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Old 12-26-2015, 06:02 PM   #29
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Old 12-26-2015, 08:12 PM   #30
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:23 AM   #31
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Premium keeps the engine running cleaner and better performance I have found.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:26 AM   #32
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:42 AM   #33
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All of the reg. vs high octane arguments I have read in the thread were valid back in the 70's before ethanol was mixed into the fuel. Back then premium fuel had less energy per pound than regular but was needed in aircraft and high performance cars to prevent detonation. Ethanol is the issue nowadays as it has way less energy in it than gasoline. When they dilute the fuel with ethanol, the performance suffers. You have to refuel more often, as you use more fuel to do the same job. Premium fuel, here in Canada, is not diluted with ethanol for the most part. Regular "may contain" up to 10% ethanol. If you can find non ethanol regular run it. If you can find non e premium at a good price run it before 10% e regular.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:56 AM   #34
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My new Ford-F150 EcoBoost calls for regular also.
Seems to work ok.
The EcoBoost is one engine that doesn't REQUIRE higher octane but can potentially benefit from it. If you're towing, especially in hilly terrain, the engine can take advantage of premium fuel (and the manual tells you it's recommended in those situations.) It won't hurt itself on regular, but in high-load conditions it'll produce more power on premium fuel.

My Subaru's 2.5 liter turbo engine is similar, though more primitive. If I'm just tooling along on the Interstate it's not working hard enough to need high-octane fuel, but I've been diagnosed with a heavy right foot so I generally always fill it with premium (as recommended by Subaru) so that when I do get boost-happy the Legacy will give me all it's got.
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:20 AM   #35
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Toyotas typically were built to run on regular. You can put a higher octane in it but it won't run any better. Someone may perceive that they are getting better performance but without technical measurement it's probably just a placebo effect........
This. There is nothing wrong with running premium gas but, in most cases, it will do no better than regular. People are really into the placebo thing and when you spend more money on something then we quickly hear that this is much better than that. Airstreams are better than SOBs, Mac is a better computer than a PC, a Harley is better than..... and on it goes.

Then there are those who read about something or hear about a new idea and buy into it totally. Hey, if it is on the internet, it has to be true. I knew a guy once that read about increasing mileage by taping magnets to opposite sides of the gas supply line running into the carburetor. He drove his big family station wagon to Disneyland and told everyone that he had almost double the mileage as before. Didn't believe it then, still don't but he did. He never spoke of this again though.
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Old 12-28-2015, 12:13 PM   #36
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The short answer is,,,, unless the vehicle manufacturer calls for higher octane fuel, or unless we are talking about some turbosupercharger equipped vehicles, premium grade fuel is not worth the extra money that has to be paid for it.


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Old 12-30-2015, 11:54 AM   #37
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Premium gas?

We have our 4th Tundra and pull a 25' FB. Premium gas modestly adds to performance and enhances mileage more than it costs additionally at the pump. This is over the last five years and 50,000 miles towing....based upon our style of driving....65 mph highway generally.....kinda Grandma Duckish. J and K
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