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Old 02-14-2020, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hello, can someone tell me what the best petrol is for my car (2004 E46 316i 1.8 N46 L4 85kW 114bhp)?

Idk what the previous owner used probably non-premium RON 95 since it less expensive (and don't know which brand), i have just put the premium one from Total the Excellium 98 in it since the fuel was almost empty i didn't know which one i should have used 95 or 98.

I wanted to put Shell V-Power 98 in it (i think it's the same thing as the Total Excellium) but there wasn't ond close to where i picked the car up.

So my question is what type of petrol should i used 95 or 98, non-premium or premium (Excellium, V-Power,...)

If premium which one is the best Total Excellium or Shell V-Power?

Here is what the fuel thing says on my car
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:25 PM   #2
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I swear by super unleaded Tesco momentum 99 octane specifically. Only 5p more than standard. Always fill up on it. V power is just expensive.

Super unleaded gives you the actual performance figures quoted for the 6 cylinder cars (0-60 And mpg). But with a 316 you wont notice it. I had a 318 and honestly it would get a high 30's mpg on standard fuel on a long distance run anyway.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:35 PM   #3
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I swear by super unleaded Tesco momentum 99 octane specifically. Only 5p more than standard. Always fill up on it. V power is just expensive.

Super unleaded gives you the actual performance figures quoted for the 6 cylinder cars (0-60 And mpg). But with a 316 you wont notice it. I had a 318 and honestly it would get a high 30's mpg on standard fuel on a long distance run anyway.
I don't think Tesco exist where i live in Europe. Only i know who sell premium is Total and Shell.

So what should i use then non-premium (Total Excellium, Shell V-Power) just regular? And for my car what is the best then 95 or 98?
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:23 PM   #4
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Any risk for my engine if i always put Shell V-Power 98? Or should it just put regular 95 or 98 Shell?

Also i can't decide between Total or Shell
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:35 PM   #5
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Is the octane requirements label still on the petrol door? Go by what that says or the owners manual. The DME will adjust to the fuel you use. My 2.5L calls for 91 and I run 87 most of the time, my driving habits don't require me to use 91.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:39 PM   #6
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Is the octane requirements label still on the petrol door? Go by what that says or the owners manual. The DME will adjust to the fuel you use. My 2.5L calls for 91 and I run 87 most of the time, my driving habits don't require me to use 91.
Yes, there is a picture in my first post

It says unloaded petrol only RON 91-98
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Yes, there is a picture in my first post

It says unloaded petrol only RON 91-98
The picture doesn't show up, but if the fuel you used is within spec you're fine. As I said the car will adjust for it, using higher RON than required is not going to give you any more performance. Lower quality won't hurt the car either, you might notice a drop in performance or fuel economy.
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Yes, there is a picture in my first post

It says unloaded petrol only RON 91-98
The picture doesn't show up, but if the fuel you used is within spec you're fine. As I said the car will adjust for it, using higher RON than required is not going to give you any more performance. Lower quality won't hurt the car either, you might notice a drop in performance or fuel economy.
Weird that it doesn't show up.

I can either put Shell 95 or Shell V-Power 98?

Overall 98 is better then 95? Will i have any issues if i put V-Power 98 in my car compare to regular 95?
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This is what is written in my manual, it's in German so i don't understand what it says
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Should i put Shell V-Power 98 or Shell EuroSuper 95 E10?
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:04 AM   #12
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Buy RON 91 and be done with it. Here in the US we have gas that meets the “Top Tier Gas” standard (www.toptiergas.com). Most gas sold in the US meets this standard.
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Buy RON 91 and be done with it. Here in the US we have gas that meets the "Top Tier Gas" standard (www.toptiergas.com). Most gas sold in the US meets this standard.
RON 91 doesn't exist in my country. Only thing that we have is RON 95 E10 and RON 98
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Buy RON 91 and be done with it. Here in the US we have gas that meets the “Top Tier Gas” standard (www.toptiergas.com). Most gas sold in the US meets this standard.
In most countries in Europe (also in Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand) the "headline" octane rating shown on the pump is the RON, but in Canada, the United States, Brazil, and some other countries, the headline number is the simple mean or average of the RON and the MON, called the Anti-Knock Index (AKI), and often written on pumps as (R+M)/2.

The AKI shown in Canada and the United States is 4 to 6 octane numbers lower than elsewhere in the world for the same fuel.
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I already answered ops question on Reddit.

95 or 98 both E5.

I will not use 95 e10.




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I already answered ops question on Reddit.

95 or 98 both E5.

I will not use 95 e10.

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I don't think there is 95 E5, only 95 i see is 95 E10. The only ones i see E5 on are the 98 from Shell V-Power 98 E5 or Total Excellium 98 E5

I live in Belgium, anyone who lives there aswell can you confirm?
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All 95 containes up to 5% of ethernol. That is what the E5 means.

Regular 95 is fine.

98 or v-power if you got money to blow.

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All 95 containes up to 5% of ethernol. That is what the E5 means.

Regular 95 is fine.

98 or v-power if you got money to blow.

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Yes i know but here on gas station it says 95 E10 not E5, i think the only ones here that are E5 are the 98 ones
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I don't know what else to tell you.

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Some good answers here. As a generality most of Europe has superior gasoline to that of any sold in N. America. Running your car on 93, 95 or 98 shouldn't matter as the engine has one or two knock sensors (microphones attached to the engine to listen for the advent of knocking) that are used by the engine management computer (DME) and will adjust the fuel delivery and ignition timing accordingly to prevent knock.

When my wife daily drove an E46 330i, we would fill the tank with Top Tier regular. On trips where I wanted the extra performance, I would fill with a higher grade, as it would deliver a couple more HP.

In your case the additive package in the fuel is an important of a decision as the RON rating, as you'll want to keep the intake valves & combustion chamber clean. You'll need to do some research as to what fuels are in your area and offer the best cleaning.

Now she drives a F10 535 with a N55 engine. LSPI is of great concern with turbo motors. Now we use premium and top tier to help negate any LSPI (not a concern for M54 or the like engines) along with engine oils that help combat LSPI.
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