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Old 05-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you recommend type of gas for 99 e46 328i

Hi from southern California! My friends who drive bimmers longer than I have warned me not to use arco gas and that I stick to 91 octane. Is the 91 octane gas from arco acceptable or should I switch to a top tier like Chevron?
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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BMW specifically stated in the owners manual not to use anything less then 89 Octane. Most owners run 91 just to be on the safe side.

I only use Top Tier providers in my E36. Their are some pretty sketch gas companies out their and you never know what your putting in with some of them. Stick to Top Tier.
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Thanks Lord Vader for the advice. I just went to chevron today and put 91 octane. Can't wait to see and feel the difference everyone is talking about
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I will say this, thanks to the trip computer and range calcualator in my E36 I can tell you that these cars respond better to higher octane gas. I bet better milage with 91 or higher then 89.
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The manual states at least 89 RON, not octane. This roughly equivalent to the US 91 Octane because the US uses the AKI scale and not RON like Europe and most of the world uses.
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