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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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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 9:16:47 AM

Only one vehicle needs premium fuel. Glad, real glad!
twt
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 3:34:40 AM

How long have you been driving? The difference in mpg, doesn't justify the higher price.
Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1:51:44 AM

When I use the RV
Heavyblaze
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 9:31:20 PM

sometimes
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:04:01 PM

no
EmoJackPine
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 6:41:38 PM

For my Harley, I use premium. It is worth the price.
Pogi143
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 5:59:23 PM

Premium 93 Octane for my BMW
hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 9:35:53 AM

It is stamped on the inside of the fuel door to use 91 octane premium on my Lexus GS 350.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 6:08:52 AM

Not necessary for most cars
sh1361
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:31:18 PM

My KTM and 2 cycle power equipment burn 93.
hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 8:48:13 AM

In my Boat.
luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 4:46:25 PM

Merketplace in Canada did extensive testing on this issue and found that cars did not get any better mileage on higher octane fuels. If your car calls for it though, that's a different story...but very few of them do.
PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 4:36:48 PM

When I pull my 6,500lb trailer, I bump up the octane.
It always makes my truck better and with better mileage.
Every time!

[Edited by: PhilnTX at 6/30/2014 4:38:40 PM EST]
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:08:51 AM

Using higher octanes in a vehicle that only requires 87 octane may damage the intakes with prolonged use, and you won't get better gas mileage.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 6:29:49 AM

Use whatever fuels is required for your car according to the owners manual.
cv
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 5:41:32 AM

My car manual specifies premium for my car, therefore I use it.
Awing1
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 8:59:52 PM

No differences.
counterattack
Veteran Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 4:05:03 PM

I think it burns a bit better. I put premium once a year or so on my car. I think it gives it a bit more performance but it could also be me being paranoid.
DuramaxPower
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 3:18:25 PM

waste of money unless your car requires it.
redfish67
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 11:35:19 AM

waste of money
sanderstheparro
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 7:34:04 AM

Premium gas is not needed if you car doesn't requires it. If the manufacturer says it's not required then why are people still insisting on buying it? It's only required if you have a high compression engine, roughly 13-to-1 compression ratio or higher.

The higher octane gas prevents pre-ignition of the fuel and air mixture in the piston chamber. Pre-ignition causes knocking and damage to piston rods and valves. Higher octane would also be used if you're stupid enough to replace your existing plugs with hotter plugs. The effects are the same.

People must have too much money if people still want to buy it. You're only transferring wealth to terrorists and fanatical governments from the U.S.

Wake up!! The Oil fatcats are laughing at you.


[Edited by: sanderstheparro at 6/22/2014 7:36:43 AM EST]
redfish67
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 4:48:57 PM

not worth the money
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 12:47:54 PM

Not worth getting unless the car calls for it.
BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 10:15:40 AM

In your lawn equipment or a vehicle with a turbo, I would use the second highest grade(89 octane), even if it is ok to use regular unleaded. You get better mpg. This also works for trucks with V-8's. This also keeps your plugs from carboning up.

Use the supreme grade(93 octane), only if your vehicle requires it, otherwise, to much octane for normal vehicle.
lilwoof63
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 10:09:12 AM

For the first 7 years, after I bought my first new car, a 1995 Olds Achieva, I always used premium. I now use regular unleaded in my second new vehicle and I see no real difference except price, however, my first new vehicle lasted me 16 years and 230,000 miles. The 1995 Olds Achieva had a Quad 4 motor in it that was known to blow head gaskets at 60,000 miles. It never did. Was this due to using Premium? I have no idea, but it is possible.



[Edited by: lilwoof63 at 6/21/2014 10:10:17 AM EST]
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.
46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 1:41:46 PM

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



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

I always follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
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.
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.
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.
PAA64
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:42:54 AM

mfg reco,
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
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.
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.
Greenrancher
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 9:40:20 AM

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

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

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

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

use regular
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.
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:18:51 AM

Whatever the manny sez
CORNHICK
All-Star Author Omaha

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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
djp071158
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:31:44 AM

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

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

regular is okay
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.
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?
chipote
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:03:11 AM

For my car regular is recommended
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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