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Old 11-14-2012, 11:50 AM   #2661
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My Ride: 00 330it Wagonator
Originally Posted by ode2joy View Post
I've got a question for touring owners only, so I hope no one minds me asking it here. I've got 2000 323iT 5 speed and get A LOT worse fuel mileage than I did with my 330 vert or my wife's 530. Both of them get 25 city and around 30 highway. I get about 20-21 in town and only jump to about 24 on the highway. I know the 5 speed wagons are geared differently, so I'm wondering if that makes the difference. Can anyone elaborate on their experiences?

I know my auto gets 27-29 on highway with the roof rails off. With the rails on it got 25-27 max MAYBE 28 if I drove 65mph. I commute 22miles each way so the 1 -1.5mpg gain was worth it. And I like the no rail look. I was shocked it actually helped...

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