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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-14-2004, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know if a 1984 M10 (318, UK spec) can run on unleaded petrol as it is currently running on LRP? My 1987 318 M10 has unleaded stickers on the filler flap and engine saying 'unleaded only', also my '87 has no Catalyst. The '84 has no such stickers on it and the owner doesn't have the owners manual! Can you help?
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Does anybody know if a 1984 M10 (318, UK spec) can run on unleaded petrol as it is currently running on LRP? My 1987 318 M10 has unleaded stickers on the filler flap and engine saying 'unleaded only', also my '87 has no Catalyst. The '84 has no such stickers on it and the owner doesn't have the owners manual! Can you help?
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all of us yankees use unleaded, they dont sell leaded at pumps anymore
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All ( 90% ) of leaded designed engines can run unleaded.

However virtually no unleaded engines can run leaded.
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if you have a catalytic convertor then you should use unleaded. however i remember seeing that 82-84 M10 1.8L and 2.0L's such as your 318 can not use unleaded
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they still make leaded gas? haha

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they still make leaded gas? haha

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in europe they do
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i'm certain that it's unleaded. I have a 1991 318i and when I did the conversation, in fact it takes unleaded octave 91 or higher.
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i'm certain that it's unleaded. I have a 1991 318i and when I did the conversation, in fact it takes unleaded octave 91 or higher.
you have a completely different engine though
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Originally posted by e36_m3_Turbo+Mar 15 2004, 10:34 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (e36_m3_Turbo @ Mar 15 2004, 10:34 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-bigred318@Mar 15 2004, 12:31 AM
they still make leaded gas? haha

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Yup, and they only sell it at the pump in the UK.
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Actually, LRP (Lead Replacement Petrol) is not leaded it contains an addative that acts like there is lead in the petrol.
It's also available in europe, not just the UK
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Actually, LRP (Lead Replacement Petrol) is not leaded it contains an addative that acts like there is lead in the petrol.
It's also available in europe, not just the UK
i dont know if germany still has leaded gas because of the pollution problems there and lik mrm3 said. it kills your cat with leaded gas
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