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Old 12-22-2006, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which fuel should I use?

I have a 1995 E36 1600cc car. I just don't know whether to use normal unleaded or super unleaded.

Normal unleaded = 95 octane
Super unleaded = 97 octane

Obviously super unleaded is more expensive. Is there any point in using it in my car? Will it damage my engine? Will it give me more MPG?

Feedback would be much appreciated, as I'm getting mixed answers.

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Considering you're European, you guys use the RON octane rating system. So a rough guesstimate is that your 95 RON Octane is comparable to the (R+M)/2 octane rating of 91 here in the proper part of the world.


95 Octane is fine for you, especially from that 1.6 Liter motor. California uses 91 Octane. I use 93 Octane here in Missouri, but these are for my 6 cylinder vehicle.
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Considering you're European, you guys use the RON octane rating system. So a rough guesstimate is that your 95 RON Octane is comparable to the (R+M)/2 octane rating of 91 here in the proper part of the world.


95 Octane is fine for you, especially from that 1.6 Liter motor. California uses 91 Octane. I use 93 Octane here in Missouri, but these are for my 6 cylinder vehicle.
So there would be no beneficial gain from using 97 octane in my car?
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