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    The accesspries attached to the engine are more difficult to get to naturally. But you'll like the power. I get 17 mpg around town, 20 highway. It'll put a smile on your face compared to the anemic 525.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrindstaff
    Maintenance can be tedious but is manageable. The mileage yaofeng stated is pretty much right. Everyone's mileage will be a little different depending on how and where they drive. On my drive back from picking up my 540i I managed to get up to 28mpg through mountains.
    These cars definitely have grin factor 9!

    Mine gets about 16-17mpg on the daily comm...queue.

    4th and 5th on mine rarely get used as I'm mainly in traffic and when I do get free, it winds past 'prison' speed in 3rd quite easily...

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    Default 1995 540i 6 speed

    I am going to check out a 1995 540i 6 speed with 144,000 miles this weekend. Just curious, what kind of mpgs to expect. I have owned several 6 cylinder BMWs and always thought that the 8s were overkill, but this one looks really nice. Is maintenance a pain with the larger engine in the same size engine bay?
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    Maintenance can be tedious but is manageable. The mileage yaofeng stated is pretty much right. Everyone's mileage will be a little different depending on how and where they drive. On my drive back from picking up my 540i I managed to get up to 28mpg through mountains.

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    the 540 will be the same or maybe slightly better than a 535 I6
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    I've got the 5 speed auto in mine, and get 17-19 around town (depending on how much I put the pedal to the floor), and around 25-26 on the freeway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul in NZ
    the 540 will be the same or maybe slightly better than a 535 I6
    I can tell you the 540(286hp/295 ft-lbs) is in a different league than the 535 (208hp/223 ft-lbs). No. I have not driven a 535. What I do know is my SAAB 9000 turbos will eat my 95 525's(189hp/184 ft-lbs) lunch anytime, anywhere. The SAAB 9000 turbo's has 200hp/240 ft-lbs. The 9000 gets the maximum torque at 1,800 rpm and it stays flat until 4,600 rpm. But you just cannot compare them to the 540. Unless the 540 you have driven has hoof disease.
    '01 540it, 6/01
    '03 325i 5 speed, 9/02
    '10 535ix. 9/09
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    '15 mini countryman 6 speed

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    Default Let us know what you find out about the car.

    Quote Originally Posted by brick8
    I am going to check out a 1995 540i 6 speed with 144,000 miles this weekend. Just curious, what kind of mpgs to expect. I have owned several 6 cylinder BMWs and always thought that the 8s were overkill, but this one looks really nice. Is maintenance a pain with the larger engine in the same size engine bay?
    After I read you post I did my weekly review of CL and saw what you are going to look at. Looks nice!
    Good Luck.
    Jeff in MN
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    I would run to see that car. Black on grey leather. Looks great.
    20.6 combined mpg with about 50/50 highway/local driving. I look at the doofusses in their pontiac vibrators and their little econoboxes and thank you, not for me. The luxury and excitement of the e34 540i/6 gives me something to look foward to when it's time to drive. Lovin' every minute...
    six forward speeds

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