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My BMW X3 is not very economical...

My BMW X3 2.5 has high fuel consumption; 15 litres takes me a distance of 100km. What could be the cause of such highs?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Cosmus Chibanda (Lusaka) - Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:59

Shane O' Donoghue Answered by: Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor - @Shane_O_D


Hi Cosmus,

The only 2.5-litre X3 was the first-generation petrol model. Its official combined cycle fuel consumption figure is about 11 litres/100km and even when new it would have been difficult to get that, so it doesn't look like you're experiencing particularly awful consumption for that age of car. 

Saying that, if you've noticed a deterioration, it could be caused by a crack in the inlet manifold, which is a known issue for that engine.

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