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Old 07-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RE: Fuel Grade to use on 1994 318i - Need help please.

Hi guys, I'm just wondering is it ok to use Fuel Grade 89 for a 1994 318i sedan. I don't do any racing thing and just used it for normal driving - home to work vice versa. thanks
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A BMW desrves good fuel. I know it seems to cost more but a fill up will cost about 2.00 more using premium. The piece of mind is worth it for me
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the price difference really is only 2 bucks but if you are that picky then yes i believe that 89 is ok to run on... your fuel cap area should read a minimum to be certin but i wouldnt go below that... your engine will adapt to the lower octane but it can only retard so much...
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My owners manual says you can put as low as 89 octane. You would be fine with that, I still put 91+
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My owners manual for my E46 320i says to use 99. It then says, the car will also run on 95.
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I've never seen 99 or 95 around here... Most i've seen is 94, but thats canada
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^^ Your fuel ratings in the UK are different than ours in the US/Canada. I believe 99 there is equivalent to 91 (or is it 93 ) here.

Edit: there -- I found a link: Fuel ratings, RON, MON or PON?
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Our highest at the pump is 91 in Alberta, and the rest of Canada I would imagine. I have always filled with 91, before and after the chip.
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89 should be fine, i would try to stay away from 87.
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I always run 94 ... sure it's a little more expensive but she has 197k on her and still purrrrrrs. Well worth it.
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89 is fine as per the owners manual. It's what I used on my 95 318i most of the time. You can even run 87 if you don't push the car much.
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Hi all,

I just bought a '92 318i (Euro spec) and it doesn't have an owner's manual. What grade petrol is recommended for this model?

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I use 91 here in Canada. I'm not sure how gas are rated in Europe but the thumb of rule which I learned while driving my bimmer is to use premium quality of gas. I tried using 89 and car was crying for higher quality.
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In Europe the grading is normally done on RON, as opposed to MON or PON, which, I guess, is probably what they use in the Americas.

For a 318i, I think 95 RON (87 MON / 91 PON) should be ok. But there is no doubt that a higher graded fuel will be more beneficial. Increased power, efficiency, and some have additives that will clean the fuel line and injectors.
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