When gas was less expensive I used 93, In my 330ci I have used only 87 and car runs the same as if I used 89 or 93 yeah I kno it's not recommend but when gas is almost 5$ for premium yeah forget about that. On the other hand I only use 93 in my boosted ZHP, and also used 93 in my M3. To me it's just a preference or if you could afford it.
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