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#26312 of 32318 Re: bimmer [nyccarguy]
Jul 22, 2012 (1:37 pm)
Rated 25 highway. That's a joke. I average just about 20.5 with my '11 328xi. I also have a hard time keeping the speedo below 80 & sit in some serious bumper to bumper traffic some days (last night it took me 1 hr 20 minutes to go 30 miles).
Once after a Yankees game, I filled up & pretty much had the cruise set at 65 for my entire way home & the OBC showed 27.5 average.
It's pretty clear that your ability (or not) to hit EPA mileage numbers is very dependent on how you drive. My Volvo is rated at 28 MPG highway, and my actual can be anywhere from 24-25 when I mix in enough non-highway to get to/from the freeway to 32 MPG in May when we drove up to Cedar Point (read: 70-72mph cruise on flat Ohio interstates).
More of an estimate than a joke, I would say.
#26313 of 32318 Re: legacy [qbrozen]
Jul 22, 2012 (1:40 pm)
I don't remember exactly, but was that one in the 13s an above average example?
I dare say it was. Definitely looked nicer than the one on ebay.
#26314 of 32318 Which car should go?
Jul 22, 2012 (2:44 pm)
As most of you know, I currently have six cars in the driveway and I need to get rid of one.
My wife has the CPO 2009 328i and my son is appropriating her 2004 X3 2.5- which leaves me with one car too many.
My original plan was to sell the 1975 2002 and keep the Mazdaspeed 3(now at
104,000 miles); using the Mazda as my work car for the 3 years I have left in my
current job- which meant putting at least 15,000-25,000 miles per year on it.
Once I was through I would sell it off and buy a new toy.
However, I thought about it a bit more and concocted an alternate plan: Sell the
Mazda instead of the 2002. The theory is I could put 60%-75% of the work miles
on the '02 and split the rest between my 1995 318ti and 1999 Wrangler. The
advantage to this plan is that the 2002 is much cheaper to insure, has a rebuilt
motor/tranny, and will be worth the same -or more- in 3 years, while the Mazda
will probably lose another several thousand dollars due to age and mileage. If I
sell the '02 I can maybe get $6,000 for it, the Mazda $9,000-$10,000. My wife is
good with either plan(although I virtually certain that she prefers keeping the
'02 as she likes to drive it).
So, which car should I keep- and why?
#26315 of 32318 Re: Which car should go? [roadburner]
Jul 22, 2012 (2:51 pm)
the obvious answer, is sell the Mazda. But not for the reason you might think.
Rather, that means shortly you will be out looking for another car for yourself (and after all, that is the ultimate goal, right? at all times?
The 2002 is probably not really suited for DD duty and longer distances. You won't want to rack up the miles on the Ti, and the Jeep will get real old real quick.
so, after a few months, you will realize that you need something newer/nicer/funner for your regular car, and be out shopping!
#26316 of 32318 Re: Which car should go? [stickguy]
Jul 22, 2012 (2:52 pm)
and if you were going to move the 2002 out, I would say sell the Mazda also, and combine the proceeds of the 2 sales into 1 replacement.
#26317 of 32318 Re: Which car should go? [stickguy]
Jul 22, 2012 (3:11 pm)
I have to agree with Stick here. I can't see the Mazda or the 2002 being viable long-term options for high mileage daily driving. Makes sense to flip them both and buy something else while still splitting mileage with the Wrangler and 318 to keep the miles off the new one.
#26318 of 32318 Re: Which car should go? [roadburner]
Jul 22, 2012 (3:22 pm)
No way would I drive the '02 10,000+ miles per year. I'm sure it's in excellent mechanical condition, but lots of things just happen with older cars. I'd dump the Wrangler, probably because I have never liked Jeeps.
If the Mazdaspeed 3 has been reliable lately, you should be able to keep using it as a DD for the next three years.
#26319 of 32318 stopped to look
Jul 23, 2012 (3:30 pm)
A little local gas garage I pass often has had a Jag out front for sale for a while. Today, thee was a nice medium red Mustang next to it, so decided to take a look.
Mustang had promise. a 2004 GT 40th anniv (not sure, was that a model package, or just doing the math?). 5 speed, on 30K on it. super clean. Had aftermarket black mesh wheels. Not too bad looking, but wide (315/35-17s on the rear). No pirce.
THe Jag? A white 1996 XJ6. actually looked pretty clean. some paint issues on the trunk lid (peeling clear coat maybe?) but no signs of rust, and not dented up. Only asking $4,100. Styling on the cheap!
No clue about miles or anything.
#26320 of 32318 One more day on the road.....
Jul 23, 2012 (9:56 pm)
Am in richfield Utah tonight and will finish my 2000 mile road trip tomorrow. So far I'm averaging about 30 mpg.
I have just under 500 miles to go tomorrow. Almost 2 full tanks of gas.
#26321 of 32318 Re: Which car should go? [roadburner]
Jul 24, 2012 (10:23 am)
I'll throw the safety card into the pile of arguments. Accidents happen, and the more miles you commute the higher your statistical odds of an incident occurring. Chances are you won't be involved in a serious collision, but if one were to occur, I'd personally want to be strapped into the safer alternative, which would not include a lightweight 2002.