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Old 12 Apr 2011, 11:01 am
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Default My 2000 Honda Prelude (Base Auto) indicates it requires "Premium" 91 gas. Can I use Regular...

...87 and be fine? I would think that if the manufacture states to use Premium gasoline it is because the engine is designed to run at that minimum grade (but some people seem to think it is a scam). The previous original owner used Regular 87 octane and the Prelude seemed to run like it does on Premium 91.(?) However, I am unsure if there are serious long-term consequences that might transpire down the line and that is my main concern. For now I will use Premium 91, or at least Plus 89, until I can receive an expert's opinion. With that said, would Plus 89 satisfy the octane "Premium" requirement when in areas that do not have access to higher octanes or is Plus 89 not really any better than Regular 87?
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Old 12 Apr 2011, 11:16 am
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Most cars will tell you to use premium and while Yes premium can extend the life of your car you don't HAVE to use it. You can use 87 - 89 anytime you want. In doing so I would recommend adding an Octane Booster, All Weather Water Remover and a Fuel System Cleaner. I add an Octane Booster and Fuel System Cleaner about 4 times a year and a Water Remover after winter time. This cleans the impurities out of the fuel system and I have never had any problems.

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Old 12 Apr 2011, 11:31 am
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the facts

1 you car will run ok with cheap 87 gas for a while]

2 will it run good? no.IT was designed for 91,,the pistons,,valves compression is built for 91

3 the computer will adjust to work with 87 but it will not perform as well..will not get as good mileage and lwill burn valces in the long run.
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Old 12 Apr 2011, 11:46 am
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Yup it will run on cheaper gas, but be warned you are gambling the longevity of your engine on this process
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Old 12 Apr 2011, 12:01 pm
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89 is better then 87. I've run a full tank of all 3 on my civic and while premium did give me the most mileage the 89 wasn't far behind at all. But 87 is shity. I run 89 in mine and it does great I also add cleaner every month just to keep it fresh
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