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POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

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1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
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What octane gas are you using? (US... vs. RON)

<= 84. If you're outside US/Canada -> 88 RON NON-US
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85. If you're outside US/Canada -> 89 RON NON-US
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86. If you're outside US/Canada -> 90 RON NON-US
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87. If you're outside US/Canada -> 91 RON NON-US
7
23%
88. If you're outside US/Canada -> 92 RON NON-US
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89. If you're outside US/Canada -> 93 RON NON-US
2
6%
90. If you're outside US/Canada -> 94 RON NON-US
1
3%
91. If you're outside US/Canada -> 95 RON NON-US
10
32%
92. If you're outside US/Canada -> 97 RON NON-US
1
3%
93. If you're outside US/Canada -> 98 RON NON-US
10
32%
94. If you're outside US/Canada -> 99 RON NON-US
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=> 95. If you're outside US/Canada -> 100+ RON NON-US
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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by abscate » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 am

Question....what do you say when you are running 100 octane sitting on Highway 4 stuck in Tampa to Orlando traffic?

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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by June » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:29 pm

abscate wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 am
Question....what do you say when you are running 100 octane sitting on Highway 4 stuck in Tampa to Orlando traffic?

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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by Rattnalle » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:48 pm

Cookeh wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:38 am
Swedish prices are generally very unrepresentative of costs throughout the rest of Europe though. It is really rather irritating going to Sweden to visit my partners parents and paying 40% more for the exact thing I bought just before flying out (water, food/beverages - its actually more like 60-70% more for alcoholic beverages - clothing, public transport, fuel, etc).

A full 15 gallons in the UK runs me around $90. A standard fill up for me is normally $75 dollars, using 95 oct. Add another $8 for 98/99 oct. The difference in price per tank (UK V US) is surprisingly low in my opinion, especially given $2.5 per US gallon here is pure tax.

I'm also shocked at the low octane rating and general poor quality of fuel in the US. It is rather interesting to note that the minimum for a turbo in the EU is 95 oct but only 91 in the US. I wonder if that impacts engine performance or longevity when comparing the two markets.
Going to Italy, Germany and France I haven't noticed fuel being that much cheaper tbh. The most I ever paid anywhere was in Italy.. A lot of other things are cheaper everywhere but Switzerland and Norway though.



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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by alschnertz » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:57 pm

Way late to this thread, but I use 87 (R+M/2? US pump) octane in my '95 854T (258,000 miles).
One family owned and I think that's all it ever had.


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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by vovo850 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:15 pm

I was under the impression that anything less than 93 and you ran the risk of burning valves in our cars.
Turbo or NA. Or am I wrong? If I am than I'm back to 87 in my NA 850 and save a few bucks at the pump.


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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by abscate » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:06 am

There is a thread gathering data on octane and valve failures , but there are a lot of confounding factors.

One is the premium additives in gas, which usually come in higher octane gas but not in cheap stuff.


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Re: POLL What octane gas is everyone using?

Post by vovo850 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:26 am

Do you think adding say MMO or the likes to 87 could compensate some for 93 additive packages? If that is what it's really about, additives and not octane.
I always thought it was the octane though and not the additive package.
I run the local grocery store 93 most of the time unless I'm passing a top tier place with gas cheaper or the same price as the grocery store.
I know on an old tired 460 I have with burnt valves it helps on oil consumption a lot. (the MMO that is, not 93)


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