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Old 04-20-2011, 04:09 AM   #41
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The BMW has been tuned to use 98 specifically, although I have always used it regardless. No one around my area sells 100 anymore I wouldn't even considder using that ethanol rubbish in ANY car of mine, regardless of how far it got me.

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Always 98 from BP or Caltex.
Haven't taken much notice if it's better from either company, but have a little compared to 95.

After paying around $1.70 for 98 while I was in Tassie, I'll never complain about 98 being around $1.50 at home
We aren't at $1.70 yet but we're getting there fast. Petrol was $1.65 today at Woollomoolloo.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:06 AM   #42
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Just thought I'd resurrect this discussion, coz I am wondering if my problem described here could be fuel related as Evil-Elmo suggested?

I currently use Caltex 98 octane and am getting intermittent cold starting issues (as shown in the link's video). Then the cold idle is somewhat lumpy even though the tacho is steady. Does anyone else use Caltex 98 and also get this symptom?? I am almost due for a refill so will try a full tank of Shell V-Power 98 to see if the symptom subsides.

What brand of fuel do you guys use these days?
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:20 AM   #43
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Which fuel do you use?

Still Mobil 98 for me.


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Old 07-11-2013, 06:25 AM   #44
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Re: Which fuel do you use?

Funnily enough Alpine I have similar symptoms. Start and stall first thing of a morning. Have replaced plugs, fuel pump, all filters, ccv and vacuum hoses, cleaned iacv and throttle body, ecu update pretty much everything but still did it. I always ran 98 octane from caltex. But I changed to 95 after reading a post from some of the U.S guys saying they have dyno'd cars with all sorts of different octane (89 through to 100) and couldnt find any benefit after 95 RON. Strangely my problem is nowhere near as bad now. Just my 2c.

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:30 AM   #45
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Hmm. There seems to be increasing evidence that this Caltex 98 fuel is somewhat sh!t!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:36 AM   #46
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Re: Which fuel do you use?

Sounds like it! That being said I also found no increase in fuel consumption in my 325 after switching to 95 (9.4 per 100) so it may just be Tassie fuel. Not trying to start a 95 v 98 fuel fight or anything but has worked for me.

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Old 07-11-2013, 07:25 AM   #47
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:05 AM   #48
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Hmm. There seems to be increasing evidence that this Caltex 98 fuel is somewhat sh!t!!
I'm lead to believe that their fuel is not as fresh as others as you know fuel has a short shelf life so to speak.
I picked up a bad batch in Queensland and another in Victoria . My ex boss actually had three bad lots from the one local station. ( Caltex card ).
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:55 PM   #49
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Sounds like it! That being said I also found no increase in fuel consumption in my 325 after switching to 95 (9.4 per 100) so it may just be Tassie fuel. Not trying to start a 95 v 98 fuel fight or anything but has worked for me.
I alternate between Caltex 95 & 98 and see no difference at all in fuel consumption or performance. I haven't had any trouble with Caltex.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:09 PM   #50
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Not sure if the same thing but in the US 87 octane runs fine. I have 2 E46. One with over 150,000 miles on it. Always run 87 octane and runs like a champ
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:14 PM   #51
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I can't comment on freshness of fuel or their shelf life, but as far as I know in NSW anyway, Shell and Caltex and maybe even some other fuels come from the same refinery.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:25 AM   #52
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Just thought I'd resurrect this discussion, coz I am wondering if my problem described here could be fuel related as Evil-Elmo suggested?
Now you reminded me of my own idling problems I have experienced (and posted) a few weeks ago. There were 2 incidents of shuddering and unstable rev when idling. It has not returned. Now I remember at that time I may be using BP98. After that I'm using regular 91 (yes you read it correct, I seem to be the only one using 91 on 330i). I did not feel any drop in performance or economy, and have not experienced idling problems in the past few weeks.

Of course this might be just coincidence. I'm not ruling in or out either fuel, but it certainly gives me more perspective to investigate the problem.

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Old 07-15-2013, 02:49 AM   #53
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Ive gone green. Only E85 for me. Even the lawn mower runs E85. And yes I only use it to be kind to the enviroment
How is the consistency of the fuel/tune?
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:31 AM   #55
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I can't comment on freshness of fuel or their shelf life, but as far as I know in NSW anyway, Shell and Caltex and maybe even some other fuels come from the same refinery.
It's the same throughout the country. All the majors have agreements in place to buy fuel from each other and do so especially where they don't operate a local terminal.

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Old 07-15-2013, 04:31 AM   #56
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I still prefer Shell 98 with no scientific evidence.
However, I've been caught short twice in the last month and had to fill up with Mobil 95 and got marginally better economy. *shrugs*
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:47 AM   #57
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I use radioactive fuel cells from the Ukraine, there ok I guess.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #58
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I can't comment on freshness of fuel or their shelf life, but as far as I know in NSW anyway, Shell and Caltex and maybe even some other fuels come from the same refinery.
I thought BP had their own fuel, and the rest shared? IDK I run BP Ultimate. Car ran pretty average on Vortex, and I use Shell 98 when I have a 15c or so voucher.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:10 AM   #59
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Always 98 from BP or Caltex.
Haven't taken much notice if it's better from either company, but have a little compared to 95.

After paying around $1.70 for 98 while I was in Tassie, I'll never complain about 98 being around $1.50 at home

Welcome to our world eh Shauno

strangely I tried 95 for a while but car is happier on 98, and mostly Caltex !!

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Old 07-18-2013, 06:16 AM   #60
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For the m3 unfortunately its shell 98 all day errday
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