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I use premium in my 170i. Since the fuel tank is so small (I have a hard time getting 1.1 gals in it when the needle is in the red) it's only pennies more than regular.ScootLady wrote:I am new to the scooter world I have a buddy 170i and I am looking for the best fuel to get the most from my scooter. Premium or just Regular
Bill in Seattle
'12 170i Italia
A common misconception. "Premium" is a misnomer and has nothing to do with the quality of the fuel.ericalm wrote:For the 170s, Genuine suggests using premium — 91 or 93 depending on your location.
Octane is measured differently in the Far East than it is in the United States. 92 octane in Taiwan equates to about 87 octane in the U.S., i.e., plain ol' regular gas. That's what Genuine is actually recommending.
Premium fuel is engineered for engines that burn hotter under higher compression, and is made specifically to burn at higher temperatures. It does not contain more "power" than regular. Using high-octane fuel extensively in a low compression engine not only doesn't provide any benefit, it can actually result in the build-up of carbon on the pistons over time if the engine doesn't run hot enough.
Bottom Line: Running premium fuel won't do you any good. It might do you some harm...but only in the long run. Save your money.
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We've been buying ethanol-free fuel in downtown Olympia. It's a little more $$, but I like not having to worry about the effects of the ethanol in the system. It seems to provide a small performance increase as well.