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Old 09-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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Sometimes the price of regular goes down, and the stations will take it down, but leave the premium higher.
Around my area Premium has been at the $0.40 difference for awhile.
I have seen it be a higher differential when the price of regular drops.

Agree in some parts of the country premium is still only $.20 more than regular. And other parts it is the $0.40 difference from regulr to premium.
I do not know why the higher price except a supplier canget away with it. Basically "what can you do??" except not buy premium.
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I have found that Shell has always been about .20-.30 cents higher.
I think I paid $3.90 for 93 once when Sunoco had 93 for $3.65.
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The solution is simple. Drive a car that can run on 87.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #15
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With this car, it's a matter of personal preference. I prefer 93 octane, as the car feels like a completely different animal. It gains low end, top end, all around drivability on 93 vs 87, and for only about $2.50-3.00 a fill up.

I'm a cheap-ass, and I currently I run grocery store 93 90% of the time, but it's still a TON better than 87 from any station, and I've visited them all, Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Flying J, Kroger, mom n pop stores. The difference in 87 to even cheap 93 is amazing.

I can't wait to start modding and get even more performance out of this little car.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #16
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must be because yours is a 2013 and the computer can adjust. I ran 93 for 2 months last year in my 2005 just as an experiment,no change in power or mpg's.
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must be because yours is a 2013 and the computer can adjust. I ran 93 for 2 months last year in my 2005 just as an experiment,no change in power or mpg's.
Yes. ECU programming, variable intake and exhaust timing, GDI and high compression are factors that allow the Ti-VCT engine to make use of higher-octane fuels.
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The solution is simple. Drive a car that can run on 87.
I agree. I just bought my '13 Focus a few weeks ago. It was a major toss up between it and the '13 Dodge Dart {Rallye Trim} with the I-4 Turbo and six speed manual. The Dart with this engine to get the 39 mpg highway you are very strongly suggested to run 93 octane. It's bad enough the .40 cent difference in the grades, but when gas starts to spike here in a few months due to the Winter blends it really makes my blood boil. The Focus gets about what the Dart does with regular 87 octane and oh, it's an automatic too.
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I just need to move back to TX where premium 93 is $3.48 right now...
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Yes. ECU programming, variable intake and exhaust timing, GDI and high compression are factors that allow the Ti-VCT engine to make use of higher-octane fuels.
And I believe the power ratings for the engine were done on premium gas. I remember reading something that said expecr slightly less performance when using regular, this was as per Ford. So even without a tune, you can run premium in 2012+s
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