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CORNHICK

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 2:02:46 PM

Is the more expensive gas worth buying. Is the second most expensive gas better than the cheapest or what exactly should I do or buy? Does one burn hotter than the other? Thank you
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lilwoof63
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 3:17:53 PM

I use plain old unleaded.......per manufacturer's recommendations as well.
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46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 1:41:46 PM

We use regular grade in both vehicles.
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karl13
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:29:27 PM



I follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
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pawnkingfour
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:24:56 PM

I always follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
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rather_bike
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 10:54:48 AM

IMO: If a car takes premium than avoid buying it. Regular gas should be sufficient.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 10:22:26 AM

The designers of any dependable engine ought to know what fuel is best for use to perform total operation/application satisfactory results of their engines that is not to say there are not other aids on the market.
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SmoknFord
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 3:43:02 AM

Seeing is believing. Running a full tank of premium to see for myself.
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PAA64
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:42:54 AM

mfg reco,
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 12:30:56 AM

my experience has been you get slightly better fuel mileage, but it NEVER offsets the increas in the price you typically pay for the gasoline
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:02:38 PM

why is it when towing you get better mileage with higher octane I have heard of this before.
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PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 12:15:09 PM

When I pull my work trailer, I get better fuel economy when I use either mid or premium.

For everyday driving, I use the cheapest lowest recommended octane level gas.
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Greenrancher
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 9:40:20 AM

Use whatever is recommended by the manufacturer.
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 8:54:33 AM

I have noticed any difference. Use what the manufacture recommends.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 8:21:26 AM

Whatever works in your unit
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 2:43:40 AM

which is regular without death- a- nol (ethanol)
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jay93LA
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:57:25 AM

use regular
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:01:58 AM

I buy what the owners manual recommends. And that is 87.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:18:51 AM

Whatever the manny sez
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:19:00 PM

I once heard from a smart guy that not to buy the cheapest and not the most expensive but the happy medium so I just run that lol
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djp071158
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:31:44 AM

I buy what the owners manual recommends. 97
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twt
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 3:56:00 AM

I buy what the service manual recommends.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 3:19:30 AM

regular is okay
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 3:26:31 PM

I use what the manual for my car says to use, 87 or higher. I use 87.
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Snowchoux
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:58:25 AM

I bought a car from an old individual years back, she only used premium. I started using regular and always heard a pinging. Why does this happen?
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chipote
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:03:11 AM

For my car regular is recommended
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 6:32:36 PM

With quite a few cars, premium gas does getter better mileage but the difference is too small to pay for the higher cost. Best bet is to read the manufacturer's recommendation in the owner's manual. Some cars don't take advantage of premium and the owner's manual recommends 87 octane.

For my car, the EPA has 2 mpg ratings. The one with premium gas is the same in the city, 1 mpg better on the highway.
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DrVenture
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:40:30 AM

Here is why premium fuel is much better. YES it is more expensive, but that is because of the extra added additives for better engine performance, and fuel economy. PLUS premium BURNS slower in the motor which will actually increase gas mileage because of the higher octane count. So yes you might pay on a monday a lot for premium, but will not require a fill up until maybe Friday, instead of tues, or weds filling up with Regular because of a few pennies. Many of you WASTE money on much more UNNEEDED things in life to really worry about gas price.
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emtrob2012
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 3:29:35 AM

prices are too high right now
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:50:49 AM

I use 87 octane. The manual for my car states 87 or higher. Premium will not hurt it but will not give better fuel economy.

[Edited by: PaylessKY at 1/19/2013 11:51:41 AM EST]
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 2:04:25 AM

alright I will listen to you guys sorry I am just gonna stick with regular I don't want to waste my hard earned money on "PREMIUM" GAS. Premium sounds like bolgna unless you need it then use it people.
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Jeff1226
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:55:04 AM

only regular
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medic6133
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:32:18 AM

My car takes premium & that's what I feed her.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:59:40 AM

Premium is recommended for my car, so that's what I use.
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:18:27 AM

I'm just going to use premium in my car even though it isn't required it may be a placebo effect but I swear my car runs better on it and my friends spend money a lot more stupid than buying the better gas for their cars!
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 10:19:40 PM

in one of my cars premium
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:48:29 PM

for me
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:48:15 PM

premium only
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:37:17 AM

im going to do a average fuel test on all four different grades of gas premium super unleaded, unleaded and e-85 and see what is most cost effective.
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jes
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:12:38 AM

Unless the owners manual specifically requires your vehicle to use premium, you're just wasting your money.
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:00:46 AM

Check the manual for your vehicle and use what it state you should use.
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Karisholman
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:20:08 PM

If you track your mpg it can be helpful to experiment and see if better fuel improves performance or mpg
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:47:26 PM

just bought e85 105 octane burns hotter though :(
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 4:11:15 AM

always regular
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DucatiRider
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:49:03 AM

It depends on your engine. Higher compression ratio means you need higher octane.

The only difference between grades of gas is the octane -- that is the stability of the gas to avoid detonating as it is compressed in the cylinder.

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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 1:16:21 PM

If your vehicle needs premium, use it other wise stay with regular.
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DisMusBeDaPlaz
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 12:25:29 AM

For my vehicle, to get the performance that is meant to perform, I have to purchase the higher octane.

When people start messing with the mixture that is suppose to go in their vehicles, and becomes sluggish......that should tell you something about the purchase of fuel going into the vehicle.
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CORNHICK
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 8:32:05 PM

so if i my car doesn't require high octane don't use it ?
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 6:07:26 AM

Premium is recommended for my Chevy HHR 2.4L because of the high compression ratio, so that's what I use.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 1:10:36 AM

yes increse mpg
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ariona14
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 6:43:16 PM

my nissan murano requires premium which is 93 down here in florida since we have 87, 89 and 93 as the 3 grades
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