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Cadillac XLR Forum Discussion, Regular Grade Fuel in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; What about using 87 octane fuel? Any experience out there? Don't tell me I'm cheap -- I know that! Saving ...
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    Regular Grade Fuel

    What about using 87 octane fuel? Any experience out there? Don't tell me I'm cheap -- I know that! Saving money is how I was able to afford this thing in the first place.

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    Many people have reported successful use of 87 octane fuel in past Northstars (post 2000), but to be totally honest with you, I havent seen many using it on the newest ones. The Northstar engine is a complicated and technologically advanced powertrain and I tell you what, if I could afford an XLR... 87 octane gas would not go in it...

    Just my opinion but... "Use at Own Risk" comes to mind.

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    Modern engines have the ability to adapt to lower grade fuel because of knock sensors and VVT. They just retard the timing until your low grade fuel stops pinging. You're just lowering the performance potential of the engine by using lower grade fuel as retarded timing = lower performance.

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    Still... the manufacturer does not put a premium fuel requirement in the manual just for the hell of it. In fact, this is more to their disadvantage as some might not consider it with the high cost of fuel. Like anything else, Im sure its ok, but over the long term could have implications. Even when Ive been made fun of by friends and co-workers for putting cheaper fuel in expensive cars that I have purchased used, its STILL at least MID-Grade. In other words, its really kind of silly to put cheap gas in a 70k car, especially if your in it for the long haul.

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    Folks you are disrespecting the XLR you should use "91 and only "91 and your car will always run find. Thanks

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    Amen to that brother. I say dont go with the cheap stuff, its not like it makes a huge difference in cost anyway.

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    I'll stick with hi-test. Just reviewing Car-Fax and then Edmunds review of XLR and both say regular?

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    10 year old thread.....

    Not that anyone else in this thread is here anymore, but for God sakes do some research and understand what octane means before spewing all the BS about it being an expensive car, advanced engine, a Cadillac.... All completely irrelevant. The engine either requires it or it doesn't. Absolutely NO DAMAGE will occur to a NA Northstar of ANY year from using 87 octane.

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    Re: Regular Grade Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by flittlejr View Post
    I'll stick with hi-test. Just reviewing Car-Fax and then Edmunds review of XLR and both say regular?
    Your owner's manual probably says regular, too........ With the caveat that if you engage in racing, hill climbing or towing heavy loads you should use premium.

    BUT, for this old thread on gasoline wars and hearsay, the XLR-V is a horse of an entirely different color.

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