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High Gas Prices? Get Better Gas Mileage

Written by maryp posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012

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High gas prices?Wow! The gas prices are going crazy again. Did you know that by keeping your BMW, MINI or Mercedes in top condition, you will get better gas mileage.

A few other tips!

Don’t use your trunk as a storage locker! OMG you would not believe the trunks that we see. Sometimes, if we have to access a trunk for a repair, there can be stuff shoved and pushed in the trunk that weighs as much as one or two more people! Weighing down your trunk with “stuff” can affect your gas mileage in a negative way.

Synthetic oil seems to give my little 98 325i better gas mileage. I made the change many years ago, and I did notice better gas mileage. Check with your specialist to see if that can work for you. It did for me, anyway. The later models use very specific synthetic oils. Be sure you are getting the proper oil for your BMW, MINI or Mercedes! The oil is the life blood of your engine. You would not want a blood transfusion with the wrong blood type! Same for your car. You must use the correct fluids for the best gas mileage and performance.

Air filters, oxygen sensors and components that relate to fuel management need to be replaced as needed. We can help you with that, too.

Be sure your tire pressure is set properly for all of your tires. It is required by law in CA, that your shop check your tire pressures at least once a year, refill if necessary and record the new pressures on your invoice. Now that is kinda crazy, because you should be checking tire pressure at least once a month! The State is trying to keep our air clean and they realized that some people never, ever, check their tire pressure. So now it is our job! If you do check your tires at home, look at the label on your drivers door panel and use the recommended tire pressures that are posted on the label. Keeping your tires inflated per manufacturer specs will go a long way in your getting better gas mileage.

Doing your part to get the best gas mileage does make sense! Cents, too.

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