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airhogs

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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 6:41:50 PM

Is the extra cost of the medium or highest grades of fuel worth it? Does it actually save you more money than buying regular?
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:41:23 AM

Check the manual for your vehicle, and use what it states for your vehicle.
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Mr1lung
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 10:35:47 AM

NO
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 9:02:17 AM

You definitely won't see any difference in milage with higher octanes, in fact you may even clog up your intakes by using it. I had this to happen in a Honda V6 one time. Only use what the manufacturer recommends.
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jes
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 8:52:30 AM

Use the grade required by the manufacture, period.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 5:07:18 AM

not really
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Pucelle
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2012 7:25:55 PM

Yes it CAN save you money IF your car requires it. If you have a high mileage car (think 100k+ miles) or your car requires 91 octane then yes the high grade does make a difference.

I tested it in my 2000 Saturn SW2 when I got it in on a highway road trips that took a full tank. My car got the best gas milage when using regular gas then the 2 other grades. However, when my car was loaded down, it did better with mid-grade than than regular.

The real question you should be asking is if name brand is worth the price, and that answer is yes. The price per mile is better with name brand gas than no name. Name brand around here being QuickTrip, Shell, Exxon, Texaco, Chevron, and BP. I'm not sure if the former Citgo gas stations (Valero I think is was they are called) are considered name brand. I know that QuickTrip is due to their guaranteed gas (they are also a top tier gas which is the same thing) whereas Racetrack is NOT.

In terms of price per mile, I get the best Gas milage with Shell, then QuickTrip, and then Chevron. My car doesn't like Exxon, does ok with BP although I usually get 91 octane but I haven't been there in years.
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 10:38:43 AM

Use what is recommended for your car. If it can run on 87 octane, you will not get any better mileage putting in higher octane.
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DougC71
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 9:01:47 AM

Only if your car requires it. If your manual says 87 octane, use 87 octane. Otherwise you are simply wasting your money.
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cumminator
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 7:48:32 AM

It does, might take a bit before you reckonize it. The higher octane help clea alot of junk outa the engine.
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hnofer17
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2012 4:11:39 AM

No
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Commute2
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:58:09 PM

In my car it is a waste
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2012 1:21:03 AM

the answer is NO
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:38:06 PM

Your owners manual should tell you what grade fuel to use in your car. Using a higher grade than is recommended is a waste of money.
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Levi2974
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:07:37 PM

Depends on your engine and what it needs.
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seabrz7
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:20:03 PM

no
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heyjudeCT
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 2:19:30 PM

not worth it
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:29:10 AM

Its a waste of money to pay for a higher grade unless your car manufacturer recommends the higher octane gas.
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nvoelsch
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:16:48 AM

I've tried different grades in both my motorcycle and truck, no noticable difference in mileage. But my wallet gets lighter the higher the grade!
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Levi2974
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1:12:44 AM

I just found a gas station tonight and they were changing prices. $4.29 for Premium. Score! It was $4.40 earlier today.
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airhogs
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 9:27:35 PM

Sorry for the question being a bit fuzzy.
What I wanted to know was if you were to buy the higher grades of gas over the regular grade, will it save you money in the long run even with the higher costs (Ex: better fuel efficiency, so more distance between fill ups.)?
I know there are many variables that come into play, but I want to get your thoughts on it.

airhogs
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 3:00:43 PM

People:

Read what the original post asked. He asked: "Does it actually save you more money than buying regular?"

No one's answering that question.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 10:26:54 AM

None of my cars require anything other than 87 octane for proper operation. Purchase of the higher blends would be a waste for me.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 10:23:02 AM

Premium (92 grade) gas is a waste of money if your car can use regular (87 grade) gasoline. Check your owner's manual.

Premium gas is typically used in engines with high cylinder compression. It prevents premature combustion within the cylinder called "knocking".
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kxy4fw
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 10:22:57 AM

I use the grade that is recommended.
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 6:31:05 AM

Premiium is recommended for my car, so that's what I use.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2012 1:02:13 AM

if it's not required from your manufacturer, no
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ePolonia
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 10:54:06 PM

See this - /Forum_MSG.aspx?master=1&category=1054&topic=487190&page_no=1&FAV=N
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ePolonia
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 10:54:03 PM

See this - /Forum_MSG.aspx?master=1&category=1054&topic=487190&page_no=1&FAV=N
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 10:35:40 PM

Without getting into the merits of using mid-grade or premium gas - which isn't what airhogs apparently isn't talking about in the original post, to answer his question "Does it actually save you more money than buying regular?", no, of course it doesn't save you more money than buying regular. Not, unless the price of regular gas is higher than that of mid-grade and premium.

If what's mean by the original post is something different, such as asking about performance, etc., then he different question needs to be asked. But the answer to the question asked is "no"; you can't save money if you're buying a higher priced item than if you bought the lower priced item.
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Shell91Octane
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 8:10:43 PM

Read your owners manual and use what they recomend for example my wifes Honda calls for regular fuel and my HEMI Charger requires mid grade fuel.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 7:40:29 PM

Premium (92 grade) gas is a waste of money if your car can use regular (87 grade) gasoline. Check your owner's manual.

Premium gas is typically used in engines with high cylinder compression. It prevents premature combustion within the cylinder called "knocking".
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Jescareno22
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2012 6:57:59 PM

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