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I just read an article in Autoweek.com that said that California has "quietly" reduced the octane rating of premium gas from 92 to 91 for various reasons,but that it would not affect most cars ,except for high performance vehicles. I hope that this "octane lite"trend does not spread to all parts of the country or we all may be driving "Electric Bullitts" in the future. BlackBullitt#1768
 

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I always use the highest octane in all my vehicles since Jersey started using oxogenated gas during the winter months here. That gas made everything run like crap.I would use aviation gas if it weren't so expensive. BlackBullitt#1768
 

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I'm running 87 in my car unless I hear the engine protest. There's actually an article in one of the new mags about octane and different levels. A mustang picked up about 3 horsepower w/ the good stuff.
I'd rather save the money and run what Ford reccommends, 87 octane.
 

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JimmyRay, You should get some of that good high test Canadian beer,from Canada not the US. It gets you head spinning real fast.BlackBullitt#1768
 

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Your right, but I would have to go find it, and i'm Lazy..... Bud makes my head hurt more than Coors Lite...... Plus I'm watching my girlish figure...... 6"2, 260pounds.... I need all the help I can get..... If I lose 100, 1007 would break in to the 13's
 

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I don't think octane is your worry...I was reading about Calif latest environmental legislation that mandates some new blend in a year or two...the ONLY two refineries set to produce are in Finland and Texas. Both together (if you could pipe it all in) would only supply about 10-20% of CA's needs...in the meantime all the refineries in Ca are shutting down cuz they don't want to spend $$$$ to upgrade. Soooo, they were projecting shortages and $5/gal gas around the corner.
 

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I switched to 89 with the relatively cooler weather in Houston, and that smoothed out the idle. 97 was fine until the cold fronts started rolling through town.
 

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Thats 555555 dollars? Man I was just getting to like the $1.19.... Thats the EPA for you... we'll be like Europ before you know it.
 

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I work for one of the top 3 oil refineries in the country and happen to be in California. I used to be in the operations department for production, till I changed jobs. Anyway the big deal in the fuel change (in California) is that gas will have to be processed with ethanol instead of MTBE. This seems to be better for the environment. No refineries are shuting down and prices are not going up to $5 a gallon. The company I work for has been producing this type of fuel in all grades for about a year now. The rest of the industry in California will have to come on line by 2002 or 2003. Gas is produced to a specification, for all grades that all refineries have to follow. So this idea that there is weeker gas is false. Granted there is better gas, but not bad or week as far as the grade goes. 1 point, from 92 to 91 on the scale won't make a noticable differance. Anything above 89 for the daily driver is just gravey any way. There has been so many mergers in the industry lately alot of you are probably running a different brand gas than you think you are. Have fun.

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I don't know if that EPA standard will go nation wide. It only applies to California, for now. The way things are these days don't be suprised if it comes to your part of the country. Your running 93 and thats a good thing, but some of us don't have a choice. I only spoke up about the ratings to try and dispell a the idea that a lower octane is not a good gas. All gas is created equally as long as the octane rating is the same number, the gas is basicly the same. 93 is great enjoy it while you got it.

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Working with Chevron fuel, I have run two tanks of their three different pump grades (87 - 89 - 91) and have found the seat-of-the-pants difference to be unmeasurable. I'm sure othjers will say they can, howver out on the street I simply don't notice the difference. I pick a street race now and then, and even on full throttle, gear banging runs, I can't feel the difference. But, I must also say that my wife says I'm not very sensitive, so maybe that's the problem............
 
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