[thechat] gas prices..

Norman Bunn norman.bunn at craftedsolutions.com
Fri Apr 13 12:17:38 CDT 2001

Glad to hear it worked for you.  Guess the difference is that your results
are specific to your vehicle and the FTC is speaking more generally.  Just
bothers me that many oil companies advertise higher octane fuels as if they
were some sort of performance/mileage/emissions godsend, when by and large
they don't do arnything but pad the company profit margins and increase the
consumers operating costs.  In fact, I know of others who have used lower
than recommended octance fuel in their cars with no change in performance or
mileage and significantly lower fuel costs.

As always YMMV :)


----- Original Message -----
From: Ron White <ronwhite at members.evolt.org>
To: <thechat at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 12:24 PM
Subject: RE: [thechat] gas prices..

> Don't care WTF the FTC says I kept a log so I have empirical evidence that
> when I used hi octane I got more MGP...
> Thanks,
> Ron White
> -----Original Message-----
> From: thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Norman Bunn
> Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 11:38 AM
> To: thechat at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thechat] gas prices..
> Then why does the FTC say this?
> "The Low-Down on High Octane Gasoline
> September 1997
> Are you tempted to buy a high octane gasoline for your car because you
> to improve its performance? If so, take note: the recommended gasoline for
> most cars is regular octane. In fact, in most cases, using a higher octane
> gasoline than your owner's manual recommends offers absolutely no benefit.
> It won't make your car perform better, go faster, get better mileage or
> cleaner. Your best bet: listen to your owner's manual.
> The only time you might need to switch to a higher octane level is if your
> car engine knocks when you use the recommended fuel. This happens to a
> percentage of cars.
> Unless your engine is knocking, buying higher octane gasoline is a waste
> money, too. Premium gas costs 15 to 20 cents per gallon more than regular.
> That can add up to $100 or more a year in extra costs. Studies indicate
> altogether, drivers may be spending hundreds of millions of dollars each
> year for higher octane gas than they need."
> - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/autos/octane.htm
> Norman
> > You do get better gas mileage, but I've experimented with all 3 grades
> > usually available 'Merican pumps and the overall cost is a wash. More
> > for higher octane, but not enough to offset the higher cost.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Ron White
> >
> >
> >
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