Automotive Column 55 Premium Fuel
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If your vehicle requires premium fuel only be sure to consult with the manufacturer about what the specs for your car are exactly to avoid any possibility of damage.
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Dear Motor Medics,
I’m in the market for a car, a sporty car, a fast sporty car. Yeah… that’s what I’m looking for. I’m no mechanic but I’m mechanically inclined from listening to Under The Hood, before that I just drove. I seem to be getting a common denominator between all of the models I look at, besides the high insurance cost and price tag. What I’m talking about is they all require premium fuel. I’ve never owned a car that needed premium fuel in any of the cars I’ve had but they were never this level of vehicle. Premium fuel is expensive, do I have to use it or is that just a gimmick or some deal the car guys made with the oil companies to make extra money? Thanks guys!
Trevor in Denver Colorado
I like the way you think, about the type of car that is. A fast sporty car sounds like fun but there are a few things you will need to sacrifice to own one, money, money, and money. What you’re after will need more expensive insurance, more expensive upkeep, and more expensive payments. The upkeep part is very important if you want your investment to last. The premium fuel is needed due to the higher compression and if not used the mileage will suffer and the engine can be damaged by detonation that can destroy pistons. Sorry, they’re not just trying to make the oil companies happy.
Take care, the Motor Medics
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