Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 06:36:24 -0400
From: "Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospampam>
Subject: Re: BMW or Saab Convertible

"LauraK" <lkrznospamcomnospam> wrote in message > >What sort of fuel consumption can I expect, mainly out of town, gentle > >(ish!!) driving, quite fancy a 323i, but want to make sure I won't be too > >much out of pocket, for company use I need 26mpg to break even, is this > >realistic? > > I get about 26-27 on mainly highway driving in a 1995 Saab 9000, 30 mpg on all > interstate trips. > One good point for the Saab, it will run nicely on midgrade gas or even > regular. It doesn't really like regular, but it will run on it. Just doesn't > have the oomph it does on mid-range or premium. > I believe BMWs all require premium. While the lierature says "unleaded premium", remember that these cars are made to run all around the world. US Mid grade (89 AKI) is fine for most BMWs. The ECU's will retard the timing just like on the SAABs. The only difference is the SAAB will also limit boost if it detects pinging, so your loss of power when using lower octane fuel is greater in the SAAB. -Fred W

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