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Old 02-02-2011, 05:25 PM   #81
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Ok I sense alot of elitism in this thread. "If you drive a BMW you should be able to afford it" give me a break the average E46 in here is probably $7,500 or about the cost of a 15yr old pickup truck .
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:18 PM   #82
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Being a late e46 buyer, I'm cutting my gas any way I can. Paying off the Christmas bills, having $13 to fill up for the week, I dug through the basement and pantry for any flammable liquid.

Paint thinner, a bottle of everclear with puke backwash in it, and 4 gallons of 86.56 octane were all that got me to my night shift at the rendering plant for the past 8 days.

I resent the elitist attitudes in this thread.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:19 PM   #83
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Why is this thread even 5 pages long? Premium is what's prescribed in the owner's manual, it should end there.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:34 PM   #84
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A barrel of dog sh*t crude oil is going to worth more than the car in not too distant a future. Will that be premium enough for you ?

I have used walmart regular for years. It runs pretty good if not for those times when the car wasn't at 100% condition and the lower powered walmart gas magnified those issues. Once the car is in perfect condition, running regular gas is perfectly fine. If you car runs crap on regular, I'd recommend getting your car fixed rather than blaming it on the gas.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:02 PM   #85
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Why is this thread even 5 pages long? Premium is what's prescribed in the owner's manual, it should end there.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:04 PM   #86
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:05 PM   #87
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I say run premium. My experience was buying a pontiac grand prix that had been run on premium its whole 60k life. I began putting reg in and the car drove like crap. Started using 91 after talking to owner, thinking he sold me a crappy car, and all was fine. So after that I believe it makes a difference. Think of it like preventative maintenance.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:55 AM   #88
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Ok I sense alot of elitism in this thread. "If you drive a BMW you should be able to afford it" give me a break the average E46 in here is probably $7,500 or about the cost of a 15yr old pickup truck .
Not true. There are many here who pride themselves on low mileage vehicles. 10+ yr old e46s with 20K or less! Some dont drive in rain or snow!

When I pump gas to travel my 300th mile, you can bet I'll be slippin' her a shaft of premium unleaded.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #89
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My e46 is blue. I get about 24 average in a suburban setting. Blue is a nice color. Not sure what the old owner used but my dad only uses 87 octane fuel for it. The color is like the Greyish-blue, not the Dark deep blue. I think the car is nice. The car is 13 years old. It jerks on acceleration when you want it to accelerate after just starting. The interior is nice leather
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #90
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My e46 is blue. I get about 24 average in a suburban setting. Blue is a nice color. Not sure what the old owner used but my dad only uses 87 octane fuel for it. The color is like the Greyish-blue, not the Dark deep blue. I think the car is nice. The car is 13 years old. It jerks on acceleration when you want it to accelerate after just starting. The interior is nice leather
Anther solid testimony that proves 87 runs perfectly on our 323
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #91
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Anther solid testimony that proves 87 runs perfectly on our 323
NO! ALTHOUGH IT CAN RUN ON 87, WHEN I GO TO THE PUMP I WILL START USING 91+ OCTANE FUEL.... Plus by doing so I can prove that you get better mileage with the higher octane. DON'T KILL YOUR BEAUTIFUL CARS... unless you are a *****... in that case you might as well go ************************************************************ ************************************************************ ************************************************************ ***********************************
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:04 PM   #92
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Def put in premium. When I first got mine I tested it. I averaged 25 MPG with premium and about 16 with regular. Driving the exact same route each week. Car drives better too. Which is more important.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:44 PM   #93
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actually I am getting 23-24 with 87 so yeah. Maybe a less powerful engine than your 330?
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:55 PM   #94
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Put in premium, think about it. Engine is desinged for it, it runs better, and the difference in price per tank is $3.20. (16 gallons x .20 cent difference)
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:12 PM   #95
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^^ just an FYI.. not everyone pays ONLY .20 a galon.

In canada we pay about $.25/L more for 91... X 70L = $18...

Do that once a week or so and it adds up!!

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Old 08-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #96
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:33 PM   #97
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^^ just an FYI.. not everyone pays ONLY .20 a galon.

In canada we pay about $.25/L more for 91... X 70L = $18...

Do that once a week or so and it adds up!!

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Sorry, for my comment was meant for those in the US.

Didn't realize that it was so much for gas in Canada! Jeez.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:39 PM   #98
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The only time I ever put anything below 91 in my car was when I first bought it and was driving it back from California to Manitoba. I was on the highway and was getting low on gas, and didnt seem like there would be another station for a long time - The station I came to next only had midgrade (87)....put enough gas to make me comfortable enough that i'd find another station before running out.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:00 PM   #99
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The money saved by cheaping out on gas is subsequently pissed away in the form of decreased power and efficiency of the engine. Buying cheap gas for a once expensive German car is penny-wise but pound-foolish.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:22 PM   #100
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Lol, not this again. Our bimmer is still running strong and averaging 28 mpg on 87. Come at me.
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