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The owners manual says minimum recomended octane is 91.
The manual also says that the car will have problems with anything LESS THAN 87.
In SC and all southeastern states, we only have 87, 89, and 93.


Am I hurting anything if I run the mid grade here at 89 octane (yes, I'm being cheap :rolleyes:
 

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I have used one full tank of mid grade. It didnt seem to make a differance to me, but the computer in the car may think otherwise.
 

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I think the LS1 has a anti-knock sensor so you can use the 87-octane, the engine just retards the timing to compensate and you get less power. I've run 87 octane in my Z28 several times. The LS1 is such a great engine, I just feel I am depriving it if I don't feed it high-octane all the time.
 

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It will run, but you will see a major decline in
acceleration & performance.
This is a high compression (for 2004 that is) engine & it will run
much better on 91 or as we have on the east coast 93 octane.
How much are you really saving anyway maybe $2 per tankfull
Also if you decide to do any mods, especially having the car tuned
or using the predator performance tuner you will need to use at least 91 since
their performance tunes change the engine timing for the use of
premium fuels only
 

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Ours has run almost totally on 87 since it was new. No pinging or any other adverse effects. The several times that I ran 93 in it, I noticed no difference in performance. Maybe on the drag strip it would show, but it didn't show in everyday driving.
 

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All Grades

I've used all grades from BP & Speedway. In normal driving on highway & around town I've seen no difference in performance.

I can't say I drive the car hard though.

Fuel economy and the acceleration on the street appear same between grades.

How much performance can you tell on the street. When I get on the GTO it is usually up to or beyond the speed limit by 3rd gear anyway.
 

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I think I recall the owners manual specifically saying not to use fuels with ethanol or other alcohols.
 

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I've tried 87, 89, and 93 with multiple fill-ups of each. I found that they all "feel" the same, I didn't notice any performance differences between them. What I did find was that with 87, I got some knocking when initially starting the car, but not after that. I didn't particularly care for that so I won't be using 87 at all anymore. What is interesting, though, is the mileage differences. I consistently get in the 17's using 93, 18's using 87...and 19's for 89. I have no idea why, but it seems 89 is the mpg sweet spot, at least for mine (it's an A4).
 

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I've tried 87, 89, and 93 with multiple fill-ups of each. I found that they all "feel" the same, I didn't notice any performance differences between them. What I did find was that with 87, I got some knocking when initially starting the car, but not after that. I didn't particularly care for that so I won't be using 87 at all anymore. What is interesting, though, is the mileage differences. I consistently get in the 17's using 93, 18's using 87...and 19's for 89. I have no idea why, but it seems 89 is the mpg sweet spot, at least for mine (it's an A4).
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I do mainly city driving and I believe it is a sin to run straight 87 in this vehicle. I do mainly city driving w/ my A4, and it does seem that 89-90 is the sweet spot. What I have been doing is filling my tank at the 1/2 way mark, rotating between 93 and 87. I love putting my foot in it when I can and I do not see any sacrifice in drivability. I have run straight 93 and it seems the mileage is best at the mix I am doing. The manual states "premiun fuel recommended" not "required". I am no rocket scientist, but I do know every engine has its specifice sweet spot when it comes to fuel atomization. All those soccer moms putting premium in their SUV's are only throwing their husbands money away and sacrificing drivability. If it ain't broke , don't fix it.


Everyone's driving habits vary. If you are a gearhead in california blasting your 6 speed through winding canyon roads, you are going to go 93 all the time. With my type of driving, this it what has worked best for me. When I had my GMC 4X4 sportside 5 speed, throughout the 90's, it accelerated best with the best mileage on 89, but when towing my boat, under load 93 was the way to go.

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