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Old 12-03-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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anyone using premium gas ?

yes or not worth it


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Old 12-03-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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I got the focus so i wouldn't have to use premium.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:51 PM   #3
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Not worth it if you are looking to improve your mpg, but it is worth if you use it from time to time to "clean" the injection system (injectors, valves, combustion chamber, etc).
I say this because I used it twice and the result in mpg was not better than what I had with regular. I will use it from time to time though (for maintenance purpose).
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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I use premium because it says right in the manual "premium fuel will provide improved performance" (pg. 354 (2nd printing)). Plus my station two blocks away from home has ethanol free premium.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #5
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I have gone back and forth between grades (3 tanks reg, 3 tanks premium, s tanks reg, etc) and have actually noticed a mileage difference with the premium. Not huge by any means, 1-1.5 L/100km, but still a difference. I think that works out to 2-3 us mpg roughly.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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I use to think that gas was just gas but not any more. Now that i know more about it and how it works it makes sense and now i get it.

I use to get quick trip gas because i thought since it gets more buisness it would have the fresh fuel but after a few data logs ive decided im not going buy from them any more. I tried a tone of different fuels and finally found a fuel my car likes and ive been running it for a few months now.

This is what bad gas looks


And this is what the gas im using now looks like


With bad gas you rknock sensor detects knock and retards your timming. Good gas you can really wind the timming up with no knock and it improves performance.

IMO its worth the extra money. You can do your own testing but ill bet you will come to the same conclusion. You may not really feel it but you can see with the datalogging what it is actually doing.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #7
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I'll pay the .06 extra for the 100% pure stuff. I spent the last 5yrs feeding my 06 Charger R/T premium fuel. Never again if I don't haft to.
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I noticed a diffrence using 93 opposed to 87. Gained some extra mileage. I have a post somewhere. Lol
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This also brings up the question..which brand of gas is better? Do you find that different brands are better than others? So far from my findings I get the best fuel mileage if I stick with Shell Regular. Chevron/Texaco second. If I go with any other brand, my gas mileage seems to go down a little.

I also bought the Focus so I didn't have to burn mid grade or premium gas. My previous car (2002 Jetta) ran sluggish if it burned regular.
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I find it interesting reading this : http://www.cartalk.com/content/premium-vs-regular-1
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