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Old 01-31-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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The EPA just released fuel-economy ratings for the recently debuted 2012 BMW 3-series, and the numbers are very impressiveóand not just for the luxury sports-sedan segment. The 328i, which is powered by a turbocharged 240-hp four-cylinder engine, is rated at 24 mpg city and 36 highway when equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission. The 328i is rated at 23/34 with the six-speed manual.

These are, frankly, great numbers. You can see how the 328iís fuel economy compares to other competitive vehicles in the chart below, but letís compare apples to oranges for a moment: The Toyota Corolla, which has a great reputation for being frugal, is motivated by a 1.8-liter four with just 132 hp and is rated at 26 mpg city/34 highway when equipped with a four-speed automatic.

Even the turbocharged six-cylinder 335i has done well by the EPAís yardstick. At 23 mpg city/33 highway, Bimmerís 300-hp sports sedan betters most everything in its class. (Thatís for the car with the autobox; figures for the stick-shifted 335i drop to 20/30.) The automatic 335i makes the dual-clutch-equipped Audi S4 (18/28) look like a thirsty pig in contrast, and the BMW even trounces the heavieróbut diesel-drinkingóMercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, which is rated at 21/32.

We know a diesel engine is coming to the 3-series, and a hybrid will be out soon. But with numbers like these, we have to ask whether these alternative powertrains are worth the costófor BMW or for future consumers. Look for our complete instrumented test of the 335i soon; in the meantime, you can read our first drive of the 328i here.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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Impressive; will be interesting to see if real-world numbers are comparable.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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I wonder what the 328xi will do. I definitely have my eye on this car now that it has the turbo-4, that much torque, and such good fuel economy.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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Impressive; will be interesting to see if real-world numbers are comparable.
agreed, considering the real world numbers are a lot lower on the new Impreza.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:37 AM   #5
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Name needs to be changed to 320iT.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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I dont know. The advertised numbers for my 335i are 17/26 mpg, which are very different from whats put in this article.
I'm getting about 20mpg average.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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Name needs to be changed to 320iT.
just like the SL63 using the 5.5 liter V8, SL65 using a 6.0 liter V12, or even the BMW 335i. Doesn't that actually use a 3.0TT? Then even more ridiculous was the BMW Z3 2.3, which actually used a 2.5
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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agreed, considering the real world numbers are a lot lower on the new Impreza.
I haven't been following folks' numbers on new Imprezas but that's worthy of a especially after having driven one of those gutless wonders.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:46 PM   #9
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I haven't been following folks' numbers on new Imprezas but that's worthy of a especially after having driven one of those gutless wonders.
From what I am reading, they're getting slightly more (like 2-3 mpg more) than I am getting in a 3500lb AWD CUV making 260hp/269 lb ft torque.
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just like the SL63 using the 5.5 liter V8, SL65 using a 6.0 liter V12, or even the BMW 335i. Doesn't that actually use a 3.0TT? Then even more ridiculous was the BMW Z3 2.3, which actually used a 2.5
Yup. It's dumb. Even the C250 mentioned above uses a 1.8L turbo I4. I miss the days when the numbers matched the engine.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:22 PM   #11
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Name needs to be changed to 320iT.
Disagree with the T - that has typically been used for touring, as in wagon.
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whatever, my mom's 3.0 328i got 32ish on the highway and that motor is reliable and solid as a rock, i doubt these turbo 4's will be able to match it in that respect.
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How about 320tii

Ok...I'm too old school.
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I remember when BMW names stood for something...

3 (the series) 25(2.5) i (inline).

What happened to their naming conventions... at least keep it like the 335, where the "5" is for the turbo displacement equivalence...
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I don't see the problem with BMW's model names. Aside from the fact that they've been doing this for over 30 years (anyone remember the 3.2/3.5L turbo E23 745i?), it's a lot easier than the alternative.

The 525d is a single turbo 3.0L with 204 hp.
The 530d is a single turbo 3.0L with 240 hp.
The 535d is a twin turbo 3.0L with 299 hp.
The 550d is a triple turbo 3.0L with 380 hp.

I guess they should be calling these cars 530dT, 530dTS, 530dTT and 530dTTT instead?
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I remember when BMW names stood for something...

3 (the series) 25(2.5) i (inline).

What happened to their naming conventions... at least keep it like the 335, where the "5" is for the turbo displacement equivalence...
i != inline
i stood for injection, or the german equivalent.

Not that it matters really :-)
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i != inline
i stood for injection, or the german equivalent.

Not that it matters really :-)
It matters, and I for one sir thank you for your net diligence.

I think it stems from when Bmw offered a 528i (high power) and a 528e (efficiency ) in the 80s. People didn't know the difference. So when they did the same in the 90s they did a 328 and 323 which were different tunes of the 2.5

Now it seems they have let thier number cooking get away from them.
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It matters, and I for one sir thank you for your net diligence.

I think it stems from when Bmw offered a 528i (high power) and a 528e (efficiency ) in the 80s. People didn't know the difference. So when they did the same in the 90s they did a 328 and 323 which were different tunes of the 2.5

Now it seems they have let thier number cooking get away from them.
Since we're going to nitpick here, the 328 actually was a 2.8L :P, the 323 was a 2.5 de-tuned though.
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Since we're going to nitpick here, the 328 actually was a 2.8L :P, the 323 was a 2.5 de-tuned though.
oops, you're right.

It's hard to keep track of it all.
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I remember when BMW names stood for something...

3 (the series) 25(2.5) i (inline).
The e21 320i was a 1.8L from 1980-83.. prior to the existence of the 325i. The 325e was actually a 2.7L.

BMW wasn't even sticking to their naming convention when you remembered it.
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The e21 320i was a 1.8L from 1980-83.. prior to the existence of the 325i. The 325e was actually a 2.7L.

BMW wasn't even sticking to their naming convention when you remembered it.
I was just going to mention that... my dad had a 1980 320i back in the day, and I remember him explaining to me that it had a 1.8-liter and not a 2.0-liter, despite the name.
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Add 10 mpg both when the diesel comes out.
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oops, you're right.

It's hard to keep track of it all.
Yeah it is. And apparently BMW has been breaking it for a long time. Very unfortunate IMO, I liked when I thought all of their names meant more than just some random stupid assed numbers thrown together. It seems they've always been just like every other euro car company who cant come up with real names for their stuff . My hopes and dreams are shattered. But, as long as their reliability stays good, those numbers are all bangin.
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