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Old 18 Jul 2003, 08:40 am
HarvT
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Default Gas Octane rating

The Acura magazine distributed by Acura a bit over a month ago mentioned
that the use of regular gas in the Acura TL, instead of premium gas, would
result in only an undetectable loss of power (and could save quite a bit of
money). Has anyone any experience with effects of using regular gas in the
TL. I have a 99 TL and would appreciate any info.
Thanks.


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Old 18 Jul 2003, 10:54 am
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Default Re: Gas Octane rating

One should really have hard data on THEIR car before deciding on gas
I've come to decide. While taking a stats class I began recording info
on all my gas purchases and putting it in a spreadsheet. What I've
discovered is that I get best mileage and performance out of 87 grade
(5000+ feet) Conoco or Shell. I can base this decision on about 1.5
years of data now.

For the record in the summer I can get 29mpg with a std. dev. of about
1.8mpg, with heavy a/c use (black car), manual tranny, and proper
driving technique. That is to say I drive like a bat out of hell most
the time but also employ proper coasting, approach intersection slowly...

Data analysis is the way!

Now, to answer your question. The car's engine has a knock sensor so
that if you use gas that might otherwise cause a problem (low octane,
pre-iginition) the computer can compensate for it.

HarvT wrote:
> The Acura magazine distributed by Acura a bit over a month ago mentioned
> that the use of regular gas in the Acura TL, instead of premium gas, would
> result in only an undetectable loss of power (and could save quite a bit of
> money). Has anyone any experience with effects of using regular gas in the
> TL. I have a 99 TL and would appreciate any info.
> Thanks.
>
>


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Old 20 Jul 2003, 11:26 am
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"HarvT" <htannenb@bcpl.net> wrote in message
news:KamdnQ-tSctVZYqiXTWJgA@comcast.com...
> The Acura magazine distributed by Acura a bit over a month ago mentioned
> that the use of regular gas in the Acura TL, instead of premium gas, would
> result in only an undetectable loss of power (and could save quite a bit

of
> money). Has anyone any experience with effects of using regular gas in the
> TL. I have a 99 TL and would appreciate any info.
> Thanks.


We use Plain-Jane regular in our '98 TL. It runs fine. In fact , it runs
extremely well. Once, I put super-duper in it, just to see if I could
notice any difference. I couldn't, and the MPG was the same.

The quality of our fuel today is crappy, at best, regardless of grade. My
69 MG manual says to use a premium grade fuel, but in any case, not to use a
fuel with an octane rating of less than 98...... har har. I suppose you
could get something like that at the airport. Fortunately, today's cars are
made to run on this low quality junk they sell as fuel.

Unc


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