending on how heavy my right foot is low to mid 30's. Plenty of torque for me so for just tootling around I can stay in 5th for most of the time...
     
  8. GazHyde

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    All good info so far. I would love an auto, especially with the steptronic box (had that in my 3.0 Z4). Would be great for when I have to commute in to London - last two weeks have been 105 miles to site, and average of 2.5 hours to cover the distance :(

    Just looking for the ideal engine for relaxed motorway cruising, as my next contract is 10 weeks of driving. Think it will be great to have the Z3 as my only car!
     
  9. billz

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    Go for the 3.0 gaz. Wont be disapointed with both aspects of performance and consumtion

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  10. GazHyde

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    Would love to, but looking on Autotrader there is a lack of 3.0 Sports other than private sellers. Ideally need to do a trade in on my MINI Cooper to avoid the aggro of selling it privately.

    There are a lot more 2.2 Sport models out there to choose from as well. Difficult decision, but not the worst one in the world to have :)

    Will be selling off some of my collection of Z3 bits which I won't need which should help recoup the costs.
     
  11. badman gee

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    Go for the 2.2 gaz
     
  12. Mint

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    Agreed - where are you Gary, you could have a try in mine if you're close enough :)
     
  13. GazHyde

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    Down Swindon way Mint. Might take you up on the offer if I visit my mate up that way in the coming weeks.

    Although time is not on my side right now. My Z3 will be going SORN at the end of the month, and really need to have another one sorted by then, and certainly no later than the 15th of next month.
     
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    Ok but on those timescales you'll have to see him soon. Also we're going on Hols from 15th July.
     
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    Gary go for the following:

    1) 3.00
    2) 2.8

    Wish I had gone for the 3.00 as it returns better mpg than the 2.8 I get 236 miles per tank when not driving like a demon. and got 32 mpg when we went to Spain last year. But I have got my 2.8 down to 22mpg:( on one of the cruises..
     
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    dont know why your getting rid of the MINI.....great cars and bags of character
     
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    One too many cars at the moment. This MINI has been the best car I have ever owned for reliability and running costs. Will be sad to see it go.
     
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    Here here!
     
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    On a run I get 28mpg from my M. But usually get around 200-220 miles per tank
     
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    On the Weston trip which was about 240 miles in all Nutty_Hazel spent £2.40 less in fuel in her 2.0 that I did in my 2.8 (Blue for the road) but if you really tank the 2.8 like Black for the Track when I was at Cadwell I got 10.2 MPG.

    They do say that the 3.0 ltr is the engine to have, but I can't for the life of me remember where I read it or why they said it! Senior grey moment


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