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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Re: 159 diesel drinks and drinks
Although i really like the 159 i currently can't bring myself to buy one due to this issue, although i fully understand why people do based on styling alone. It would just annoy me that the mpg is so poor. I would currently rather buy a 3.2GT or a late 166 3.2 and do be able to do 25-28 ish mpg than get a 2.2 159 to do similar or a 2.4 diesel and only get 30-35mpg. I could justify it to myself with the 3.2 engine which is a classic whereas, no offence to current owners, the 2.2 and 2.4 are not. To add to the current findings i took out both a 2.2 Ti and a 2.4 lusso from mangos for a test drive and the trip computers were showing 22mpg and 28.5mpg which i suppose should equate to the lowest you should achieve (although mangos is hardly located in an urban area). Both nice cars, rode and handled very well, was surprised how well the Ti rode on the big wheels actually. I was just a bit dissapointed with the engines when 15 years ago my 164 3.0V6 sounded awesome and did 27mpg average (not much urban use), doesn't seem like progress to me. Also mentioned in this thread is the 330i. I have one of these, an 05 258bhp model (auto, for the wife!). This is i'm sure as heavy as a 159 as it has loads of electric options and in mixed driving returns 28 mpg. On a 100mile each way run on a/b roads and motorways (80 mph) it did 34mpg. If the new range of engines get close to this and its excellent performance i would chop it in in a flash for a 159. Imagine that a 6 cylinder 3.0 159Ti with 260bhp that would do mid 30's mpg........................