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      01-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #23
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So to my knowledge I thought that 89 octane is what the car recommends. The dealer told me to use 89, plus the gas cover inside print says to use 89 octane. Is this wrong? Should I be using 93??? I've been putting 89
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      01-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #24
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The owners manual says 89 is minimum but 91 is recommended. 91 isn't available in Houston so I use 93.
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      01-04-2013, 08:23 PM   #25
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Here's a question y'all might want to contemplate.
Ask your dealer what octane gas they put in their BMW loaners, or what octane gas they use to fill your tank on initial delivery (assuming you got a full tank on delivery).
Asked that question myself and the number is not 91 or 93.
Same here. Our local dealer puts regular unleaded (87/89) into their loaners.
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      01-04-2013, 08:53 PM   #26
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I always try to take the advice of people managing to the bottom line who also sell their loaners at a loss. Makes good sense. Maybe ask the engineers instead?
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      01-05-2013, 12:20 AM   #27
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what I'd put in my tank

85 octane -when zombies are chasing me, and thats the only gas
87 octane -when the nav fails, I get lost, and I'm stuck in some weird place and all they got is 87
89 octane -the price of scotch and beer just sky rocket'd
91 octane - every normal day
93 octane - feeling crazy and thought F' it, lets try it
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      01-06-2013, 06:16 AM   #28
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Hi

Just out interest... What prices do you guys in the US pay for 93?

In the UK we get 95 & 99. 95 is roughly 1.33 a litre and 99 1.40. There's a few filling stations doing it for 1.29, but not many. Diesel is 1.39 to 1.41 depending on where you go.

So... 95 in dollars is somewhere around $2.13 a litre with the current exchange rate.

How does that compare to what you pay???

J.

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      01-06-2013, 10:05 AM   #29
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If I'm doing my math right, we pay about £0.55/l for 99. Our octane ratings are different but I paid $3.35 a US gallon for 93 octane, which should work out to the above rate, which is roughly €0.68/l.
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      01-06-2013, 10:14 AM   #30
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Hi

Just out interest... What prices do you guys in the US pay for 93?

In the UK we get 95 & 99. 95 is roughly 1.33 a litre and 99 1.40. There's a few filling stations doing it for 1.29, but not many. Diesel is 1.39 to 1.41 depending on where you go.

So... 95 in dollars is somewhere around $2.13 a litre with the current exchange rate.

How does that compare to what you pay???

J.
I can't do the math (liter to US gallon), so I'll let someone else answer, but it's interesting to me that diesel is about the same as "petrol" in the UK.

A car I almost bought before deciding on the X1 is the VW Jetta TDI SportWagen. The salesman boasted about the MPG, which is rated something like 29/39. But here in the LA area diesel is almost always priced as high or higher than premium gas. One station in my area has gas from $3.50-3.80, but sells diesel over $4. Like I said, I am not good at math, but it seemed to me the diesel surcharge would cut into any MPG benefit.

We did have a price burst on gas a couple months back where, for a couple weeks, diesel was actually priced better than gas. But that didn't last...

I am glad I got the X1, but if diesel were priced more competitively in the LA area, I probably would have bought the VW...
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      01-06-2013, 10:35 AM   #31
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The US doesn't refine as much diesel as a percentage of gasoline as the EU and we have more tax on diesel.
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      01-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #32
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They do. It states it in my Manuel.


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I thought BMW recommends BP fuel - I don't see them on the list
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      01-06-2013, 11:07 AM   #33
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Bought 93 twice this past week @ $3.38 and $3.30 here in Texas.
Prices vary considerably across the U.S. as posted on GasBuddy by drivers around the states. Lots of price variation by region.
Link to GasBuddy http://www.fortworthgasprices.com/index.aspx

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      01-06-2013, 04:26 PM   #34
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Thanks Guys

As I thought, you get petrol a fair bit cheaper than the Uk

Mullini... Normal run of the mill petrol (95) is about 0.07 pence cheaper than diesel on average. The stations that offer 99 have priced it virtually the same as Diesel.

J.
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      01-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #35
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It's almost a guarantee that congress will raise the Federal gas tax this spring. It hasn't been raised since the mid to late 90's. States do their own taxing and I'm lucky because SC has the lowest prices in the country. I only use 93, the 76 station options are 87, 89 and 93. I used to run my Z4 on 89 and never had an issue. Having a turbo engine I'm inclined to go with minimum of 91. I wish congress would drop Ethanol subsidies so we could get better gas and better gas mileage. The 10% Ethanol sucks unless your a farmer growing the corn or whatever it's made from.
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      05-04-2017, 11:01 AM   #36
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Yeah, I just used the difference in 89 and 91/93 octane, since 87 will almost certainly ding performance and mileage more than the potential savings.

...SeaFoam into the intake or physical cleaning is the only option.
Did anybody spray SeaFoam into the intake ? I plan to do that but I do not know where exactly to spray it. Thank you.
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      05-04-2017, 11:54 AM   #37
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Anything above 89

89 octane +ECO drive = 32mpg
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      05-04-2017, 12:30 PM   #38
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      05-08-2017, 09:23 PM   #39
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Americans penny pinching over near free gas, that will do me.
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      05-09-2017, 10:28 AM   #40
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Always 91.
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      05-09-2017, 12:53 PM   #41
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Ok, I'm not the grave digger here, but what everyone needs to know is that that research and M number of 93 is about right for coastal areas where there is better compression.

The Octane number can lower 1 number per 1000 ft of altitude into like Denver at 5280 ft.

The turbo moderates that somewhat, but reality is 90 in Denver is about equal to 93 on coast.

I'm on high Plains of West Texas at 3k ft, and run 91.

Gas is dirt cheap in the US, and my X1 will probably even average 24 mpg in it's life.

That's a lot cheaper than what your dealer maintenance bill will be.
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      05-14-2017, 08:16 AM   #42
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I tried 89, and the gas mileage difference was very noticeable. Car lacked punch too. I use 93, and when I get to half, I fill up with 89 making a 91 blend. I then run that tank fill with 93, then repeat. Savings, without sacrificing performance or gas mileage.
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      05-14-2017, 11:54 AM   #43
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Gasoline is regionally adjusted for the necessary octane rating, so I simply use Premium wherever I am.
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      05-18-2017, 11:34 AM   #44
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At my local station in NY I have the option of 93 with E or 91 NON Ethanol. What would you choose?
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